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Tuff Writer Mini-Click Gen2

Longtime readers may remember Tuff Writer’s Ultimate Clicky Pen and subsequently smaller Mini Click. Their latest, the Tuff Writer Mini-Click Gen2, takes the latter’s compact, pocketable size and upgrades the materials, machined as always but now from titanium, brass, or copper with a variety of finishes that include tumbled, bead blasted, aged (for brass), and even flamed for a unique polychromatic surface finish. Every one features the latest version of Tuff Writer’s overbuilt 416SS advancing mechanism that’s machined in-house of stainless steel to extremely tight tolerances and that pushes any Parker-style refill (including the included Fisher Space Pen cartridge) through a slightly widened tip opening. Other minor changes include a slightly thinner, more flexible powdercoated spring clips, beefier Buna-70 O-rings at the grip level, and a displaced mating seam between the tip and pen body that doesn’t require displacing any O-rings.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – $95+

GET IT: $95+

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SOG Baton Q1 Multitool Pen

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

GET IT: $54

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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+

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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

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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+

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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+

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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