If you want Apple\u2019s Pencil, which is designed to work with its new iPad Pro, you have three options:\n\n\nOne: Wait four or five weeks. That\u2019s when the stylus will be available to ship if you ordered it now.\n\n\nTwo: Pay a king\u2019s ransom for the Apple Pencil on eBay now. Some sellers have received $450 for the $99 device.\n\n\nThree: get a different Pencil, for example, this one from FiftyThree ($50 to $60).\n\n\nPencil looks like an actual pencil, the kind a carpenter or serious graphic artist might use. It\u2019s by far the best-looking stylus I\u2019ve held in my hand to date, with a body made of \u201cpremium sustainably harvested walnut\u201d with a \u201cunique grain\u201d whose character changes as you use it. Alternatively, you can get a brushed aluminum model that adds a gold or graphite look.\n\n\n\nPencil is designed to work closely with FiftyThree\u2019s free Paper app, which was just updated to take advantage of the iPad Pro\u2019s mega display (12.9 inches). Using Paper, you can make sketches, create checklists, and annotate photos or images.\n\n\nThe Paper app has also been updated to support 3D Touch on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which means the more pressure you apply, the thicker the line you\u2019re drawing will be. The iPad Pro doesn\u2019t have 3D Touch, though Apple\u2019s Pencil is designed to respond to pressure when drawing as well. Paper also supports Apple\u2019s Pencil, which I\u2019ve not been able to test yet (mine\u2019s due in about three weeks).\n\n\nFiftyThree\u2019s Pencil feels substantial to hold, and I enjoyed drawing with it. The childish results of my efforts are below.\n\n\n\nThe Palm Rejection feature worked well, and I liked the capability to flip the Pencil around and use its top as an eraser. It\u2019s easy to connect the Pencil to an iOS device via Bluetooth, once you know how to do it. For example, in the Paper app, touch and hold the Pencil\u2019s tip to the far left of the toolbox\u2019s drawing tools to connect.\n\n\nPencil works with other apps, too, most notably Microsoft OneNote, Adobe Photoshop Mix and Photoshop Sketch, and Procreate. As of this writing, Pencil is compatible with 18 iOS apps\u2014but unfortunately, Evernote isn\u2019t among them. Also check out \u201ciPad Pro: 14 apps enhanced for the Apple Pencil.\u201d\n\n\nMy only complaint about FiftyThree\u2019s Pencil is that its connection to my iPad Pro sometimes disappeared while I was drawing. Pulling out its removable battery and putting it back in solved the problem.\n\n\nIf you can\u2019t wait until nearly Christmas to get an Apple Pencil, FiftyThree\u2019s stylus is a worthy option to consider, especially since it works with an iPhone too. (Apple\u2019s Pencil is iPad Pro-only, at least for now.) And at $50 to $60, FiftyThree\u2019s stylus is a lot cheaper than paying hundreds of dollars for an Apple Pencil on eBay.