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)
The new EDC Keychain Pen from TT PockeTTools pushes the limits of portability in an EDC pen. Measuring in at a mere 9mm in diameter and only 3.25” long, it rides unnoticed on your key setup. When you need to get to it, the quick detach design makes it especially easy to access. You can unscrew the body to completely detach from the cap and your keychain, letting you write freely. Since the cap stays secured on your keys, you won’t have to undo a pesky split ring just because you have to use the pen. No need to worry about losing the pen when carrying it either, thanks to its heavy-duty threading and rubber o-ring that prevent the cap from opening on accident. Its body features grooves for some extra grip and design flair and also accommodates standard D1 size refills. Available in brass, aluminum, or copper, this handy little pen is built to last. Back the project to get one for yourself via the Kickstarter link below.
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)
Keychain pens can be useful additions to your EDC, but they only do one thing: write. The Tactful Keychain Pen from JP-Tac does much more than that thanks to some added tools, giving your EDC extra utility in the same amount of space. The cap contains an integrated bit holder that allows you to make quick fixes on the go. When paired with the optional multitool, the pen becomes even more capable. The bit driver fits into the multitool for extra leverage so you can get more torque on that stubborn screw or rusted bolt. The Tactful Keychain Pen also features a tungsten steel glass breaker for emergency situations. Tools aside, this offering from JP-Tac is still a writing instrument at heart. At the core of this durable, EDC-ready writer is the tried-and-true Fisher Space Pen refill — ideal for writing in any condition. The pen is available in both titanium and aluminum in various finishes. Hit the Kickstarter link below to secure one for yourself.
Machined bolt pens have become EDC favorites recently for their tactile clickiness that ordinary plastic pens can only dream of. For their second Kickstarter project, BLANK FORCES out of Santa Monica, CA have made a solid metal bolt-action pen approximately 4” long. It's an ideal size for EDC, keeping it pocket-sized while retaining the benefits of full-sized machined pens. You get a pen built to last, quality materials and craftsmanship, and a very satisfying bolt click unique to its kind.
The EDC Pocket Bolt Pen comes in two styles: a pocket version with a normal clicky top, and a keychain version with a removable screw top that has an attached split ring for easy retrieval from a keychain or bag. You have a choice of either a round or anti-roll hex-shaped barrel, with optional laser-engraved measurement scales. Its bolt mechanism comes with an auto-locking feature that prevents the pen from activating while in your bag or pocket, with an alternative clip configuration. The pen uses standard D1 refills available from most bookstores, and comes with one 0.7 mm Ohto needle point refill ready to use.
Always wanted a machined bolt pen but could never spare the size or weight? Check out and pledge for an EDC Pocket Bolt Pen in your ideal configuration at the link below.
It's never a bad time to carry a good pen, especially one designed to take on the toughest everyday challenges. From tackling harsh writing deadlines to punching through glass in cases of emergency, the Impromptu—true to its name—prepares you for the unexpected. As a jotter, it uses weather-resistant Rite in the Rain ink cartridges that write in all conditions, deployed with a reliable push-button clicky switch. Its machined steel body is thick and beefy, but apply force to its glass-breaking tempered tip and you can thrust through any trouble. Deep grooves in the body help with grip, and a Cerakote ceramic coating keeps its finish durable and resilient. Its stainless steel pocket clip also lets you easily carry the Impromptu for EDC. If you need a USA-made pen that can both outlive you and maybe even save your life someday, pick up the Gerber Impromptu at the link below.
Whether you’re jotting down notes throughout the day or signing your lunch bill, a good pen is an essential part of any EDC. If you’re looking for extra benefits you won’t find in an ordinary pen, check out the Schrade Tactical Survival Pen. It offers some features that can be invaluable in an emergency situation without looking too tactical for daily carry. You can remove the pen’s screw-tight cap and use it as a whistle for signaling help, while unscrewing the other end of the pen reveals a hidden ferro rod and striker for starting a fire. You can also use the pen as a glass breaker thanks to its solid aluminum construction. Even if you never find yourself in an emergency, at least you know this pen is durable enough for EDC. Survival scenarios aside, the pen accepts Schmidt P900M ballpoint refills for your everyday writing use and a pocket-friendly clip incorporated in the cap. Stay prepared for anything and add this pen to your carry by hitting the link below.
Because they’re designed with durability in mind, EDC pens tend to be on the bulky side. Their overbuilt construction ends up getting in the way more than it enhances the actual writing experience. With successful campaigns like the Tactical Marker under their belt, Spiffy Lab sets out to offer a lighter EDC pen alternative with their latest Kickstarter project, the CF2. This rugged pen is made up of lightweight carbon fiber for strength, accented with aircraft grade aluminum on the grip, tail, and cap for added durability. The result is a substantial pen that's not overly heavy or unwieldy. An extra-wide clip securely holds the pen on a bag, in a pocket, attached to a belt, or even on a carabiner. The cap and grip feature ample knurling for both a robust look and improved grip, especially when wearing gloves. The CF2 accommodates the ultra-smooth, readily available Pilot G2 refill— perfect for everyday writing tasks. Secure one for yourself in anodized black, bright aluminum, tellurium copper or aluminum-bronze via the Kickstarter link below.
With most modern note taking happening electronically, it's refreshing to find a pen that combines the best aspects of modern tech design with the usefulness of a traditional writing utensil. Milled from a single piece of aluminum, The Baron Fig Squire is shorter than a traditional pen to better fit your pocket. Its precision-weighted design balances comfortably on the index finger, reducing the strain of writing without the need for a dedicated grip section. The Squire's minimalist design also integrates a twist mechanism that releases and retracts the writing tip, making a separate cap unnecessary. The end result is a pen that looks great, writes comfortably, and sits unobtrusively in your pocket. You can secure a Squire in silver or charcoal at its fully-funded Kickstarter campaign below.Learn More
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.
The gear market is flooded with countless tactical pens and multitools, but many of them are either basic in design or not very versatile. The Tactful (Tactical) Pen & Tool by JP-Tac is an EDC combo that offers an ideal balance of form and function. The Tactful Pen, constructed from 6061 aircraft grade aluminum, houses a tried and tested, write-anywhere Fisher Space Pen refill. It seamlessly incorporates three extra tools in its design: a screw-off whistle at the top of the cap, a fire starting rod in the middle section, and a tungsten steel glass breaker (with fire rod scraper) located at the bottom. For even more functionality in a similar design, there's the Tactful Tool. It’s a practically bombproof take-anywhere multitool that contains an all-purpose stainless steel pry tool and bit driver. Its convenient on-board bit storage allows you to carry two double-sided magnetic-tip bits of your choice. If you're looking to streamline your EDC while adding functionality and style, you can pledge for the combo at their Kickstarter below.
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.
Tuff Writer’s Mini-Click may just be the perfect clicky pen. With a history of making large retractable pens, the Mini-Click is their smallest and lightest to date, though it’s still well balanced and fits nicely in your hand. At its heart is a custom Swiss-machined advancing mechanism milled out of 416 stainless steel, making it harder and more reliable than literally every other advancing mechanism out there…
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.