This article was written by a guest contributor. For guest contribution guidelines, please visit this page.
Mike Navitsky is the owner of Bastion. We design and manufacture premium quality writing instruments with the best quality materials.
Who doesn’t love getting a gift? The word alone can bring sheer joy to even the most stoic face. It doesn’t matter how old you are; everyone appreciates a thoughtful gesture.
But the joy doesn’t end with the one receiving the gift; gifting brings joy to the receiver as well as the giver. Studies have shown that various “feel-good” chemicals, such as serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin, are secreted in our brains while we give gifts.
So…let’s give more presents!
While gifting is easy, choosing the right kind of present is tricky. One thing that never goes out of style is a great pen.
For professionals, a good pen is symbolic of intelligence, creativity, determination, and diligence. Pens have also been associated with honoring someone’s freedom of thought.
So whether you are looking to celebrate a graduation, promotion, birthday or even retirement party, don’t overlook a good pen. Just like everything else, the internet is full of options, so we are making things simple.
Here are the 5 best picks from Bastion, an EDC company that specializes in tactical gear and writing instruments. Bastion pens may not be the cheapest on the market, but the quality construction and durability of the design make each one worth every penny.
Plus, what other gift will get used all day, every day?
Fountain Vs. Ballpoint
The first step in finding the perfect pen for the person in your life is deciding what kind of pen they will use and like the most. There are a handful of different types of pens, including gel, rollerball, ballpoint, ergonomic, and fountain pens. We are going to narrow in on two of the most popular picks—the fountain pen and a ballpoint pen.
A fountain pen is a classic gift choice for those who love calligraphy, books, and all things vintage. A symbol of accomplishment, tradition, and formality, it often symbolizes an accomplishment of some kind.
While fountain pens from the past required authors to dip their pens in a little ink basin, the fountain pens of today feature an internal reservoir filled with water-based ink for ultimate ease.
People working in more traditional fields, such as law, also enjoy premium fountain pens.
Another good choice of pen for the present is the ballpoint pen. The ballpoint pen is ideal for a practical person who doesn’t want all the frills of a fountain pen. Ballpoint pens are great for business professionals and students.
Ballpoint pens are a fantastic writing instrument, and there are some beautiful, lightweight yet sturdy ballpoint pens to choose from.
Pick Your Metal
Once you know what options are available, the next step is choosing your metal. The material should be selected according to the person’s writing habits and pen-holding capacity. While you may think the type of metal isn’t a big deal, it actually deserves your consideration.
Stainless steel is the most preferred material, with a clean and polished finish. However, it has a few cons. Stainless steel can add excess weight to the pen, making it hard to hold for long periods.
Therefore, pens made with stainless steel are not ideal for someone who doesn’t do much handwriting or has a slightly weaker wrist. For a lighter option, one can choose from Titanium or Aluminum.
Related: 30 Best Gifts For Preppers [That They Won’t Want to (or Can’t) Live Without]
The Five Best Pens To Gift
There are many luxury pens available in the market to choose from, but here are the outstanding ones that have made it to our list of favorites:
1. Stainless Steel Bolt Action Pen
In addition to its innovative design, this Stainless Steel Bolt Action Pen is made of the finest materials and engineered with precision craftsmanship to create a premium and practical writing instrument.
A satisfying bolt action mechanism makes this gift perfect for fidgeters, and the 100% stainless steel makes it sturdy and tough. This pen provides smooth writing and helps the writer experience the joy of writing.
2. Titanium Ballpoint Pen
If you are looking for a lightweight pen that gives a sleek finish to the writing, look no further than this astounding EDC Titanium Ballpoint Pen. Titanium has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of all metals that are known. It is equally as sturdy as steel but weighs almost half.
Titanium is also best known for maintaining its integrity at extreme temperatures and resisting corrosion. If you want a lightweight and stylish pen with deceptively strong performance, titanium is the way to go.
Related: The 35 Best Gifts For Administrative Professionals Day
3. Aluminum Ballpoint Pen
The Aluminum Ballpoint Pen is the perfect choice for you if you are looking for a lightweight pen that differentiates your recipient from their fellow students, colleagues, friends, and family. It is truly unique in nature and will serve your purpose well.
Don’t confuse lightweight with weak—aluminum is strong enough to be used in manufacturing aircraft fuselages. The bolt action mechanism only adds to its appeal.
4. The Classic Fountain Pen
While fountain pens are not everyone’s cup of tea, the Classic Fountain Pen makes a perfect vintage gift for all occasions.
The fountain pen is a great match for those who love history and would love to treasure their writing or would appreciate an heirloom to pass down through generations. Fountain pens come in all materials like weighty, robust stainless steel or lighter, impactful Aluminum and Titanium. These pens make any writing feel a little more important and can transport the writer to the era of kings and queens.
5. Bolt Action Mechanical Pencil
Does your recipient prefer graphite over ink? The Bolt Action Mechanical Pencil has all of the style of our other picks, but without the commitment. A mechanical pencil is perfect for anyone who is creative, wants precise glide and is a stylish but functional asset in the everyday carry collection, like an artist or architect.
The stainless steel exterior of this pencil ensures this technical writing instrument is robust and hard-wearing, and it uses SCHMIDT Technology for effortless projection.
Pick The Right Pen
If you are going to shell out a pretty penny on a pen, it can be tough to choose the right one. Gifting a pen is not just giving a thing to someone. You are adding to the personality of the person. Before finalizing a pen, you’ll want to think about the recipient’s style, the frequency of their writing, what they would use a pen for and if they are sentimental. If they write by hand a lot and appreciate good quality, sturdiness and longevity, choose a stylish EDC bolt action pen that lasts forever. If they write occasionally or are slight at the wrist, a titanium bolt pen could be a better fit, which is equally as strong as the stainless steel pen but is comparatively less heavy.
If the recipient of your gift is someone who loves historical events, dressing style, and finds joy in good old classics, you should choose the classic fountain pen.
Take your time to explore and select the appropriate gift pen and enjoy the smile of the person you are gifting to!
You might also be interested in: The Best 62 Perfectly Calculated Gifts For Engineers
The 5 Best Bastion Pens:
- Stainless Steel Bolt Action Pen
- Titanium Ballpoint Pen
- Aluminum Ballpoint Pen
- The Classic Fountain Pen
- Bolt Action Mechanical Pencil