7 of world’s most expensive fountain pens

  • Lalique fountain pen
    Lalique's Crystal & Diamonds: $190,000

    The iconic French designer Lalique offers its Crystal & Diamonds fountain pen for a staggering $190,000. So what are you getting for the price of a home in Middle America? The pen comes with a gold cap, coated in ruthenium, 340 diamonds weighing almost 3 carats and a incredibly attractive crystal ink bottle – arguably the best part.

“My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain. My hand on a pen does. A fountain pen, of course. Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane,” quoth Graham Greene.

But Greene probably would have shied away from these five (and occasionally six) figure writing utensils. We prefer something far more sensible, like a vintage Omas and a black Moleskine notebook.