This value-priced bolt-action pen is made from aircraft-grade 6061T aluminum, and features a contrasting-colored bolt for retracting its tip. The loop at its back makes it easy to attach to a carabiner or keychain. Accepts standard Parker, Schmidt, and Fisher Space Pen refills.
An extremely durable writing instrument, made from CNC machined T6061 aircraft-grade aluminum. We love look of the grooved body, which provides an ergonomic grip. It takes a Parker-style ball point cartridge, and its cap has an O-ring seal to keep out the elements.
A great writing instrument when you need to write in a darkened location without impacting your night vision. This tactical pen has got a red LED for illumination at the tip, a non-reflective metal barrel, and comes with a pressurized ink cartridge that writes in all conditions.
Business Casual chronicles the rise of pen giant BIC. Although he didn’t invent the ballpoint pen, BIC’s co-founder Baron Marcel Bich understood economies of scale and brought affordable pens, lighters, and razors to the world. But the company has had its share of busts too.
Some of our favorite pens have a bolt-action mechanism. These weapon-inspired writing instruments are made from steel, aluminum, brass, or titanium, and are sure to outlast cheap plastic pens. Everyday Carry shares some of their top picks for you to choose from.
A handy gadget that combines a writing instrument with an emergency gadget charger. It’s got a microUSB tip on one and (with an MFi-certified Lightning adapter), and a touchscreen stylus on the other. Available in black or silver finishes. Save 57% in The Awesomer Shop.
This pen truly is mightier than the sword, especially since it’s built into the casing of a real bullet. Made from an actual H&H .375 caliber magnum shell, this pen doesn’t just look cool, it writes upside-down or even when wet, thanks to its Fisher Space Pen cartridge.
So you’ve got a cool pen and it runs out of ink. You could just buy any old refill, or you could follow Everyday Carry’s advice to help you pick a great smooth-writing instrument that won’t let you down. Our inexpensive pick is the Pilot G2, but those Schmidt cartridges are fantastic.