Last month, I discovered something amazing:
Dr Grip, one of the best mechanical pencil and ball point pens, from Pilot, Japan, have teamed up with Sanrio to bring us adorably cute pens and pencils!
If you haven't seen a Dr Grip before, they're chunky really comfortable to hold pencils and pens. They write so smoothly as well. They are also usually pretty expensive for a pen or pencil, but not ridiculously expensive.
I got these Kutsushita Nyanko and Rilakkuma Dr Grip pens from ModeS4u
and I got this Rilakkuma pen from Artbox at their store in Covent Garden
These have been retailing for 800 yen in Japan, if you're lucky enough to get them direct.
I got mine for £10.30 each from modeS4u (this includes fees and shipping, so is the price I paid in total) and £11.90 for the one from Artbox.