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Kosmos Pen

Stilform Design’s Kosmos Pen took home the 2016 Red Dot award for best pen, and for good reason: it radically removes the ubiquitous clicker mechanism for something far simpler, instead revealing the ink tip when the cap is shifted towards the back. As it slides strong neodymium magnets grasp and pull the cap in either position to make it easy to actuate with just one hand. The Golden Ratio went in to the pen’s minimalistic design and proportions, and it’s also perfectly balanced with regards to weight on either end. It’s also compatible with both Stilform’s gel refill plus all Parker-style G2 refills and comes in four colors: gold, silver, rose gold, and grey.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $40

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Ti Arto Pen

With nineteen Kickstarter projects under their collective belt and almost half of them pens, Chadwick Parker & Joe Huang know a thing or two about making tools for writing. The Ti Arto Pen, like many they designed before it, is made of titanium, uncoated in this case and with a unique grip pattern under its cap that makes for a good hold. Already the compact pen is built for the ages but it’s also compatible with a staggering 200-odd refills refills, all fitting without any tip wiggle. The list includes 103 rollerball cartridges, 71 ballpoint, and 36 D1 style refills, with half a dozen more that can fit if you trim off a bit of excess tubing.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – $65

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Cronzy Color Pen

Most pens write in one color. Two or four, maybe. The Cronzy Color Pen expands this to over 16 million, like your computer display. This is accomplished thanks to four colored ink cartridges that are mixed precisely to obtain any color shade imaginable, selected using an app on your smartphone. What’s more, a built-in color scanner on the back of the pen lets it scan the color of something in the real world and recreate it by way of ink color. Each also comes with a LiPo battery for seven consecutive hours of battery life per charge and five interchangeable pen tips with different diameters (including a fountain-style nib).

Learn more at Indiegogo – $180

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Pen Uno

Ensso’s Pen Uno is about as minimal as it gets. This ultra thin pen measures just 5.3mm (7/32 inches) in diameter yet remains easy to grip and hold thanks to a barrel that also smoothly twists to extend and protect the pen’s tip when not in use. Both the pen body and barrel are machined of space-grade aluminum and come anodized in five colors — black, space grey, red, gold, and rose gold. It also uses the Hi-Tec-C Coleto gel ink, which is identical in every way to the Hi-Tec-C cartridges we’re familiar with (including colors and nib widths) minus the fact that the reservoir is slimmer. Plus, for an extra ten bones, it’ll come alongside a conversion kit to transform the pen into a standard 0.5mm mechanical pencil.

Grab one at Kickstarter – $30

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Hodinkee x Montblanc M Rollerball Pen

It’s not really timepiece related, but it’s gorgeous nonetheless. The Hodinkee x Montblanc M Rollerball Pen is a three-way collaboration between the online watch magazine, the luxury pen brand, and prolific Australian designer Marc Newson whose work, whether you realize or not, you’re already familiar with. Its polished black resin case is shaped to form using a diamond tool for absolute precision. Two Montblanc emblems — one on top of the cap and the other at the tail end of the pen itself — are welded on ultrasonically for smoothness and to leave its lines unmarred. Pop off the cap to reveal a ruthenium-plated grip that brings balance to the implement, and slip it back on to watch integrated magnets align the cap’s platinum-coated clip with the Montblanc logo on the body every time. Hodinkee’s contribution? A sleek full-grain calfskin pouch with jacquard lining and both brand’s branding in which to stash the your stunning new pen.

Learn more at Hodinkee – $500

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Riind Pen

The Riind Pen’s most apparent feature is unique clip, which boasts a low profile and also maintains its clipping force through a large range of motion. But more than that it’s also equipped with a unique continuous cam design that extends the pen tip with a half-twist of its end in any direction and retracts it with another. The writing implement is also made to last with its machined aluminum body and fits over 35 different 110mm ink cartridges including the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Cavalier, the Cross Gel Rollerball, Mont Blanc’s Rollerball, and several other rather easy to find refills.

Learn more at Kickstarter – $95 [via]

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Gearhead Shifter Pen

From far it looks like a vintage writing implement. From close you’ll notice the Gearhead Shifter Pen is loaded with details bound to satisfy even the most diehard automobile enthusiast. Both the tip and cap feature tire tread detailing while a unique 5-speed H-pattern gearshift acts as a bolt-action mechanism to push the ink cartridge into position. Indian Water Buffalo horn goes into the pen’s body which, as far as we can tell, has nothing to do with cars, but no matter — it looks great.

Find it at Bourbon & Boots – $74 [via]

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22 Design Concrete Writing Tools

22 Design Studio, from Taiwan, makes use of their capital’s two main construction exports to make all their products: steel and concrete. So it’s no surprise that their Concrete Writing Tools follow the same rules. The series includes a mechanical pencil that works with 0.5mm leads, a rollerball pen, and a sketch pencil with an integrated sharpener compatible with 5.5mm lead. All three are contoured and shaped with unique topographical layers that start rigid and smooth out over time as they adapt to your hand. They also features stainless steel accents and come in two shades of grey and one shade of white — except for the sketch pencil, which skips the darker grey and features brass in the white model (shown) instead of stainless.

Learn more at 22 Design Studio or Kohezi – $72 to $90

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Everyman Grafton Pen

Everyman’s Grafton Pen has everything we look for in a writing implement: it’s reasonably priced, works with some of our favorite cartridges (namely the go-anywhere and write on anything Fisher Space Pen refills as well as Pilot’s G2), and it’s likely to virtually last forever. Each pen is entirely made of aluminum with an anodized black or silver finish to effectively shrug off scratches and wear, and weighs only 1 ounce so it won’t tire your hand out through use. Deep grooves enhance grip while a pen clip keeps it firmly attached to your shirt pocket until you pull it out, click out its cartridge, and start writing.

Grab one at Everyman – $35

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Ystudio Brassing Pen & Pencil

Creating beautiful things seems to come naturally when the tools we’re using are equally beautiful. Ystudio’s Brassing Pen & Pencil are the polar opposite of flimsy and disposable, like most writing implements we’re accustomed to. They’re both made of hefty brass for writing stability and feature a distinct matte black coating that shows the raw metal underneath at its edges. And over time the coating will increasingly show the underlying brass at friction points, making the tool ever more unique.

Find the Ballpoint Pen ($80) and Sketching Pencil ($100) at KOHEZI.

Presented by KOHEZI.

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Everyday Carry Keychain Pen

Chances are the last time you were out of the house and needed a pen you had to ask around. The Everyday Carry Keychain Pen aims to stop that from happening. At just 0.35-inches in diameter and 3.25-inches long when closed, each pen is machined of either copper, brass, or aluminum and is notably compact enough to carry on a keychain. Plus, each one is equipped with a Fischer Space Pen ink cartridge, known for their ruggedness, reliability, and the fact that they can write in space (as well as upside down and underwater).

Learn more at Kickstarter – $40+

Tech

Moleskine Smart Writing Set

Compared to typing on a slick glass screen, writing on paper is pure pleasure. Too bad, then, that it’s not as practical when it comes to archiving, duplicating content, editing, and so on. The Moleskine Smart Writing Set fuses digital convenience and analog methodology, taking everything you write with the Moleskine Pen+ on a Moleskine Paper Tablet and replicating it on their iOS/Android Notes App in real time. It can convert your scribbling into images, vectors, PDFs, or even digital text notes for quick searching and editing, not to mention with the added benefit of making them more legible.

Learn more at Moleskine – $200

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EDC Pocket Bolt Pen

Built tough yet compact, the EDC Pocket Bolt Pen was designed to be carried. And since your needs might differ from the next guy it’s available in three versions: a pocket variant, a keychain version, and one with a clip. Each comes with either a hex or round barrel made of stainless steel or brass and operates using a smooth bolt action mechanism that also has a lock function (absent on the clip-equipped pen) to prevent accidentally opening the pen while in your pocket. The clip on the clip pen has a tiny gap between it and the barrel to keep it from marking the latter when moving, and an optional Pro variant of the hex pocket pen includes both metric and imperial measurement scales laser engraved to the pen body.

Learn more at Kickstarter – $44+