When it comes to thank-you notes, greeting cards or good old-fashioned work notes, a quality fountain pen adds a gentlemanly touch and makes mundane tasks a whole lot more bearable. Thanks to its reservoir and nib design, these fine writing instruments often require little or no pressure to write, but they do need to be refilled and cleaned occasionally. We've been longtime fans of Kaweco, a German company that's been making their iconic pens for two hundred years. The compact design features a screw-on cap (so no worries about ink stains in your pocket), and the new AC Sport even features sporty carbon-fiber detailing. We also like that they use ink cartridges ($2 for six), which are a cinch to install.
Kaweco AC Sport, $122 at Jet Pens