THE BEST Pens

Whiskey Barrel Pens

Whiskey Barrel Pens

Oak Lane Woodworks handmakes these beautiful and substantial pens using reclaimed wood from whiskey barrels. They can be had with a twist or bolt-action mechanism, crafted from Jack Daniels, Wild Turkey, or Makers Mark barrel wood.

Valtcan Titanium Jet Bullet Pen

Valtcan Titanium Jet Bullet Pen

A truly unique writing instrument, featuring an open-twirled design down its CNC-milled titanium body. It includes a refillable pen, a whistle, a tiny multifunction tool, and a sharp tungsten steel point for self-defense and emergency glass breaking.

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Manker PL10 Combo Penlight

Manker PL10 Combo Penlight

This durable and versatile pocket tool combines a bright 120 lumen LED flashlight with a ballpoint pen, and a tungsten steel emergency glass breaker/self defense tool. It’s made from strong 304 stainless steel, and is rechargeable via a microUSB connection.

UNO Titanium Pen

UNO Titanium Pen

A supremely minimal writing instrument, CNC machined from solid grade 5 titanium. The UNO features a twist-to-retract sleeve that protects its tip and doubles as a finger grip, while its skinny rear is just barely wider than its ink refill.

Smith & Wesson Tactical Pen

Smith & Wesson Tactical Pen

An extremely durable writing instrument, made from CNC machined T6061 aircraft-grade aluminum. We love look of the grooved body, which provides an ergonomic grip. It takes a Parker-style ball point cartridge, and its cap has an O-ring seal to keep out the elements.

Skilcraft Luminator Tactical Pen

Skilcraft Luminator Tactical Pen

A great writing instrument when you need to write in a darkened location without impacting your night vision. This tactical pen has got a red LED for illumination at the tip, a non-reflective metal barrel, and comes with a pressurized ink cartridge that writes in all conditions.

BIC: The Company Behind the Pen

BIC: The Company Behind the Pen

Business Casual chronicles the rise of pen giant BIC. Although he didn’t invent the ballpoint pen, BIC’s co-founder Baron Marcel Bich understood economies of scale and brought affordable pens, lighters, and razors to the world. But the company has had its share of busts too.

Best Bolt-action Pens 2017

Best Bolt-action Pens 2017

Some of our favorite pens have a bolt-action mechanism. These weapon-inspired writing instruments are made from steel, aluminum, brass, or titanium, and are sure to outlast cheap plastic pens. Everyday Carry shares some of their top picks for you to choose from.

Jay Pocket Folios

Jay Pocket Folios

Small DIY and craft kits in a gift-ready tin case that looks like a 1950’s book. Each case measures about 4″x 4″x 1″. There’s a multi-tool, a first aid kit, bike repair kit, a grooming kit, a sewing kit and a writing kit.

Titanium EDC Ink Pens

Titanium EDC Ink Pens

Blank Forces’ latest pens look fantastic, with their seamless titanium barrels, and available flourishes like a blue flame finish, or cool graphic engravings. They come in two sizes, and are compatible with off-the-shelf ink refills.

Ti Pocket Pro

Ti Pocket Pro

Big Idea Design’s latest pocket pen works with over 80 different kinds of ink refills from both ballpoint and rollerball varieties. Simply give its titanium body a twist, and it telescopes and adjusts to fit snugly around the refill, including at the tip.

Quick-Draw Pen Holder

Quick-Draw Pen Holder

Based on the revolver’s rotating cylinder, KeyBar’s Quick-Draw is a pen holder that doubles as a fidget toy. A skateboard bearing inside the base allows the aluminum container to rotate freely. Available with an aluminum or brass base.

Air-Ink

Air-Ink

Graviky Labs developed a device that’s fitted over the exhaust pipes of vehicles and generators to trap and gather soot. The pollution is then scrubbed of toxic materials then used to make ink for markers and screen printing.

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Best EDC Pens

Best EDC Pens

For anyone who thinks a pen is just a pen, you need to check out Everyday Carry’s latest round-up, featuring a selection of substantial writing instruments that make you toss out that Bic you stole from work immediately. That Karas Kustoms EDK is stunning in blue.

Deal: 3-in-1 Power Pen

Deal: 3-in-1 Power Pen

A handy gadget that combines a writing instrument with an emergency gadget charger. It’s got a microUSB tip on one and (with an MFi-certified Lightning adapter), and a touchscreen stylus on the other. Available in black or silver finishes. Save 57% in The Awesomer Shop.

Brass 6-Sided Pen

Brass 6-Sided Pen

Iron and Glory’s premium writing instrument features a brass barrel with a hexagonal shape reminiscent of a pencil. This means it not only looks cool, and feels good in your hand, but won’t roll off your desk. Includes a matching brass cap.

KevenAnna Tactical LED Pen

KevenAnna Tactical LED Pen

A versatile writing instrument that not only offers awesome styling and ergonomics, but packs a bright LED flashlight and a removable tip that functions as a glass breaker and self-defense tool. Made from black coated aviation-grade aluminum.

Bullet Space Pen

Bullet Space Pen

This pen truly is mightier than the sword, especially since it’s built into the casing of a real bullet. Made from an actual H&H .375 caliber magnum shell, this pen doesn’t just look cool, it writes upside-down or even when wet, thanks to its Fisher Space Pen cartridge.

Quotidian Pen

Quotidian Pen

Do you like to fidget? This elegant modern writing instrument is just for you. Its packed with powerful neodymium magnets, so you can play around with its cap when you’re not jotting down your thoughts. Available in brass or aluminum.

Best Ink Refills for EDC Pens

Best Ink Refills for EDC Pens

So you’ve got a cool pen and it runs out of ink. You could just buy any old refill, or you could follow Everyday Carry’s advice to help you pick a great smooth-writing instrument that won’t let you down. Our inexpensive pick is the Pilot G2, but those Schmidt cartridges are fantastic.

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Astrograph Pen

Astrograph Pen

MB&F and Caran D’Ache teamed up to create this incredible limited-edition writing instrument, which looks like a tiny rocketship. It has retractable landing gear, and comes with a tiny magnetic astronaut and a display/storage box that looks like a launch pad.

Deal: PicoPen

Deal: PicoPen

This keychain accessory ensures you have a pen with you wherever you go. It measures just 3.25″ long, and can be easily refilled. While the value-priced model is made from stainless steel, TEC Accessories also makes a titanium version.

Deal: SMRT Carbon Fiber Pen

Deal: SMRT Carbon Fiber Pen

This elegant, yet modern writing instrument has an actual carbon fiber body, accented with chrome. At one end is a smooth-flowing Topball 850 rollerball pen, and at the other is a nubby stylus for capacitive touchscreens. Save 39% in The Awesomer Shop.

KarlBox Drawing Set

KarlBox Drawing Set

What happens when fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld teams up with writing instrument company Faber-Castell? Fancy, shmancy stuff, like this extravagant, limited-edition trunk, filled with 350 premium graphite pencils, pastels, and markers. Sadly, most artists can’t afford it.

5.11 Double Duty Pen 1.5

5.11 Double Duty Pen 1.5

A pen that’s ready to come to your aid, whether through written word or action, the Double Duty Tactical Pen 1.5 offers both a Fisher Space Pen tip for writing, and sharp point for self-defense. Made from machined aluminum, with a knurled grip that works for holding either tool.

Best EDC Pens for School & Work

Best EDC Pens for School & Work

It’s time to head back to classes, and while many notes are take on laptops and tablets these days, sometimes nothing beats a pen or pencil. Everyday Carry picks some of the best writing instruments for the task. That Lamy Safari fountain pen looks awesome.

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