Remember PowerPenz? The SOG Baton Q1 Multitool Pen is a bit like those, but actually useful (and also, you know, not a cheap plastic toy). Part of SOG’s new Baton collection, the TSA-friendly Q1 thrives in office and work settings, functioning as an ordinary ballpoint pen, albeit one with a pressurized ink cartridge. Split it in two and it transforms into a spring-assisted scissor. Its two other functions (totalling four in all) include a bottle opener and a medium flat screwdriver, so while it won’t saw through wood or help filet a fish it’s still more capable than whatever pen is currently in your pocket. If you can do without a pen and want a few more tools in a slender package, however, check out the rest of the Baton collection.
Learn more at SOG Knives – $54
Contrary to what ad and PR hacks would tell you, a pen can’t transform your writing or help you put thoughts on paper any better than a pencil or a word processor. However a fine writing instrument can inspire one to go beyond what they perceived their limits to be, and the X-01 is such a pen. The minimalist design does away with caps and clips to allow the unibody design and custom-made retraction mechanism to shine. Precision machined from titanium, aluminum, or brass, its all-metal construction is solid yet lightweight enough for marathon writing sessions, save for the brass model which is more of an acquired taste at a hefty 74 grams. Easily obtained rollerball water-based refills keep you up and writing with a year cap off time per refill, accepting standard Schmidt cartridges in fine, medium and broad tips.
Read more at Kickstarter – roughly $43+
The Refyne P1 Modular EDC Pen & Flashlight isn’t just your garden variety ballpoint pen with a dinky bulb slapped on the end. The rugged flashlight is lightweight yet extremely strong thanks to a grade 5 titanium build and boasts a bolt action mechanism that presents the tip of the included waterproof Lamy M22 rollerball insert, displaying a red dot within the bolt’s cutout to indicate that it’s ready to write. On the tail end lies the removable flashlight module, secured both magnetically and with a twist-lock to the pen body to prevent from knocking it off accidentally. Inside is a CREE XP-G2 LED emitter and circuit with two modes — 9 lumens on low and 130 lumens on high — which is more than adequate for everyday use. And though a single (and unconventional) 10180 battery powers the flashlight, you’ll never need to hunt another one down, even when drained, since it’s both removable and rechargeable via a micro USB port and charge indicator hidden beneath the head cap.
Available in polished and bead blasted finishes at Kickstarter – $70
Designed to be amongst the most minimal of writing instruments, the Piuma Fountain Pen is stripped of all extraneous features. The pen’s body is machined of either aluminum, brass, or titanium billet to a smooth rounded contour that’s continuous with its cap. The latter goes on and comes off quickly thanks to wide threading and reveals an interchangeable German-made Bock nib in either polished or matte black. Each comes with a Schmidt K5 Standard Ink Converter and five black ink cartridges, and varies quite a bit in weight from the lightweight aluminum version to the much heftier brass one.
Learn more at Kickstarter – $50+
Despite the lack of oxygen a gun can be fired in space. And the Bullet Space Pen can write. Its Fisher Space Pen cartridge is built right into a .375 caliber bullet that’s complemented by an actual H&H magnum shell for a look that’s authentic until it’s uncapped. The brass is lacquered for a longer lasting finish and an o-ring at the pen’s halfway mark keeps the two halves firmly connected. Its ink, which continues to exit and write upside down and underwater, will make as lasting an impression as the pen itself.
Taiwanese Ystudio tends to explore vanishing cultures, so it’s inevitable that they’d eventually make a Fountain Pen. The pens come in two versions: one for your desk and another that’s portable, the former which includes a conical stand and the latter that caps and comes with a wooden box (with a pass-through slit should you want to attach it to something) for shielding the pen further. Both versions are made of copper but are also available with a Brassing black finish over the metal that slowly wears down into a patina unique to its individual user’s usage habits.
Grab one at Kohezi – roughly $150
Its spring isn’t made of titanium. But literally every other part of Inspirs Design’s Imperator Titanium Bolt Action Pen is machined of this ultralight, ultra-strong metal. The pen employs a three-gear bolt mechanism to convert between pen, capacitive stylus (out of the back side), or its resting state for carry, switching quickly and reliably with just a slide. Every Imperator includes a precision carved titanium pocket clip and fifty waves carved into the forefront of the body that improve grip, though a special edition Tritium version of the pen ($200) also features six tritium tubes inserted in the tail tip which will continue to glow in the dark for, more-or-less, 25 consecutive years. Compatible with most standard roller refills — plus a few more including the Fisher Space Pen and G2 ballpoint cartridges with the optional, also-titanium refill extender — and available in four colorways including space grey, silver, black, and black & gold.
Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $100
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The Quotidian Magnet Propulsion Pen boasts a name that’s as puzzling as the mechanism within. Pull the cap off and nothing happens. But stick it magnetically to the pen’s tail end and the pen nib is propelled out, readying the instrument for writing. Its mechanism employs both magnetic attraction and repulsion to pull this off, featuring several axially magnetized neodymium magnets in its cap and body. Despite this it’s perfectly balanced thanks to precision machined of either aircraft-grade aluminum or uncoated solid brass, making this pen as pleasant for writing as it is for fidgeting.
Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $60