Saturday 23 June 2018

Tips for buying a business pen with an edge

€4; shop.designist.ie
€4; shop.designist.ie

Claire O’Mahony

Tools of the trade

Get in touch with your inner MacGyver with this three-in-one pen tool. It's a handy little number that could be useful on many occasions, including as it does a spirit level on the side and two screwdriver heads - flat and Phillips - in the tip.

€20.32; amazon.co.uk
€20.32; amazon.co.uk

For work, it functions perfectly as a ballpoint pen and writes in black ink.

€4; shop.designist.ie

Three is the magic number

A three-way pen, the Zebra Sharbo X LT3 looks sleek and allows you to have any one of three components - as ballpoint pen, gel ink, stylus and mechanical pencil have all been fitted into the thin barrel.

€33.50; shop.designist.
€33.50; shop.designist.

It feels great in the hand but it's important to note that this is just the body and the ink and mechanical pen component have to be bought separately.

€20.32; amazon.co.uk

Space pen’s out of this world

The Fisher Space pen, first developed in 1965, is used on all American and Russian manned space flights. Its sealed pressurised ink cartridge means it works in the freezing cold, boiling heat, upside down and in space - although you're unlikely to get the opportunity to test it there.

€19.19; amazon.co.uk
€19.19; amazon.co.uk

Exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art, it's beautiful to use, allowing you to write cleanly and smoothly.

€33.50; shop.designist.ie

Write for all weathers

Ideal for anyone who works outdoors, the Rite in the Rain All-Weather clicker writes through water, mud, sweat and grease and its pressurised cartridge can work in temperatures from -34 °C to 121 °C. It has an easy grip barrel for wet conditions although you might want to also consider the brand's waterproof notebooks (which start from €6.77).

€19.19; amazon.co.uk

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