The finest brands of writing instruments

From unmistakable elegance to exquisite workmanship, every branded fountain pen or pencil in The Finest Magazine’s below list inspirationally proves their commitments to their owner’s success.

Mont Blanc

Montblanc for Unicef Collection

Since 1924 when the icon of writing culture named Montblanc Meisterstück came out, writing instruments at the highest level of craftsmanship by Montblanc have procured for their owners a superior writing pleasure and accompanied them a life.

Montblanc Meisterstück Collection

Over the course of its history, the characteristic Montblanc pen has become a timeless classic. While the gold nibs of Meisterstück fountain pens have a striking appearance that underscores their unmistakable style, featuring the characteristic three gold rings and precious resin barrel; numerous elegant and innovative collections such as the StarWalker Collection or the Heritage Collection have been added, which combine modern technology with the pioneering spirit of the 20th century or pay homage to the charm of bygone days.

Montblanc Heritage Collection

Recently, Montblanc ScreenWriters are writing instruments for use with smartphones and tablets. Together with Montblanc’s ScreenWriter app, these elegant instruments offer a very special writing experience on electronic devices. Artistic limited editions, which are dedicated to a special person in history or pay homage to the heritage of Montblanc writing instruments, are regularly issued.


Parker Duofold

Parker’s technical innovations speak for themselves. This company also the pioneer of pens made for more than just function. They may not have bags of flair, but they have robust features, and simple appealing style. Meanwhile, Parker Quink ink uses alcohol instead of water as its base to speed drying time and decrease smudging.

Parker Duofold nib

Therefore, with every fine pen under the brand of Parker, the soft delicate touch of the feather shaped nib will beautify each letter on the paper and the water-based liquid ink will leave an authentic impression.

Parker Duofold Marbled Green Ballpoint Pen

Since 1921, Duofold has been iconic of the stunning craftsmanship and heritage of Parker. Finished in precious metals, Duofold offers an exceptionally comfortable and luxurious writing experience thanks to its durable solid gold nib. It can be considered as the reference in fountain pens.

Caran D’Ache

Caran D’Ache Hexagonal in ChinaBlack

Caran d’Ache, since its founding in 1915, has been recognized for its high quality writing instruments noted for their exquisite design and execution. Fountain pen nibs, ballpoint and roller pen tips are checked for priming quality and writing flow, and inks are tested for light fastness. This company is also famous for its color products including color pencils, graphite pencils, pastels, etc.

Caran d’Ache Madison Alpaca

One of the most expensive offering from Caran d’Ache is the Gotica pen, first unveiled in China. Celebrating Gothic art and architecture, the Gotica is crafted with six rhodium coated solid silver faces, each decorated with Gothic elements such as fleurs-de-lis and rosettes. The Gotica is also encrusted with 892 diamonds weighing 7.1 carats; the rosettes feature 72 rubies and 72 emeralds. The asking price of 3.28 million Yuan, or US $406,453 has put the Gotica far out of reach for all but the very elite of China.


Tibaldi has been known as one of the finest Italian brands for luxury writing instruments, designed to impart comfort and endurance which appeal to human senses: sight, hearing and touch. Tibaldi has evolved as a brand adapting itself to time and to technological advancements, yet keeping its traditional spirit and philosophy narrating the brand’s rich history. In fact, Tibaldi products today incorporate the perfect strike between modern looks and classic design.

Fulgor Nocturnus by Tibaldi

Fulgor Nocturnus by Tibaldi worth US $8 million is considered as one of the most expensive fountain pens in the world. Based on the Divine Proportion of Phi, the ratio between the cap and the visible portion of the barrel of the Fulgor Nocturnus equals exactly 1.618 when the pen is closed. This gorgeous writing instrument is encrusted with 945 black diamonds with 123 rubies around the rim. Don’t look for the Fulgor Nocturnus in any store; only one was ever made – and it was sold at a charity auction in Shanghai.


Montegrappa was founded as a “Manifattura pennini d’oro e penne stilografiche” (“Manufacturer of gold nibs and fountain pens”) in Bassano del Grappa, Italy. Originally known as Elmo, benefitted from a pool of local talents which is a workforce able to produce finely crafted objects, with style, panache and a drive to achieve excellence.

Montegrappa Ernest Hemingway Viaggiatore Collection

Montegrappa has produced the pen of choice for authors including John Dos Passos, Paulo Coelho and Ernest Hemingway. Its pens are used by popes, presidents and royalty.

Montegrappa Memory Pen

Among these notables are His Holiness John Paul II, His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain, His Majesty King Hussein of Jordan, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand, His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei and others.


Aurora is a company leader in the production and marketing of writing instruments, fine leather goods, clocks and paper, born in Turin in 1919. From the very first years the company showed that it was able to produce writing instruments with inimitable allure and refinement. A unique style which, following the evolution of taste, yesterday as today, brought together experience, technique, precious materials and artisan skills and refinement.

Aurora Diamante

The company’s US $1.47 million-Diamante fountain pen is known for its smooth flow of writing delivery, though it may be hard to concentrate on your penmanship with this pen when it has around 2,000 diamonds encrusted all over its body. Yes, 2,000 diamonds, making this pen not just a writing instrument, but a veritable jewellery as well. To top off the statement of wealth that this pen seems to proclaim, the nib of the fountain pen comes in gold. Only one Diamante pen is created each year by the manufacturer, thus making it a rare collectible.


Palomino is a division of California Cedar Products Company, the world’s leading supplier of wooden pencil slats. With pencil industry roots dating back to the mid-19th century, Cal Cedar has built a long tradition of excellence and unique supply relationships that now extend to the Palomino writing, arts and stationery products, the most famous of which are its Palomino Blackwing pencils. Claimed by many to be the best writing utensil in the world, Blackwing pencils are famous for the quality of graphite and iconic shape.

Palomino Blackwing 602

Therein, Palomino Blackwing 602, first introduced in 1930s, has inspired some of the world’s most legendary Grammy, Emmy, Pulitzer and Academy Award winners, including John Steinbeck, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein and Chuck Jones, who proudly used Blackwings to create Bugs Bunny and countless other Looney Tunes characters.

Faber-Castell and Graf Von Faber-Castell

Graf von Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil

Faber-Castell and Graf von Faber-Castell are brands of Faber-Castell company which is one of the oldest industrial companies worldwide, founded in 1761. This company is the global leading manufacturer of wood-cased pencils with a varied range of products for writing, drawing and creative design, as well as decorative cosmetics. Therein, Graf von Faber Castell were the first in the world to create lead pencils encased in wood.

Graf von Faber-Castell Snakewood Limited Edition

Both brands use classic simple designs, with a range of materials including wood, resin and precious metals for their barrels. The high shine finishings on all their pens add a touch of sparkle. They’ve got luxury, designer label written all over them.


Yard-O-Led’s hand-crafted writing instruments are made in England from sterling silver, using time honoured methods of craftsmanship. They started out as makers of the first propelling pencil, earning their name from the yard of lead the pencils contained. Victorian styling and fine detailing mark Yard O Led pens out, including a unique clip crafted by 8 different processes. Victorian finish pens are hand hammered at least 2,000 times, whilst each pen is individually numbered and comes with a lifetime guarantee.