THE BEST Pens

Tri-Bolt Pen

Tri-Bolt Pen

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.

3Doodler PRO+ 3D Printing Pen

3Doodler PRO+ 3D Printing Pen

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.

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Eryx PC1 Titanium Pen

Eryx PC1 Titanium Pen

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.

Uni Jetstream 4&1 Pen/Pencil

Uni Jetstream 4&1 Pen/Pencil

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.

Contour Rollerball Pen

Contour Rollerball Pen

Pens are usually made from metal or plastic, but 22STUDIO’s unique model has an outer case made from cast concrete. Its name reflects its deeply contoured edges, which provide a nice tactile feeling and grip. Available in two shades of gray and white.

KeySmart Tactiv Bolt-action Pen

KeySmart Tactiv Bolt-action Pen

This unique tactical pen is machined from aluminum, stainless steel, and polished copper. It features a bolt-action design inspired by the M16A4 rifle, and comes with a Rite-in the Rain permanent ink cartridge, which lets it write in extreme conditions. KeySmart is offering big discounts for purchases of 2 or 3 pens.

Nominal Rocket Pen

Nominal Rocket Pen

Nominal is a unique pen with a design inspired by the retractable legs on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Each pen is made from 34 individual components, and is available in aluminum or stainless steel. A magnetic “crew cabin” slides off to reveal a black mother of pearl end cap, which can be monogrammed for a small fee.

Vital Carry Magbolt Pen

Vital Carry Magbolt Pen

The MagBolt pen features a unique mechanism that uses the power of repelling magnets to engage and retract its pen tip. Each one features a smoothly machined aluminum barrel, along with accents in copper, brass, or aluminum. Accepts a Schmidt 9000 M refill (included).

Side Click Pen

Side Click Pen

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.

Nitecore NTP31 Pen

Nitecore NTP31 Pen

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.

WE Knife TP-02 Tactical Pen

WE Knife TP-02 Tactical Pen

This bolt-action tactical pen features a bold aesthetic, highlighted by a textured finger grip, deep engravings on its body, and precision threading on its rear. It’s made from 6AL4V titanium, and accepts a Schmidt Megaline P950M or similar refill. Available in anodized green or raw metal finishes.

SO Design Alt Tool Pen

SO Design Alt Tool Pen

This modern writing instrument features a sleek metal body in aluminum or steel, and its magnetic hex opening holds screwdriver bits for eyeglasses, watches, and electronic gadgets. It comes with eight tool bits, and can store up to four of them inside of its body. Special price available for a limited time from Drop.

2000-Segment Wood Pen

2000-Segment Wood Pen

Woodworker James Garwood shows off the time-consuming process of laminating, assembling, and turning numerous pieces of cherry and dyed-blue tulip veneer to create an exquisite custom fountain pen. While they’re not all quite this fancy, you can purchase one of his handmade pens from James’ website.

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Arrow & Eaves Keychain Pen

Arrow & Eaves Keychain Pen

Product designers Arrow & Eaves created a keychain-sized pen that looks and feels more substantial than others. It’s made from durable, lightweight titanium and is designed for long life while hanging from your key ring. Its pen holds firmly in place with an o-ring and screw threads to prevent loss while open or closed.

Shiny Stubby Fat Pens

Shiny Stubby Fat Pens

From the Truth in Advertising Department, machinist Brian Howey’s shiny, stubby, and fat metal pens have a clean, minimal look to them, and measure just 4-3/4″ long. They come in various combinations of aluminum, brass, and copper, and can be optioned out with a matching leather case from UpState Handmade.

Smootherpro Hex Bolt Pen

Smootherpro Hex Bolt Pen

A bargain-priced bolt-action pen, CNC machined from brass, and featuring a hexagonal body to prevent rolling off of your desktop. Available in natural brass, or antique bronze finishes, and accepts easily-found refills from Parker, Fisher and Schneider.

WarmKnives Tactical Pen

WarmKnives Tactical Pen

This handmade pen from Russia’s WarmKnives is crafted entirely from titanium. It’s got a textured, military look with a cap inspired by the ridges on a hand grenade, and a pointed rear end that most certainly could be used for self-defense. Takes a standard Parker refill.

Marksmith Bolt Action Marker

Marksmith Bolt Action Marker

The Marksmith Titanium bolt action pen is unique in that it holds a permanent felt-tip marker rather than a ballpoint pen. It opens and closes easily with one hand, and uses a genuine Sharpie-brand retractable fine tip marker cartridge.

Best Bolt Action Pens 2020

Best Bolt Action Pens 2020

In this age of digital communication, sometimes it’s nice to put down the screen and sketch out your ideas with good old pen and paper. Bolt action pens offer durability, unique styles, and a confident locking mechanism that’s great for fidgeters. Everyday Carry shares their favorite bolt-action models of 2020.

Ti Arto Pen

Ti Arto Pen

Made entirely from titanium, Big Idea Design’s versatile pen has the unique ability to accept more than 750 different kinds of refills, letting you customize its writing characteristics to your exact preference. Available in Stonewashed, Midnight Black, and Machined Raw finishes.

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Fisher Clutch Space Pen

Fisher Clutch Space Pen

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.

Tacray Tactical Pen

Tacray Tactical Pen

Tacray’s unique titanium pen combines a writing instrument with a self-defense / glass breaker tool on its rear end. It’s 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.

Obex Titanium Pen

Obex Titanium Pen

WE Knife’s durable and lightweight titanium writing instrument features one of the cooler designs we’ve come across, with a deeply-textured barrel that provides both aesthetic appeal and grip, along with a bolt-action retractable cartridge, and a glass breaker tip. Available exclusively from Drop.

Nextool NP10 Tactical Pen

Nextool NP10 Tactical Pen

This handsome writing instrument is made from durable titanium alloy, and features a concave, textured barrel for a confident grip. It’s got a bolt-action mechanism, and takes smooth-writing Schmidt easyFLOW 9000 refills. It’s also got an emergency glass breaker on its tail end.

HMS Victory Pens

HMS Victory Pens

UK leathersmith Victory Leathercraft is working on collectible pens made from oak timber from the famed ship HMS Victory. The wood was gathered during renovations of the British warship, which fought in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Available in ink or rollerball versions, and with an optional leather case.

ATECH Multifunction Pen

ATECH Multifunction Pen

In addition to its twist-action ballpoint pen, this hexagonal aluminum tool packs six other useful functions. It’s got metric and inch rulers, a removable touchscreen stylus, mini flat and Phillips screwdrivers, and its back end doubles as a phone stand and a bottle opener.

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