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Pokka Pens

As useful as they are to keep in your pocket, not all pens were designed with carry in mind. Even the ones that are small enough to easily slip into your pocket usually compromise comfort and balance when you actually write with them. For Pokka Pens, the focus on pocket-friendliness is right there in the name. It's all thanks to its clever design that's super compact when closed, but extends to a comfortable length when it's time to write. Best of all, these made-in-the-USA EDC pens don't just save pocket space, they save pocket change too, thanks to their accessible price point.

Upon first look, you'll notice just how small the Pokka Pen measures when it's closed. At under 3.5”, it certainly fits the part as a pocket essential. It features a body that fully nests into its cap, essentially halving the amount of pocket space it takes up. Usually, a pen that short might feel cramped during longer sessions, but the Pokka Pen avoids this by extending to a full-length pen. The cap firmly secures to the back of the pen with a satisfying snap, secured by a clever system of O-rings and ridges. Once extended, the pen reaches a comfortable 5.5” length—just as good for quick notes as it is for extended writing sessions with its included, replaceable ballpoint ink cartridge.

Because they're so lightweight, Pokka Pens are hardly noticeable when carried loose in your pocket. However, you can also use it with an available clip for the added convenience, security, and quick access. No matter how you choose to carry it, the Pokka Pen is compact, lightweight, and comfortable to write with once it's fully extended.

The best part is the Pokka Pen is impressively affordable as far as EDC gear goes. Starting at just over $8 for a pack of three, you can have one to keep in your pocket, one in your bag, and a backup in your car with little investment. To sweeten the deal, Everyday Carry readers will receive an additional 15% off by clicking the link below, with no coupon code required. They're available variety of cool colors and patterns like Blaze Orange, Digi-Camo, and more at the link below.

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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 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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