X-01 Titanium Pen

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+

GET IT: ~$43+


Refyne P1 Modular EDC Pen & Flashlight

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

GET IT: $70


Piuma Fountain Pen

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+

GET IT: $50+


Bullet Space Pen

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.

Find it at the Cool Material Shop – $21 [via]

GET IT: $21


Ystudio Fountain Pen

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

GET IT: ~$150


Imperator TTi 108 Titanium Bolt Action Pen

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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GET IT: ~$100


Quotidian Magnet Propulsion Pen

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

GET IT: ~$60


MB&F Astrograph Pen

Our imagination is the factor driving us to slowly conquer the final frontier. So it’s fitting that the MB&F Astrograph Pen, conceived in collaboration with Caran d’Ache, resembles a rocket as it sits on a desk, tempting its owner to put the pen to paper. The Astrograph contains 99 components and boasts a base with a clever articulating mechanism that deploys landing gear at the push of a lever concealed in the pen’s ring, acting as a vertical stand. It comes in fountain pen and roller ball varieties, the former fitted with a rhodium-plated 18-carat gold pen nib and the latter with a Caran d’Ache roller pen cartridge. Also included is a miniature silver astronaut figurine that’s magnetic to playfully attach anywhere on the pen, and a launch pad box (note that “box” is a pedestrian word to describe what this thing actually is) that doubles as a display and fits right in with the theme.

Read more at MB&F – $19,900

GET IT: $19,900


Trilogy Zero Fountain Pen

Nearly all fountain pens are gaudy affairs complete with overly busy designs. The design of Trilogy’s Zero Fountain Pen was taken in an opposite direction. Its body is machined from a block of space-grade 6000 series aluminum before being anodized in black or silver, seamlessly coming together to form one continuous and slightly tapered rod. Each is also fitted with a Bock #6 nib in polished steel, enamel-coated steel, or gold plated steel in three thicknesses, contrasting nicely with Zero’s minimal design. Also included is a Schmidt K5 converter should you prefer to write with bottled ink over cartridges.

Find it at Kickstarter – $55+

GET IT: $55+


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


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


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


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