THE BEST Pens

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.

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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.

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.

Zero Tolerance Tactical Pen

Zero Tolerance Tactical Pen

Made in Oregon, the hard anodized aerospace grade aluminum tactical pen from Zero Tolerance is a solid choice for an everyday carry. It’s fluted for good grip, has a quick release cap and a sharp tungsten carbide glass breaker tip if an emergency should arise.

Chameleon Pen

Chameleon Pen

Artists will go bonkers over this new marker, which can blend between multiple tones and intensities of ink from a single pen, allowing for seamless blends and gradations without the need for multiple pens. Here’s how it works.

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VertiPen Wearable Pen

VertiPen Wearable Pen

A stainless steel pen that splits into chain-linked segments. You can use the bundled beads and cord to wear it as a bracelet, put it on your pants’ belt loop, etc. It also comes with a stylus tip. We hope it came with better beads though.

Wacom Bamboo Spark

Wacom Bamboo Spark

Similar to Livescribe, Bamboo Spark’s pen-and-paper combo digitizes your handwriting. It can store up to 100 pages on its own and transfers notes to mobile devices via Bluetooth. The Bamboo app lets you rewind, edit and share your notes. Drops 10/15 for $160.

Kokuyo Beetle Tip Highlighter

Kokuyo Beetle Tip Highlighter

Kokuyo’s Beetle Tip highlighter pen gets its name from its horned tip, which lets you highlight in bold, sharp or with two lines to keep the marked part unobscured. Kokuyo also has a dual-color variant.

Patriot Precision Pen

Patriot Precision Pen

A military-inspired writing instrument made from mil-spec 6063 aluminum, finished in anodized black with a powder coated spring steel clip and a tip that looks like a gun muzzle brake. Easily refillable with Pilot Dr. Grip refils.

Tool Pen

Tool Pen

Back in stock! This handy gadget combines a writing instrument with a stylus, philips and flathead screwdrivers, level, 3-scale ruler and an eraser all in one. Available in yellow, black or silver; ballpoint or rollerball variants.

Equil Smartpen 2

Equil Smartpen 2

The Equil Smartpen 2 builds on its predecessor, adding support for Android, Windows and OS X alongside iOS. It now has internal storage, so you can digitize notes and sketches even without a computer, then just import them later.

Scribble Stylus & Pen

Scribble Stylus & Pen

A stylus and a pen that have a color sensor, letting you copy and store colors from the real world. Use the stylus on your computer or mobile device, or get the pen and use your colors on paper, thanks to its built-in CMYK ink cartridges.

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CreoPop 3D Printing Pen

CreoPop 3D Printing Pen

Unlike other 3D printing pens, the kid-friendly CreoPop doesn’t have a hazardous heating element. It uses UV light to cool and solidify its ink. It has a variety of inks, including magnetic, glow-in-the-dark and scented inks.

Adobe Ink & Slide

Adobe Ink & Slide

Adobe solves the iPad pen dilemma. The Ink is a elegant aluminum stylus with a precise tip and pressure sensitivity, and Slide augments on-screen drawing with a tactile ruler for drawing lines and other shapes. Full review on Technabob.

VibeWrite Learning Pen

VibeWrite Learning Pen

Formerly called Lernstift (“learning pen”) VibeWrite is a refillable pen that helps you learn English. Currently, it vibrates to point out spelling errors. Future updates will enable it to help improve your handwriting and grammar.

Lix 3D Printing Pen

Lix 3D Printing Pen

Like the 3Doodler, Lix is a handheld PLA/ABS 3D printer that makes creating objects as simple as writing or drawing. It’s main advantage is its compact size, making it more comfortable to hold. Hey Lix guys, the camera is over here.

Totem Pens

Totem Pens

These unique aluminum alloy writing instruments each have a special cap which can be used as a spinning top. The weighty metal objects can help you pass the time, or help you figure out if you’re trapped in a dream or not.

Equil JOT for iOS

Equil JOT for iOS

Equil JOT is an ink pen that can record what you’re writing or drawing on paper in real time. You can then edit, annotate and share your work from your iOS device. However, your device cannot be in sleep mode while you’re recording.

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