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Pens

Nextool Pallas Tactical Pen

Nextool Pallas Tactical Pen
$25  Buy Comment

This unique writing instrument features a body made from perforated aluminum, which gives it an almost organic look, while making it supremely lightweight. It takes a Fisher Space Pen refill, and its back end features a ceramic point for self defense and breaking windows.

Darter Pen & Sewing Kit

Darter Pen & Sewing Kit
~$24+  Pledge Comment

Ornisi’s Darter is a tiny pen that manages to house an emergency sewing kit. Inside the outer shell is an organized brass sewing kit consisting of four needles, a bobbin with a 1m spool of thread and more space for threads.

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Retro Tech: The CalcuPen

Retro Tech: The CalcuPen

These days, if you need a calculator, you simply use your smartphone. But there was a time when calculators were popular standalone problem solving tools. Techmoan checks out another retro oddity – a 1970s calculator crammed into a clunky writing instrument.

Magnetips Magnetic Coloring Pens

Magnetips Magnetic Coloring Pens
$49/set  Buy Link Comment

Designers and other creative folks will go crazy for these colorful pens with magnets built in. They attach with metal bearings, allowing you to create fun shapes to liven up your workspace in between drawing sessions.  Save 37% on a 20-pen set in The Awesomer Shop.

Xcissor Pen

Xcissor Pen
$66  Buy Link Comment

Taiwan design outfit Mininch presents a stainless steel writing instrument that conceals a second purpose. Simply remove the pen’s barrel, undo the safety lock, and you’ve got a tiny pair of scissors that goes anywhere. Given their size, they should be TSA-friendly too.

Pyro Fire Shooting Pen

Pyro Fire Shooting Pen
$80  Buy Link Comment

Ellusionist took the technology from its wrist-mounted flash gun and incorporated it into a marker pen. The Pyro Fire Shooter Pen looks like a Sharpie and actually writes, but press its covert button for 3 seconds, and it will ignite and shoot flash paper over 10 ft.

BladeMate Survival Pen

BladeMate Survival Pen
$9-$13  Buy Comment

This durable and well-priced aluminum writing instrument doubles as a glass breaker and self-defense tool, with a secondary stainless steel tip that lives beneath its rear cap. Available in blue, black, or rose gold finishes.

Click Spin Pen

Click Spin Pen
$65  Buy Comment

Vital Carry and Jac Zagoory’s Click Spin Pen lets you play with it in a couple of ways. Aside from its clicking mechanism, it also comes with a ridged spinner. It’s available in all aluminum, aluminum with a brass spinner, or all brass.

Cross X Star Wars Pens

Cross X Star Wars Pens
$85  Buy Comment

Cross presents a collection of premium writing instruments for Star Wars fans. Available in Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, and Millennium Falcon-inspired designs, they feature a polished lacquer finish, a capless “slide-and-snap” mechanism, and a smooth gel ink refill.

Minimal Metal Ballpoint Pen

Minimal Metal Ballpoint Pen
$110+  Pledge Comment

Andrew Sanderson swears that his sleek ballpoint pen will last you a lifetime, thanks to its all metal construction and a custom self-lubricating bronze click mechanism. It comes with a Fisher Space Pen refill but works with Parker G2 refills as well.

CMYK Pen

CMYK Pen
$8  Buy Comment

SuckUK’s four-color pen comes loaded with cyan, magenta, yellow, and black inks, so you can draw images in full color with a single pen by crosshatching. While it doesn’t let you adjust saturation levels, it’s still a nifty tool for sketching and belongs in every artist’s toolbox.

Kaweco Brass Sport Rollerball Pen

Kaweco Brass Sport Rollerball Pen
$65  Buy Comment

A timeless classic look for a truly special writing instrument. Each of these gel rollerball pens from Kaweco is made from a hunk of unlacquered solid brass, CNC machined to perfection. Also available in raw aluminum or mechanical pencil versions.

Omega AXL Inkless Pen

Omega AXL Inkless Pen
$30  Buy Comment

Plastic pens create a ton of waste once they run out of ink. The Omega AXL Inkless Pen features an AXL-METAL tip that lays down a grey line that won’t smudge or erase; plus it never needs to be sharpened and won’t run out. Grab one for 25% off in The Awesomer Shop.

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HMM Ballpoint Pen

HMM Ballpoint Pen
$32  Buy Comment

HMM’s Ballpoint pen is made from aluminum alloy. It weighs just 0.78oz, making it easy to write with for extended periods. It’s available in two finishes. The raw finish has a subtle texture for better grip, while the gunmetal finish has an anti-scratch and anti-corrosion surface.

Machining Metal Pens

Machining Metal Pens

Artist Ilia Gyrevich makes unique and functional objects by machining metal. In this video, he shows off how he creates his EDC pens from brass rods, as the metal shavings fly forth in a most satisfying manner. You can buy his wares from the MachinedGift Etsy shop.

CuttleLola Electric Dotspen

CuttleLola Electric Dotspen
$35  Buy Link Comment

This unique writing instrument allows artists to draw with a stippling technique without having to constantly raise and lower the pen. The rechargeable pen vibrates its tip rapidly to drop dots of ink onto the page. Reduced price available for a limited time from Massdrop.

TM 2 Sharpie Marker Case

TM 2 Sharpie Marker Case
$45+  Pledge Comment

The Tactical Marker 2.0 or TM 2 is a tough metal case for Sharpie markers. You can even drive over them and they’ll remain undamaged. The carrier comes in aluminum, brass or copper variants and with your choice of a blue, black or red Sharpie.

Best Bolt Action Pens 2018

Best Bolt Action Pens 2018

If you’re looking for a great gift for guys, you can’t go wrong with a bolt-action pen. These slick writing instruments feature a weapon-inspired loading mechanism that’s both stable and satisfying. Everyday Carry picks a few of their faves. We’re partial to the Boker Micarta.

Inventery Pocket Fountain Pen

Inventery Pocket Fountain Pen
$135  Buy Comment

From personal to digital, Inventery’s compact and versatile pen has your writing needs covered. Aside from its namesake tool, it also has an interchangeable ballpoint pen head. Its clipped cap can also be swapped with a stylus tip, a clip-less cap and a keychain cap.

Slughaus NanoPen

Slughaus NanoPen
$18+/3 pcs.  Pledge Comment

Slughaus claims that its NanoPen is the world’s smallest and lightest pen. It’s as small as a key and is even lighter. But don’t think that it’s fragile. It’s waterproof, fireproof and tough as nails. Its tungsten carbide tip can even be used to slice and puncture.

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Tacray Tactical Pen

Tacray Tactical Pen
$66  Buy Comment

This sweet titanium pen combines a writing instrument with a self defense/glass breaker tool. Its made from Ti-6AL-4V alloy that’s been oxidized to produce a colorful, iridescent look, and its knurled body provides a firm grip while adding to its bullet-inspired style.

Zerohour Apex Bolt Action Pen

Zerohour Apex Bolt Action Pen
$59+  Pledge Comment

Zerohour’s Apex Bolt is a titanium ballpoint bolt action pen. It uses Fisher Space pen cartridges, so it can write underwater and upside down. It also has a ceramic tip for breaking glass, and a hidden magnetic hex bit socket. It’s available in three finishes.

Izola 6-in-1 Pen Tool

Izola 6-in-1 Pen Tool
$24  Buy Comment

Izola’s handsome 6-in-1 Pen Tool serves as a ballpoint pen, a stylus, a ruler, a flathead and a Philips screwdriver, a bottle opener and a phone holder. Simply unscrew it from its matte gold case to access the stylus and the screwdriver tips.

KP OrbitPen

KP OrbitPen
$24+  Pledge Comment

This unique writing instrument doubles as a desktop fidget toy. It collapses down to a stubby size that fits between your index finger and thumb letting you spin it freely in your hand. Its companion desk stand also allows spinning and doubles as a letter opener.

SOG Baton Q1 Multitool

SOG Baton Q1 Multitool
$34  Buy Link Comment

Tactical knife and tool maker SOG couldn’t just make an ordinary ballpoint pen, so they packed theirs with a flathead screwdriver, scissors, and a bottle opener to make it just a bit more useful. Takes pressurized D1 ink refills.

3Doodler Create+

3Doodler Create+
$70  Buy Link Comment

3Doodler’s new Create+3D printing pen has a new dual drive system that leads to far fewer jams and smoother drawing than previous models. It not only works with PLA and ABS filaments but also with a new filament called Flexy, which lets you create flexible items.

Aluminum Align Pen

Aluminum Align Pen
$70  Buy Link Comment

Beyond Object’s sculptural metal writing instrument is the perfect pen for fidgeters. One of its sections is misaligned by default, and must be rotated back into position in order for the pen’s tip to emerge. Choose from champagne, gunmetal grey, rose gold, or silver.

Acme Scale Pen

Acme Scale Pen
$90  Buy Comment

Acme Studio’s ballpoint pen is the perfect addition to any architect, contractor, or designer’s toolbox. It got an ergonomic, roll-proof triangular design, and rulers in various drawing scales, ranging from 1/2 to 1/500. Available in silver, black, or pink.

Akinak Titanium Tactical Pen

Akinak Titanium Tactical Pen
$89  Buy Comment

We love the grippy texture on the body of WarmKnives‘ handmade writing instrument. This particular pen is made entirely of titanium, which makes it durable and feel weighty in your hand. Takes a standard Parker refill. Be sure to check out their other pen designs.

Great EDC Pens

Great EDC Pens

Smartphones and tablets might be the new notepads and journals, but there’s something so satisfying about writing and sketching on paper with a pen. Everyday Carry shares their list of five great writing instruments that feel great in the hand, and won’t let you down.

Ko-Axis Rail Pen

Ko-Axis Rail Pen
$44+  Pledge Comment

TEC Accessories‘ unique writing instrument has a flat shape that’s well-balanced and won’t roll off your desk. Its twin-rail design smoothly retracts its writing tip, and features an easy to change D1 refill system. Available in anodized aluminum or titanium.

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