Best luxury pen brands for that special gift?

There are a number of pen brands you can consider when selecting a pen for personal use or your special gift for family and friends, graduation or anniversary gift. While pens are still used in everyday life, fountain pens, in particular, have become a collectable and sought after item, evoking style, beauty and elegance.  Designer pens, unique limited edition pens, or pens for the busy executive, the top brand manufacturers truly cover all these requirements by creating the perfect gift for any occasion.
Consideration must be given to quality, anticipated usage of the pen, the writing style of the user price, and of course, the brand itself.  Men and women may have different preferences to style, size and thickness of the barrel of the pen, so this is another important factor when considering the usability of your luxury pen. Pens can be purchased as a piece of art, like classic jewellery or watches, made to last for generations, and always reminding you of that special occasion. All elements are likely to come into the decision making process.
Surprisingly, pen brands are often known for one specialised area, whether it be a fountain pen, ballpoint pen, rollerball pen, or propelling pencils. Equally, the origins of some of the major pen manufacturers of today lie with creating pencils and then developing skills in other areas of writing instruments.
This review includes very high quality top international brands for fountain pens, ballpoint pens, and pencils. All are unique and have their own elegance and style.

ST Dupont

Founded in 1872, ST Dupont is a luxury pen manufacturer, based in France. Pens are handmade and assembled, precision instruments, which are made to last a lifetime. Each pen comprises 10 to 20 parts, and manufacturing takes between 2 and 3 months for a pen to be completed. Fountain pens include a natural lacquered finish of plant origin which is unique to ST Dupont, having a closely guarded secret formula to create a lacquer which is of high quality, consistent, and unblemished. Quality control is a key part of the manufacturing cycle, as seen by those lucky enough to have been on a factory tour. Designs are contemporary and stylish, yet reassuringly elegant. Writing performance is regarded as being the best available.

Mont Blanc

Montblanc is a famous luxury pen manufacturer. Established in 1906 in Germany, and is one of the “newer” entries into the luxury pen marketplace, the company has continued manufacturing high-quality pens, while expanding across other areas including leather, watches, and accessories. Higher price points than some of its competitors, producing quality pens made to last.

Parker Pens

Founded in 1888 in the US, this leading pen manufacturer is currently headquartered in France and the UK. It is well known for producing excellent quality products covering the whole range of pen requirements, at all levels of price points. Parker pen is also known as a favourite choice of John F Kennedy for signing legislation and to give as gifts. Probably the best-known brand worldwide for pens for everyday use.

Graf von Faber-Castell

Graf von Faber-Castell Platinum plated Perfect Pencil – Black – FBA010 Burton Blake
Pencils were the beginning of this luxury writing instruments manufacturer 250 years ago. Faber-Castell  is a family-own manufacturer through generations. This German brand has become famous for being a leading manufacturer of fountain pens, ballpoint pens, and propelling pencils. All produced to exacting quality, slender shape and design, created to provide you with unique writing experience.

Waterman Paris

French elegance since 1883, Waterman Paris typifies the Parisian sense of style. Over time, Waterman developed the perfect balance of beauty and innovation. Elegance and French sophistication are summed up in the fabulous Waterman range of quality products. The French public sees this as an iconic brand, manufactured in France, one which has established itself across the world in this high luxury sector.

Caran D’Ache

Caran D’Ache Varius Ivanhoe Silver Plated Ballpoint Pen – CDA014 Burton Blake
Caran D’Ache is a family business, founded in Geneva in 1915, has always had a shared vision, the unique values of Swiss Made excellence, and an innate sense of creativity and innovation.  It was founded on making pencils, fine art materials, and then moved on to luxury writing instruments. Always innovative, Caran D’Aches became the first company to make a pen with an integrated watch with mechanical movements!

Which Luxury Pen Should I choose?

The choice between these high-end luxury brands often comes down to personal preference, and of course budget. All of these brands have been selected by Burton Blake as having reputations for being high-quality providers of pens and pencils, having unique styles, quality and long-lasting elegance. Finishes include lacquer, gold plate, platinum, palladium, and chrome options, amongst others.  At the luxury end, all would come with a beautiful gift box, making it the perfect present.

Burton Blake proudly represents the majority of these brands. Please see the Burton Blake website for individual products details - 

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