Writing Supplies

At Office Allsorts, we’re certain our writing supplies category will cover everything you may need; from the common ballpoint pen to marker pens, pencils and even correction media such as Tipp-Ex. If you need any further information regarding any of our writing supplies, we will be happy to help. Please contact us on 0115 9455833 to speak to a member of our dedicated team.

Buyers Guide

Office Allsorts supply a huge range of over 900 writing materials for use around the office or home. Our products include ballpoint pens, rollerball pens, fountain pens, fineliner pens, highlighters, permanent markers, and pencils. Within the writing supplies category we also stock our rulers, refill ink, correction media and pencil sharpeners. To help you decide which products to choose we have provided a short guide to each of the key product groups:

Ballpoint Pens

Ballpoint pens Dispense ink by rolling a small hard ball onto the paper, the ink becomes dry almost immediately. Ballpoint pens are generally very reliable and inexpensive and are now the most popular pen choice in the world.

  • World’s most popular type of pen
  • Reliable and inexpensive costs
  • Also known as ball pen or biro
  • Office essential
  • Extensive selection to choose from

Rollerball Pens

Rollerball pens dispense a water based liquid or gel ink through a mechanism similar to a ballpoint pen. The ink absorbs more easily onto paper than oil based ink and this allows a smoother pen movement across the writing surface.

  • Offer an alternative to the ballpoint pen
  • An everyday writing instrument
  • Provides a smooth writing experience similar to a fountain pen
  • Use gel or water based ink

Fountain Pens

A nib pen with an internal reservoir of water based liquid ink. The ink is drawn to the paper via a feed in the pen using gravity and a capillary action. Fountain pens require little pressure to apply the ink to the paper.

  • Can cost several hundreds of pounds
  • Bic, Pentel and Pilot sell packs of disposable fountain pens for a similar price to biros or ballpoint pens
  • 20 different nib sizes and filling mechanisms include piston filling
  • Allows the user freedom to try different inks, colours and ink cartridges
  • Arguably easier and less messy to use
  • Read our guide to Choosing a Fountain Pen

Fineliner Pens

Fineliner pens generally have a fibre or plastic tip and are best suited for precision work in offices where neat work is carried out.

  • Pen with a narrow tip
  • Usually made of nylon fibre or plastic
  • Ink is fed to the top by capillary action providing a continuous supply of ink when writing or drawing
  • Very fine writing line (between 0.2mm and 1mm)
  • Ideal for those doing precision drawing work
  • Also for those doing stencilling

Highlighter Pens

Come in a wide choice of colours, very often these are fluorescent which means they will glow under a black light. The most common colours for highlighter pens are yellow, pink, blue, green, orange and purple.

  • A type of felt-tip pen used to make passages of writing stand out
  • Come in vivid, fluorescent colours
  • We stock the top highlighter brands including Stabilo, Sharpie and our 5 Star economy brand

Permanent Markers

A type of marker pen that, as the name suggests, creates a permanent mark on an object. Permanent markers come in a variety of tip sizes from ultra-fine to wide and with tip types including chisel point, bullet tip and wide bristle. Our permanent market range includes top brands such as Edding, Pentel and Sharpie.

  • Designed to create permanent writing on an object
  • Ink is waterproof and capable of writing on a wide range of surfaces
  • Most common types of pen tips on permanent markers are bullet or chisel

Whiteboard Markers

Another type of market pen that are used on white boards as the ink is not permanent and can therefore be wiped clean. Also known as dry-wipe markers, our range includes Expo, Nobo, Edding and Biro Bic.

  • Non-permanent, erasable ink
  • Ideal for temporary writing on whiteboards or with overhead projector
  • No longer contain the toxic chemical compounds xylene or toluene


Constructed of a narrow solid pigment core with an outer layer that acts as a protective casing. The majority of pencils follow the European grading system where ‘H’ is for hardness, ‘B’ is for blackness and ‘F’ for fine point. The most common writing pencil is ‘HB’.

  • Used for both writing and drawing
  • Standard pencils are made of a graphite core surrounded by wood
  • Mechanical pencils provide a fine point and are commonly used for technical drawing

OHP Pens

Primarily used on overhead projector transparencies although they will work on most glossy surfaces. Available in both permanent and non-permanent ink, the top manufacturer is Staedtler.

  • Used on conjunction with transparency film to create presentation material for overhead projectors
  • Available in black and assorted colours
  • A range of tips widths are available from super fine to medium

Flipchart Pens

A strong clue in the name, these pens are designed specifically to work with flipchart pads. They have handy features such as ‘no bleed’ so your lines stay nice and clean and ‘dry safe ink’ which means that you can leave the cap off the pen without it drying out.

  • Available in both chisel tip and bullet tip
  • Water based ink
  • Assorted colour and black only packs available

Whether you are looking for specific writing supplies in particular or have a more general writing supply requirement, Office Allsorts have a large range of products and we’re sure we will have what you need. However, if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0115 9455833 and a member of our team will be happy to help.

If you need any help in selecting the best pens for your requirements then please take a look at our blog post Choosing The Perfect Pen.

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