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The Best EDC Pens

As technology pushes us towards a paperless world, the pen has become somewhat of an endangered species. For many, it’s still an invaluable tool, and one that’s worthwhile to carry. If you’ve ever had to borrow a pen and are considering adding one to your daily kit, we’ve got you covered in this installment of Carry Smarter. After consulting with fellow EDCer friends and resident pen experts, Ed Jelley and the Pen Addict himself, Brad Dowdy, we present our top ten pens that are truly mightier than the sword.

These solid pens from BigIDesign combine a pen and a touch-screen stylus into one sleek tool. Constructed from a durable, lightweight aluminum with a super deep-riding pocket clip, the pens are easy to carry...

Word Notebooks
Fisher Space Pen Bullet
Spyderco Cat G10
LumaPower IncenDio V3U Upgraded
Minimalist Bifold made from 2-3oz Veg.Tan Leather.

iPhone 4S in Magpul case
Moleskine notebook in Renaissance Art leather cover
Luminox Navy Seal Blackout
Leatherman Juice S2 (flame orange)
Zippo lighter
Coach Bleecker ID/Credit Card Case
Kahr PM9 9mm w/ Tritium night sights
Crossbreed MiniTuck IWB holster
Fisher SpacePen
Streamlight MicroStream
Chris Reeves Sebenza Number two from me… Once my appointments are over the suit gets hung up and my EDC evolves.  Blue jeans or cargo shorts allow me carry a few larger, heavier items.  All the basics are still covered – just in a different way.

Fisher “Infinite” Titanium Nitride Coated Space Pen
Novatac NT120E Flashlight
Protec Runt 
Citizen Autozilla on Super Engineer 22mm Stainless bracelet: 
Ridge Titanium Wallet
Solid titanium pen
iPhone 5s with Elementcase Gungrip: It’s been amazing to watch EDC take off, thanks for the great site! I went from a pen nerd to a knife geek to an EDC fanatic. Here’s the latest EDC. It changes, but this seems to be holding strong for the last couple of months: From top left:
There it is, all the best! AD Fisher “Infinite” Titanium Nitride Coated Space Pen: Small, easy to pop into the pocket, much better built than the standard Space pens and a little wider to grip The coating stands up very well...

submitted by thejafe I was attracted to these items because they work well and are extremely robust in both design and function. I consider this to be a “minimalist” carry although each individual items is quite beefy and fills the hand nicely.
Spyderco Para 2
HDS Tactical Clicky (140 Lumens)
Seiko SKX007 on Zulu Dive Strap
Apple iPhone 4
I’ll also be adding smaller backups to my keychain and I’ve detailed those future additions below. 
Fisher Trekker Space Pen
Arc AAA Premium Flashlight
Leatherman Micra
Stay tuned! Editor’s Note: I totally agree with your assessment that this carry is minimal, but beefy in execution and design...