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Retro Tech: The CalcuPen

Retro Tech: The CalcuPen

These days, if you need a calculator, you simply use your smartphone. But there was a time when calculators were popular standalone problem solving tools. Techmoan checks out another retro oddity – a 1970s calculator crammed into a clunky writing instrument.

Xcissor Pen

Xcissor Pen

Taiwan design outfit Mininch presents a stainless steel writing instrument that conceals a second purpose. Simply remove the pen’s barrel, undo the safety lock, and you’ve got a tiny pair of scissors that goes anywhere. Given their size, they should be TSA-friendly too.

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Pyro Fire Shooting Pen

Pyro Fire Shooting Pen

Ellusionist took the technology from its wrist-mounted flash gun and incorporated it into a marker pen. The Pyro Fire Shooter Pen looks like a Sharpie and actually writes, but press its covert button for 3 seconds, and it will ignite and shoot flash paper over 10 ft.

BladeMate Survival Pen

BladeMate Survival Pen

This durable and well-priced aluminum writing instrument doubles as a glass breaker and self-defense tool, with a secondary stainless steel tip that lives beneath its rear cap. Available in blue, black, or rose gold finishes.

Click Spin Pen

Click Spin Pen

Vital Carry and Jac Zagoory’s Click Spin Pen lets you play with it in a couple of ways. Aside from its clicking mechanism, it also comes with a ridged spinner. It’s available in all aluminum, aluminum with a brass spinner, or all brass.

Cross X Star Wars Pens

Cross X Star Wars Pens

Cross presents a collection of premium writing instruments for Star Wars fans. Available in Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, and Millennium Falcon-inspired designs, they feature a polished lacquer finish, a capless “slide-and-snap” mechanism, and a smooth gel ink refill.

Minimal Metal Ballpoint Pen

Minimal Metal Ballpoint Pen

Andrew Sanderson swears that his sleek ballpoint pen will last you a lifetime, thanks to its all metal construction and a custom self-lubricating bronze click mechanism. It comes with a Fisher Space Pen refill but works with Parker G2 refills as well.

CMYK Pen

CMYK Pen

SuckUK’s four-color pen comes loaded with cyan, magenta, yellow, and black inks, so you can draw images in full color with a single pen by crosshatching. While it doesn’t let you adjust saturation levels, it’s still a nifty tool for sketching and belongs in every artist’s toolbox.

Kaweco Brass Sport Rollerball Pen

Kaweco Brass Sport Rollerball Pen

A timeless classic look for a truly special writing instrument. Each of these gel rollerball pens from Kaweco is made from a hunk of unlacquered solid brass, CNC machined to perfection. Also available in raw aluminum or mechanical pencil versions.

HMM Ballpoint Pen

HMM Ballpoint Pen

HMM’s Ballpoint pen is made from aluminum alloy. It weighs just 0.78oz, making it easy to write with for extended periods. It’s available in two finishes. The raw finish has a subtle texture for better grip, while the gunmetal finish has an anti-scratch and anti-corrosion surface.

CuttleLola Electric Dotspen

CuttleLola Electric Dotspen

This unique writing instrument allows artists to draw with a stippling technique without having to constantly raise and lower the pen. The rechargeable pen vibrates its tip rapidly to drop dots of ink onto the page. Reduced price available for a limited time from Massdrop.

TM 2 Sharpie Marker Case

TM 2 Sharpie Marker Case

The Tactical Marker 2.0 or TM 2 is a tough metal case for Sharpie markers. You can even drive over them and they’ll remain undamaged. The carrier comes in aluminum, brass or copper variants and with your choice of a blue, black or red Sharpie.

Best Bolt Action Pens 2018

Best Bolt Action Pens 2018

If you’re looking for a great gift for guys, you can’t go wrong with a bolt-action pen. These slick writing instruments feature a weapon-inspired loading mechanism that’s both stable and satisfying. Everyday Carry picks a few of their faves. We’re partial to the Boker Micarta.

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Inventery Pocket Fountain Pen

Inventery Pocket Fountain Pen

From personal to digital, Inventery’s compact and versatile pen has your writing needs covered. Aside from its namesake tool, it also has an interchangeable ballpoint pen head. Its clipped cap can also be swapped with a stylus tip, a clip-less cap and a keychain cap.

Slughaus NanoPen

Slughaus NanoPen

Slughaus claims that its NanoPen is the world’s smallest and lightest pen. It’s as small as a key and is even lighter. But don’t think that it’s fragile. It’s waterproof, fireproof and tough as nails. Its tungsten carbide tip can even be used to slice and puncture.

Zerohour Apex Bolt Action Pen

Zerohour Apex Bolt Action Pen

Zerohour’s Apex Bolt is a titanium ballpoint bolt action pen. It uses Fisher Space pen cartridges, so it can write underwater and upside down. It also has a ceramic tip for breaking glass, and a hidden magnetic hex bit socket. It’s available in three finishes.

Izola 6-in-1 Pen Tool

Izola 6-in-1 Pen Tool

Izola’s handsome 6-in-1 Pen Tool serves as a ballpoint pen, a stylus, a ruler, a flathead and a Philips screwdriver, a bottle opener and a phone holder. Simply unscrew it from its matte gold case to access the stylus and the screwdriver tips.

KP OrbitPen

KP OrbitPen

This unique writing instrument doubles as a desktop fidget toy. It collapses down to a stubby size that fits between your index finger and thumb letting you spin it freely in your hand. Its companion desk stand also allows spinning and doubles as a letter opener.

SOG Baton Q1 Multitool

SOG Baton Q1 Multitool

Tactical knife and tool maker SOG couldn’t just make an ordinary ballpoint pen, so they packed theirs with a flathead screwdriver, scissors, and a bottle opener to make it just a bit more useful. Takes pressurized D1 ink refills.

3Doodler Create+

3Doodler Create+

3Doodler’s new Create+3D printing pen has a new dual drive system that leads to far fewer jams and smoother drawing than previous models. It not only works with PLA and ABS filaments but also with a new filament called Flexy, which lets you create flexible items.

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Aluminum Align Pen

Aluminum Align Pen

Beyond Object’s sculptural metal writing instrument is the perfect pen for fidgeters. One of its sections is misaligned by default, and must be rotated back into position in order for the pen’s tip to emerge. Choose from champagne, gunmetal grey, rose gold, or silver.

Acme Scale Pen

Acme Scale Pen

Acme Studio’s ballpoint pen is the perfect addition to any architect, contractor, or designer’s toolbox. It got an ergonomic, roll-proof triangular design, and rulers in various drawing scales, ranging from 1/2 to 1/500. Available in silver, black, or pink.

Akinak Titanium Tactical Pen

Akinak Titanium Tactical Pen

We love the grippy texture on the body of WarmKnives‘ handmade writing instrument. This particular pen is made entirely of titanium, which makes it durable and feel weighty in your hand. Takes a standard Parker refill. Be sure to check out their other pen designs.

Great EDC Pens

Great EDC Pens

Smartphones and tablets might be the new notepads and journals, but there’s something so satisfying about writing and sketching on paper with a pen. Everyday Carry shares their list of five great writing instruments that feel great in the hand, and won’t let you down.

Ko-Axis Rail Pen

Ko-Axis Rail Pen

TEC Accessories‘ unique writing instrument has a flat shape that’s well-balanced and won’t roll off your desk. Its twin-rail design smoothly retracts its writing tip, and features an easy to change D1 refill system. Available in anodized aluminum or titanium.

Cool Hand Bolt Action Pen

Cool Hand Bolt Action Pen

This value-priced bolt-action pen is made from aircraft-grade 6061T aluminum, and features a contrasting-colored bolt for retracting its tip. The loop at its back makes it easy to attach to a carabiner or keychain. Accepts standard Parker, Schmidt, and Fisher Space Pen refills.

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