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The Best Pens on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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While we’ve written before about all sorts of stationery goods — including bullet-journal supplies for beginners, colored pencils, and our editor-tested ranking of the 100 best pens — here, we’ve rounded up the best pens as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

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Best-rated pen

BIC Round Stic Xtra Life Ballpoint Pen, 36-Count
$5

“Basic” is the word many reviewers use to describe these pens, but for many that is all they need. “Everything I would expect from a basic pen like this,” one writes. “They write well enough, better than the other super cheap pens, and the ink isn’t messy.” Another says, “Nothing fancy, just straight to the point. Can’t go wrong with a classic.” And while basic, they still perform. “They seem to work on all surfaces I’ve tried them on and write pretty smoothly,” one user says, while another notes “no drip or smudge when writing or leak inside of the pen experienced yet.” With this order, you get 36 pens, so reviewers also appreciate the quantity, quality, and price combination they get with these pens. “These pens are great, they write well, and for less than the price of a decent burger at some fast-food outlet, you get a mess of ‘em,” one user writes. And they may even last longer than you think. One student says, “I bought it on freshman year of college and 4 years later, I still have several left.”