Even in this modern age when everything seems to be digital, there are still times when you need to do things the old-fashioned way – with a pen and paper. Many contracts and other forms, for instance, still require a written signature at the very least. Not only that, if your tech dies on you, whether it is your phone or tablet running out of charge or something worse and let’s face it, this happens a lot.
We are sure, therefore, you can see the need then for a great EDC or everyday carry pen.
As there are many different EDC pens out there, you may be stumped as to which is the best for you. The last thing you want though, if you have any self-respect, is a plastic ballpoint that breaks after one use. No one needs that.
To help, we have put together a list of what we feel are the 8 best EDC or everyday carry pens available at the moment, highlighting their key features for all you quick browsers.
The Best EDC Pen
First on our list is a pen that has been to space. Well not this actual pen, but the same design. Paul Fisher first created the Bullet Space Pen back in July 1948. It is so-called because it was used by astronauts in space. Originally, these were made from solid aluminum, but now they are constructed from brass and a stylish chrome finish.
The first Bullet Space Pen is such an important piece in the art world that it is on display in the Museum Of Modern Art in New York for many years.
Allows you to write in various extreme conditions
Can write from any angle. Yes, even if you are upside down.
Will write over wet surfaces and underwater
Writes in temperatures ranging from both extremes of the spectrum from the very cold at -30 F to the very hot at 250 F
Even gives you the ability to write in a vacuum of space, free of gravity – whenever you are in that kind of situation.
Comes with a lifetime guarantee – yes, we did say lifetime.
- Weight0.96 ounces
Another take on the classic Fisher Space Pen is the next on our list. This time it is one with a completely brass construction and a slick and sophisticated, anti-scratch titanium nitride finishing in black.
Like other Fisher pens, this EDC can write in all manner of conditions and from any angle and will even write over grease, moisture, underwater and in zero gravity. If you find yourself upside down, for instance, and need to make notes or write a quick memo, Black Titanium Nitride Fisher Space Pen will never let you down.
Same Space Pen design that was used on Apollo 7.
Pressurized ink cartridge, guaranteeing a dependable and even ink flow in any conditions
Solid brass design with titanium nitrite finish in black to prevent scratches
Cartridges that are retractable using a side button release
Perfect for toolboxes, desk drawers, glove boxes, purses and pockets
- BrandFisher Space
- ModelAstronaut Space Pen
When is a pen more than just a pen? When it’s a Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen. When you work in law enforcement, you never know when trouble is going to rear its ugly head. It could be round the corner waiting for you, as you read this review. This is why Gerber was inspired to design and construct this amazing little pen.
Although it is very short and will write just about anywhere in any conditions, thanks to its sturdy machined steel body and the Rite in the Rain ink cartridges; there is more to this pen than meets the eye.
Tough, Cerakote-coated machined steel body
Handy pocket clip
Rite in the Rain ink cartridges that writes in all weather
Easy to use push-button system for deploying the ballpoint pen
Glass breaker tip that can double up as a weapon if necessary
- Weight2.24 ounces
The Zebra T3 Mini is next on our list and boy, this is a small pen. So small you may actually wonder if you will be able to write with it efficiently enough. What makes it particularly special? That would be the metal barrel construction, as it feels incredibly durable. Additionally, even though it is small, it still has a certain weight to it when you hold it in your hand.
Only 100 mm in length, but still writes like a larger, heavier pen
Retractable tip by pressing pocket clip
Ideal for notebooks and memos and will fit in a pocket or even a small purse
- Weight0.48 ounces
On the surface, when looking at Grafton pen from Everyman, you could be forgiven for thinking it looks just like any other pen. The simple elegance of of its design hides an expertly weighted and anodized aluminum pen body. Everyman’s goal with any of their products in their frankly, awesome range, was to make a better day, every day for people like you and me.
They took the click pen construction and stripped it bare to its essentials and then worked their way back up. So, looks really can be deceiving. This may just look like any other pen, but this just may be the last pen you ever buy – thanks to Everyman’s ‘buy for life’ design.
Robust bolt-on pen clip
Weighted by experts for perfect feel in your hand
Deep, comfortable groove in body for easier grip
Anodized aluminum body
- ModelGrafton Pen
- Weight1 oz
Another pricier pen model; though still not as expensive as the Fisher one further up the page. For around half the price of said alternative, you can get this Render K in beautiful machined brass which is just a joy to look at, never mind hold and use.
It has a handy clip for attaching the pen anywhere made from sturdy and attractive stainless steel. The threaded pen cap is also a nice addition as it makes it incredibly easy to refill your ink cartridge when you run out.
Solid brass machined to perfection
Robust pen clip made from stainless steel
Easy access to ink via the threaded cap
3.3 oz making it heavy enough to write comfortably with control, without causing problems
- BrandKaras Kustoms
- ModelRender K
- Weight3.3 ounces
Another tactical pen on our list, this time from Columbia River Knife and Tool and an Amazon’s Choice product. With its incredibly reasonable price tag, this is one you should seriously consider if you like the idea of having a really nice pen for everyday use, but want something that will come in handy if you are facing an attack.
As with many of the pens on our list and many so-called tactical pens, on the surface this just looks like a normal…sophisticated but normal writing pen. And hopefully, that is the only function it needs to provide you with.
Exclusive design devised by James Williams, a martial arts expert and former army officer.
6061 grade aluminum with non-reflective, black finish for an elegant look
Can be used as a weapon when necessary
- BrandColumbia River Knife & Tool
- Weight1 pounds
The final pen on our list is also the third and final Fisher Space Pen item.
With a breakaway lanyard and keychain loop, Trekker Space Pen offers you many options when it comes to carrying it. Whether you take it in a briefcase to the office and all those important meetings, or as part of your climbing gear, hooked onto your bag so you can mark on your map etc. or simply in your purse or attached to your jeans belt loop or bag.
Stainless steel body
Soft and comfortable rubber grip
Perfectly small to fit in even the smallest spaces such as a toolbox, desk drawer, purse, glove box or just a pocket.
Pressurized ink cartridge, which allows you to use it anywhere, any angle, at any time.
Comes in sturdy storage box and sleeve.
Lanyard that breaks away and handy key chain loop open a world of carry options for this pen
- BrandFisher Space
- ModelTrekker Space Pen