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Make sure you never lose another pen from your reception desk by getting counter top pens. These types of pens tether to a base stuck to a counter or desktop. Mounted in this way, there is no chance that users will accidentally take the pen with them. You can find a wide selection of such secured pens on Staples.

Choose Between Ballpoint and Rollerball Pens
A counter top pen is similar to a regular pen except for the plastic cord or ball chain securing its base. Most of these pens are ballpoint or rollerball pens. Both types of writing instruments have rolling ball tips. Ballpoint pens have an oil-based ink while a rollerball uses water-based or gel ink. The ink from a ballpoint dries faster when applied to paper. This makes the writing instrument ideal for taking quick notes since its ink does not smudge or bleed through paper. Calligraphy pens move more easily on paper and produce wet ink strokes similar to those of fountain pens. Choose rollerball pens with gel ink if you want a counter pen that can write in other colors besides blue and black.

Features to Look for When Comparing Counter Top Pens
There are different ways to secure the base anchoring a counter pen to a desktop. Most brands offer adhesive-backed bases that stick to flat surfaces. Some also add screw mounting for those that prefer even more secure installations. If you want a counter pen, you can move quickly, choose one with a suction cup base. Some bases double as stands for their pens. These have receptacles that hold pens upright and also protect their tips from drying out. Another important factor to consider is the length of the ball chain or plastic security cord connecting a counter pen to its base. Make sure the chain or cord is long enough to use the pen from the other side of your desk.

Can You Refill a Counter Top Pen?
Yes. Many counter pens use refillable ink cartridges with manufacturers offering refills. Make sure to pick a refillable counter pen if you are going to attach the base to your desk with screws or double-sided adhesive. Some gel pens offer replacement pens in place of ink refills. These replacements snap easily onto the chains securing them to their bases.

Why Do Some Counter Top Pens Have Antimicrobial Protection?
Counter pens are shared writing instruments placed in public locations. They are more likely to host microbes than personal pens. Antimicrobial agents can stop the growth of bacteria, fungi and algae that inevitably appear on these pens. By doing this, they prevent the spread of harmful microbes, eliminate unpleasant odors and prevent discoloration and corrosion.

What Is the Typical Cord Length of Counter Top Pens?
Most counter pens have plastic cords or ball chains measuring between 22 and 26 inches. This length is perfect for most office desks. If you want a cord that extends even further, consider a counter pen attached to its base by a flexible plastic cable. This is usually a short 6-inch coil that can stretch out to over 5 feet.
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Staples Anchor Counter Top Pen, Medium Point, Black Ink (31587-CC)
Item: 650499 / Model : 31587-CC
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  • Counter top pen is always handy for your customers
  • Black ink has a rich color for excellent readability
  • 1.0mm medium tip
5.79 $5.79
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Preventa Antimicrobial Standard Counter Top Pen, Medium Point, Black Ink (05057)
Item: 503724 / Model : 05057
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  • Antimicrobial standard counter top pen
  • Black ink has a rich color for excellent readability
  • 1.0mm medium tip for everyday use
3.79 $3.79
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MMF Industries Secure-A-Pen Counter Top Pen, Medium Point, Blue Ink (28908)
Item: 750939 / Model : 28908
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  • Counter top pen is always handy for your customers
  • Blue ink is easy to read
  • 1.0mm medium tip
5.89 $5.89
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MMF Industries Secure-A-Pen Counter Top Pen, Medium Point, Blue Ink (28708)
Item: 750938 / Model : 28708
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  • Counter top pen is always handy for your customers
  • Blue ink is easy to read
  • 1.0mm medium tip
4.29 $4.29
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Staples Classic Counter Top Pen, Medium Point, Black Ink (18169)
Item: 814114 / Model : 18169
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  • Counter top pen for security
  • Black ink has a rich color for excellent readability
  • 1.0mm medium tip for everyday use
2.59 $2.59
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MMF Industries™ Wedgy® Antimicrobial-Protected Clip Pen, Black
Item: 320055 / Model : 28208
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  • Versatile spring-loaded clips attaches to clipboards, books, and paper pads
  • Scabbard design for comfort and double-coated adhesive mount
  • Virtually indestructible plastic coil extends to more than 5' and recoils back to 6"
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Preventa Antimicrobial Standard Refill Counter Top Pen, Medium Point, Black Ink (05058)
Item: 503725 / Model : 05058
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  • Antimicrobial standard counter top pen refill
  • Black ink has a rich color for excellent readability
  • 1.0mm medium tip for everyday use
4.99 $4.99
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MMF Industries Wedgy Secure Counter Top Pen, Fine Point, Black Ink (25828604)
Item: 320019 / Model : 25828604
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  • Counter top pen is always handy for your customers
  • Black ink has a rich color for excellent readability
  • 0.7mm fine tip ensures crisp lines with every use
7.29 $7.29
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Staples Counter Top Pen, Medium Point, Black Ink (32809)
Item: 501952 / Model : 32809-CC
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  • Counter top pen is always handy for your customers
  • Black ink has a rich color for excellent readability
  • 1.0mm medium tip
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MMF Industries Wedgy Secure Coil Counter Top Pen, Fine Point, Black Ink (25828604)
Item: 42224 / Model : 25828604
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  • Counter top pen is always handy for your customers
  • Black ink has a rich color for excellent readability
  • 0.7mm fine tip ensures crisp lines with every use
8.59 $8.59
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Staples Counter Top Pen, Medium Point, Blue Ink (18287)
Item: 808000 / Model : 18287
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  • Counter top pen is always handy for your customers
  • Blue ink is easy to read
  • 1.0mm medium tip
13.09 $13.09
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MMF Industries™ WEDGY SECURE™ Antimicrobial Protected Pen With Square Holder, Black
Item: 320018 / Model : 25828504
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  • Fraud-resistant security ink helps prevent fraud
  • Tough plastic coil extends from 6" up to 5'
  • Mounts to counter, desk, wall or any smooth, flat surface
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MMF Industries™ Wedgy Secure™ Antimicrobial Coil Pen, Fine, Black, Square base
Item: 45825 / Model : 25828504
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  • Fine point
  • Ballpoint stick pen
  • Black ink
8.59 $8.59
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MMF Industries™ Wedgy® Cord Pen, Black Barrel, Blue Ink
Item: 750933 / Model : 28408
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  • Adhesive-backed round base mounts easily to any clean, flat surface
  • Point Thickness: Medium
  • protected from bacterial and fungal growth with Agion® antimicrobial protection.
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MMF Industries Kable Counter Top Pen, Medium Point, Blue Ink (2580342B04)
Item: 513671 / Model : 2580342B04
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  • Secured pen for public areas
  • Blue ink gives memos and notes a professional appearance
  • 1.0mm medium tip for everyday use
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HBH™ Silver-Accented Country Flair Pen Set, White
Item: 521084 / Model : 29216
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  • Silver accented white pen
  • Resin cowboy hat and rope design of this rustic pen set gives any wedding a little country flair
  • Size: 3 3/4" x 2 3/4" x 1 3/4" base
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MMF Industries™ Cube Base Sentry™ Counter Pen, Fine, Black
Item: MMF2580391A20 / Model : 2580391A20
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  • Ink color: Black
  • Fine point
  • Anodized aluminum silver barrel
48.59 $48.59
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HBH™ Silver-Tone Accents Filigree Base Plume Pen Set, White
Item: 522490 / Model : 47640
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  • White plume pen
  • White with silver-tone accents
  • Size: 2 1/2"Dia base
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PM Anti-Microbial Preventa Superior Upright Counter Pen, Medium Point, Black Ink / Aluminum Barrel
Item: 891126 / Model : PMF05075
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  • Ballpoint
  • Black ink
  • Effective against damaging bacteria and other microbes
34.29 $34.29
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MMF Industries™ Secure-a-Pen® Counter Pens
Item: SS1009486
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  • Medium point, 1.0 mm
  • 24" ball chain holds pen to base
  • Round base mounts with sturdy adhesive to any flat surface
As low as 4.29 $4.29
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HBH™ Silver-Tone Pen Base Feathered Flair Pen Set, White
Item: 521726 / Model : 29723
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  • White satin pen base with layered feather accent and faceted gem center
  • Size: 3 3/4" x 3 3/4"
  • Design: Feathered Flair
25.19 $25.19
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HBH™ Silver-Tone Pen Base Floral Fantasy Pen Set, Eggplant
Item: 521428 / Model : 11234
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  • Eggplant matte satin pen base with layered floral embellishment, black French netting and clear gem center
  • Size: 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" base
  • Design: Floral Fantasy
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HBH™ Silver-Tone Pen Base "With All My Heart" Pen Set, White
Item: 521730 / Model : 30315
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  • Silver tone pen rests in a brightly colored, claret satin base
  • Size: 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" base
  • Design: With All My Heart
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PM Company Preventa® Antimicrobial Counter Pens
Item: SS1001565
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  • AgION™ technology prevents growth of bacteria, yeast, mold and fungi
  • AgION™ technology is EPA registered and FDA recognized
  • Includes 24" high-strength ball chain attached to square adhesive base
As low as 3.79 $3.79
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