THE BEST Pens

Stab-Resistant Prison Pens

Stab-Resistant Prison Pens

If you’re reading this, you’re probably not currently locked up, but if you find yourself incarcerated, these bendy pens are designed to let you write, but not turn them into deadly shivs.

Bolt Action Tactical Pen

Bolt Action Tactical Pen

A weapon-themed approach to click pens. Instead of a simple push, the pen tip is locked in place using a bolt action mechanism similar to the ones found in rifles. Made of anodized aluminum.

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Ink’d Biodegradable Pens

Ink’d Biodegradable Pens

A ballpoint pen made of biodegradable material that decomposes into carbon and water when discarded. Its triangular shape improves writing comfort. Coming in a variety body and cap colors.

Journal Bandoliers

Journal Bandoliers

Etsy seller Cleverhands makes straps with small loops for carrying pens and pencils while wrapped around a book, sketchpad or journal. There’s also a version that carries cellphones.

Ink Dot Portrait

Ink Dot Portrait

Check out the quiet beauty (and flowing camera and editing work) in Miguel Endara’s video of the making of “Hero,” a drawing of his father which he created from 3.2 million ink dots and a single pen.

Predict-a-Pen

Predict-a-Pen

Like a Magic 8-Ball, but in pen form. Just ask this pen a question, shake it up, and watch as your writing instrument deals out advice you will no doubt follow as if it came from Confucius himself.

PHX-1 Artist’s Tool

PHX-1 Artist’s Tool

Chadwick & Joe’s PHX-1 tool combines the Hi-Tec-C and Signo DX pens, a hobby knife and a designer ruler with 7 measurements into a stainless steel body and a sustainable bamboo case.

Continuous-Line Drawings

Continuous-Line Drawings

We’ve got a theory that your equipment enhances your performance; case in point, these drawings by Chan Hwee Chong, created in a single stroke with a Faber Castell Artist’s Pen. Action video here.

Ballpoint Pen Paintings

Ballpoint Pen Paintings

We’ve seen how awesome a drawing made using a ballpoint pen can be. Artist Shane McAdams shows that it’s also possible to use the simple writing instrument to make stunning paintings.

Carbon Fiber Fountain Pen

Carbon Fiber Fountain Pen

The Kaweco AC Sport fountain pen is made of solid matte-finished aluminum and genuine carbon fiber. It measures 4.1″ when capped and 5.2″ when posted. Available in a variety of nibs.

Butterfly Knife-Styled Pen

Butterfly Knife-Styled Pen

A ballpen with a butterfly knife-style case that you can twirl, flip and spin without fear of hurting yourself (or anyone else). It’ll probably get you a couple extra gropes with the TSA though.

Metal Pen Key Ring

Metal Pen Key Ring

A more portable version of the inkless pen, with a key ring attached to its cap. Just like its big brother, instead of using ink it leaves bits of metal on paper. Great for quick and short writing.

Graffiti Ballpoint Pen

Graffiti Ballpoint Pen

The blue and orange splatter design case on the Kaligraffiti pen holds an easy flow pen refill that deploys using spray nozzle click top. The signature on your TPS reports will never be the same.

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Dine Ink Pen Cap Utensils

Dine Ink Pen Cap Utensils

A boon for multi-taskers, Fred’s clever Dine Ink Pen Cap Utensil set is modeled after the classic Bic ballpoint stick pens, but in this case come with food-safe, reusable fork, knife and spoon caps.

Edible Pen Concept

Edible Pen Concept

Like many people, Dave Hakkens has a habit of chewing on his pen. He eventually found a type of candy that doesn’t stick or melt easily and used it to create his edible pen, which also uses edible ink.

Pen Spinning Experts

Pen Spinning Experts

Remember when you were bored in class and just toyed with your pen to burn time? Turns out some people took their time wasting seriously – there’s actually a World Cup for Pen Spinning.

Romain Jerome Moon Fighter Pen

Romain Jerome Moon Fighter Pen

Made from a combination of MoonSilver – an alloy of moon dust and silver – and fragments of the Apollo II, the Moon Fighter boasts 48 hand-fixed rivets, a titanium point, and a wing-shaped dock.

Sharpie Liquid Pencil

Sharpie Liquid Pencil

The guys at Sharpie have reinvented the permanent marker with their liquid graphite pen. The Sharpie Liquid Pencil writes like a pen, erases like a pencil, and becomes permanent after 3 days.

Fjader Pen

Fjader Pen

The Fjader Pen is a fine choice for written correspondence, with its stand and a clean, modern design that recalls an old timey feather pen — in fact, the word fjader means “feather” in Swedish.

KGB Disappearing Ink Pen

KGB Disappearing Ink Pen

The gel ink in this pen was developed by KGB scientists during the Cold War. The ink starts to fade minutes after it’s used and will completely vanish within 48 hours. Perfect for contracts.

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Ninja Kitten Pen Attack

Ninja Kitten Pen Attack

Ever wonder where all those pens on your desk vanished to? Simple. Blame the ninja kittens. Also, we’re pretty sure they typed something on your keyboard when you weren’t looking.

Inkless Metal Pen

Inkless Metal Pen

This stainless steel pen has a metal alloy “nib”, so instead of ink it actually leaves bits of metal. It can write on most kinds of paper and can be sharpened using sandpaper. This one’s a keeper.

Disk It Sticky Notes

Disk It Sticky Notes

2 snaps to the old school style of computing: Istanbul designer Burak Kaynak has dreamed up these 3.5” floppy disk shaped sticky notepads. They’re only a prototype, but wouldn’t they be fun?

Masterpiece Sticky Notes

Masterpiece Sticky Notes

Those little reminders you write to pick up toilet paper for yourself just got a little more classy, thanks to the gilded frame that comes with these sticky Masterpiece Notes.

Tuff-Writer Frontline Pen

Tuff-Writer Frontline Pen

Made for self defense and rugged climes, Tuff-Writer’s Frontline Pen is made from mil-spec hard-anodized 6061-T6 aluminum and features a write-anywhere pressurized cartridge.

PicoPen

PicoPen

Less than 3″ long and 1/4 oz., never be without a pen again with the PicoPen; the stainless steel pen hooks on to any keychain, can be un-capped one-handed, and doubles as a stylus.

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