This premium tactical pen features a bolt-action mechanism and a built-in D-ring for attaching to a key ring, a carabiner, or a lanyard. It takes an off-the-shelf LAMY M22 refill and is available in machined titanium or brass. Its top has six slots for DIY installation of 1.5x6mm tritium glow vials.
Tactile Turn’s sleek and substantial pen features a side click mechanism, providing satisfying feedback when deploying or retracting its pen tip. It’s available in titanium, copper, bronze, or zirconium, in 4.6″, 5.3″, and 5.8″ lengths. An optional titanium Damascus clip doubles the pen’s price but looks amazing.
Bastion’s substantial writing instrument features a real carbon fiber tube wrapped around a stainless steel core. It has a secure and reliable bolt-action mechanism, and its tip doubles as a glass breaker or self-defense tool. It comes in stainless or black finishes.
Everyday Carry looks back at the past month to see what kind of gear its readers clicked on the most. The top 10 items feature a great assortment that includes CRKT’s Techliner pen, Seiko’s SNE331 Solar military watch, along with some sweet pocket tools, a compact accessory bag, and more.
Blank Forces’ titanium pen is designed for strength, balance, and utility. It features a bolt-action mechanism and a staggered tip like a mechanical pencil. Its matching dock shows off its sleek design while keeping the pen readily at hand. Finishes include smooth titanium, a perforated “silencer,” or Cerakote in white, black, or orange.
This substantial handmade pen comes from Belgorod, Russia’s WarmKnives. It’s been machined entirely from titanium and has a bold, linear texture along its entire length providing grip and style. It takes a Parker refill and its threaded cap can be stored on its rear for safekeeping. Find more unique pens in their Etsy shop.
Fans of manual transmission cars will love the way the mechanism works on this custom pen. W&M Levsha designed and fabricated this unique metal and wood writing instrument that deploys using a 6-speed gear shifter. It works similarly to bolt-action pens, though the amount that it retracts is determined by the gear it’s in.
TA+d designed this elegant set that includes an aluminum writing instrument that slides into the body of a matching three-sided ruler. The ruler has a carabiner hole at one end so you can hang it from a bag or belt loop. Choose from metric or imperial rulers and a Pilot FriXion erasable pen or a 2mm mechanical pencil.
Wallet maker The Ridge now offers a duo of high-end pens designed for durability and utility. These perfectly balanced precision writing instruments are CNC machined with a knurled textured grip and come with a long-lasting pressurized refill. Choose from black anodized aluminum or titanium in a natural finish.
By moving their bolt-action mechanism to the middle of the case, GPCA was able to outfit their pens with a 100 dB survival whistle. They also feature a tungsten glass breaker, and their grips are marked for impromptu measurements. They come in four finishes: aluminum Space Silver or Jet Black, and titanium High Polish or Dark.
A smaller version of Atech’s versatile multitool pen. This version is small enough to keep on your keychain and includes a pen, stylus tip, flathead and Phillips screwdrivers, and a 3″ ruler. It’s made from aluminum and has a hexagonal body to keep it from rolling around.
Looking to fill your pockets with some great new gear? Everyday Carry tallied up its most popular reader-submitted items from April 2021 and they’re here with the results. Among our faves are the small, but mighty Olight S2R Baton II flashlight and the handy Gerber Shard pocket tool.
Videographer Frederic van Strydonck created a smartphone rig that allowed him to attach a camera to a brush marker pen, providing a unique perspective as ink flows smoothly onto the paper beneath its tip. Laughing Squid has a picture of the camera rig that made the shot possible.
Nitecore’s tactical pen features a bidirectional bolt-action mechanism. Flip it one way to expose the writing tip, and the other direction to reveal a self-defense / glass breaker tool. Its body is made from CNC-machined aluminum alloy in a black finish, while its tool tip is made from tungsten steel.
New England-based Machine Era makes this modern pen from stainless steel, with an anodized aluminum twist button that deploys and retracts its 0.7mm Parker Itoya Aquaroller cartridge. Its body has textured indentations for a firm grip and is designed for balance. It’s available in black DLC-coated or natural stainless finishes.
This chunky, yet versatile writing instrument combines four pen colors and a pencil. It has retractable 0.7mm black, blue, red, and green ink cartridges, a 0.5mm mechanical pencil, and an eraser hidden under its cap. The pen comes in black and white as well as a variety of other colors. Ink refills sold separately.
This tiny writing instrument goes anywhere and never needs ink. It uses a special silver composite tip that can leave its mark on a wide variety of surfaces. It measures less than 1″ long, and can also be used for opening boxes. Choose from titanium, copper, or brass variants.
These days, we spend most of our time on our phones, tablets, and laptops. But sometimes, writing and sketching on paper is just more intuitive and natural. And if you’re going to write, you need a good writing instrument. Our pals at Everyday Carry are here with 10 groovy and distinctive pens for jotting down ideas.
Premium office accessory maker Grovemade’s solid metal pen is weighty and balanced, while its faceted surface provides excellent grip, and its tip retracts with a twist of its tail. It comes in black or brass and can be bundled with a metal and wood stand in either maple or walnut.
STØBERI’s hexagonal brass pen offers the perfect combination of minimalism and timeless design. The pen’s shape keeps it from rolling, while its metal construction provides substance and durability. Its threaded cap matches the hex shape, concealing its purpose until needed.
Unlike other 3D printing pens, Polaroid’s CandyPlay pen outputs designs using candy instead of plastic. It heats up to melt and extrude candy to make freeform sculpted edible artworks. Its sugar-free candy refills come in in strawberry, orange, lemon, apple, grape, and cola, and assorted flavors.
This boldly-colored Fisher Space Pen features a smooth bullet shape and a case made from brass with a titanium nitride finish that produces an iridescent rainbow effect. Like other Space Pens, it can write at any angle, even upside-down, or in extreme temperatures.
Created by WynLABS, this minimal metal pen features a design that lets you see into its middle. Its split body is machined from a single block of aluminum, with a springy sidebar that uses gravity to drop its refill into place. It comes with a Fisher Space Pen refill for writing in any conditions.
A miniature take on bolt-action tactical pens, the TACRAY Mini Pen measures just 3.5″ long. It’s made from tough grade 5 titanium, and its grenade-inspired body provides a confident gripping texture. Perfect for a keychain, pendant, or hanging from a zipper pull.
When is a pen not just a pen? When it’s got the durability and utility of a tactical pen. Our pals at Everyday Carry picked a dozen of their favorites, some of which double as self-defense tools, emergency glass breakers, or can even write upside-down or in the rain.