Pens

StatGear TriTac EDC Pen

For plenty of us, jotting down notes and making quick cuts here and there are all in a day's work. If you're spending time switching between a tactical pen and your EDC knife, take a look at the TriTac EDC Pen on Kickstarter. It gives the word “penknife” a whole new meaning, integrating a small blade (and a punch) into its tactical pen form factor.

The knife in the TriTac is a folding sub-2" 440C stainless steel blade located at the tip of the pen. It's ideal for light utility work such as opening letters and boxes. Because it's at the tip, you can use the body of the pen for extra leverage and grip despite the blade's small size. You'll also find a tungsten carbide glass breaker on this tip when the knife is closed, which can come in handy in an emergency.

It's a capable pen as well, using the versatile Fisher Space Pen cartridge for reliable, write-anywhere performance. A nifty bolt-action mechanism exposes and retracts the tip for writing. It's intuitive and fun, and you just might find yourself activating it just to fidget around a bit.

This unique pen is available to you in both lightweight aluminum and titanium on its fully-funded Kickstarter. Go ahead, take a look, and make a pledge to get one of your own at the link below.

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Lamy Safari Fountain Pen

Want a cool pen for everyday carry, but looking for a change of pace from the all-too-common ballpoint? If you're after an entirely different writing experience—one that's smoother and can even improve your penmanship—pick up a fountain pen. As far as those go, the Lamy Safari is one of the best EDC-ready options out there for both beginners and experienced users alike thanks to its versatility and no-frills functionality.

The Lamy Safari has several features that make it a great place to start for first-time fountain pen users. You can easily swap out the nib (the part that you write with) for one that's broader or finer, letting you dial in your preferred line width without having to buy multiple pens. Its beginner-friendly triangular grip even guides your hand to hold it the right way for the smoothest writing experience. The pen fills with ink via convenient cartridges, or a converter (a piston mechanism that allows you to use bottled ink) that provides even more ink color options.

The Safari's lightweight, sturdy ABS plastic body and unique steel wire clip make it ideal for everyday carry in a shirt or pants pocket and even clipped to a notebook cover. Check out this modern classic via the link below.

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Gifts For Men - Your Buying Guide to Everyday Carry

If you’re like us, finding the right gear to EDC for ourselves is hard enough. Trying to find a gift for another like-minded EDCer can be daunting, if not utterly exhausting. How do you pick something they’ll appreciate, actually use, and be proud to carry? Our Everyday Carry gift guide should help.

Imperator TTi 108 Titanium Bolt Action Pen

"Its spring isn’t made of titanium. But literally every other part of Inspirs Design’s Imperator Titanium Bolt Action Pen is machined of this ultralight, ultra-strong metal. The pen employs a three-gear bolt mechanism to convert between pen, capacitive stylus (out of the back side), or its resting state for carry, switching quickly and reliably with just a slide. Every Imperator includes a precision carved titanium pocket clip and fifty waves carved into the forefront of the body that improve grip, though a special edition Tritium version of the pen ($200) also features six tritium tubes inserted in the tail tip which..." (via GearHungry)

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Quotidian Magnet Propulsion Pen

"The Quotidian Magnet Propulsion Pen boasts a name that’s as puzzling as the mechanism within. Pull the cap off and nothing happens. But stick it magnetically to the pen’s tail end and the pen nib is propelled out, readying the instrument for writing. Its mechanism employs both magnetic attraction and repulsion to pull this off, featuring several axially magnetized neodymium magnets in its cap and..." (via GearHungry)

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How to Carry a Fisher Space Pen 8 Different Ways

If we had to pick just one pen for EDC, we’d probably go with the Fisher Space Pen. It’s the most popular and most carried pen among Everyday Carry members for a reason: it’s compact, affordable, durable, and it writes anywhere.

However, the almighty Space Pen isn't perfect. One paradoxical drawback to a pen this portable is it might actually be harder to carry. It's not a traditionally sized pen, after all. But that short size lets it sneak its way into a bunch of different carry options. 

Today, we'll be looking at a few of those setups—many of which were picked up from our very own community. Kudos to all of you EDCers out there doing your best to Carry Smarter.

10 Orange Everyday Carry Essentials for High Visibility

It's Halloween season again, and oddly enough, it's an appropriate time to rethink your EDC. You've got your knives and lighters for making jack-o-lanterns and flashlights to keep little ones safe on their neighborhood routes. Maybe you won't go so far as repurposing your go-bag into trick-or-treating candy storage (though I can't blame you: candy just tastes better when it's free), but there's good reason to get your EDC in the Halloween spirit with some new orange gear.

Now, you don’t have to use Halloween as an excuse to pocket orange gear. Adding that color to your carry has year-round benefits as well. Orange is typically used in the outdoors and zombie apocalypse survival situations for its strikingly high visibility. Compared to the usual black finishes, orange makes your gear easier to find whether you've dropped it in the woods or it's sitting at the darkest bottom corner of a loaded bag. We featured 13 other hi-vis tools last year, but we've updated the guide this time around with newer gear with the latest features.

Here are our picks for hi-vis orange gear to carry this year.

Trilogy Zero Fountain Pen

"Nearly all fountain pens are gaudy affairs complete with overly busy designs. The design of Trilogy’s Zero Fountain Pen was taken in an opposite direction. Its body is machined from a block of space-grade 6000 series aluminum before being anodized in black or silver, seamlessly coming together to form one continuous and slightly tapered rod. Each is also fitted with a Bock #6 nib in polished steel, enamel-coated steel, or..." (via GearHungry)

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What's the Best Ink Refill for an Everyday Carry Pen?

So you've finally upgraded to a machined pen for your everyday carry. It's built like a tank and handles like a dream. Now, the next step to having an awesome writing experience in your day to day is finding the right refill to put in it.

Machined pen makers, especially on Kickstarter, love bragging about how many different refills their pens can accommodate. While the Fisher Space Pen and Pilot G2 refills are the most popular, there are hundreds more to choose from (yes, really).  

Since you can only use one refill at a time, I'll help you find your go-to with this guide by comparing the three types of ink refills and recommending the best ones to pair with your favorite EDC pen.

Caran d'Ache 849

If you're still reaching for a disposable plastic pen on your desk, maybe it's time for an upgrade. You deserve a nicer pen, especially since you do so much hard work with it (and definitely not spend any time doodling during meetings at all). I'm not saying you have to splurge on a luxury pen just yet. But you can get a modern classic in the Caran d'Ache 849 without needing a bigwig C-level salary either.

As good-looking as its iconic Swiss design is, the 849 has all the makings of a functional everyday pen too. Unlike screw-on caps you'd find on most other all-metal pens, the 849's clicky top is quick, easy, and impossible to lose. Its robust and flexible metal pocket clip keeps the pen handy, while the aluminum hexagonal barrel lends durability and anti-roll functionality.

The 849's overall balanced and well-proportioned body comes as a ballpoint or mechanical pencil in plenty of finishes and colorways, so you can find an 849 that suits your use and style preferences. My personal favorite is the original grey finish (front and center), available at the link below.

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Tactile Turn Slider and Glider Bolt Action Pens

With several successful Kickstarter campaigns under their belt, Tactile Turn knows how to machine and deliver a quality EDC pen. After releasing a clicky pen and fountain pen, they're at it again with a duo of bolt action pens—the Slider and Glider. These EDC-ready writing utensils are 100% made in-house with a unique mechanism to open and close the pen.

A bolt action pen typically features a J-shaped groove, which isn't the easiest to use with one hand. The Tactile Turn Slider and Glider use a C-shaped groove that’s easy to engage and disengage with just your thumb. The action feels natural and it’s fun to play with.

The shorter “Slider” model accepts Parker-style refills, while the longer “Glider” model fits G2-style refills. Combined, they’ll accommodate over 50 different refills so you’re sure to find a sturdy EDC pen that's compatible with your favorite refill. Finally, the deep-carry stainless steel clip lets the pen sit in your pocket without sticking out.

Unlike with other Kickstarter campaigns, these pens are already in production, meaning you can expect to only wait 'til early October to get one in your hands. The Slider and Glider are available in several heavy-duty metals including titanium, brass, copper, zirconium, and damascus steel. Check out the campaign page for detailed specs and a video of the bolt mechanism in action.

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Ti Arto Pen

"With nineteen Kickstarter projects under their collective belt and almost half of them pens, Chadwick Parker & Joe Huang know a thing or two about making tools for writing. The Ti Arto Pen, like many they designed before it, is made of titanium, uncoated in this case and with a unique grip pattern under its cap that makes for a good hold. Already the compact pen is built for the ages but it’s also compatible with a staggering 200-odd refills refills..." (via GearHungry)

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Quick DisConnect 2.2 Bolt-Action Pen

We're not here to tell you to carry a pen, because you already know it's a great addition to your kit. The trick now is figuring out how best to take one along so it's always ready to jot but never there to get in your way. MC Fabrications out of North Aurora, IL may have just figured it out with the latest iteration of their QDC (Quick DisConnect pen). It  gives you all the benefits of a heavy-duty machined pen while making it compact and convenient to carry.

Some key features make the QDC an ideal EDC pen. It comes in either aluminum or brass, giving you an option for lighter weight or collectibility. A bolt-action mechanism makes it a joy to fiddle with and engage its Lamy M22 refill, chosen specifically to keep the QDC as compact as possible thanks to the refill's 2.375” length. The quick-disconnect feature, of course, is what makes the pen. In addition to making it an easy way to include a split ring so you can hang the QDC off your bag or keychain, it makes use of a canted coil spring that lets you pull off the pen from the brass base as soon as you need it. No need to break your nails prying off the keyring or having to write with your entire keychain in your hands—just tug off the QDC and start writing.

There's a little over two weeks left to back the QDC at the Kickstarter link below, so head over to add this bolt-action ballpoint to your everyday carry.

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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..." (via TheAwesomer)

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The Best Everyday Carry Pens for School and Work

We know how it goes. You’ve used up those student loans on ridiculously overpriced textbooks and now you're left with next to nothing for your actual school supplies. But to really excel in class, nothing beats tried-and-true pen and paper. Studies show handwritten notes help you remember things better, after all. 

So if you’re serious about starting this school year strong, pick up your next favorite pen from this guide—even if you’re on an instant ramen budget. You’ll find a pen that easily pulls double duty whether you're in class or out and about. If you’re left handed, tough on your pens, or simply just like that feeling of pen to paper, we've got you covered.

Riind Pen

The Riind Pen’s most apparent feature is unique clip, which boasts a low profile and also maintains its clipping force through a large range of motion. But more than that it’s also equipped with a unique continuous cam design that extends the pen tip with a half-twist of its end in any direction and retracts it with another. The writing implement is also made to last with its machined aluminum body and fits over 35 different 110mm ink cartridges… (via GearHungry)

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