All you need is a pen that's durable, easy to carry, and reliable enough to get the job done. And that's exactly what you'll find in our top 10 picks for the best EDC pens available today.
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.
You might think you don't need a pen or a flashlight in your EDC as much as you do your phone or wallet. But in those crucial times you do, they're absolutely essential. Finding a way to carry both a pen and a light that's actually convenient goes a long way to make sure you get the most use out of them. And that's exactly what Refyne set out to do with the P1 modular pen. It puts a pen and flashlight together in one tough, titanium package so you don't have to worry about making room for two separate tools.
The P1's true advantage is that it's actually two tools that seamlessly fit together. Thanks to a magnetic twist lock, the flashlight module latches onto the pen, combining into a compact length of 4.65”. You can use the pen module's bolt action to engage its Lamy M22 rollerball refill, while twisting the flashlight's head lets you access its two modes for up to 130 lumens of output thanks to a Cree XP-G2 emitter.
The flashlight module is also quite the capable tool on its own. You can charge its 10180 battery directly through a micro USB port built right into the module's threads, with an LED letting you know when it's full. A magnetic tail lets you attach it to surfaces for hands-free operation, and an optional quick-release tailcap makes the module keychain-ready, comfortably sitting in your pocket at 1.95”.
Whether separately or as one, the Refyne P1 adds up to a tool that rounds out your EDC in style. There's plenty of time to pledge for a P1 in your choice of finish and add-ons at the Kickstarter link below.
If you're going to commit a thought to paper, every word you write should feel important. When you use a fountain pen, they do—whether they're crucial notes for a project or just a simple shopping list. In the EDC crowd, Lamy fountain pens are a favorite for their minimal designs and quality performance. The new Lamy LX (as in, “luxe”) series is based on their tried-and-true Al-Star aluminum fountain pen, but swaps in premium metal hardware for a more polished EDC option.
Everything that makes the aluminum version of the pen great is still there, like the triangular grip that promotes proper hand positioning while writing and a reliable ink cartridge/converter filling system. And while the LX stays true to Lamy's minimalist style, it has a few special details that lend to its refined look. The LX ditches plastic accents for precious metal plated ones. The nib has a bit more decoration on it, including laser engraving for visual flair, and PVD coating for extra durability. The pen comes with a single blue cartridge to write with out of the box, but you can pick up a converter to use any bottled ink you want.
If gold isn't your style, the LX is available in dark grey ruthenium, a bright silver palladium, and an attractive rose gold finish too. Each pen comes in a collectable aluminum tube that doubles as a pen stand for your desk. Grab a Lamy LX from Amazon at the link below.
"Designed to be amongst the most minimal of writing instruments, the Piuma Fountain Pen is stripped of all extraneous features. The pen’s body is machined of either aluminum, brass, or titanium billet to a smooth rounded contour that’s continuous with its cap. The latter goes on and comes off quickly thanks to wide threading and reveals an interchangeable German-made Bock nib in either polished or matte black…" (via GearHungry)
As popular as they are for everyday carry, old-fashioned pocket knives and space pens don't always come equipped with pocket clips. That can be a big drawback, especially if they end up bouncing around in your pocket and scratching everything up in the process. But with a proper pocket organizer, like this leather one from One Star Leather Goods, it doesn't have to be. The EDC1 gives your EDC knife and jotter a secure spot in your pocket, meticulously stitched and crafted from premium materials worthy of protecting your favorite gear.
While there's no one-size-fits-all layout when it comes to sheaths, the EDC1 was thoughtfully designed to accommodate common EDC picks. Its dedicated knife pocket fits knives up to 9cm long—ideal for traditional penknives or smaller Swiss Army knives in your collection. It's paired with an exposed pen slot, sized to fit two of the most popular pocket pens: the Fisher Space Bullet Pen and the Kaweco Liliput fountain pen.
In addition to careful proportions, the EDC1 ensures a great fit and finish by using high quality leather from some of the most respected tanneries around. For example, natural veg tan leather from Herman Oak picks up a dramatic patina, aging beautifully over time. Horween's Dublin tanned leather is both hardwearing and easy to maintain. With some breaking in, these leathers mold to your gear. Finally, the cases are stitched by hand in the USA using heavy-duty waxed thread for lasting durability.
If you're still carrying your gear loose and want to straighten out those pockets, check out these organizers at the link below.
For plenty of us, jotting down notes and making quick cuts here and there are all in a day's work. If you're spending time switching between a tactical pen and your EDC knife, take a look at the TriTac EDC Pen on Kickstarter. It gives the word “penknife” a whole new meaning, integrating a small blade (and a punch) into its tactical pen form factor.
The knife in the TriTac is a folding sub-2" 440C stainless steel blade located at the tip of the pen. It's ideal for light utility work such as opening letters and boxes. Because it's at the tip, you can use the body of the pen for extra leverage and grip despite the blade's small size. You'll also find a tungsten carbide glass breaker on this tip when the knife is closed, which can come in handy in an emergency.
It's a capable pen as well, using the versatile Fisher Space Pen cartridge for reliable, write-anywhere performance. A nifty bolt-action mechanism exposes and retracts the tip for writing. It's intuitive and fun, and you just might find yourself activating it just to fidget around a bit.
This unique pen is available to you in both lightweight aluminum and titanium on its fully-funded Kickstarter. Go ahead, take a look, and make a pledge to get one of your own at the link below.
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Want a cool pen for everyday carry, but looking for a change of pace from the all-too-common ballpoint? If you're after an entirely different writing experience—one that's smoother and can even improve your penmanship—pick up a fountain pen. As far as those go, the Lamy Safari is one of the best EDC-ready options out there for both beginners and experienced users alike thanks to its versatility and no-frills functionality.
The Lamy Safari has several features that make it a great place to start for first-time fountain pen users. You can easily swap out the nib (the part that you write with) for one that's broader or finer, letting you dial in your preferred line width without having to buy multiple pens. Its beginner-friendly triangular grip even guides your hand to hold it the right way for the smoothest writing experience. The pen fills with ink via convenient cartridges, or a converter (a piston mechanism that allows you to use bottled ink) that provides even more ink color options.
The Safari's lightweight, sturdy ABS plastic body and unique steel wire clip make it ideal for everyday carry in a shirt or pants pocket and even clipped to a notebook cover. Check out this modern classic via the link below.
If you’re like us, finding the right gear to EDC for ourselves is hard enough. Trying to find a gift for another like-minded EDCer can be daunting, if not utterly exhausting. How do you pick something they’ll appreciate, actually use, and be proud to carry? Our Everyday Carry gift guide should help.
"Its spring isn’t made of titanium. But literally every other part of Inspirs Design’s Imperator Titanium Bolt Action Pen is machined of this ultralight, ultra-strong metal. The pen employs a three-gear bolt mechanism to convert between pen, capacitive stylus (out of the back side), or its resting state for carry, switching quickly and reliably with just a slide. Every Imperator includes a precision carved titanium pocket clip and fifty waves carved into the forefront of the body that improve grip, though a special edition Tritium version of the pen ($200) also features six tritium tubes inserted in the tail tip which..." (via GearHungry)
"The Quotidian Magnet Propulsion Pen boasts a name that’s as puzzling as the mechanism within. Pull the cap off and nothing happens. But stick it magnetically to the pen’s tail end and the pen nib is propelled out, readying the instrument for writing. Its mechanism employs both magnetic attraction and repulsion to pull this off, featuring several axially magnetized neodymium magnets in its cap and..." (via GearHungry)
If we had to pick just one pen for EDC, we’d probably go with the Fisher Space Pen. It’s the most popular and most carried pen among Everyday Carry members for a reason: it’s compact, affordable, durable, and it writes anywhere.
However, the almighty Space Pen isn't perfect. One paradoxical drawback to a pen this portable is it might actually be harder to carry. It's not a traditionally sized pen, after all. But that short size lets it sneak its way into a bunch of different carry options.
Today, we'll be looking at a few of those setups—many of which were picked up from our very own community. Kudos to all of you EDCers out there doing your best to Carry Smarter.
It's Halloween season again, and oddly enough, it's an appropriate time to rethink your EDC. You've got your knives and lighters for making jack-o-lanterns and flashlights to keep little ones safe on their neighborhood routes. Maybe you won't go so far as repurposing your go-bag into trick-or-treating candy storage (though I can't blame you: candy just tastes better when it's free), but there's good reason to get your EDC in the Halloween spirit with some new orange gear.
Now, you don’t have to use Halloween as an excuse to pocket orange gear. Adding that color to your carry has year-round benefits as well. Orange is typically used in the outdoors and zombie apocalypse survival situations for its strikingly high visibility. Compared to the usual black finishes, orange makes your gear easier to find whether you've dropped it in the woods or it's sitting at the darkest bottom corner of a loaded bag. We featured 13 other hi-vis tools last year, but we've updated the guide this time around with newer gear with the latest features.
Here are our picks for hi-vis orange gear to carry this year.
"Nearly all fountain pens are gaudy affairs complete with overly busy designs. The design of Trilogy’s Zero Fountain Pen was taken in an opposite direction. Its body is machined from a block of space-grade 6000 series aluminum before being anodized in black or silver, seamlessly coming together to form one continuous and slightly tapered rod. Each is also fitted with a Bock #6 nib in polished steel, enamel-coated steel, or..." (via GearHungry)
So you've finally upgraded to a machined pen for your everyday carry. It's built like a tank and handles like a dream. Now, the next step to having an awesome writing experience in your day to day is finding the right refill to put in it.
Machined pen makers, especially on Kickstarter, love bragging about how many different refills their pens can accommodate. While the Fisher Space Pen and Pilot G2 refills are the most popular, there are hundreds more to choose from (yes, really).
Since you can only use one refill at a time, I'll help you find your go-to with this guide by comparing the three types of ink refills and recommending the best ones to pair with your favorite EDC pen.
If you're still reaching for a disposable plastic pen on your desk, maybe it's time for an upgrade. You deserve a nicer pen, especially since you do so much hard work with it (and definitely not spend any time doodling during meetings at all). I'm not saying you have to splurge on a luxury pen just yet. But you can get a modern classic in the Caran d'Ache 849 without needing a bigwig C-level salary either.
As good-looking as its iconic Swiss design is, the 849 has all the makings of a functional everyday pen too. Unlike screw-on caps you'd find on most other all-metal pens, the 849's clicky top is quick, easy, and impossible to lose. Its robust and flexible metal pocket clip keeps the pen handy, while the aluminum hexagonal barrel lends durability and anti-roll functionality.
The 849's overall balanced and well-proportioned body comes as a ballpoint or mechanical pencil in plenty of finishes and colorways, so you can find an 849 that suits your use and style preferences. My personal favorite is the original grey finish (front and center), available at the link below.
With several successful Kickstarter campaigns under their belt, Tactile Turn knows how to machine and deliver a quality EDC pen. After releasing a clicky pen and fountain pen, they're at it again with a duo of bolt action pens—the Slider and Glider. These EDC-ready writing utensils are 100% made in-house with a unique mechanism to open and close the pen.
A bolt action pen typically features a J-shaped groove, which isn't the easiest to use with one hand. The Tactile Turn Slider and Glider use a C-shaped groove that’s easy to engage and disengage with just your thumb. The action feels natural and it’s fun to play with.
The shorter “Slider” model accepts Parker-style refills, while the longer “Glider” model fits G2-style refills. Combined, they’ll accommodate over 50 different refills so you’re sure to find a sturdy EDC pen that's compatible with your favorite refill. Finally, the deep-carry stainless steel clip lets the pen sit in your pocket without sticking out.
Unlike with other Kickstarter campaigns, these pens are already in production, meaning you can expect to only wait 'til early October to get one in your hands. The Slider and Glider are available in several heavy-duty metals including titanium, brass, copper, zirconium, and damascus steel. Check out the campaign page for detailed specs and a video of the bolt mechanism in action.