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Klarus TP20 Penlight

When you think of a penlight, you probably picture a flashlight that's long and slim like its namesake: the humble pocket pen. The convenient form factor makes it both easy to carry and use for up-close inspection work. With their new TP20, Klarus made the penlight even better by taking the name literally. They've combined a rugged titanium tactical pen with a powerful LED flashlight in a lightweight, streamlined design. Now you can write and light with just a single tool in your EDC.

The Klarus TP20's precision CNC-machined titanium body makes it far more discreet than other tactical pens with sharp edges and aggressive styling. While it may not look the part, it's still a useful tactical pen thanks to the tungsten strike bezel that helps with aggressive poking and prodding. It also pulls escape tool duty, doubling as an emergency glass breaker.

And during normal use, you'll find that the TP20 is worthy on its own as a writing implement. A grip section channeled into the side of the body makes the pen easy to hold when jotting things down. The pen accommodates both Schmidt P950M and Fisher space pen pressurized ink cartridges, so it's ready to write anywhere, anytime as well. At 5.9” long it's not too big for your pockets and only weighs an impressive 1.62 ounces when you consider it comes with a light on the back end.

But it's the built-in penlight that sets the TP20 apart. The top of the pen contains a light module featuring a CREE XP-G3 LED that has a max output of 130 lumens.  It'll throw that light out to about 98 feet, with a runtime of a half hour thanks to its micro-USB rechargeable 10180 battery. A simple twist of the crown of the light lets you switch the light on and off, and choose between high and low modes. That low mode brings the light down to a much more economical 8 lumens, extending its useful life to a full five hours.

The TP20's pen and light combination is already novel, but it's also important to note that you can take them apart as well.  By simply unscrewing the light from the pen assembly, you can use both independently from each other when the situation demands it.

The Klarus TP20 marries everything good about having a penlight and a tactical pen into one convenient and useful package. Free up your pockets, consolidate your carry, and pick one of these up for yourself today at the link below.

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Akinak Titanium Tactical Pen

"We love the grippy texture on the body of WarmKnives‘ handmade writing instrument. This particular pen is made entirely of titanium, which makes it durable and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Fenix Halberd T5Ti Tactical Pen

They say the pen is mightier than the sword. But all too often with tactical pens, designers take that as a challenge. What you get is less of a writing instrument and more of an intimidation tool that draws way too much unwanted attention. The new Fenix T5Ti Halberd tactical pen is different. It's the perfect choice for someone who wants to carry a tactical pen a bit more discreetly. It features a useful tactical design made of premium materials that also looks as good as it writes.

It all starts with the Fenix Halberd's CNC-finished TC4 titanium alloy body. It has a thoughtful ergonomic shape that sits well in your hand as you write. Unlike most tactical pens, it's not blacked out and covered in wicked sharp edges. To the untrained eye, the Halberd will look like a classy pen in your hand, and that's a good thing. At 5.4 inches long, it's the right size for both writing and tactical use. The titanium construction lets it remain lightweight in your pockets at a mere 1.4 ounces. It's also strong and resistant against the elements, making it a pen that you can take anywhere. And because of its pressurized Schmidt P950M ink cartridge, you can write anywhere with it too.

Plus, the machined grip surfaces on the body give you solid control even when things get wet or slippery. That's important for tactical use, which brings us to the other half of the equation. The solid construction of the pen lets you leverage it as a striking tool. It also features a tungsten strike bezel tip that can help when you need to poke and prod in an aggressive manner. The strong tip also functions as a glass breaker, making the pen useful as a rescue tool in an emergency.

If you're looking for a defensive tactical pen that can look good and write well, the Fenix Halberd is for you. It's available in grey, blue, and purple titanium finishes. You can pick one up bundled with Fenix's legendary bombproof E01 flashlight at the link below.

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Makerset Field Pen Compact

For some essentials, bigger doesn't always mean better. Take it from the team behind Machine Era, who has only improved its durable metal EDC gear by shaving off ounces and inches with every new product. They're continuing the trend under a new name, Makerset, with their smallest pen to date. Don't let its size fool you—the new Field Pen Compact is big on features despite its smaller shape. It manages to fit everything you'd want from an EDC pen like full metal construction, multiple refill compatibility, and a precision click mechanism into a tiny, pocket-friendly design.

True to its name, the Field Pen Compact measures in at just 4.19” long. It's short enough to fit into more places in your carry, but long enough to rest comfortably in the hand. Combined with the natural heft of its brass or stainless steel construction, it strikes a nice balance when writing.

Comfort and balance aren't the only things that factor into a great writing experience: the type of ink refill matters too. The Field Pen Compact accommodates D1 cartridges, including write-anywhere pressurized refills like you'd find in a Fisher Space Pen. You can also swap out refills easily thanks to the Compact's quick change cartridge assembly that's accessible in seconds with a quick twist.

The Field Pen Compact even sports a click mechanism, which is impressive when you consider its size. The metal-on-metal click mechanism also comes with a lifetime warranty in the rare event it breaks from regular use. Rounding out its features is a high-strength aluminum pocket clip for easy pocket carry that doubles as an anti-roll feature.

You can pre-order your own Field Pen Compact in brass, stainless steel, or black DLC at the fully funded Kickstarter before the project ends on Saturday, 12pm PDT at the link below.

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Boker Plus Rocket Pen

As something you can carry with you everywhere, your EDC pen shouldn't draw unwanted attention for its tactical features. Designed by Darriel Caston, the new Boker Plus Rocket Pen is a daily jotter that's just as home in the bug out bag as it is in the boardroom. It pairs sleek, understated styling with a robust bolt action mechanism and a sturdy aluminum build that's tough enough for EDC.

Unlike most traditional tactical pens with prominent points and aggressive knurling all over, the Rocket takes a lower profile approach with its smooth aluminum barrel. To be more accurate, the 5.2” body is actually shaped like an oval. The added width affords a more comfortable and secure grip. But more importantly, it allows for the Rocket's bolt action mechanism to sit completely flush with the body when not deployed. Paired with the body's smooth surface, it makes retrieving the pen from your pocket quick and easy—no more protruding bolt to snag on your pants.

To round out its EDC-worthy feature set, the Rocket accommodates write-anywhere Fisher Space Pen cartridges and similarly sized Parker refills. It also features a deep-carrying pocket clip to make the pen discreet even when you're not using it. For a more incognito bolt action pen, check out the Boker Plus Rocket at the link below.

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Ko-Axis Rail Pen

"TEC Accessories‘ unique writing instrument has a flat shape that’s well-balanced and won’t roll off your desk. Its twin-rail design smoothly retracts its writing tip, and features an..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Reader's Choice: 5 Excellent EDC Pens

Recently our team of writers let you know what EDC pens were on our radar. After asking you what your go-to EDC pens were, we assembled this list of the most recommended picks. This guide outlines the top EDC pens according to you, the community. Read on top learn about the best writing instruments for every day carry.

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