Pens

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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The 10 Best EDC Pens in 2019

An important part of what it means to be an EDCer is self-reliance. So instead of being that person asking to borrow a pen next time you're waiting to put your name down at a restaurant or filling out paperwork at the post office, consider adding a pen to your set of daily gear. It's quick and convenient to use, especially compared to fumbling through your phone for a specific note-taking app. We're not talking about fancy luxury pens either. The best pen for everyday carry is the one you have with you, and that usually means it's durable, reliable, and pocket-friendly. In this updated guide we're highlighting our top 10 picks for the best EDC pens available today.

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TEC Accessories Ko-Axis Rail Pen

Whether it’s a flashlight, a backup battery, or a pen, cylindrical items aren’t typically the easiest to EDC in your pockets. Not to mention, they're prone to inconveniently rolling away whenever you set them down. That's why TEC Accessories bucked the trend of round-barreled pens and opted for a wide and flat rectangular form factor, not unlike your favorite pocket knife. This approach makes the pen sit flat in your pocket, while still being wide enough for a comfortable grip. The Ko-Axis Rail Pen leaves everything you’d come to expect in a pen behind, and the result is something new and exciting.

Upon seeing the rectangular design, you'll notice that there’s no cap on the Ko-Axis Rail Pen. To extend the D1 refill tip, simply pull on the grip and you’re ready to write. The grip rides on a set of rails that run the length of the pen, retracting the refill into the metal tip when not in use. It’s crafted from a mix of stainless steel, anodized aluminum, and bronze for a pleasant heft without being overbearing. The rails are made from stainless steel for durability, the body pieces from aluminum to cut weight, and the grip from bronze so the heft is centered where you hold the pen. To change out the refill, simply give it a pull, push the new one in, and you’re ready to write. They’ve even fitted it with a deep pocket carry clip so it can go unnoiticed until you really need it.

If you’re bored with carrying around a regular old ballpoint pen, consider giving the Ko-Axis Rail a look. It's a unique take on a writing instrument that’s just as easy to carry as it is to write with. The Ko-Axis rail is available in several different materials and colorways, including black or red anodized aluminum with steel accents and a warm bronze grip. You can pick one up for yourself for just under $80 at the link below.

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Nitecore NTP30 Tactical Pen

Sometimes it's best to keep certain gear in your EDC on the down low. Keeping self defense tools and tactical gear hidden in plain sight might give you an advantage, not to mention avoid drawing unwanted attention in urban settings. Few tactical pens on the market do this, but Nitecore's new NTP30 pen is an exception. Not only does it ditch the usual all-black, aggressively knurled stylings of most tactical pens, but it even conceals its ultra-tough tungsten tip. Best of all, it combines some EDC-favorite features—titanium and bolt action—into one sleek design.

Designed with everyday carry in mind, the NTP30 boasts a TC4 titanium alloy construction throughout. It gives the pen the right mix of light weight at less than one ounce, durability, and corrosion resistance for daily use wherever you end up. But because not all pens should disappear into the pocket or hang off a keychain, especially if it doubles as a self defense tool, the NTP30 measures 5.6" in length. It's compact enough for easy pocket carry with its included titanium alloy clip, but long enough for a balanced and comfortable writing experience.

Another key feature unique to the NTP30 is its bi-directional bolt action mechanism. Engaging it towards the front of the pen advances its included Schneider ink refill, which is both waterproof and fade-resistant to perform even in inclement conditions. The accommodates 8 other compatible refills too, including popular Parker refills. Pushing the bolt in the other direction reveals its tactical glassbreaker tip. It's made of an extremely hard tungsten steel, making it useful for emergency situations, self-defense, or even marking and imprinting most materials.

Between its go-anywhere pen component or its concealed tungsten tip, the NTP30 means businesses at both ends. All it takes is a little bolt action. Check out this titanium jotter in more detail and grab one for your everyday carry at the link below.

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Zebra PM-701 Stainless Steel Permanent Marker

For something called a “permanent marker,” the run-of-the-mill marker you keep in your junk drawer doesn't seem to last very long. Sure, its ink won't wipe away, but it can easily dry out over time and its plastic body ends up breaking before you know it. It's all too common with disposable pens as well, but EDCers have found an affordable solution in full-metal pens like the Zebra F701. Now that crowd-favorite pen gets a matching marker counterpart in the Zebra PM-701. Between its stainless steel body and its refillable ink insert that better resists drying out, it's built to last til the job's all done.

The main draw of the PM-701 is its stainless steel body. It adds balance and heft for a more comfortable writing experience while also drastically improving its durability. In a pinch, it can be used for poking and prodding as well. The cap is also made of stainless steel, including the pocket clip, so it's much more secure in your pocket and harder to break the cap. The cap posts onto the back end of the marker too, keeping it balanced in hand and less likely to get lost when you're hard at work. Even if the cap does go missing for a while, the ink refill can last up to 5 days with the cap off before drying out. The PM-701 can be refilled when it eventually does run out of ink with one of four colors: black, red, green, or blue. Each refill features a fine 1mm bullet point tip that can write fine or broad strokes depending on the amount of pressure you apply.

If you use a permanent marker for work or around the house often, you'll appreciate this affordable upgrade. You can pick one up to from Amazon for around just $8 at the link below.

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The James Brand Benton Pen and Field Notes Pack

Whether you're planning your daily to-do's or drawing up your holiday shopping list, writing things down by hand with pen and paper can make all the difference. To some EDCers, a solid pen and a pocket notebook are just as essential as their trusty folding knife. Few companies know this as well as the James Brand, who have recently started to expand their offering beyond their sleek folding knives to cover the rest of your bases. This time around, they've released an EDC pen with their signature modern minimalist styling, built with durable materials and kitted out with thoughtful details that any EDCer can appreciate. To accompany the Benton Pen, they've also collaborated with Field Notes to offer another 3-pack of notebooks to add to your collection as well.

Unlike most pens, the Benton Pen is machined from sturdy 304 stainless steel. It gives a premium feel with added heft and substance for balance and durability. It's comfortably sized at 5.5” long, complete with a generous section of laser-etched stippling at the end of the pen for extra grip. As a refillable machined pen, the Benton accommodates the ever-popular Schmidt 900 Parker-style ballpoint refill that's easy to find in your preferred size and color. 

A rear click mechanism is an ideal choice for an EDC pen like the Benton, as its satisfying action is quick to deploy compared to screw caps and there are no loose parts to misplace. Even better, the clicky itself serves as a lanyard attachment point. An included cord lanyard with dual-textured bead offers easy retrieval and more secure retention, making this pen much harder to lose. A slim, PVD-coated pocket clip gives you convenient carry options and doubles as an anti-roll mechanism when you've set it down, too.

The Benton Pen comes in two colorways: a silver body with contrasting black clip and green-accented clicker, and a fully murdered out all-black version. They pair up nicely with the James Brand's set of the ever-popular Field Notes pocket notebooks, which come in a 3-pack of Steel Grey, Walnut, and Electric Moss covers with green grid ruling.

With the James Brand Benton Pen and matching Field Notes, you'll be ready to close out this year with style, and with all of your notes in order. You can pick up the Benton Pen and support a charitable cause in celebration of Giving Tuesday at the James Brand's website linked below.

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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.

Buy: $7.14 (37% OFF)

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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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