THE BEST Pens

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.

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.

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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.

Investigator Pens

Investigator Pens

Knifemaker Rick Hinderer creates these elegant, yet practical writing instruments. Each one is precision milled with a great tactile design, and features a removable self defense tool on its rear. Available in stainless steel, brass, or our favorite look, copper, which is sure to patina beautifully.

How Highlighters Are Made

How Highlighters Are Made

As we’ve moved away from print and towards digital reading, highlighters aren’t as popular as they once were. But these fluorescent pens are still pretty cool for making art. Science Channel’s How It’s Made shows the process of molding the plastic bodies, filling their nibs with ink, and testing them for smooth flow.

Screwpop Inkbiner

Screwpop Inkbiner

It might have a funny name, but Screwpop’s Inkbiner is a smart little thing to hang from your bag or belt loop. The carabiner-style clip’s main feature is a small pen hidden off of its screw-off cap. The pen takes 2.75″ universal refills, and the aluminum and zinc alloy gadget also doubles as a bottle opener.

Boker Micarta .50 Cal Pen

Boker Micarta .50 Cal Pen

Boker’s unique bolt-action pen is sculpted from patterned black and white Micarta composite, formed to provide an ergonomic grip. Its end cap, tip, and clip are made from titanium-coated aluminum. They also make a .50 cal pen from a matte aluminum.

Titaner Blue Bolt Action Pen

Titaner Blue Bolt Action Pen

This bolt-action pen from Titaner is made from CNC-machined titanium, and features a multi-tone blue anodized tone that’s reminiscent of the finish on raku pottery. Its retracting mechanism fits Parker refills, and there’s an emergency glass breaker tool on its tail end.

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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.

Valtcan Titanium Bolt Pen

Valtcan Titanium Bolt Pen

We dig the slick, technical look of Valtcan’s tactical bolt action pens. They feature a milled titanium body for strength and balance, a tungsten tipped glass breaker, and take a variety of off-the-shelf refills to suit your writing preferences. Choose from silver or black finishes.

Stedemon Tactical Pen

Stedemon Tactical Pen

This 3.375″ long pen is perfect for keeping in your pocket all the time. It might be small, but its TC4 titanium body is strong. It has a ceramic ball glass breaker on its rear, and comes in black, grey, or blue finishes.

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.

Rainbow Space Bullet Pen

Rainbow Space Bullet Pen

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.

Rike Knife Tactical Pen

Rike Knife Tactical Pen

Blademaker Rike Knife created this boldly-styled pen, precision-machined from TC4 titanium. It has a twist-off cap with a matching titanium pocket clip, and a carbide striker tip on its back end. It takes Parker refills, and comes in nine different colors.

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