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Is the Machine Era Wallet Worth It in 2019?

It feels like it was only yesterday when we saw an explosion of new slim wallets for EDC popping up on crowdfunding sites. Many of those projects proved successful and their resulting products have since become staples in plenty of EDCers' pockets. One of the earliest and first of its kind was Machine Era's slim aluminum wallet. Despite its seemingly barebones appearance, it stood out with its utilitarian design language, intuitive operation, and durable build quality. It's been through several revisions since its debut back in 2013, culminating in the Ti5 Wallet we have now. With so much competition in the slim wallet market these days, it begs the question: is the Machine Era Ti5 Wallet worth it today?

Machine Era Field Pen Twist

With the rising popularity of EDC, there are plenty of machined pens on the market. But just because a pen's made out of metal doesn't always mean it's anything to write home about. These days it takes unique features on top of a rock-solid construction to stand out. The metal machining masters at Machine Era are back with their newest iteration of their Field Pen, but this time, it comes with a twist. Instead of featuring the usual screw cap or clicky top, the Field Pen Twist features a rear-twist mechanism for simple, smooth operation. It's loaded up with a Japanese gel refill to ensure a smooth writing experience from the first twist to the last word.

The Field Pen Twist's EDC-friendly feature set starts with its robust materials. Its machined body comes in matte black DLC-coated stainless steel, brushed stainless steel, or solid brass to offer varying degrees of heft and balance in hand without compromising durability. An anodized 6061 aluminum button covers the pen's Schmidt Easy Glide twist mechanism. This German-made mechanism deploys the ink refill with a simple twist, then locks in place during use. Recessed just below the twist section lies Machine Era's US-made pocket clip, a must-have component on a daily jotter.

The pen measures just under 5", hitting a balance between portable enough for EDC yet comfortable enough to write with. The machined barrel features a subtle, integrated grip section at the business end and is sized to accommodate Parker refills. A Japanese Itoya Aquaroller gel refill comes standard with the Field Pen Twist, delivering a much smoother writing performance than most ballpoint ink cartridges without the fuss and fragility usually found in fountain pens. With its tough build, compact size, simple operation, and silky smooth gel ink, the Field Pen Twist could be your next daily jotter. Check out all the available options on Machine Era's website 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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Machine Era Field Pen

Your EDC pen should be sturdy, ready to write at a moment's notice, and of course, easy to carry. Machined pens made entirely out of metal have been popular for their heavy duty build quality, but they aren't always the most pocket-friendly. That's why Machine Era overhauled their original pen design with the release of the new bolt-action Field Pen. It features several improvements that make it both easier to carry and write with in a more compact body that's still as sturdy as ever.

The Field Pen has some of the design cues from their original pen, but other than the machined grooves, it’s completely different. Instead of a screw off cap, the Field Pen has a custom-designed bolt mechanism. Machine Era ditched the dedicated bolt seen on most other designs. Instead, the pen’s aluminum clip pulls double duty as both the clip and the bolt. The bolt action means that there’s no cap to unscrew (and potentially lose) and keeps the overall length of the pen short.

At a conservative 3.9”, the Field Pen is small enough to disappear into a pocket, yet not so small that it sacrifices usability. Inside, you’ll find the Schmidt Megaline 4889 refill — the German refill brand’s write-anywhere refill. It’ll also take the popular Fisher Space Pen refill as well.

The Field Pen is available on Kickstarter (already well surpassing its goal) in either brass or stainless steel. They already hit their stretch goal, which unlocked a stealthy black DLC-coated option as well. Hit the link below to secure one of these EDCable pens for yourself!

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Machine Era Ti5

Minimalist plate wallets seem to be all the rage these days, but they're not without their faults. Some are so simple they begin to lack function, while others are so complicated they're hard to use. Machine Era's new Ti5 improves upon their original wallet that helped kickstart the trend (and the dozens of other wallets that followed). It's constructed from 6AL4V titanium, making it stronger and lighter than its aluminum competitors at only 0.8 ounces. The titanium plate offers effective RFID protection when carried with the open side against your body and accommodates up to 9 cards plus cash. Machine Era also addressed accessibility—a common problem with plate and band wallets—with a rear thumb slot that lets you slide out one of your most used cards. For a durable, compact wallet that'll shed a few ounces off your carry, grab the Ti5 on Kickstarter at the link below.

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Giveaway: Classy Casual Essentials

Who else loves free EDC gear? Every week or so, we'll be giving away prize packages full of interesting gear we get our hands on, or very special single item prizes for you to win.

This week, we're giving away a classy set of essentials with premium materials like leather, wood, brass, and titanium. Traditional gear like this is timeless and still functional — you can learn more about it in our Carry Smarter guide on the subject.

Machine Era Titanium Multitool

Keychain mutitools are becoming more and more common in the EDC world. Not all of them are as well thought-out as this all-titanium offering from Machine Era Co. Taking up no more room than a standard key, this versatile tool packs two screwdrivers, a bottle opener, pry wedge, and a ruler with two scales into a lightweight package. Machine Era’s Multi-Tool maintains practicality and usability by only including the most necessary features. The 6al-4v titanium tool is bead blasted by hand, resulting in a scratch-resistant finish that will blend in perfectly on your key setup. Make the best of the keyring you already carry by adding one of these tiny titanium tools from the Huckberry shop below.

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Giveaway: Black and Blue Essentials

Who else loves free EDC gear? Every week or so, we'll be giving away prize packages full of interesting gear we get our hands on, or very special single item prizes for you to win.

This week's package includes luxurious leather goods, an impressively detailed pocket notebook, a solution to a clunky keychain, a high powered flashlight, and more.

Machine Era Aluminum Pen

Machine Era made a strong first impression among the EDC community with their elegantly utilitarian minimalist wallet. Since then, they've been expanding their product line with the same design language and precise craftsmanship to other daily essentials. They now offer a black anodized aluminum version of their machined pen. It has the same pocketable form factor, rugged construction, threaded cap, and crowd-favorite Pilot G2 refill of their original brass version, but opts for light weight over heft for those of you who find your pockets on the heavy side. Don't worry, brass fans, Machine Era debuted a solid brass quick release keychain fitted with 10 lb pull neodymium magnets to give your keys and tools security, accessibility, and a bit of bling factor to boot.

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Machine Era Solid Brass Pen

It’s no secret that we’re fans of putting pen to paper. The Brass Pen by Machine Era makes for a great pen to carry thanks to its shorter size, slim profile, and brushed finish. The rounded cap won’t poke you in the leg and the brushed finish will minimize scratches from the rest of the gear in your pocket. There are three rings carved into the middle of the pen body that add some welcomed design flair. This brass pen will age naturally with use, turning from a bright yellow to a rich golden brown. The threaded cap can be fitted to both the front and back of the pen, ensuring that you’ll never misplace it. If you’ve been looking for an everyday carry pen that stands out from the pack, check out this new, limited release from Machine Era.

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The Utilitarian by Broquet

Last summer, we teamed up with our friends at Broquet to curate a slick, capable "starter kit" of everyday carry essentials in The Utilitarian. If you've been meaning to start your own EDC but don't know where to begin, we want to help you join the fun by offering The Utilitarian at a $10 discount for the next 10 days using code EDCKIT at checkout. You can learn more about how we made it easy to transition to an all-bases covered EDC after the jump.

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