Everything about buying a pen: History and tips to consider before buying a perfect pen

Everything about buying a pen: History and tips to consider before buying a perfect pen

A pen is a writing instrument which uses ink to write or draw on paper. Pen is essential for communication. A pen is mightier than a sword is a saying we all have heard, it is indeed true. The world runs on the power of writers, journalists, reporters who translate the truth on paper through a pen. Even for the smooth functioning of daily affairs we need pens. A pen has been used throughout history and is the reason some of the biggest revolutions took place. So why not let us take a glance upon the history of pens?

How did a pen come into being?

Early human beings used to engrave upon caves to communicate or maybe to just enjoy as an art form. For very long engraving or scraping were the only way of writing. In 3000 BC Egyptians started using a rare type of rush which grew on the coastline; this rush was known as Juncus maritimus, alternatively called the sea rush. These were used to write on papyrus scrolls.

Also during 1300 BC Romans started using metal styluses to write on wax tables, while in Asia a Bronze stylus came into being. Egyptians took a step forward and started using bamboo reeds. While the Chinese advanced to use brushes made of rat hair.

Then after a number of years came the quill pen, that has been quite popular. It was first created in Spain. The finest quill pens were made of Swan feathers, while the cheaper ones used Goose feathers. The pen was accompanied by an ink pot, in which the pen was dipped to absorb ink to write. It required frequent dipping of quill into the ink.

Then in the 19th century came the pens with metal nibs. The metal nibs provided uninterrupted writing and had a better quality. Soon they replaced the quill pens. By this time Ball point pen had been invented although it did gain popularity until the 1940s.

After World War 2 Ballpoint pens became the rage and many companies started to manufacture their own. In 1962 a Japanese company came up with marker pens, which were used to write on things like plastic and metal. These lasted long and have continued to dominate the world.

In 1963, another Japanese company introduced the world to rollerball pens which had mobile balls which ensured an even smoother writing process. Subsequently, pens with rubber coverings and better bodies for fine grip started gaining popularity.

Ever since then, pens have evolved a lot with new technology coming each day, yet some of the most common ones that continue to be writers favourites are bic pens, ball pens and fountain pens.

Tips for buying the right pen:

If you are looking to buy a pen for your use and are confused which one to go for, here are some of the tips which might ease your dilemma.

  • Type-

Firstly consider the type of pen that will suit you and the purpose. If you need to write a lot and quickly without getting the paper smudged then a ball pen would be a good option. On the other hand if you want to be artsy and do pen art or do calligraphy an ink pen or a fountain pen would be a better choice. You might be a student then in that case a gel pen can prove to be the best option for smoother writing.

  • Material-

The next thing is the material of the pen. A plastic body will not last long, it will be susceptible to breakage if fallen. Whereas a metal body would withstand many falls. But, that is not all, the material of a pen can also be a representation of status, many people working at a good position like to use luxury pens as it shows their professionalism and position. Whereas, if you are a student who is going to probably lose his pens every other day buying plastic pens would make sense.

  • Ink-

Ink is essential as that is what will go on your paper. The colour, the quality and the ease of flow are very important factors. You need a pen that not only has a colour which is appropriate for your use but also has a flow that gives you smooth and unhindered writing. You might as well look for how much time it takes for the ink to dry.

  • Grip-

Another key element to look for is the grip. Some pens might be bigger or some might be smaller in your grip. Also, a pen without a rubber drip might slip while you are holding it. So, do take a trial writing if possible before buying a pen to make sure the grip is solid and also it does not hurt your wrist if used for longer hours.

  • Price-

The next thing that you might want to consider is the pen price. There are pens available at a price as low as ?2 or as high as ?10,000. If you are buying a pen for yourself for daily use you will obviously not require a pen worth 10,000. But, if you want to buy a pen you might want to spend a little more and get a luxury pen. So, do make sure you pre define the price bracket before buying one.

Best Seller Pens:

Now that you are well aware of the things that you need to consider before buying a pen, let us look at some of the best pens that the world is using to write with.

  • Cello Fine Grip Blue Ball Pen-

Cello is a renowned company in India, they have pioneered the ball point pen in India. This blue ball point pen comes with elasto grip to make your writing pressure free. It has a 0.7 mm nickel silver swiss metal tip. It also has a simple yet attractive transparent plastic body. It is one of the best options for school, college or office work.

  • Nataraj Classic Use and Throw Sticky Pen-

Use and throw pens have become extremely popular in recent years, they help you get rid of buying refills for your pen. These come at ultra low prices and glide smoothly on paper. This Nataraj pen offers fine writing and comes in a very attractive body of red and black stripes, which resembles the classic Nataraj pencils. These pens will surely make your stationery look trendy.

  • Parker Beta Standard CT Blue Ball Pen-

Parker is a name that every child boasted about in school time, the charm has not died. One of India's most loved budget luxury pens, this Parker pen provides an unparalleled smooth writing with a phenomenal grip. It also comes with a system mark refill. It has an alluring blue body. Parkers are great for not just using but also gifting.

  • Camlin Elegante Fountain Pen-

This Camlin pen definitely has a place with the professional. This is a big pen not just in its size but also in its design and demeanor. It is hand crafted with a gold plated nib and Brass cap chrome body. It looks stylish and works like butter. If you want to use your pen as a statement to represent your status, this is the one for you.

  • Cello Gripper Blue Ball Pen-

This Cello pen is another one of its best sellers. Again, a great pen for daily work. It has a 0.5 mm of tip. It comes with a rubber covering for better grip. It has a sleek transparent body. This pen like every other Cello pen works well at its price and gives the best writing experience.


This was all about pens that you might want to ponder upon before buying one. Whatever the purpose, a pen is a must for everyone. Hopefully, this would have provided you with a clear idea of what you are looking for in a pen and help you find the best match for yourself from Moglix.

Pen: FAQs

Q. What is the most popular pen brand?

A. When it comes to choosing the best brands for pens, then the options are many such as Parker, Reynolds, Cello, Camlin, Luxor, and Nataraj.

Q. What are the best types of pens?

A. Pens are available in many types and can be selected based on your writing purpose and requirements. Ballpoint, Rollerball, Fountain, Marker, Gel, Stylus, soft grip, multi-functional and Dip pens are some of the most common types available.