Zebra’s bullet-tipped permanent markers are a great alternative to Sharpies. Each PM-701 marker has a sleek stainless steel barrel. Its refillable ink cartridges resist drying out and can write after leaving the cap off for up to five days. Available in black, blue, red, and green inks. The black version comes in a 12-pack as well.
This enhanced version of ATECH’s multi pen has nine functions instead of seven. In addition to a ballpoint pen and stylus, it has flathead and Phillips screwdrivers, a nail file, a metric/imperial ruler, a bubble level, a bottle opener, and a box cutter. It’s made from a durable mix of metals and is TSA-compliant.
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.
Olight’s compact bolt-action pen is a great addition to your everyday carry. It measures just 3.66″ long so you can keep it in your pocket without it sticking out. Its body is made from aluminum alloy with hollow rifling grooves along with a metal pocket clip. The only downside is that it only accepts a custom Olight refill.
Building on his own his series of dented can sculptures, artist Noah Deledda applied the idea to something you can enjoy every day. The Crushmetric pen changes from a smooth form, to a deeply-faceted pattern with the push of a button. It’s available in a silver or holographic finish. The Action Lab explains how it works.
These unique dual-tip pens from Aechy have a patterned roller at the back that can lay down a uniform border. The pack comes with eight colors and five different line styles, including dash, dash-dot, squiggle, hearts, and flowers. The other end has a conventional 0.4 writing tip. If you only need squiggles, check out this 12-color set.
The latest addition to Dango’s aluminum tray collection is designed to hold three to four pens or pencils, and is ideal for the company’s own writing instruments. Its horizontal tray can also hold a small notebook, and it doubles as a smartphone stand when flipped on edge. Available in Satin Silver and Jet Black finishes.
This sleek writing instrument features a titanium body with a Space Black finish. It offers a reassuring click mechanism, a tactile grooved finger grip, and a removable stainless steel clip. Accepts a variety of Schmidt Parker-style refills and a few others. It’s also available in Matte Grey.
Accessory maker Dango’s compact aluminum pen is perfect for everyday carry. When not in use, it measures a pocket-friendly 4.2″ long. It has a stainless steel pocket clip, and its tip stores inside for protection. It takes long-lasting Schmidt 4889M refills and comes in satin silver and jet black finishes.
Karas Pen Co.’s machined metal pen features a pushbutton bolt-action mechanism, fine-tuned for smooth operation. It comes in a number of colorful anodized aluminum finishes, along with brass, bronze, and copper options. Pilot G2 and Schmidt Easyflow 9000 refill compatibility provide versatility.
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.
The best tactical pens are built for durability, easy maintenance, and rugged looks. Some of them offer glass breakers, self-defense tips, and bolt-action mechanisms. Everyday Carry researched the best of the bunch for 2022, and came up with 22 exceptional pens, including one of our faves: the Boker Plus Rocket.
The latest revision of YSMART’s TIPEN mini pen has more intricate laser-engraved patterns and now comes in brass as well as the original titanium. Its cartridge has a silicon carbide rollerball tip for smooth and consistent ink flow. Measuring just 6cm (~2.36″) long, it’s the perfect addition to your keychain or zipper pull.
This elegant modern writing instrument from Namisu has a body machined from aluminum or titanium, and a cap that snaps reassuringly in place with magnets. It writes smooth lines using premium German nibs and works with either cartridges or an ink bottle. A custom-made leather sleeve is available as an option.
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.
This machined metal pen from Big Idea Designs features a telescoping case design that allows it to accommodate more than 80 types of refills without modifications. It features a modern and minimal design and comes in brass, copper, or titanium, each with a titanium pocket clip.
Random Hands dug into their toolbox in search of the right screwdriver – not for loosening screws, but for remaking into a flashy gold-plated bolt-action pen. Rather than melting down the driver’s shaft, they drilled out its solid center, making way for the pen’s refill and mechanism, then followed that with texturing and plating.
Bastion’s deluxe 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.
Vital Carry is back with another neat pen design. The Mini-Bolt pen has a machined metal case with a grooved non-slip surface and a bolt-action mechanism which can be ordered left- or right-handed. The 3″ long pen accepts a Schmidt D1 ink refill and comes in bright aluminum, titanium, bronze, brass, or copper.
This substantial writing instrument from 22Studio features a body made from cast concrete. Its seven-sided design was inspired by wooden pencils and won’t roll off of your desk. It features a retractable Schmidt P900M ballpoint pen cartridge with stainless steel hardware.
The Marksmith retractable permanent marker now comes in DLC-coated black titanium. It features a satisfying spring-loaded bolt action mechanism and takes a genuine Sharpie permanent ink refill that writes on virtually anything. Comes in matte and satin finishes.