Lioe Stealth Pen

If it looks a little different than your average pen that’s because the Lioe Stealth Pen’s wide, aerodynamic shape wants to improve your grip, however you choose to hold it. The skeletonized bead-blasted aluminum body reduces weight ever so slightly and offers a rare view on the cartridge within, all while adding to its unique looks. A Schmidt click mechanism handles the cartridge advancement, and the Stealth Pen works with Schmidt’s EasyFlow refills as well as several of Parker’s Gel cartridges, with one of the former included.

Find it at Lioe Design – $68

GET IT: $68


Inventery Mechanical Pen

Seamless joints are one thing. But Inventery’s Mechanical Pen doesn’t actually have any seams or joints whatsoever, instead favoring an even more minimal unibody design machined from a brass rod. To change the ink cartridge — a rollerball Schmidt P8126 capless — simply unscrew the all-brass Schmidt SKM88 Click Mechanism at the tail end. Advancing the cartridge is silky smooth, and despite the absence of a clip the pen won’t roll away since it’s got a flat side to rest on. Available with four finishes that include black oxide, chrome, brushed chrome, or raw, untreated brass.

Find it at Inventery – $90

GET IT: $90


Ti Pocket Pro Auto Adjusting EDC Pen

Big Idea Design’s been good about making versatile pens compatible with a wide range of refill types. But their latest, the Ti Pocket Pro Auto Adjusting EDC Pen, takes this idea to the final iteration. Every pen in the above image is actually the same model — except of course for color and the ink cartridge inside — which is made possible to a clever telescopic design that fits over 80 types of refills without the need for extra parts or hacks of any sort. It’s also got an auto-adjusting collet at the tip that squeezes snugly around the pen tip to eliminate wiggling regardless of diameter. A shorter length versus other pens as well as a thick, textured grip means the Ti Pocket Pro is ideal as part of your everyday carry. As for accepted refills: well, the list is downright massive, but spans some of our favorites including Pilot’s Hi-Tec C (Cavalier variant) and the Fisher Space Pen cartridge.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – $60+

GET IT: $60+


Tactile Turn Glider Pen

Ever owned a good metal pen? They last surprisingly long, which is to say most likely forever, and are far more pleasant to use than disposable plastic ballpoints. The Tactile Turn Glider Pen is one such example, machined of either 360 brass or 304 stainless steel and fitted with a clip made of the latter. While it’s equipped with a bolt-action mechanism it’s one unlike any other since the path is given a C-shape that lets you advance or retract the contained ink cartridge (see full list of compatible cartridges here, but it’ll fit Pilot’s G2 and Hi-Tec C Cavalier which is really all we needed to know) with one fluid motion. Which also means it’s a solid fidget gadget on top of being a writing implement that’ll stand the test of time.

Grab one at the Cool Material Shop – $60

GET IT: $60


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+


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


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