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.