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The Best Bolt-Action Pens for EDC in 2020

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The Best Bolt-Action Pens for EDC in 2020

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As the saying goes: “The pen is mightier than the sword.” And although that doesn’t apply literally, most pens people carry are still cheap, plastic, and disposable implements that just won’t cut it for a modern carry. In this guide, we take stock of the bold bolt-action EDC pens from our favorite manufacturers. They’re made of hardier, EDC-worthy materials like titanium and brass for durability, while their bolt-action mechanism allows durability, ease of use, and fun fidget functionality. Their fit and finish rivals some of the best pocket knives and flashlights, and some of them are even made by the very companies that make the rest of our gear. Don’t let your pen be the weakest link in your everyday carry—carry mighty with our picks below.


The Best Bolt-Action Pens


Titaner Mini Titanium Bolt Pen

Titaner Mini Titanium Bolt Pen

Purchase
Key Features
Full Titanium construction
Compact and lightweight
Uses Fisher Space Pen refills for write-anywhere capability
Specifications
Length
4.0"
Refill
Fisher Space Pen or Schneider Gelion 39
Materials
6AL4V titanium
Reviews
No reviews yet
Price
$$
Machined fully out of Grade 5 Titanium, including the body, clip, and bolt (spring’s still steel), the Titaner Mini Titanium Bolt Pen is a small and lightweight, yet strong and durable EDC writing instrument. The 10.4mm width and grooved design help with giving you a secure and comfortable grip, while the bolt-action slide mechanism makes for easy single-handed usage. The Mini Bolt Pen takes Fisher Space Pen refills that allow you to write in different conditions, or even the Schneider Gelion 39 if you remove the plastic attachment.
Rovyvon Commander C10 Bolt Tactical Pen

Rovyvon Commander C10 Bolt Tactical Pen

Purchase
Key Features
Titanium body and clip
Ceramic ball glass breaker
Includes EDC organizer box
Specifications
Length
4.9"
Refill
Schmidt P 900
Materials
Titanium
Reviews


Price
$$
Rovyvon is brand known for its innovative and high-quality flashlights, so when they turn their attention to other EDC gear, we expect the same. The Commander C10 Titanium Bolt Tactical Pen features a titanium body and clip for durability and lightness. Machined grooves in the grip section and body of the pen provide a secure and ergonomic grip, while an integrated ceramic ball glass breaker on one end lets you pocket carry an option for emergencies. The Rovyvon Commander C10 uses Schmidt P 900 ballpoint refills and comes with the RX10 waterproof EDC organizer box.
Nitecore NTP30

Nitecore NTP30

Purchase
Key Features
Titanium alloy body and clip
Lightweight
Bi-directional bolt-action mechanism
Specifications
Length
5.2"
Refill
Schneider Gelion 39, Parker-style refills
Materials
TC4 titanium alloy
Reviews


Price
$$$
This lightweight and low-key tactical pen hides its capable features in a classy wriiting chassis. The Nitecore NTP30 features a bi-directional bolt-action retractor mechanism that not only deploys the pen tip, but also actuates in the other direction to reveal a tungsten steel tapered tip for use as a glass breaker or emergency tool. The titanium alloy body and clip keep the weight down to less than an ounce, while being corrosion- and impact-resistant due to the material’s properties. The NTP30 takes the included Schneider Gelion 39 refill as well as other Parker-style refills.
Refyne EP1 Ti Bolt-Action Pen

Refyne EP1 Ti Bolt-Action Pen

Purchase
Key Features
Lightweight and durable materials
Unique diagonal bolt channel
Allows full disassembly
Specifications
Length
4.53"
Refill
Schmidt easyFLOW 9000, Parker-style refills
Materials
Titanium, copper
Reviews


Price
$$
The Refyne EP1 combines a modern design with a durable, corrosion-resistant titanium body that houses a copper barrel for its bolt-action assembly. The slightly visible copper internals give this monochrome silver pen a bit of contrast and design flair. The diagonal orientation of the bolt channel let’s you easily finger flick the mechanism for deployment or retraction. It comes with a smooth-writing Schmidt easyFLOW 9000, but can take any Parker-style refill. The pocket clip is removable via a T6 Torx bit, and that’s the only tool you need to completely disassemble this pen. The whole package weighs just 0.88 ounces, making for a lightweight yet sturdy EDC.
MecArmy TPX10

MecArmy TPX10

Purchase
Key Features
Full titanium construction
Compact design
Integrated fidget spinner
Specifications
Length
3.83"
Refill
LAMY M22
Materials
Titanium or zirconium
Reviews


Price
$$$
The almost diminutive MecArmy TPX10 is a titanium bolt-action pen that, at just 3.83" long, is the shortest pen in this guide, and quite possibly also the most fidget-friendly. Aside from the bolt-action mechanism, the pen features an integrated fidget spinning mechanism above its clip that you can freely rotate. It rides on ceramic bearings for friction-free spinning, and has slots that can accommodate up to six tritium vials to add some visual flair to your idle manipulations. You can get the pocket- and fidget-friendly TPX10 with a titanium body in three different finishes, or a zirconium body with titanium details.
GP 1945 Bolt Action Pen LITE

GP 1945 Bolt Action Pen LITE

Purchase
Key Features
Integrated whistle and glass breaker
Lightweight aluminum construction
Knurled grip with measurement notches
Specifications
Length
5.31"
Refill
Proprietary GP22 German Formula Ink
Materials
Aluminum, tungsten
Reviews


Price
$
The GP 1945 Bolt Action Pen is a 1.4-ounce lightweight aluminum pen that’s meant to be a commemorative piece for World War II, and packs more features than your average EDC pen. On one end, a two-level pen clip that grasps both thick and thin pocket edges is sandwiched between a tungsten steel glass breaker and a multi-tone whistle. On the other, the knurled section is spaced in increments of 10mm and 1 inch to double as a quick measuring reference, while helping you grip the pen comfortably for writing. The mid-mounted bolt-action mechanism on the GP 1945 deploys a German ink refill, and keeps the pen balanced for a pleasant writing experience.
WE Knife Co. TP-02C

WE Knife Co. TP-02C

Purchase
Key Features
CNC-machined construction
Integrated glass breaker
Write-anywhere performance
Specifications
Length
5.0"
Refill
Schmidt MegaLine P 950 M
Materials
6AL4V titanium
Reviews


Price
$$
The WE Knife Co. TP-02C is the knife company’s take on the bolt-action EDC pen, and they chose to CNC-machine it from Grade 5 Titanium for a great strength-to-mass ratio and a weight of just 1.4 ounces. From the tail that integrates a glass breaker, the pen’s profile starts as a beveled square that tapers down to a cylinder for the grip section. Grooves of varying widths help you maintain a secure grip, and the tapered section leaves a comfortable place for your fingers to rest while writing. A titanium bolt-on pocket clip combines with the pen’s square-shaped body to prevent your pen from rolling off tilted surfaces. The TP-02C takes the Schmidt MegaLine ink refill, which features pressurized ink and write-anywhere performance.
Böker Plus K.I.D. cal .50 Brass

Böker Plus K.I.D. cal .50 Brass

Purchase
Key Features
Tough brass construction
Short and compact
Takes Fisher Space Pen refills
Specifications
Length
4.3"
Refill
Fisher Space Pen #PR4, Parker-style refills
Materials
Brass
Reviews


Price
$$
With a chassis inspired by a 50 caliber bullet, the Böker Plus K.I.D. cal .50 in Brass is a compact yet substantial tactical bolt-action pen that’s meant to be sturdy for daily use and adaptable for self-defense situations. The steel clip is held on to mini standoffs by hex bolts, adding to the industrial aesthetic, while the thick barrel and built-in grooves make for a comfortable grip for EDC pen use. The K.I.D. cal .50 takes both Parker-style as well as Fisher Space Pen refills, which lock in place via its robust bolt-action mechanism.
Böker Plus Brass Rocket Pen

Böker Plus Brass Rocket Pen

Purchase
Key Features
Brass construction that develops a patina
Minimalist construction
Takes Fisher Space Pen refills
Specifications
Length
5.2"
Refill
Fisher Space Pen #PR4, Parker-style refills
Materials
Brass
Reviews


Price
$
A bit of a departure from Boker's other bullet casing-inspired bolt-action pens, The Böker Plus Rocket is a minimalist design that's durable, sleek, and familiar in the hand at 5.2" long. It can take on Parker-style refills or even those for the Fisher Space Pen, giving you the ability to write on wet surfaces or even upside-down. This brass version of the Rocket Pen feels reassuringly hefty in the hand, and the patina that the material will develop over time will make for a unique EDC pen.
Tactile Turn Bolt Ti Mini

Tactile Turn Bolt Ti Mini

Purchase
Key Features
Takes a variety of refills
Smooth action
Variety of lengths and materials
Specifications
Length
4.4" (Mini)
Refill
Pilot G2 Mini (Mini)
Materials
Titanium, copper, bronze, or zirconium
Reviews


Price
$$
Tactile turn’s original bolt-action pens, formerly known as the 5.1" Slider and the longer 5.6" Glider, have been revamped and now also come in a pocket-friendly 4.4" Mini size. Known for their smooth and easy to operate action thanks to the unique C-shaped bolt channel, the new pens feature deeper carry clips, a more ergonomic barrel taper, and a redesigned bolt channel and spring for snappier action. You can get them in either Titanium, Copper, Bronze, or the more premium Zirconium, and even upgrade the bolt itself to Titanium Damascus alloy, for an added stylish detail to an already elegant EDC pen.
Karas Kustoms Bolt V2

Karas Kustoms Bolt V2

Purchase
Key Features
Modular design
One-piece knob/slider
Variety of refills and finishes
Specifications
Length
5.53"
Refill
Pilot G2-sized refills or Parker-style refills
Materials
6061-T aluminum, C-360 brass, or tellurium copper
Reviews
No reviews yet
Price
$$
The Karas Kustoms Bolt V2 expands on their original CNC-machined design by increasing its capability to accommodate more types of refills. A modular lower barrel and a repositioned bolt action mechanism provide the space to take either 110mm long Pilot G2-style refills or the shorter Parker-style refills, like the Schmidt easyFLOW 9000. The knob and slider are machined as one piece, which means they don’t unscrew from each other and you don’t end up losing the piece that actuates your bolt-action pen. You can get the new Bolt V2 it in a variety of barrel materials, and up to ten different finishes, depending on your choice of metal.
Inventery Bolt Action Pen

Inventery Bolt Action Pen

Purchase
Key Features
Unique bolt-action mechanism
Small but hefty design
Removable pocket clip
Specifications
Length
4.0"
Refill
D1
Materials
Solid brass with black oxide coating
Reviews


Price
$$
Made from solid brass and machined from raw stock, the Inventery Bolt Action Pen is a solid and weighty pen that features a unique bolt mechanism. The internals are different from other designs in that they offer a seamless and non-hollow appearance even when the trigger is actuated. A firm spring inside makes retraction snappy, and a removable pocket clip gives you options for how to carry this pen and how you want it to look. The Small version of the Inventery Bolt Action Pen uses D1-sized refills that are made by many brands, including Pilot, Uni, Zebra, and Monteverde.
Machine Era Field Pen

Machine Era Field Pen

Purchase
Key Features
Pocket clip actuation
Material options for the body (stock permitting)
Takes pressurized ink refills
Specifications
Length
4.38"
Refill
Fisher Space Pen or Schmidt MegaLine 4889
Materials
Brass or stainless steel
Reviews
No reviews yet
Price
$$
The Machine Era Field Pen is an EDC pen designed for balance that can take the popular Fisher Space Pen refill as well as the included Schmidt MegaLine 4889 pressurized ink cartridge. It’s a bolt-action pen, but there’s no usual protruding nub for actuation, as the springy aluminum pocket clip itself is what you manipulate to deploy and retract your writing tip. Fully machined from solid stock, you can get the Field Pen in stainless steel with a satin finish or a black DLC coating, or in brass that will age into a golden brown patina.

Do you have a bolt-action pen as part of your EDC? Let us know what your favorite is in the comments below.

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Michael Hooper ·
I really like the idea of a bolt pen but I can't bring myself to spend that much on one. The Parker Jotter has such a satisfying click that I'll probably just stick with it.
BRANDON M FISHER ·
I am SOOOOOOOOOOOO happy to see that the Refyne EP1 EDC Pen made the list. I have a pretty big collection of pens (mostly EDC, Quality writing instruments), and my (2) EP1 Pens are EASILY my favorite! I have everything from an $8 Zebra F-701 -> all the way up to a $100+ EDC Pen. The Refyne EP1 has the best of everything IMO 😎👍

PERFECT size for me at right around 4.3 inches long, takes Parker-style G2 refills, space pen refills AND my favorite hybrid ink, the Schmidt Easyflow 9000 M refills! The quality of construction and attention to detail is second to none, the deep carry pocket clip is phenomenal and the fact that you can keep everything tightly bolted together with a T6 Torx bit driver is the icing on the cake for me!

I also have a Biker 50 Cal KID, but in micarta, and I love that pen, but the pocket clip is useless. I've had to use Gorilla Glue on it to keep it steady and I just can't risk taking it out of the house like that, so I leave it at home with a Schmidt Easyflow 9000 M in it and it's great for that purpose. The groove design of the body makes it very easy to grip, and the lightweight of the micarta makes it almost disappear in my hand. I'd guess that the all metal 50 Cal KID's don't have the same problem with the pocket clip though.

I also love my Machine Era Markup Pen, but the pocket clip on that one is straight garbage too, so that one stays at home too, with a Pilot G2 1.0mm BOLD refill in it.

And I love my Bastion CF/SS pen too, but it's rather big and heavy, so I keep that in one of my leather pen cases I travel with. It's extremely well built though, and can be used as a kubuton in a pinch very easily. It's just a tad too heavy for me to use every day.

I have around 8-10 different Fisher Space Pens too, all for different tasks and needs. The Fisher Space Pen ink WAS my favorite, up until recently, when I tried one of the two Schmidt Easyflow 9000 M refills that came with each of my Refyne EP1 EDC Pens. That ink is smooth as BUTTER and puts down a nice and solid line. I still, and always have, preferred gel ink, but the Easyflow refills are becoming a close second, and I have a LOT of respect for Schmidt, for making the perfect oil-based & water-based hybrid ink, the Easyflow!!!

If someone is reading this and wants a truly wonderful and FANTASTIC EDC Pen, that punches WAY above it's price point, then look no further than the Refyne EP1, if you don't mind using a SLIGHTLY shorter pen, which I actually prefer using over a longer pen. It's perfectly balanced and made to LAST!!! All you need is a T6 Torx bit and you're all set for it!!! I promise it will NOT disappoint you. If I had only known about it BEFORE buying all of my other EDC Pens, I could've saved at LEAST a few hundred dollars, AND a lot of time and energy 😎🙏✌️💯👍

I love my SS Black and Gunmetal PVD EP1's so much, that I'm definitely going to buy the titanium EP1 as soon as I can afford it.

Anyone want to buy some other EDC Pens from me? LoL 😁
What? No TiScribe Bolt V2 from Urban Survival Gear?
demure demeanor ·
yet another old repost?
Franklion ·
I was thinking about dropping $52 for the Move. I want something classy and black with a loop to put on my keychain. The Move looks amazing, TI, and a bolt. Any one have one or have any other recommendations?
Goldthunder ·
Micarta body... never knew. That’s pretty cool.
Werner353 ·
i just got my tactile Turn slider , great attention to detail and finish . Very happy with the feel of the pen fits great in my pocket good selection of refills and the service i got from them was great which is always a plus.
Tim Chadwick ·
Does anyone know what the glasses are in the photo please?
Yogi ·
2nd the TiScribe as my dress pen, along with dress watch, dress knife, dress lighter, dress flashlight

EDC Parker Jotter
Trevor ·
Great article!
Minofdef ·
I bought the Karas “The Bolt” Pen in tumbled raw aluminum close to 2 years ago. It does not disappoint. It's not as expensive as some and it will cost you 70 bucks unless you can get a discount but it definitely gets the job done. It took just a little adjustment for me to smoothly operate and now it's my go-to for work. The pocket clip is very stiff, but that does not take away from function. Very smooth writing, non smearing and I get lots of compliments, thus it never leaves my sight.
Minofdef ·
my mistake. It's anodized not tumbled....but even better
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