Everyday Carry


Tactile Turn Gist

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.

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Nova Minimal Fountain Pen

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…

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Tanner Goods Stainless Steel Memori Pen

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.


Memori Solid Brass Pen

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…

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TiScribe EDC Pen

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.

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Giveaway: Practical Pouches and Pressurized Pens

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!

Machine Era Aluminum Pen

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.


How to Choose a Pen Tough Enough to EDC

Investing in a quality writing instrument has plenty of benefits, and an especially tough pen can easily last a lifetime. In this installment of Carry Smarter, you’ll discover what to look for to make sure your next pen is built to last, and what types of pens might best suit your needs. Lastly, we list 8 of the toughest pens you can buy to make your search (and next writing session) go smoothly.

Ystudio Rollerball Pen

A hallmark of the best everyday carry essentials is the ability to stand the test of time. Ystudio crafts their rollerball pen using a durable blend of heavy duty metals that not only withstand daily wear and use, but also take on a beautiful patina while doing so. Crafted from brass, copper, and bronze, the pen imparts a pleasant heft and balance for a smoother writing experience. Its hexagonal barrel gives this writing instrument that timeless, industrial look, while preventing it from accidental rolling too. Grab this rollerball that'll last a lifetime in your carry at the link below.


Machine Era Solid Brass Pen

It’s no secret that we’re fans of putting pen to paper. The Brass Pen by Machine Era makes for a great pen to carry thanks to its shorter size, slim profile, and brushed finish. The rounded cap won’t poke you in the leg and the brushed finish will minimize scratches from the rest of the gear in your pocket. There are three rings carved into the middle of the pen body that add some welcomed design flair. This brass pen will age naturally with use, turning from a bright yellow to a rich golden brown. The threaded cap can be fitted to both the front and back of the pen, ensuring that you’ll never misplace it. If you’ve been looking for an everyday carry pen that stands out from the pack, check out this new, limited release from Machine Era.


Tactile Turn Brass Shaker

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.


Penxo Pencil

A mechanical pencil without any springs, buttons, or actual mechanical parts, the Penxo Pencil is a Red Dot Award winning writing implement that’s probably better classified as a lead holder. Each Penxo is precision milled from a single block of aircraft grade aluminum and naturally clamps down on the contained 2mm lead thanks to its slightly tensioned design…

Ystudio Pens

Between cheap, disposable pens and a myriad of devices on which to type just about everything, when’s the last time you actually picked up a serious pen and got to some serious writing? Ystudio’s Pens embody this nigh sacred act with their gorgeous writing implements crafted of pure brass and copper…

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Mininch Tool Pen Mini

Hot on the heels of the Tool Pen comes the Mininch Tool Pen Mini, a brand new screwdriver that doesn’t simply use the same bits as the original. The aluminum Tool Pen Mini employs a similar Pop-A-Point design that lets you’d select bits like the push-up pencils of old, exposing their sizes and shapes through windows while cycling through…

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Patriot Pen

Dimond Point’s Patriot Pen is a sleek writing implement with a rugged twist. This military inspired pen is machined from mil-grade 6063 aluminum and boasts optional knurling on both its grip and cap, a distinctive muzzle brake-style tip, and a large powder coated spring steel pocket clip. It’s also hard anodized for durability and easy to refill thanks to compatibility with the ubiquitous Pilot Dr. Grip ink cartridge.

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