The Top 10 Gold Pens

By Samantha Di Nardo

Gold pens

The Top 10 Gold Pens

By Samantha Di Nardo

When it comes to shopping for a luxury gold pen, there are a lot of options out there. That doesn't mean all the options are good.

Additionally, finding a great gold pen doesn't just mean the pen is loaded with 23k gold. In the search for the best gold pen, the key is finding a pen that writes as sharp as it looks. 

Also, it is surprisingly difficult to find gold-plated pens. Not brass pens that look gold. Actual gold pens. 

This article is going to talk about the top best gold pens that deliver quality writing as well as quality style in a variety of prices to help you shop for the pen that works best for you.

10.) Dayspring Pens Monroe Gold Pen Set

9.) Cross Townsend

8.) Pilot Metropolitan

7.) Dayspring Pen Braxton Set

6.) Cross Century II

5.) Caran d'Ache Madison Cisele 

4.) Cross Tech3+

3.) Parker Jotter XL

2.) Santos de Cartier Ballpoint Pen

1.) Cross Classic Century


So here we go!

10.) Dayspring Pens Monroe Gold Pen Set

The Dayspring Pens Monroe gold set is an 18k gold plated ballpoint and mechanical pencil set that comes with a free line of custom engraving.


Engraved monroe gold set in display box


Both writing instruments are click action with an ergonomic rubber grip, medium black ink, and 0.7mm lead.

Priced around $31.00, the Monroe is a great entry level gold set that is all about functionality and simplicity.

9.) The Cross Townsend Gold Pen

The Townsend "Pen of Presidents" is famous for its role as the official pen of multiple American president administrations.

Medium barreled, nicely weighted, and perfectly balanced, the Townsends is now available in 10k rolled gold finish as a ballpoint, rollerball, or fountain pen.

Indeed this pen is known for being the mark of the professional so its great for making impressions in the business world.

8.) Pilot Metropolitan

On the opposite end of the spectrum from the Peerless, the Pilot Metropolitan in gold is a whopping $18.99 fountain pen.

Pilot Metropolitan Gold Fountain Pen

The level and quality of gold in this pen is significantly lower. However, I have this pen on the list because it is hands down the best entry level fountain pen on the market and which just so happens to come in gold too!

It is an incredible fountain pen for the price. Not only great for quick signatures but also long writing stints. Additionally, it comes with a fine point nib and is super easy to fill with ink, making it a no brainer for trying out different color inks and styles.

7.) Dayspring Pens Braxton Set

18k gold plated barrels and appointments are marked by colored lacquer caps in either red, blue, or green in this ballpoint and rollerball set.

Braxton Gold Pens

A Dayspring Pens staff favorite, the Braxton may be the smoothest writing combination on this list.

6.) Cross Century II Golden Pen

The Cross Century II takes the storied Classic Century (we'll get to this pen) and adds a little more body and modern design to it.

It is a lustrous 10k gold pen that can be found as a ballpoint, rollerball, and fountain pen.

The Century II is a slimmer medium barrel pen that I recommend as a rollerball for the easy glide of the gel ink as well as the snap of the cap which speaks to the craftsmanship of design.

 Further Reading: Fountain Pen Review: The Cross Century II

5.) Caran d'Ache Madison Cisele

18k gold with the writing perfection of a pen company that is known for delivering Swiss quality to writing and art materials. 

A slender, round barrel, the Madison Cisele has a jointed clip and fine barrel etching. 

It is a pen that exemplifies gold with its elegant simplicity that does not need elaborate embellishments.

4.) Cross Tech3+

This 23k gold pen is a black ink ballpoint, a red ballpoint, and a 0.7 mm lead pencil complete with a stylus for electronic devices and an eraser under the cap.


multiple cross pens on marble table top


I personally think this twist-action pen is one of the best pens made by the Cross brand. The fine tip gives a particularly nice writing line and has little to no skipping.

As multifunction pens go, this is the best a customer can find, especially in gold.

3.) Parker Jotter XL Ballpoint Gold Pen

I love the Jotter. It's been around for over 60 years for a reason - mainly the durable construction, slim portable design, and the satisfying click.

The fact that Parker decided to make a gold finish is a sweet bonus.

This affordable offering has Parker's famous Quink that is quite an admirable ballpoint, but for an extra great experience swap the ballpoint refill for the Quink gel pen refill. You will not regret it.

 Related Reading: The Parker Jotter: The Pen You See in Every Movie

2.) Santos de Cartier Golden Ballpoint Pen

The Santos de Cartier ballpoint pen is a gold plated ballpoint pen that carries all the high fashion designer distinction that has made Cartier famous.

Luxury that is unquestionable, the ballpoint pen has a gadroon motif etched into the barrel of the pen.

This pen is perfect for name brand luxury aficionados, both as a writing instrument and as a collector's item. 

1.) Cross Classic Century

The old tried and true Cross Classic Century comes in at number one. Cross has manufactured its slim, iconic design since 1940s, emphasizing the Classic Century's consistency.

Cross Classic Century 23k Gold Ballpoint Pen

Subtle, incise patterning in the gold gives added elegance to the best gold pen Cross has to offer. The Classic Century has durability on top of great presentation, which makes it a great writing tool for any task.

A traditional graduation gift, the Classic Century comes both in 23k gold and is available as a pen and pencil set as well as a ballpoint, rollerball, and fountain pen.

The 10 Best Gold Pens Today

That's it for the latest results on the top 10 gold pens by the leading brands. I hope this will help as you do your shopping!

If you are looking for more help or are curious about other luxury pens, check out some of my other articles on the best pens currently on the market.

What is your favorite pen? Let me know in the comments below and if it's not on my list I'd be happy to give it a try!

Sam Di Nardo

Sam Di Nardo is an author for Dayspring Pens, where she has honed her expertise in ballpoint, rollerball, gel and fountain pens since joining the team in 2018.

From her initial role as an Engraver to becoming the Production Manager, Sam's journey has been marked by her passion for the history, manufacturing, and the unique value of gifted writing instruments.

A graduate of Regent University with a degree in English Literature and a special interest in Old Norse literature, dive deeper into Sam's world and discover why she's your trusted guide in the realm of gift pens.

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1 Comment

I agree with you about Cross classic being number one. I actually found my first one lying on the street on my way to deliver my paper route back in 1967. I have loved it ever since. I still use Cross and I think I am going to purchase the Rose gold pen to add to my Cross collection.

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