Why You Should Carry A Pen

Learn the benefits of carrying a pen and find your next EDC pen with recommendations from pen expert, Ed Jelley, in the first of this three-part series on analog writing.

Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point Copper Fountain Pen

Pilot's premium Namiki collection gets a touch more class with this limited edition model featuring a copper-colored barrel with Rhodium accents. As with all Vanishing Point models, the 18k Rhodium-plated nib retracts with a click of the top knock button, protecting it from bending or leaking into your pocket and allowing for fine writing without sacrificing portability. Only 2014 units were made of this copper model, so if you're looking for something unique in your fountain pen experience, the Vanishing Points may be for you.

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LOCLEN "Tiny" Pocket Fountain Pen

Many fountain pens are inconvenient to EDC by design, ultimately ending up on desk duty. The team at LOCLEN hope to change that with Tiny, a pocket fountain pen envisioned to be a portable, minimalist pen carry when closed, but balanced and fully-featured as a writing instrument when open with its cap posted. Tiny is 3.74 in. (95 mm) long, weighs 0.95 oz (27 g), is manufactured out of C360 brass, and is equipped with premium Bock nibs that take Pelikan 4001 or similar short ink cartridges. Backers have until January to pledge for a Tiny, with a number of additional and customizable features such as body finish, cap shape, clip, and a handmade Italian case, giving you plenty of options for the on-the-go fountain pen experience that's right for you.


6061 Mechanical Pencil

Finding a long lasting machined pen online these days is relatively easy, but a mechanical pencil? Not so much. And that’s what prompted Modern Fuel Design’s 6061 Mechanical Pencil. Milled from one solid block of metal, these 0.5mm lead pencils are incredibly strong, not to mention stunning. They come in brass or aluminum, include a removable clip, and should technically last a lifetime, lest they’re sent in to be replaced or repaired for free.

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15 EDC Gifts Under $15

We're well into the holiday season, a time to be spent with loved ones and a great opportunity to exchange gifts. If you're still having trouble deciding what to add to your wishlist, or if you've put off shopping because your minimalist wallet is feeling especially light these days, don't worry — we've got you covered with this collection of 15 great pieces of EDC gear for under $15 each.Keychain ToolsNiteIze DooHicKeySomething as essential as keys deserve better than a flimsy, generic keychain. This multitool is an easy upgrade over an ordinary carabiner, offering versatility with its pry bar, box opener, screwdriver, ruler and wrenches...

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Shop Here: Monocle, NYC

Monocle magazine was launched in February 2007, but already seems like a long-time staple of cultural and luxury journalism. This premium media brand boasts magazine, web, broadcast and retail divisions and focuses on global affairs, business, culture and design worldwide. Monocle broke traditional media models by creating a retail channel with freestanding shops in London, Hong Kong, Toronto, Tokyo and New York (as well as an e-commerce site), selling limited edition collaboration and Monocle-designed everyday carry items such as pens, notebooks, wallets, and key chains...

EDC Ink Keychain Pen

There's never a bad reason to have a pen on you, from being able to conveniently jot down ideas at a moment's notice to having the means to write important information during an emergency. EDC Ink is a Kickstarter project by BLANK FORCES out of Santa Monica, CA that makes carrying a pen even easier. It houses common refills like D1s and the Pilot Hi-Tec-C in an extremely compact barrel made out of 304 stainless steel accented with brass.  At a feather-light 31.4 grams, it unobtrusively hangs off your keychain until you need it. A little over two weeks are left to pledge for the EDC Ink, which is available in two sizes and custom-engraved designs.


Ti2 TechLiner Pens After the success of their original TechLiner, Ti2 is kickstarting a second run of the same great technical pen in a shorter variation and in new materials — this time in brass, bronze, and copper. The pen features a smooth Signo 207 refill, truncated nose for technical use, and a grid pattern for comfort and grip. The business end is protected by a magnetic cap that feels almost magical when snapping on and off the pen. An optional pocket clip provides anti-roll functions and makes for easy pocket carry. You can pre-order just in time for Christmas if you back in the next 5 days. PRE-ORDER ($55+)

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