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The Best CRKT Gear on Sale Right Now

CRKT makes solid everyday carry gear, especially when it comes to unique and innovative designs at affordable price points. And right now, a handful of those designs are on sale at Amazon to get you even more bang for your buck. Whether you're looking for a special last-minute gift for a fellow EDCer or you're looking to treat yourself to another knife for the collection, we've got you covered in this round-up.

BigiDesign Ti Arto EDC Pen

When a new product has “EDC” in the name, we tend to take notice. Especially when it’s from the folks at BigiDesign. They’re known for their streamlined pocket tools, and of course, pens. The Ti Arto EDC is an updated (and improved) version of their Ti Arto pen from last year that accepted over 200 different pen refills. This updated version is lighter weight, easier to use, and adjusts to the length of various refills with a simple twist.

The Ti Arto EDC takes into consideration the feedback that BigiDesign received on their last pen. The result is a simpler yet more functional version that seamlessly adapts to accept over 750 refills (yes, you read that right) without any play in the tip of the pen. The Arto EDC achieves this thanks to the clutch mechanism in the grip, coupled with the screw-to-adjust body that lengthens or shortens depending on how you twist it. When capped, the pen hovers between 4.4” and 5.2”, depending on the refill inside. It’s small enough to easily fit in your pocket and stays in there securely thanks to the deep pocket carry clip.

The pen is crafted from grade 5 titanium alloy and is available in three different finishes. You can pick one up in stonewashed titanium, midnight black, or raw machined titanium. BigiDesign launches their pens through Kickstarter with an excellent project history. The Ti Arto EDC currently has over $120,000 in funding, so back with confidence. No matter what your preferred refill in, the Ti Arto EDC has you covered.

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Tactile Turn Mover and Shaker Pens

Before fidget spinners were a thing, many EDCers would keep their hands occupied with something a bit more practical: a clicky pen. But if you ever carried an average clicky pen, you'd know they're fragile, prone to leaking, and that oh-so-satisfying clicky top is nothing but a nuisance to everyone around you. Tactile Turn's Mover and Shaker pens, on the other hand, are a bit of a revelation. They're precision-machined from durable metals, take all sorts of refills, and feature a custom-made titanium clicky top unlike anything you've clicked before. The first versions were already an EDC favorite, and they've just been revised with a ton of EDC-focused improvements.

Upon first glance, it might look like the Mover and Shaker haven't changed much at all from the original versions. But in this update, the devil's in the details. They still feature that substantial yet minimal silhouette that gives it a good balance, heft in hand, and comfortable grip. The unique micro-ridged grip section now extends along the entire body of the pen for complete control. As a result of all the ridges it's even harder to distinguish where the barrel unscrews to swap out refills, giving the pen its sleek, seamless look.

The biggest and most important change is actually in the click mechanism. These new pens ditch the old brass knock mechanism for a bigger, stronger, and more durable custom titanium design. It not only stands up to repeated clicking and general wear and tear, but it offers more travel when pressing it. It also helps the refill retract further into the body of the pen to better prevent accidental leaks in your pocket. This is a welcome change for those of you especially tough on your pens who prefer the ease of use of a click mechanism instead of dealing with pen caps to lose or slightly more complicated bolt action mechanisms. The new titanium clicky isn't totally silent, though, but it's worth it for the overall enhanced performance.

Of course, the Mover and Shaker come equipped with an EDCer's best friend, a sturdy, stainless steel pocket clip. The pens come in a huge range of EDC-friendly materials, including lightweight and colorful anodized aluminum, hefty polished brass, stainless steel, copper, and polished grade 5 titanium. There's a little under a week left to get in on this fully funded Kickstarter set to deliver in January at the link below.

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Dango P01 Pioneer Bifold Wallet and Pen

Even with the latest and greatest smartphones releasing year after year, so many EDCers still swear by good ol' fashioned pen and paper. They make an unbeatable duo when it comes to fleshing out ideas and keeping tabs on things without having to swipe through app menus and folders. But unlike a smartphone, they're not always the easiest thing to slip into your pockets day in and day out. The team at Dango Products have had success with taking something easy and essential to carry—your wallet—and redesigning it to help you carry more, smarter. Their latest project, the P01 Pioneer Wallet, consolidates your pen and paper in one place, but does it in a more compact wallet-sized form factor rather than your typically bulky journal cover design.

One big reason the P01 Pioneer is able to easily carry everything in such a compact footprint is because Dango designed every component from the ground up to fit together perfectly. They've taken one of the oldest tricks in the EDC playbook of slipping a pen into the spine of your wallet, then upped the execution. The pen was custom designed to slot into the spine of the P01 so it sits flush. To get that perfect fit, it's CNC machined in the USA out of a lightweight, anodized aluminum like you'd expect to see on quality flashlights and other EDC tools. It boasts write-anywhere performance thanks to a pressurized ballpoint ink refill, and it's compatible with the crowd favorite Fisher Space Pen refill as well. The business end of the pen narrows down to a minimalist grip system of 3 silicone o-rings while the back of the pen comes to a 4-way slotted tip for multiple attachment configurations. By now the P01 campaign hit its first stretch goal, so backing the project will get you a free paracord lanyard to easily retrieve the pen.

The other part of the equation is the notebook. It's not the largest notebook you can carry, but it might be one of the most convenient ones. At a modest 24 pages, it's a good balance between portability and thinness without needing replacements too often. Not to mention it's stitched and finished in the USA then protected from excess wear and tear in the P01 wallet itself.

Of course, the P01 is still an EDCer's wallet at its core. It has some of the best elements of all the different kinds of wallets you can carry in one. For starters, it's made in the USA from premium Italian veg-tan leather for that patina after break in and familiar feel in hand. But that's where the similarities with traditional leather wallets end. The leather comes laminated with an RFID-blocking material for your security and geometric patterning give a look and ergonomic feel that lean towards the future. The P01 uses a silicone strap for extra security and versatility like you'd find on more modern minimalist wallets. It's designed to accommodate up to 20 cards as well as Dango's wallet-sized multi-tool from their earlier line of wallets, the MT02. With options for a pen, notebook, multi-tool, and cards, it's got room for a big chunk of your daily kit.

There's just a month left to back the P01 on Kickstarter. It comes in two colorways — a natural tan with silver or a fully blacked out setup, now with a free paracord lanyard as part of the campaign's first unlocked stretch goal. Check it out in more detail at the link below.

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mininch Xcissor Pen

As much as we appreciate a good EDC knife, it's not always necessarily the best tool for the job. And depending on where you live or work, carrying a blade isn't even an option at all. For those quick cutting tasks, a pair of scissors can get 'em done quickly, safely, and precisely. Even then, an EDC-friendly pair of scissors is surprisingly hard to come by: you've got trauma shears, ones built into bladed multi-tools, or dedicated scissors that can be dangerous to toss into a pocket or bag. With successful products like the Toolpen and Wrenchit under their belt, the innovative team at mininch are back to doing what they do best: re-designing essential tools in a pocket-friendly pen form factor. Their latest Xcissor Pen conceals a compact pair of scissors in a robust, machined stainless steel executive pen, making it an excellent office companion.

Where most pens in this class reserve the barrel of the pen for fancy deployment mechanisms or larger refills, the Xcissor opts for multi-functionality with its set of SUS420 stainless steel scissors. They're squared away until you remove the barrel of the pen, disengage the safety lock, and extend the scissors forward. Fully ambidextrous and measuring in at about 1.5” of cutting length, the scissors give you plenty to work with for easy snipping. You can even choose between a nickel plated finish to withstand corrosion, or a blacked out teflon coating for its non-stick properties.

With the scissors hidden, the Xcissor Pen is still a solid EDC jotter in its own right. It features a robust machined stainless steel construction at a modest and balanced 5.5” overall length while weighing only 2.1 oz, scissors and all. Because of the built-in scissors, the pen lacks any click or bolt action deployment. Instead it features a classic screw off cap with an integrated pocket clip. Fortunately the cap actually posts onto the back of the pen when using it so you're less likely to lose it (not to mention the better balance it provides). The pen comes with a Schmidt 635 Mini D1 ballpoint refill and accommodates similarly sized refills.

If you want a capable tool for the office but would rather not carry a knife, mininch's latest creation is shaping up to be a strong option. It's got a discreet and stylish design and two functional features that can benefit any EDC. Check it out and secure one for your EDC in your choice of silver or black color options at the Kickstarter link below.

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Valtcan Tactical Survival Pen

There are plenty of machined pens on the market, as there are tactical pens. To stand out, one needs to bring something new to the table without compromising the usefulness of either use. This is true for EDC especially, since you probably already have a ton of gear vying for valuable pocket space. Valtcan aims to do something different with their tactical survival pen by packing as much utility into a slick machined package, giving you a robust EDC option to cover your bases.

Valtcan's tactical pen comes in polished titanium, giving it that exotic sheen in addition to a nice strength-to-weight ratio. Vents are machined into the pen's body, adding a striking look while giving a better grip, and most importantly, keeping its weight down to just over 2 ounces for ease of carry. The vents also give a glimpse into the pen's internals, where the rest of its tools lie.

Screwed into the the cap lies a whistle for emergencies, while a compact one-piece multi-tool sits in the pen's rear compartment behind its rear tungsten point for glass-breaking emergencies. Unscrewing the main section lets you access the pen, which takes standard 2 3/4” mini refills like the Schmidt 635M or Lamy M21. The pen also comes with a pocket clip for ease of carry to your pocket or pack.

Whether as a pen or multi-tool the Valtcan pen's got some surprising utility under its shell. Pick one up from Amazon at the link below.

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Manker PL10 Multi-tool Flashlight

Sometimes the most useful and impressive results come from the most unlikely partnerships. Despite flashlights and pens often sharing a similar shape, no one's managed to put them together well in the same tool. And while a poor effort can easily end up ineffective in both applications, Manker's taken the best parts—especially the parts EDCers like—from tactical pens and flashlights and put them into the PL10. It's a compact multi-tool that's no jack of both trades.

The PL10 seeks to hit 3 EDC nails on the head: the need for a pleasant and pocketable light, the usefulness of always having a pen, and the robust construction for tactical use in an emergency. As a light, the PL10 comes with a hi-CRI Nichia 219B LED, pushing out up to 120 lumens in a versatile, floody beam. It uses a rechargeable 10180 lithium battery as a power source, which you don't have to worry about replacing since the PL10 comes with a built-in charging port and USB cable. On the pen side the PL10 uses a black refill cartridge. While it does serve to keep the tool compact, this unfortunately means it's a refill you'd have to replace direct from Manker. It's a bit of a compromise, but the two included refills should last you quite a bit.

For tactical applications, you get IPX-6-rated fit and finish in a solid stainless steel body. It's knurled with a deep diamond pattern, with fins and grooves that give added grip when used as a pen or striking tool. A tungsten tip on the cap also gives the PL10 glass breaking ability should you need it. Said cap also comes with a smooth pocket clip that lets you easily carry the tool as you would a light or pen, making it easy to EDC, especially at only 2.1 ounces with its battery.

Whether as a light or a tactical pen, the PL10 means business for both departments. Pick one up from Amazon at the link below, or direct from Manker here.

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Machine Era Field Pen

Your EDC pen should be sturdy, ready to write at a moment's notice, and of course, easy to carry. Machined pens made entirely out of metal have been popular for their heavy duty build quality, but they aren't always the most pocket-friendly. That's why Machine Era overhauled their original pen design with the release of the new bolt-action Field Pen. It features several improvements that make it both easier to carry and write with in a more compact body that's still as sturdy as ever.

The Field Pen has some of the design cues from their original pen, but other than the machined grooves, it’s completely different. Instead of a screw off cap, the Field Pen has a custom-designed bolt mechanism. Machine Era ditched the dedicated bolt seen on most other designs. Instead, the pen’s aluminum clip pulls double duty as both the clip and the bolt. The bolt action means that there’s no cap to unscrew (and potentially lose) and keeps the overall length of the pen short.

At a conservative 3.9”, the Field Pen is small enough to disappear into a pocket, yet not so small that it sacrifices usability. Inside, you’ll find the Schmidt Megaline 4889 refill — the German refill brand’s write-anywhere refill. It’ll also take the popular Fisher Space Pen refill as well.

The Field Pen is available on Kickstarter (already well surpassing its goal) in either brass or stainless steel. They already hit their stretch goal, which unlocked a stealthy black DLC-coated option as well. Hit the link below to secure one of these EDCable pens for yourself!

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