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.
What happens when fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld teams up with writing instrument company Faber-Castell? Fancy, shmancy stuff, like this extravagant, limited-edition trunk, filled with 350 premium graphite pencils, pastels, and markers. Sadly, most artists can’t afford it.
A pen that’s ready to come to your aid, whether through written word or action, the Double Duty Tactical Pen 1.5 offers both a Fisher Space Pen tip for writing, and sharp point for self-defense. Made from machined aluminum, with a knurled grip that works for holding either tool.
It’s time to head back to classes, and while many notes are take on laptops and tablets these days, sometimes nothing beats a pen or pencil. Everyday Carry picks some of the best writing instruments for the task. That Lamy Safari fountain pen looks awesome.
The ultimate writing instrument for your backpack or bugout bag. It’s made from CNC milled titanium, has a bolt-action mechanism, and an integral pen clip. We’re particularly in love with the heat-colored flame titanium variant. Grab it before it’s gone from Massdrop.
An elegant writing instrument for a more civilized age, the Grafton is perfectly weighted for writing. Its body is machined from durable anodized aluminum with deep grooves for grip, and has a bolt-on metal clip. Choose from black or silver, and save 17% in The Awesomer Shop.
Southern lifestyle brand Bourbon & Boots offers eclectic pens, including this one for car enthusiasts. The Gearhead Shifter Pen’s mechanism mimics a 5-speed gearshift. It also has tire tread patterns on its cap and tip. Made from Indian water buffalo horn and pewter.
StatGear’s sturdy writing instrument is made from lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum, and its Fisher Space Pen cartridge writes in just about any condition – on wet paper, upside-down, or in extreme temperatures. Includes a carbide-tipped window breaker. Save 35%.