Pens

These days, more and more pens being designed specifically with EDC in mind. An ideal EDC pen has a small footprint, is built to last, and can easily be carried. Lots of EDC pens allow the cap to fit onto the back of the pen (or “post”) to extend an otherwise short pen into something comfortable to write with. Several designs integrate keychain loops so that you never leave the house without a pen on you.

Tactical pens are seen in plenty of tactical and survivalist EDCs, and for good reason. Extending their usefulness beyond writing, many tactical pens double as glass breakers and self defense tools for emergencies. Design details on tactical pens include aggressively knurled sections and ridges for grip, at least one pointed end, and refills that can write under the harshest conditions.

Not all pens have to be “tactical” to be tough. Several makers improve upon your favorite everyday pen by machining new bodies entirely from metal. These pens have more heft, a premium feel in hand, and increased duratbility that blow disposable plastic pens out of the water. Machined pens can accept tons of different refills, so you can be sure to find something to suit your writing style.

In today’s world of smartphones, note taking apps, and the increasing use of technology in every day life, I strongly believe that there is still a place for analog writing tools. Not everyone carries a pen or pencil and paper, but it can be a valuable addition to your EDC that may have more utility than you had thought. There are plenty of reasons why you should revisit analog.

Have you ever had to borrow a pen? Not unlike the feeling when I first started carrying a knife, you may not know how much you will use one until you start carrying one. Whether it is signing a receipt, jotting down a phone number, or taking notes at work or school, there is no shortage of uses for a pen.


Minimal Metal Ballpoint Pen

"Andrew Sanderson swears that his sleek ballpoint pen will last you a lifetime, thanks to its all metal construction and a custom self-lubricating bronze click mechanism. It comes with a Fisher Space Pen refill but works with Parker G2 refills as..." (via TheAwesomer)

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ShopWorn Discounted Luxury Watches, Pens and Gear

Sometimes the ideal piece of kit for your EDC might be something you can't find in stores anymore. In that case you might have to resort to hunting your grail from resellers on third-party markets, but getting authentic quality gear at the price you want can be a serious hassle when going that route. ShopWorn makes it easier to find high-end gear at a bargain to take the guesswork out of your shopping experience. They curate 100% authentic, like-new gear in one place and specialize in stocking only the best unsold luxury watches, pens, and accessories sourced from reputable brands and authorized retail stores.

It can be hard to tell what's real, what's fake, what's broken, and what actually works when you're searching for a good deal, whether it's online or at pawn shops and yard sales. ShopWorn does in-house quality assurance to make sure the gear you're buying is both real and in like-new working condition before they put things up for sale. That way all you have to do is browse and check out the items you want, without hassle. Unlike with pre-owned used goods, whose quality depends on whether their previous owner took care of their gear before selling it to you, ShopWorn's products tend to be display pieces or unsold inventory from authorized retailers. ShopWorn purchases the remaining inventory at a discounted rate and then passes those savings on to you through their online shop.

If you've been pining for a luxury watch or a high-end pen to add to your collection but were put off by high retail price tags or the risk of dealing with counterfeits, you might find a deal on the gear you want at ShopWorn. For example, you could get a Swiss-made, PVD-coated stainless steel pilot watch from Alpina for 50% off. There's also the Luminox Atacama Field Chrono as a more tactical Swiss-made option with a blacked out case 100M water resistance and lume throughout for 59% under retail. As for their pens, the S.T. Dupont “Line D” Arabesque Rollerball is a standout with its luxe, made-in-France silver palladium plated brass construction at 39% off.

See the rest of ShopWorn's premium watches, pens, and accessories for your EDC at the link below.

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Uni Jetstream Prime 2&1 Multi-pen

When it comes to consolidating your EDC, you might think the only ways are carrying a multi-tool or an all-in-one pouch. But with school and work back in full swing, now's a good time to think about consolidating our writing gear, too. A multi-pen like the Uni Jetstream Prime 2&1 just might be the last writing utensil you'd need to carry. It's a sturdy multi-pen system packed with 2 pens and a mechanical pencil, built into a sleek metal body that'll look good and last long. Whatever you're working on, it'll provide an elevated writing experienced compared to your standard ballpoint pen.

The Jetstream refills fall somewhere between a standard ballpoint pen and a gel pen refill. Uni’s proprietary ink combines the best features of both inks into their hybrid ink cartridges. You’ll get the silky smooth writing experience of a gel pen with the quick-drying properties of an oil-based ballpoint. The ink is also water-, fade-, and smear-resistant when dry. The Prime 2&1 allows you to load up two different pen refills as well as a 0.5mm mechanical pencil. It’s a great way to slim down your EDC, especially if you need to carry a few different writing instruments to get the job done. Last but not least, its included clip makes it easy to slip into your backpack, briefcase, or keep in your pocket.

The Uni Prime ships with a black refill, a red refill, and 40 spare NanoDia HB pencil leads, packaged in an exclusive gift box. It’s available in black, silver, or navy finishes at the link below.

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Deal Alert: Get a Parker Jotter Pen at Its Lowest Price Ever

If you're still using disposable plastic pens, now's the perfect time for an upgrade. The iconic Parker Jotter pen has been the brand's #1 seller since its debut in 1954 as well as one of our go-to picks for EDC to school and work. It's used by hundreds of readers on this site mainly for its excellent quality, cost performance, and EDC-worthy construction. Today it's on sale for its lowest price ever, making it at even better value than it already is.

The Jotter has all the right features to make it ideal for EDC. For starters, it's a click pen, making it quick and easy to use for jotting things down without the hassle of unscrewing a cap or even misplacing it. Next, it features its signature arrow pocket clip for easy retrieval and anti-roll. It's also made from stainless steel, giving it the durability it needs to stand up to EDC while also giving it a pleasant heft and balance in hand. The Jotter also even takes pressurized ink cartridges like the ones from Fisher Space Pen, giving you the option to have that write-anywhere performance with a quick refill swap. 

Overall, the Jotter fits the bill as a sleek, compact pen with stylish looks and the performance to match. You can add this classic pen to your EDC at its lowest price ever from Amazon at the link below.

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Slughaus Nanopen

Chances are you could benefit from a pen in your EDC. But if you only need to make quick notes or sign things every so often, dedicating precious pocket space to a full-sized pen might not be the best option. In that case, we'd recommend a keychain pen to keep your pockets free. The new Slughaus Nanopen fits the keychain role with an ultra compact, durable aluminum design and a tungsten carbide tip that doubles as a puncture tool for even more everyday utility.

The most striking quality of the Nanopen is its size. At 57mm long and weighing only 4.5 grams, the Nanopen stays true to its name. Combined with its lanyard-compatible keyring attachment point, the Nanopen offers so many ways to carry it so you'll never be without a pen. The most obvious way to go is on your keys, but you can also wear it on a necklace, use it as a zipper pull for a jacket or bag, or even carry it loose in your coin pocket or travel wallet.

To use the ballpoint pen, you simply unscrew the cap to detach the body. Because of its short length, it's best used for those unexpected moments during the day when you need to jot something down briefly. Aside from writing, the pen's tungsten carbide tip is strong enough to use as a puncture tool, giving you a TSA-friendly way to open boxes and packaging in a pinch. When you're all done, screwing it back into the cap creates a waterproof seal for EDC in all conditions.

You can secure a Nanopen for your keychain at the fully funded Kickstarter link below before the project ends in a little under 4 weeks.

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BigiDesign Ti Click EDC Pen

If you've ever shopped around for a machined pen for EDC, you've probably noticed how most of them come in two sizes to accommodate different kinds of refills. It's an unfortunate tradeoff if you like the feel of the pen in hand, but don't like how it writes. BigiDesign's new Ti Click EDC pen is the exception: it's designed from the ground up to be the most refill-compatible clicky pen out there thanks to its expanding design. But it doesn't just shapeshift to fit your favorite refill, it's also packed with EDC-friendly features and unique parts that set it apart from the rest.

The Ti Click EDC achieves its multi-refill compatibility using one of BigiDesign's best innovations. The tip of the pen features an auto-adjusting collet that grabs onto refills the way the end of a power drill clamps around a bit. This feat of engineering secures the refill within the body so tightly it prevents any wiggle or play when you're writing for a smoother experience. The namesake titanium body also expands from a compact 4.64” to a comfortable and balanced 5.11” length depending on the refill you put inside. The shorter configuration accepts Parker-style ballpoint refills, while the longer accepts a standard rollerball or gel refill. In addition to the grip collet and expanding body, BigiDesign created their own super-smooth and nearly silent nock mechanism to extend to the refill. You’ll also find a sturdy titanium clip that sits deep in your pocket and some machined grooves around the grip section so you can get a better hold on the pen.

The new Ti Click EDC is available in machined raw, DLC-coated black, or stonewashed Grade-5 titanium. The folks at BigiDesign are no stranger to a Kickstarter launch, with over 20 successful projects and millions of dollars in backings over the past few years, so back with confidence. You can reserve one for yourself via the link below.

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The Best Bolt-Action Pens for 2018

So you want to carry a pen, but you're worried about it leaking or breaking? Those are valid concerns that rule out so many pens as EDC options because they're not durable, pocket-friendly, and easy to use enough for EDC. We suggest a “bolt action” style pen, which draws inspiration from the channel and bolt system of a rifle to extend, lock, and retract the refill. Bolt action keeps your pen from accidentally extending in the pocket, avoiding leaks. They're usually built from EDC-worthy metals for durability, not to mention the action itself is fun to fidget with. In this round-up, we're highlighting a few new bolt action pens from 2018 as well as some tried-and-true classic picks.

Zerohour Apex Bolt Action Pen

"Zerohour’s Apex Bolt is a titanium ballpoint bolt action pen. It uses Fisher Space pen cartridges, so it can write underwater and upside down. It also has a ceramic tip for breaking glass, and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Nitecore NTP20 Tactical Pen

When you want to carry a truly tactical pen, it should be one that excels at both writing and self-defense tasks. But too often, what we get focuses on one task over the other. You might find something closer to a kubotan that can sort of scribble something down, or decent jotters that are tactical in aesthetics only. Nitecore's new NTP20 tactical pen aims to strike the perfect balance. Their updated pen design gives you a versatile writing tool that fits your everyday needs while giving you the edge you need to defend yourself or get out of an emergency situation.

As a pen, the NTP20 is quite versatile. It's compatible with eight different ink refills, from Parker to Schneider as well as Apex and Senator cartridges. This gives you a wide range of inks and ink styles to choose from, letting you set up the NTP20 to write the way you want it. The body of the pen is made out of a premium titanium alloy which also helps keep the pen light in hand and in pocket weighing only 1.33 ounces. And at six inches long, it's not too big to carry around.  It even has a streamlined clip at the top to aid in pocket carry, with a ceramic ball underneath that makes for a smooth draw that doesn't catch upon your clothing.

The lightness of the pen makes it easy to write with as well, and the grip areas channeled into the body also help you keep your hands on it. Those same grip surfaces help the NTP20 perform its tactical functions. The shape of the pen and its added length give added leverage during defensive use, while its ultra-hard tungsten tip can break glass in an emergency situation.

The attractive styling of the Nitecore NTP20 draws less attention to its tactical applications when you're writing with it or carrying it, making it easier to EDC as well. Grab one for your loadout at the link below.

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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.