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)
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)
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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:
Prize Package Value: $125
Congratulations to Josh B, winner of last week's Quick Carry Essentials giveaway.
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.
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.
If you’ve been looking for an EDC pen that will last a lifetime, look no further. The Tactile Turn Shaker takes common Parker style refills and houses them in a pen that’s more comfortable to write with, sturdy enough for daily carry, and has a much higher cool-factor than cheap plastic. The Shaker is machined from a solid bar of brass, which will naturally age and pick up a beautiful patina. If you prefer your gear to look new and shiny, easily polish it up to a brilliant shine. Brass is a hefty material, but the custom lay pattern grip helps the writer hold on to the pen for precision writing. This pen will have no trouble holding up to everyday use for decades to come.
Protect the point of your pencil with Metal Shop’s raw brass and aluminum bullet pencils. Originally given away as souvenirs by agricultural companies, the bullet pencil has transformed from novelty to necessity for pencil lovers. Insert your favorite wooden pencil into the machined casing and get writing. If you happen to make a mistake, its large eraser allows for quick corrections. When it’s time to pack up and go, cap the pencil and secure it to your pocket using its integrated clip. Hand machined in small batches, each Metal Shop bullet pencil comes with a numbered card including the date of manufacture and signed by the machinist who made it. If pencils aren't your thing, be sure to check out the available pen insert as well.