THE BEST Pens

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.

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.

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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.

Boker Plus Ti Tactical Pen

Boker Plus Ti Tactical Pen

The ultimate writing instrument for your backpack or bugout bag. It’s made from CNC milled titanium, has a bolt-action mechanism, and an integral pen clip. We’re particularly in love with the heat-colored flame titanium variant.

Rainbow Pen Hack

Rainbow Pen Hack

YouTuber DaveHax shows a simple way to use the ink from several markers to create a single marker which can gradually fade between the colors of the rainbow. Neat idea, but we wonder if the nib will eventually become a muddy grey mess.

Gearhead Shifter Pen

Gearhead Shifter Pen

Southern lifestyle brand Bourbon & Boots offers eclectic pens, including this one for car enthusiasts. The Gearhead Shifter Pen’s mechanism mimics a 5-speed gearshift. It also has tire tread patterns on its cap and tip. Made from Indian water buffalo horn and pewter.

Deal: StatGear Tactical Pen

Deal: StatGear Tactical Pen

StatGear’s sturdy writing instrument is made from lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum, and its Fisher Space Pen cartridge writes in just about any condition – on wet paper, upside-down, or in extreme temperatures. Includes a carbide-tipped window breaker. Save 35%.

3Doodler Create

3Doodler Create

The leading 3D printing pen gets numerous refinements, making it easier to use, lighter weight, faster and smoother. Available in five anodized aluminum colors now too. Owners of the 3Doodler 2.0 can upgrade for 50% off.

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HMM Rule/One Pen

HMM Rule/One Pen

A smartly designed writing instrument that combines a pen with a straightedge and ruler. It has three interchangeable heads, including a ballpoint, a touchscreen stylus, and a lanyard loop. Made from sturdy milled aluminum. Available for a limited time from Massdrop.

Deal: Ultimate 7-in-1 Tool Pen

Deal: Ultimate 7-in-1 Tool Pen

This pocket-sized tool combines a pen, a touchscreen stylus, inch and centimeter rulers, a spirit level, and flat and philips screwdrivers. Made from durable aluminum by Jac Zagoory Designs. Save 20% in The Awesomer Shop.

Deal: Beyond Ink Pen

Deal: Beyond Ink Pen

A pen that combines several useful functions in one pocket-sized device. In addition to working as a ballpoint pen, it’s got a 16GB flash drive, a phone charging cable (Lightning or MicroUSB), a 1000mAh battery, and a capacitive stylus built in. Save 30% in The Awesomer Shop.

Build-on Brick Pen

Build-on Brick Pen

Like the Build-on Brick Mug, ThinkGeek’s new pen has holes and studs that are compatible with LEGO, K’NEX and other building block toys. It also comes with 36 blocks that you can assemble into a pen stand.

Tactful Pen & Tool

Tactful Pen & Tool

JP-TAC’s finely machined tactical pen and pocket-sized tool are crafted from aluminum or titanium. The pen doubles as a glass breaker, whistle, and fire starter, while the tool offers interchangeable tips for holding bits, prying, opening bottles and more.

Neri Pens & Pencils

Neri Pens & Pencils

Interno Italiano’s Neri are minimalist pens and mechanical pencils. Instead of having caps and the usual refilling system, they simply have a brass thumbscrew, akin to that used in technical compasses, to hold the ink cartridge or adjust the pencil lead.

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