Qualities we like in our writing instruments: weight, simplicity, and crisp writing lines. Caran d’Ache, who you boligrafo boffins might know from their mind-bogglingly expensive bejeweled implements may not be the first you’d go to for a first class jotter, but the Swiss brand also creates refreshingly simple writing instruments. The Caran D’Ache Silver Metal Ballpoint Pen ($17) is one of them. An utterly calm writer — both in its handling and design — the hexagonal all-metal pen serves daily workhorse duties without taking away the delight. You’ll also find a firm clip, stainless steel tip with tungsten-carbide ball and a whisper-quiet retracting mechanism. This D’Ache has panache.

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