If you’ve been following along with our Carry Smarter features, you should be familiar with the value of carrying a pen and the allure of titanium. In this review, we’ll give Ti2 Design’s TechLiner titanium pen a closer look. As a writer, I’m particular about my pens. As an EDCer, there’s no other metal I want my gear made from than titanium. So when Mike Bond and the masters of titanium at Ti2 Design sent over their take on the machined titanium EDC pen, I was intrigued. Maybe skeptical is a better word. The pen certainly didn’t look like other pens on the market. No clicky, but a cap instead? A short barrel? An exposed needle tip? Nonetheless, I slipped it into my pocket to begin “testing.” What started as a trial run turned into months of daily use...
In the first two parts of the Carry Smarter: Titanium series, I talked about how Titanium's useful properties are able to benefit the gear in your EDC, as well as showcase its unique luster on beautiful products.
Given how useful titanium can be and how abundant it is in the Earth's crust, you'd think Ti tools would be more common, if not at least less expensive. However, extracting titanium from naturally occuring alloys is not an easy process. Plus, its strength makes it costly and difficult to machine.
Luckily, there are some manufacturers that manage to put forth capable titanium gear at an accessible price point. What this means is that owning Titanium is a privilege for everyone, from the simplest one-piece multitool to the highest-tolerance custom knives...
In the first installment of the Carry Smarter: Titanium series, I talked about products that best showed off the aesthetic qualities of Titanium. As a material, it’s often understated but never underrated. Its cool shine and feel in the hand galvanized an entire industry of gear.
If Titanium were all about the looks, we'd see it in jewelry or accessories and call it a day. Instead, Ti has found its way into such incredible applications as aerospace engineering and prosthetic implants. So what exactly are the qualities that make Ti so versatile?1. It’s light, but not too light.Although there are many materials lighter than Ti, none of them match Ti's balance of strength and weight...
Learn about one of the most desired "holy grail" materials in the EDC world, starting with an appreciation for classic titanium essentials in the first installment of this three-part primer in the Carry Smarter series.
The E99 Ti is a limited edition offering from Fenix's latest product lineup. Constructed from aircraft-grade titanium alloy with a unique metal texture, this personal light is tough enough for everyday use, while easy to carry, at under 2.75" in length. Simple twist switch operation manages three brightness levels, reaching an impressive 100 lumen output off a single AAA battery. Featuring classic styling, premium materials, waterproofness, corrosion- and impact resistance, the E99 Ti is an ideal choice for any EDC.
The UFO (Universal Flex Organizer) is a ring of titanium with 8 equally-spaced holes around the perimeter for attaching gear. Unlike a standard split ring, it flattens out the items to prevent them from bunching up, leaving you with a neat, streamlined keychain. It can be used to pocket carry with a TEC Accessories P-7 Suspension Clip as shown, or as a zipper pull with a few items attached for convenience and accessibility. Use it to separate house keys and work keys, to space out your keychain gear, or as a unique piece of hardware in your next paracord creation. Thanks to its versatile design, the UFO gives you new options to organize your gear to your needs.
Damastylus Inkless Pen When a premium, patterned steel that once formed ancient blades is reforged as a modern tool at an affordable price, then you know you’re on the edge of something special. The Damastylus aims to not only meld the function of a pen with the modern utility of a stylus, but also to innovate while remaining practical. It can draw on the popular Pilot Hi-Tec-C refills, and the unique metal alloy inkless refill that comes with the pen can write on most surfaces, in any temperature, and from any orientation. The Damastylus can be pre-ordered on Kickstarter in two material and size configurations.