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.
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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.
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’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.
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 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.
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).
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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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