This Pen Is Beautiful Enough to Make Me Want to Write in Ink

This pen is smooth, sleek, beautiful; it's solid but gracious. And it's even called Nautilus. All things considered, it's enough to make me want to write something in ink instead of typing. » 8/20/14 7:00am 8/20/14 7:00am

Turn Your Favorite Pen Into a Stylus With This Stretchy Rubber Wrap

Your finger works just fine as your body's built-in stylus, but sometimes—like when checking Twitter while eating wings—you'd rather not touch your screen with your filthy digits. It's those times when carrying a stylus is perfectly justified, and with the clever rubber StretchWrite, you can just use your favorite pen… » 8/13/14 10:13am 8/13/14 10:13am

A 3D Printing Pen That Uses UV Light Instead of Dangerous Heat

If you've ever used a hot glue gun for a craft project, you already know how tricky and messy they can be to work with. And this is partly why the handful of 3D printing pens already on the market aren't the easiest tools to use. So maybe the CreoPop pen, which instead uses UV light to cure a liquid resin, might be a… » 6/09/14 3:20pm 6/09/14 3:20pm

A One-String Pen-Sized Guitar That Almost Plays Like the Real Thing

They're not as awkward to transport as a piano or a cello, but guitars are far from being the easiest instrument to travel with. And if air guitar never really satisfies your desire to play while away from your instrument, this pen-sized single-string playable guitar might be a better traveling companion. » 4/28/14 8:01am 4/28/14 8:01am

What's Your Favorite Notepad?

We here at Gizmodo love pens. We're very particular about what we write with, and hey—we're pretty fussy about what we're writing on, too. We've got our personal faves, and want to know: What are your go-to notebooks, must-have pads, and never-without journals? » 4/04/14 2:40pm 4/04/14 2:40pm

What Is Your Favorite Pen?

Yes, this is the internet, but we all still have to write by hand sometimes. I was just in the middle of an interview and my pen ran out of ink. What should I get to replace it? » 2/27/14 4:00pm 2/27/14 4:00pm

A Gorgeous Inkless Pen That Never Needs a Refill

Pininfarina is known for turning Ferraris and other exotic cars into even more impressive works of art, so it's a safe assumption that its new 4.EVER Pininfarina Cambiano writing instrument is going to cost a small fortune when available. But with an inkless design that never needs a new cartridge, it could eventually… » 2/05/14 11:20am 2/05/14 11:20am

The Classic Bic Pen Now Works On Your Smartphone Display Too

Writing implements aren't going to be supplanted by touchscreen devices anytime soon. But that isn't stopping Bic from hedging its bets and ensuring its classic see-through plastic pens remain relevant. The company's new Cristal Stylus features a rubber tip on the bottom letting you jot notes on a touchscreen device,… » 1/28/14 1:40pm 1/28/14 1:40pm

Porsche's New Pens Extend and Retract Their Tips With a Simple Shake

They're not designed for those with emphatic penmanship, but Porsche Design's lovely new Shake Pens will definitely appeal to those who like a perfect balance of form and function. Sure, the two designs might be a little on the chunky side, but that's easy to forgive, since they house a mechanism that allows their… » 11/25/13 5:00pm 11/25/13 5:00pm

What's the Ink in a Standard Rollerball Pen Made Of?

You probably have no idea where the ink in your pen comes from, much less whether it's a simple factory process or demanding of more expertise. Josh Velson, a chemical engineering consultant for bio and petrochemicals, has your answer. » 11/18/13 3:00pm 11/18/13 3:00pm

Livescribe Smartpen 3: Note Taking Magic in a Luxury Package

So you want to take hand-written notes but you don't want to transcribe them onto your computer? No problem. Livescribe's new Smartpen 3 is a magic for note-taking tool that automatically translates your scratches and scrawls into an iPad or iPhone app. » 10/28/13 12:01am 10/28/13 12:01am

A Pen That Just Might Be Mightier Than an Actual Sword

The rat race is a war fought on domestic soil, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. And those of you who bravely march into corporate America every morning need to ensure you're properly equipped for your nine-to-five battle. A shiny pair of wingtips and a brown bag lunch will only get you to the front lines. For… » 10/02/13 5:00pm 10/02/13 5:00pm

Could a Spell-Checking Pen Get You to Write in Cursive?

Handwriting is dying out in general, but cursive especially. Does anyone under the age of twenty ever use it anymore? They will, if the minds behind Lernstift have anything to say about it. They've got a haptic smart-pen that will spellcheck your script, but does that really make it any more enticing? » 7/13/13 5:00pm 7/13/13 5:00pm

Silicone Pens Give You The Maintenance-Free Lawn You've Always Wanted

If you love the look of plants on your desk, but have a nasty habit of killing them through neglect, consider this faux greenery as an alternative. What look like tall blades of grass are actually unfortunately-named Pooleaf pens with long wisps of silicone coming off the end. » 7/05/13 6:30pm 7/05/13 6:30pm

The Ballpoint Pen Turns 75 Years Old Today

You've probably never used a fountain pen, or accidentally spilled a jar of refil ink and ruined your favorite pants. And for that, you have the ballpoint pen to thank. The handy gadget is having its 75th birthday today, so go sign away your rights to something to celebrate! » 6/15/13 7:00pm 6/15/13 7:00pm

Making Your Own Pen Is So Beautiful It Might Be Worth It

Things I've considered making on my own: a computer, a coffee table, a treehouse, mayonnaise and a few other things. Things I've never considered making on my own: toilet paper, socks, phones and pens. But maybe I should reconsider that last one. Making your own pen is such a beautiful process of machinery porn that… » 5/04/13 1:00am 5/04/13 1:00am

These Japanese Wooden Pens Are Perfectly Elegant

You know, there's nothing quite like finding the perfect writing instrument. It's a wordsmith's holy grail of sorts. And we love these elegant new pens from Japanese brand Miidori. » 4/29/13 5:00pm 4/29/13 5:00pm

A Fire-Starting Pen, For When Your Words Aren't Inflammatory Enough

They say the pen is mightier than the sword, but neither of those implements are really that effective when it comes to starting a campfire. So if survival and copious note-taking are high on your list when it comes to choosing office supplies, consider this tactical pen that hides a fire striker inside. » 4/19/13 3:40pm 4/19/13 3:40pm

The Pen and Sword Are Finally Equals With This Ninja Pen

Have you ever needed to secretly jot down a grocery list, or covertly sign a check? With this katana sword pen in your pocket, and roughly 25 years of ninja training, you'll leave people wondering how that signature appeared out of nowhere. At least until you trigger its neat "SHHINNG" sound effect and give yourself… » 4/03/13 8:45am 4/03/13 8:45am

How NASA's Anti-Gravity Pen Helped Put a Man on the Moon

At the height of the Space Race both Soviet and American astronauts faced an unforeseen challenge: taking notes when the lack of gravity rendered normal pens inoperable. The Americans reputedly "spent millions" on an advanced pressurized space pen while the Soviets—they simply brought pencils. » 1/18/13 3:40pm 1/18/13 3:40pm