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.
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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.
Dango’s compact aluminum pen is designed to fit seamlessly into their bi-fold wallets but also great by itself. Its bullet-shaped design has a flat-ended cap that serves as a stand. Each one comes with a Schmidt 4889M ballpoint refill, a paracord lanyard, and a 48-page mini notebook. They also make a titanium version.
This CNC-machined titanium pen comes from Canadian metal goods maker FocusWorks. Its design combines a sleek technical style with an organic-looking “dragonskin” textured grip. Its accompanying clicky cap attaches securely without screw threads or o-rings. It takes a standard Schmidt Easyflo 9000 cartridge.
Shortly before last year came to an end, the editorial staff at Everyday Carry picked out a handful of items they hoped to get in their stockings for the holidays, and there’s some pretty sweet gear on the list. We’re particularly fond of the heat-tinged Kaweco Liliput Fireblue fountain pen.
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.
Machinist Brian Howey of Automog designs and fabricates these smooth metal writing instruments. Available in brass, copper, or aluminum, the pens feature a satisfyingly clicky mechanism. Options include a cleanly-integrated pocket clip, a textured grip, and a custom leather pen case from UpState Handmade.
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.
Accessory maker YSMART London updates its TIPEN compact titanium pen, refining its case design, and bestowing its rollerball with a durable silicon carbide tip that doubles as a tool for opening packages and prying lids. Its refill is custom-made, so we suggest ordering one of the kits that comes with spares. Available in four textures.
Made from black anodized aluminum, Fisher’s Clutch Space Pen has a bold and substantial look. Its hexagonal barrel provides a confident grip, and won’t roll off your desk. With its pressurized ink cartridge, it has no trouble writing upside-down, or in extreme temperatures, and can even write underwater.
Vital Carry’s latest pen doesn’t just have a single bolt-action mechanism, it has three of them. The pen can accept three individual D1 refills, so you can write in black, red, or blue simply by clicking the right bolt. The back ends of each bolt are color-coded for ease of identification. Available in a variety of metals.
With a price approaching some 3D printers, the 3Doodler Pro+ isn’t for everyone, but it does feature big upgrades including a powerful dual-drive system, precision temperature controls that enable more intricate and consistent drawings. It can print with ABS, PLA, FLEXY, wood, copper, bronze, and nylon filaments.
Uni’s multipurpose writing instrument combines four different ballpoint inks with a mechanical pencil. It has smooth-flowing 0.7 mm red, green, blue, and black pens on board, as well as a 0.5mm pencil lead for those times you need erasable writing. There’s also an eraser hiding under its back cap. Refills here.