Writing-instruments

mininch Xcissor Pen

As much as we appreciate a good EDC knife, it's not always necessarily the best tool for the job. And depending on where you live or work, carrying a blade isn't even an option at all. For those quick cutting tasks, a pair of scissors can get 'em done quickly, safely, and precisely. Even then, an EDC-friendly pair of scissors is surprisingly hard to come by: you've got trauma shears, ones built into bladed multi-tools, or dedicated scissors that can be dangerous to toss into a pocket or bag. With successful products like the Toolpen and Wrenchit under their belt, the innovative team at mininch are back to doing what they do best: re-designing essential tools in a pocket-friendly pen form factor. Their latest Xcissor Pen conceals a compact pair of scissors in a robust, machined stainless steel executive pen, making it an excellent office companion.

Where most pens in this class reserve the barrel of the pen for fancy deployment mechanisms or larger refills, the Xcissor opts for multi-functionality with its set of SUS420 stainless steel scissors. They're squared away until you remove the barrel of the pen, disengage the safety lock, and extend the scissors forward. Fully ambidextrous and measuring in at about 1.5” of cutting length, the scissors give you plenty to work with for easy snipping. You can even choose between a nickel plated finish to withstand corrosion, or a blacked out teflon coating for its non-stick properties.

With the scissors hidden, the Xcissor Pen is still a solid EDC jotter in its own right. It features a robust machined stainless steel construction at a modest and balanced 5.5” overall length while weighing only 2.1 oz, scissors and all. Because of the built-in scissors, the pen lacks any click or bolt action deployment. Instead it features a classic screw off cap with an integrated pocket clip. Fortunately the cap actually posts onto the back of the pen when using it so you're less likely to lose it (not to mention the better balance it provides). The pen comes with a Schmidt 635 Mini D1 ballpoint refill and accommodates similarly sized refills.

If you want a capable tool for the office but would rather not carry a knife, mininch's latest creation is shaping up to be a strong option. It's got a discreet and stylish design and two functional features that can benefit any EDC. Check it out and secure one for your EDC in your choice of silver or black color options at the Kickstarter link below.

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Machine Era Field Pen

Your EDC pen should be sturdy, ready to write at a moment's notice, and of course, easy to carry. Machined pens made entirely out of metal have been popular for their heavy duty build quality, but they aren't always the most pocket-friendly. That's why Machine Era overhauled their original pen design with the release of the new bolt-action Field Pen. It features several improvements that make it both easier to carry and write with in a more compact body that's still as sturdy as ever.

The Field Pen has some of the design cues from their original pen, but other than the machined grooves, it’s completely different. Instead of a screw off cap, the Field Pen has a custom-designed bolt mechanism. Machine Era ditched the dedicated bolt seen on most other designs. Instead, the pen’s aluminum clip pulls double duty as both the clip and the bolt. The bolt action means that there’s no cap to unscrew (and potentially lose) and keeps the overall length of the pen short.

At a conservative 3.9”, the Field Pen is small enough to disappear into a pocket, yet not so small that it sacrifices usability. Inside, you’ll find the Schmidt Megaline 4889 refill — the German refill brand’s write-anywhere refill. It’ll also take the popular Fisher Space Pen refill as well.

The Field Pen is available on Kickstarter (already well surpassing its goal) in either brass or stainless steel. They already hit their stretch goal, which unlocked a stealthy black DLC-coated option as well. Hit the link below to secure one of these EDCable pens for yourself!

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MecArmy TPX22 Tactical Pen

There are plenty of mechanical pens to choose from in the market, each with their own benefits. Premium materials, self-defense features, and a wide range of refill options all try to fit the needs of every EDCer. With the TPX22 (and its big brother, the TPX33), MecArmy get to the point and put together all the features EDCers look for and need in a tactical pen. It's a sleek option for the discerning jotter that makes no compromises with its manufacturing and design.

The TPX22 measures 4.84” long machined from TC4 titanium, with a corrosion- and scratch-resistant finish befitting a tough EDC pen. The hardened shell, compact size, and pocket clip lend themselves well to a pen you can carry every day and everywhere. Fisher Space Pen compatibility gives EDCers a familiar refill, with an anti-roll shape that also provides a comfortable grip to help with long writing sessions. As you'd expect on a tactical pen, it boasts a tungsten tip for breaking glass in emergencies and a slot for a glowing tritium vial makes an unexpected (but welcome) addition.

MecArmy's makes a strong foray into the field of tactical pens, with the TPX22 handily knocking off items from an EDCer's wishlist of features. Add the TPX22 to your carry via the Amazon link below.

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Ystudio Brassing Pen & Pencil

Creating beautiful things seems to come naturally when the tools we’re using are equally beautiful. Ystudio’s Brassing Pen & Pencil are the polar opposite of flimsy and disposable, like most writing implements we’re accustomed to. They’re both made of hefty brass for writing stability and feature a distinct matte black coating that shows the raw metal underneath at its edges… (via GearHungry)

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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… (via TheAwesomer)

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Everyman Grafton Pen

Let’s face it—a good, affordable EDC pen is hard to come by. It seems that even the most popular pen options have their drawbacks: plastic construction, flimsy pocket clips, or inconvenient screw caps. Everyman returns to Kickstarter with their answer, the Grafton. It’s a clicky pen that aims to reinvent what an affordable EDC pen can be. Constructed from solid aluminum, the Grafton offers improved durability over ordinary plastic pens. Everyman included ergonomic touches like a fully balanced body and a subtle grooved grip section for comfort and control. The pen also features a heavy-duty, brass bolt-on clip that’s perfect for use on both shirt and pants pockets. You can personalize your writing experience using the included refill sizing kit that accommodates Pilot G2 and Fisher Space Pen refills. If you want a full-featured EDC pen that won't break the bank, check out the Grafton at their Kickstarter below.

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Modern Fuel Machined Mechanical Pencil

Mechanical pencils are far better suited for EDC use than their wooden counterparts, but most are made of flimsy plastic. Modern Fuel has created their own take on the mechanical pencil, machining it out of solid metal. This precision-made pencil looks simple, but the attention to detail and substantial feel in hand set it apart from the rest. Each piece of the pencil seamlessly blends into each other, giving the illusion that it's a single piece of metal. Included with the pencil is a pocket clip for easy transport and a unique cork case to keep it safe in your pocket. If you’ve been looking to ditch disposable plastic pencils for something more permanent, consider picking one up from our friends at Huckberry via the link below!

Exclusive discount for Everyday Carry readers: You can save 20% off any order with code HB20EDC until 10/31 to pick up great EDC essentials and other outdoors gear at Huckberry!

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The Tin Mill Tipe

Even if you’ve kept up with all the machined pens on the market, chances are you haven’t seen anything like the Tipe. At first glance, it looks pretty typical of a quality EDC pen. It’s got a solid titanium construction, Pilot G2 refill compatibility (and Fisher Space Pen refills too, with some modding), and a pocket clip. But actually using the Tipe is a different story. It deploys with what The Tin Mill calls “helical bolt-action,” blurring the lines between a pen cap, double helix, pocket clip, twisty, and bolt-action mechanism. This complex engineering improves the pen's durability and functionality (while possibly bordering on mad-scientist levels of innovation, too). If you’re after a sleek, striking, and novel pen, the Tipe is worth a look. Hit up their Kickstarter page to see how it works and secure one in black or natural titanium for your EDC.

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Tactile Turn Gist

If you want the absolutely smoothest pen to write with, chances are you’d have to reach for a fountain pen. The problem with those, though, is that they’re usually too delicate to keep in your pocket. The new Tactile Turn Gist was designed with EDC in mind to be a smooth fountain pen that you can carry with confidence. It’s available in either a lightweight polycarbonate or an even more durable solid metal body, complete with metal accents and grip. When in use, the threaded cap securely posts on the end of the body for balance, comfort and convenience. The pen’s most unique feature is the Tactile Turn signature ridged pattern. It spans the entire pen, giving you superb grip and control. An included ink converter, sturdy pocket clip, and many other features make it a truly pocket-friendly fountain pen. Ditch your scratchy pen for something smoother. Get the Gist in your favorite body/nib configuration at the Kickstarter below.

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Nova Minimal Fountain Pen

A fusion of the classic fountain pen with contemporary, unadulterated design, you’d never guess that the Nova Minimal Fountain Pen hid a fountain nib under its screw on cap. Each Nova is precision machined from either a solid block of titanium or aluminum, the latter in either Comet Grey or Stain Black, for a stunning yet simple aesthetic…

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Tanner Goods Stainless Steel Memori Pen

Wouldn’t it be awesome if your pen could do all the writing for you? The Memori Pen from Tanner Goods can't exactly do all the work, but its hefty build makes writing with it nearly effortless. Their newest version is locally machined in Portland from solid stainless steel with a tight fit and finish throughout. Writing is smooth thanks to its weight, balance in hand, and proven Pilot G2 ink refill. The cap pops off to reveal a large, ridged grip section that gives control without biting into your fingers. It’s durable enough to last for ages, but take caution when carrying it around as it lacks some pocket-friendly features like a clip and screw-tight cap. Even still, from the moment you uncap it at your desk, you’ll see this pen means business.

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Memori Solid Brass Pen

Starting with a block of solid brass, Tanner Goods’ Memori Solid Brass Pen slowly comes into being, milled step by step by machinists in Portland, Oregon. The resulting writing implement is satisfyingly hefty and can fittingly be described as the antonym of disposable, with a build that’s unlikely to ever kick the bucket or need replacing…

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TiScribe EDC Pen

Not all pens are equipped for EDC use. One2TenCNC paid close attention to detail when making the TiScribe, resulting in a truly pocket-friendly pen with all the right features for EDC. Its seamless, compact design is short enough for effortless carry, but still comfortable to use. It’s machined from materials like high-polish titanium, copper, and brass for a durable construction that looks better after continued hard use. Unlike other pens with flimsy steel pocket clips that bend or snap, the TiScribe secures to your pocket using a grade 5 titanium clip held firmly in place by a set screw. You can choose a smoother writing experience in their fountain pen unit, or opt for the utility of a write-anywhere Fisher Space pen refill version for your carry at their Kickstarter campaign below.

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Giveaway: Practical Pouches and Pressurized Pens

Update: This contest is now over. Thanks for participating! Congratulations to Mike G for scoring this sweet writing gear package.
Who else loves free EDC gear? Every week or so, we'll be giving away prize packages full of interesting gear we get our hands on, or very special single item prizes for you to win.

This week's package includes a some lesser-known write-anywhere pens, bags and pouches to organize your daily loadout, and one of my personal favorite notebooks. Special thanks to JetPens for helping us get these hard-to-find goods into your hands.
We’ll run the giveaway for a week. Good luck everyone, and carry on!
Make sure you're logged in, then head over to our giveaway page for your chance to win the following:

Nomadic WT18 Wise Walker Tote Bag: An urban daily carry bag popular in the bustling cities of Japan, this tote seems to have a pocket for everything! ($81)


Lihit Lab Teffa Pen Case:  A book-style pouch for storing and protecting pens, but with plenty of straps and compartments for other small gear. ($18)


Pilot Down Force Ballpoint Pen: It's a pressurized pen capable of writing at any angle on wet surfaces, but with a clicky top for quicker jotting. ($7)


Tombow AirPress Ballpoint Pen: Another pressurized write-anywhere pen for getting work done in even extreme conditions. ($10)


Maruman Mnemosyne Notebook: A superbly made notebook for the modern professional with some of the best paper you'll write on. ($9)

Prize Package Value: $125

Congratulations to Josh B, winner of last week's Quick Carry Essentials giveaway.

Machine Era Aluminum Pen

Machine Era made a strong first impression among the EDC community with their elegantly utilitarian minimalist wallet. Since then, they've been expanding their product line with the same design language and precise craftsmanship to other daily essentials. They now offer a black anodized aluminum version of their machined pen. It has the same pocketable form factor, rugged construction, threaded cap, and crowd-favorite Pilot G2 refill of their original brass version, but opts for light weight over heft for those of you who find your pockets on the heavy side. Don't worry, brass fans, Machine Era debuted a solid brass quick release keychain fitted with 10 lb pull neodymium magnets to give your keys and tools security, accessibility, and a bit of bling factor to boot.

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BigIDesign Titanium Mechanical Pencil + Stylus

BigiDesign has crafted a pencil to add to their lineup of wildly successful writing instruments. The Pencil + Stylus is constructed from titanium and available in either raw or tumbled finish. Inside the Ti bodies are German-made lead advancement mechanisms that will provide the best performance, reliability and durability for years to come. Each pencil features a ridged grip section, a sturdy clip, and an optional stylus on the click mechanism. Designed with a clean and minimal appearance, these pencils let you focus on your writing or sketching. Available in 0.5mm, 0.7mm, and a 3.2mm sketching lead, there is an option to suit everyone’s tastes. Get in on this Kickstarter to help make the Mechanical Pencil + Stylus a reality.

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