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One of the best ways that a prepper can be prepared is to have a complete EDC kit on their person each and every day. There’s just no way to known in advance exactly when an event will cause a SHTF scenario.

And one of the must have items in your kit is a pen. Whether you are signing contracts, writing receipts, taking stockpile inventory, taking notes in the field, or making notes of coordinates, you want a pen that is reliable and will work when you need it to write.

There’s nothing worse than a pen that doesn’t write reliably. For everyday carry (EDC) pens, you also need to take into consideration the durability, and price. Some preppers may also want to consider how well the pen can be used as an alternate self-defense or life-saving tool to shatter glass.

Writing is the main function of a pen, right? So, above all, you want to make sure you get a pen that is going to write well and be reliable when you need it.

Many times, the writing reliability of pen, how well the ink flows, whether it smudges, etc. is a result of the type of ink or refill the pen uses. Some pens use pressurized ink refills which means that can typically write better upside down.

Look for a pen that is compatible with different brands of refills to ensure you can scavenge the ink you need post-SHTF.

Durability of a pen is also important for a survival pen. This is the pen you will keep with you and use daily even in “normal times” so it’s going to get used and take some abuse.

You need to make sure you have a pen that is sturdy and won’t break if it gets bent in your pocket or is slammed against something hard. So for most people looking for an EDC pen, a plastic housing is out for this reason. They look for lightweight stainless steel, brass, titanium, or other metal housings that will hold up to rugged use.

Multi-functioning pens can be important, not only in everyday use but in a SHTF scenario as well. Some pens are specially made to shatter glass if an accident sends your car off a bridge unexpectedly or as serve as an impact weapon if you’re attacked.

Multi-function pens may be slightly heavier in weight and you may sacrifice some writing quality so make sure you prioritize what your needs are to get the right EDC pen for you.

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Boker Plus Tactical Pen

Boker Plus Tactical Pen Made of black anodized aluminum, this pen with textured grip, has an insert of stainless steel on the back end that doubles as a self-defense weapon if needed.

Victorinox Retractable Pen

Victorinox Retractable Pen is a great addition to your EDC kit. This mini pressurized pen stays hidden until you slide it out to use it. It’s a little difficult to write with due to its small size but it gets the job done.

Other mini tools include a knife, screwdriver (great size for electronics!), nail file, bottle opener, wire stripper, and light depending on the model you buy.

Zebra Sharbo X LT3

If you’re a pen fanatic or your daily life involves frequent switching between a tablet or phone, a pencil, different colored pens, or a highlighter, you won’t want to pass up the Zebra Sharbo X LT3.

A multi-pen that combines a stylus, mechanical pencil, ballpoint and gel ink together in a sturdy brass housing. Refills are smaller than average refills, ship from Japan, and can be pricey. Can use D1 ink refills made in U.S. also.

Memori Brass Pen by Tanner Goods

The last thing you want to have to do in a SHTF situation is hunt for ink refills for your pen. The Memori pen is machined of solid brass to withstand everyday use. With the flexibility to use all G2 ink cartridges, you should always be able to scavenge a refill. Available on the Tanner Goods website.

Fisher Bullet Space Pen

If you want to carry a pen that will write no matter what the weather or your environment may throw at you, the Fisher Bullet Space Pen is worth considering. Designed to work under extreme conditions including underwater and zero gravity, made of matte black brass.

Zebra F

With a sleek stainless steel body and the flexibility to modify so it uses all metal parts and is compatible with the well-known Fisher refills, the Zebra F is a favorite with preppers. Get the best of all features with a grooved grip, retractable tip, and pocket clip.

Hinderer Investigator

Hinderer Investigator

Made by well-known knife maker, Rick Hinderer and weighing in at just over an ounce, the Hinderer Investigator is a popular EDC pen for many preppers. It’s a nice weight for pocket carry and can be waterproof with the optional O-ring modification in the tip.

For a slightly longer pen, go for the Extreme Duty version, though it’s a heavier weight for your shirt pocket.  Uses only Fisher Space refills. Several finishes. Available on the Rick Hinderer website from $$

Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen

Made of machined steel with a strong tempered tip this tactical pen can be used for self-defense or to shatter a window. Reliable enough to write under any conditions and in any position.

grafton edc pen

Grafton EDC Pen

So new it’s still in the pre-order stage, the Grafton EDC Pen is made of % anodized aluminum with a rugged bolt-on brass clip. The grip and clicking mechanism have been improved. Built to stand the test of time, it uses either the popular Pilot G2 or Fisher Space Pen refills.


Made of stainless steel with a built-in key ring on one end the PicoPen is conveniently attaches to your keychain or lanyard. It’s a mini ballpoint pen at less than 3” in length.

The cap is magnetized to hold the pen in place using a rare earth magnet. Uses Zebra F pen refills. Weighs a half ounce.

Machine Era Brass Pen

American made of brass by Machine Era, this pen is heavy but well-balanced. No plastic parts or moving pieces means less chance that something breaks. Removable cap threads onto opposite end during use. Uses the popular Pilot G2 cartridge.

Whether it’s cold as ice or sweltering hot, (anywhere from degrees up to degrees Fahrenheit), this is the pen you want to have on hand.

Designed to write under just about any conditions, including upside down and even on wet paper. It uses the Fisher space pen refills.

The Bolt Pen by Karas Kustoms

If you’re in the market for flash and function, consider the machined Bolt Pen by Kara’s Kustoms. You’ll be the envy of everyone in the office. Compatible with both the Fisher Space and Parker ballpoint refills.

The stainless steel clip keeps it secure in your pocket until needed. Available on the Kara’s Kustoms website for around $

True Utility Telescopic Keychain Pen

Tiny and lightweight, this pen weighs under an ounce and is under two inches long. It attaches to your keychain and the stainless steel housing extends when you are ready to use it. Priced at less than $10, it comes with four ink refills.

Jac Zagoory Beta Inkless Pen

Never be without an ink refill for your pen with this handy inkless metal pen. It uses graphite and a customized alloy tip to give you smudge-free notes every time in any situation.

The standard version comes with your choice of a barrel made of cherry wood, silver or black anodized aluminum. The keychain version has a stainless steel housing with threaded cap, a keyring, and comes in a metal gift box.

Final Word

Choosing a pen has always been a personal decision. It’s crucial to assess your individual needs and environment as well as your habits so that you can select the EDC pen that will benefit you the most as part of your everyday carry. Make sure you consider weight, durability, writing quality, and price.

Some preppers prefer one pen that will stand the test of time. If you are in the habit of losing pens frequently, you may want to buy less expensive models in bulk or ones that stay attached to your keychain at all times.

If you intend to rely on your EDC pen as a back-up self-defense or impact tool, make sure you have tested it out and are confident in using it. If possible carry it in different locations on your person for several days to determine whether the weight, balance, and ease of pocket carry are suitable.

When you take all these factors into consideration, you will have a better chance of selecting the best EDC pen for you.

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Megan Stewart

Megan Stewart

Born and raised in NE Ohio, with early memories that include grandpa teaching her to bait a hook and watching her mom, aunts, and grandmothers garden, sew, and can food, Megan is a true farm girl at heart.
For Megan, the blackout, the events of , and the increasing frequency of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, spurred a desire to be more prepared for whatever may come along. Soon to be living off-grid, this mother of four and grandmother of nine grandsons and one granddaughter, is learning everything she can about preparedness, basic survival, and self-sufficient homesteading. She is passionate about sharing that knowledge so that others can be increasingly prepared to protect their families.

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The rise of the smartphone has left many people believing they no longer require a pen and an EDC notebook, to their detriment. While the idea of being able to snap out your phone and jot down a digital memo isn&#;t bad, the time required to get out the phone, find the proper app, open the app, start a new file through the menus, type in the note &#; assuming you still remember it at this point &#; and fight with what autocorrect thinks you&#;re trying to say is so time consuming that no one does it. It&#;s far simpler to keep an EDC pen on hand and a bit of paper for collecting all your errant thoughts.

A good EDC pen is one that is cheap enough you can lose it, reliable enough that it won&#;t die after days in your jeans pocket, sturdy enough to survive a trip through the wash, and tough enough that should you need to use it as a tactical pen or last line of self-defense, it won&#;t fail you. That&#;s a lot of boxes to check for a humble writing implement, which is why there&#;s no substitution for the best EDC pens.

Pilot Hi-Tec-C

Some of us would lose our train of thought if our editor didn&#;t keep yelling at us, and we need a quality pen that isn&#;t meant to go the distance. Nice, fine points, a simple but sturdy design, and smooth gel writing make these our favorite in the disposable arena. Purchase: $4

Uni-ball Jetstream

A nice choice for southpaws, the Jetstream uses gel ink that dries quickly for fewer smudges if you&#;re quick on the draw. It produces a slim line every time, without the blobbing issues that you&#;ll find with most ballpoints. Purchase: $5

Zebra F

Among the pens you can afford to lose, the F stands out above all others. A knurled grip lets you keep it in hand whether drafting, sketching, or penning your memoirs, with a retractable tip that won&#;t ever leave you with holes in your pockets. Purchase: $6

True Utility Telescopic Keychain Pen

More of a novelty, since the slender end can be uncomfortable when deployed, it starts off as a tiny 2-inch piece of stainless steel that pops out to nearly full length. Less than an ounce, it&#;s a good keychain choice or backup EDC option. Purchase: $11

GL-Sail Tungsten Steel Tactical Pen

T6 hardened aluminum that hits 90 on the rockwell hardness scale, this is not to be trifled with, unless you&#;re doodling and trifling around, in which case the LED flashlight and Tungsten glass-breaker can provide as much entertainment as the pen itself. Purchase: $17

Tec Accessories Picopen

Smart thinking made for the forgetful, the keychain cap on the Picopen keeps it handy and in mind. Magnets hold the cap and stainless steel body in place, yet retain a feather light half-ounce weight that won&#;t add girth to your pockets. Purchase: $20

Parker Jotter

Tuxedo-level class and chiseled tip that makes every chicken scratch look elegant, the cap and barrel are stainless steel, with a brushed matte end that is kind to your hands even during extended writing sessions. Purchase: $26


Part of the contracting pen market, the Pico has a compact build that hops into a big ballpoint with just a click. If you like a big grip, expect to fall in love with this. Purchase: $29

Inkless Metal Pen

Argue about whether this is a pencil or not, it uses a unique graphite compound to provide for writing without ever needing to worry about whether or not you&#;re going to run out of ink. Purchase: $30

Grafton EDC Pen

Compatible with refills from both Pilot and Fisher, the Grafton was built to last a lifetime. It begins with a single piece of anodized aluminum which has a brass pocket clip bolted right into the body. The clicking mechanics are smoother than almost anything else out there, and don&#;t degrade even if you&#;re a nervous clicker. Purchase: $35

Rite In The Rain All Weather Trekker

Many try, but few can handle the sheer pain that the Trekker and take. Able to write when the weather drops well below zero, as well as up to degrees on the F scale; turn it around, turn it upside down, take it to hell and back. It&#;s ready to go forever. Purchase: $38

Machine Era Brass

Heavy brass can go wrong in many a pen, which is why the marvelous minds at Machine Era balanced this so perfectly that you&#;ll barely notice the heft, unless you need it for fighting back. There&#;s no moving parts to fail, and Pilot G2 refills fit easily in the broad body so you&#;re never low on ink. Purchase: $38

Fisher Telescoping Space Pen

The Fisher Bullet Pen tends to get a lot of the press, though it&#;s overrated for our coin. On the other hand, their expandable pen has all the Bullet features in a smarter build. There&#;s no cap to lose and a broader grip for easier writing without pinching your wee fingers uncomfortably. Purchase: $40

Gerber Impromptu

Perhaps the most recognizable tactical pen on the market, the Impromptu writes in wet or dry, has a glass and skin-breaking steel tip that is also draws a fine line during field maneuvers. Purchase: $43

BigiDesign Solid Aluminum Pen & Stylus

Useful because it has a silicone stylus tip along with a aluminum body and titanium clip, this might just bridge the gap between using a notebook and making your smartphone into all the writing surface you require. Purchase: $45

Ian Schon Pen

All American and made in Massachusetts, there&#;s a Schon to blend with any style. Get it in bronze, brass, titanium, steel, or aluminum it&#;s guaranteed to draw envious glances from all who behold it, and last long after the cows have retired. Purchase: $58

Karas Kustoms Bolt

KK machines their Bolt pens in-house to ensure pure quality right up until it hits your hand. The bolt-action is ideal for EDC since it won&#;t deploy accidentally, and there&#;s no clicker to break as you fiddle during endless meetings. Purchase: $60+

Karas Kustoms Retrakt

The Retrakt would make the list just for being such a beautiful hunk of machined copper. Tack on the stainless steel clip, easy refillable body, and disappearing tip, and you&#;ve got an EDC pen that will last for life. Purchase: $60+

Tactile Turn Mover & Shaker

You need to pick one up to appreciate how well-balanced and adroitly mechanized the Shaker is. It doesn&#;t have any special features, other than feeling amazing no matter how you use it. Purchase: $65

CRKT Tao 2

What you have here is essentially a Fisher Space Pen capable of writing at any angle that&#;s been built into a serious weapon by CRKT. Go ahead and take it into the desert, into the arctic, or even under the sea. It will write under any conditions. Purchase: $70

Maxmadco Bolt Pen

Smooth and uncluttered Maxmadco&#;s take on the Bolt pen is a little smoother and has a handy spring mechanism that allows for slick single-handed operation whether you bat righty or lefty, and rounds out nicely with Torx screws that keep the full stainless steel parts locked together forever. Purchase: $85

BigiDesign Ti Arto

Made for the person who prefers variety, the titanium body of the Arto is just the beginning. It happily and easily accepts more than types of inks and inserts, so you can find the cartridge to fit your lifestyle. Purchase: $85

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The 20 Best Everyday Carry Pens

No matter how digital our world becomes, there will always be room for the written word &#; especially when technology fails us. That&#;s not to say we&#;re going to regress into post-apocalyptic tribal warfare, but rather that knowing how to write is a valuable art and can sometimes be more convenient and reliable than, say, trying to jot down notes on your phone. As such, we&#;re huge proponents of carrying a pen along with the rest of your everyday carry.

However, like all pieces of EDC gear, the pen you choose is going to be very personal to your own style, preferences, and even how much space you have to spare. As such, there&#;s not a single pen that works perfectly for everyone. That being said, there are definitely a few options available on the market that stand out from the crowd. And it&#;s our opinion that this list of the 20 best everyday carry pens has one that can fit just about anyone&#;s needs perfectly &#; regardless of budget, tastes, etc.

Zebra F Pen

You don&#;t have to opt for a plastic disposable writing utensil if you don&#;t have a ton of money to spend. In fact, there are some folks who would suggest, despite its low price, the Zebra F is one of the best pens ever manufactured. It&#;s crafted from stainless steel (both inside and out), has a handy and convenient clicker mechanism and pocket clip, and won&#;t even come close to breaking the bank if it needs to be replaced.

Material: Stainless Steel
Ink: Zebra F-Series
Deployment: Clicker

Purchase: $13

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen

Calligraphy is undoubtedly verging on the edge of becoming a lost art, but there are those who still partake in this remarkable skill. If you fall into that category and you&#;re looking for a budget-friendly fountain pen to get the job done on the daily, the Lamy Safari pen you see here is the perfect option. It&#;s built from durable and lightweight ABS plastic, has a click-on cap with a handly wire pocket clip, and comes with a black-finished steel nib.

Material: ABS Plastic
Ink: Lamy T10, Z24
Deployment: Click-On Cap

Purchase: $19

TEC Accessories Picopen

For anyone with a severely limited amount of space, the TEC Accessories Picopen might just be the ultimate EDC writing utensil. That&#;s because this magnificent tool measures up at just &#; in length and weighs grams in total. Yet it still houses a Fisher pressurized cartridge, has a handy magnetic cap that can attach to your keychain, and is constructed from stainless steel. And if you can swing a pricy upgrade, they also make it out of titanium &#; which saves on weight without sacrificing toughness.

Material: Stainless Steel
Ink: Fisher Pressurized Cartridge
Deployment: Magnetic Cap

Purchase: $20

Fisher Space Pen Bullet

Although it&#;s not the original Fisher offering, it could be said that the Bullet is the best all-around EDC pen this legendary company has ever produced. Not only does it contain the pressurized ink cartridge that was made famous for its treks into space &#; not to mention it can write upside-down, in outer space, or underwater &#; but it&#;s also made from sturdy solid brass, comes in a variety of colorways, measures just &#; when closed but opens into a perfectly-balanced full-sized pen, and it comes with an unconditional lifetime guarantee. This USA-made modern marvel is even on permanent display at NYC&#;s MoMA.

Material: Brass
Ink: Fisher Pressurized Cartridge
Deployment: Click-On Cap

Purchase: $25

Rite-In-The-Rain Trekker Pen

It&#;s a tough prospect to try and take aim at a company as well-known and -respected as Fisher, but Rite-In-The-Rain has been holding their own for years. And we have to assume a part of that is due to things like their Trekker pen you see here. This pen is small enough to fit on your keychain (and comes with its own ring for that purpose), has a rubberized grip for all-conditions writing, and boasts a pressurized ink cartridge &#; which can handle writing underwater, upside-down, in space, or in temperatures as low as up to degrees Fahrenheit. Plus it pairs perfectly with the brand&#;s proprietary notebooks.

Material: Metal
Ink: Pressurized All-Weather Cartridge
Deployment: Click-On Cap

Purchase: $28

Everyman Grafton Pen

If you&#;re looking for simplicity, reliability, and good design to go alongside with familiarity, you can&#;t do much better than the Everyman Grafton Pen. Elegant and uncomplicated, this minimalist clicker pen is built from sturdy anodized aluminum, has a handy pocket clip, is available in a trio of colorways, and even accepts both Fisher and G2 pen refills. As if that&#;s not enough, it also comes with a lifetime guarantee &#; lending to its potential as your go-to EDC pen.

Material: Aluminum
Ink: Pilot G2, Fisher Pressurized Cartridge
Deployment: Clicker

Purchase: $35

Machine Era Markup Pen

Made from solid brass &#; or stainless steel, if gold-colored metals aren&#;t your thing &#; the Machine Era Markup Pen is an improved version of the brand&#;s most popular writing utensil. It&#;s made entirely in the USA, has no springs or mechanisms that might get jammed up, comes with a screw-on cap with tail threading, has a sturdy pocket clip, and is compatible with all Pilot G2-style refills (and comes with a Schmidt Fineliner). If you&#;re looking for a reliable writer you can turn to each and every day, you could do a lot worse than this option.

Material: Brass, Stainless Steel
Ink: Pilot G2
Deployment: Screw-On Cap

Purchase: $42

Fisher Space Pen x Shinola Clutch

Fisher is already responsible for making some of the best writing utensils out there, but their team-up with Shinola on this special edition Clutch clicker pen helps elevate it even further thanks to a touch of Americana. Lasting, on average, three times longer than standard ballpoint pens, this one comes with a pressurized cartridge good for writing in just about any conditions, it boasts a hexagonal grip that&#;s more ergonomic and less likely to go rolling off the desktop, and it&#;s built from sturdy anodized aluminum for a long and fruitful life of service.

Material: Aluminum
Ink: Fisher Pressurized Cartridge
Deployment: Clicker

Purchase: $55

Ensso XS Mini Fountain Pen

For those with an appreciation for the written word, a fountain pen is the pinnacle instrument in regard to writing utensils. However, not many of them are EDC-friendly. Conversely, however, the Ensso XS Mini was made specifically with travel in mind. It features a click-on cap, an angular sided body to prevent rolling off surfaces, a durable aluminum construction. Best of all, while it comes with a durable stainless steel fountain nib, it can also be swapped out for universal ink cartridges for those times when you just want a regular writer.

Material: Aluminum
Ink: &#;Standard International Cartridges&#;
Deployment: Click-On Cap

Purchase: $59

Grovemade Pen

It took three years for Grovemade to perfect their Pen, but it&#;s finally here. And it&#;s here in abundance, with a trio of different material options including raw brass, black-finished stainless steel, and &#; the cream of the crop &#; titanium. These beautiful writing utensils also come with and are compatible with high-quality Schmidt P rollerball inserts, they boast a twist-operated tail deployment mechanism, and they can be paired with the brand&#;s specially-made pen stand for desk usage. Manufactured entirely in the USA, Grovemade hasn&#;t revolutionized the classic pen, but they&#;ve definitely improved upon it in many ways.

Material: Aluminum, Brass, Titanium
Ink: Schmidt P
Deployment: Twist

Purchase: $60+

Fisher Space Pen AG7 Astronaut

For lovers of history, especially where NASA and the space race are concerned, Fisher&#;s AG7 Astronaut Space Pen is undoubtedly one of the altogether best options for a writing utensil. That&#;s because it&#;s the exact same model that&#;s gone up on every manned space mission since the launch of Apollo 7 back in This chrome-plated brass everyday carry pen is also made in the USA, comes with an unconditional lifetime guarantee, and is capable of writing in just about any conditions &#; including upside-down, underwater, and in zero-g. And if you really want an upgrade, it&#;s also available with a black titanium nitride finish.

Material: Brass
Ink: Fisher Pressurized Cartridge
Deployment: Clicker

Purchase: $60

Big Idea Design Titanium Pocket Pro Pen

For some folks, versatility is the name of the game when it comes to everyday carry. And if you fall into that category, especially in regards to money-saving measures, then you might be interested in the Big Idea Design Titanium Pocket Pro Pen. Crafted from solid titanium, this twist-operated writing utensil is perfectly suited to pocket carry, but also boasts one major leg-up on the competition: it&#;s compatible with over 80 different ink refills and can automatically adjust to suit whichever one you&#;re keen on using. So if you&#;ve got a bunch of refills sitting around or you want to toy around with which ink cartridges work best for your purposes, don&#;t pass this pen up.

Material: Titanium
Ink: Compatible With 80+ Refills
Deployment: Twist

Purchase: $75

Machine Era Field Pen Twist

Another take on the firm&#;s best-selling writing utensil, this version of the Machine Era Field Pen boasts a few noteworthy differences that help set it apart from its comrades. For starters, this one comes with a black DLC-coated precision-machined stainless steel body. It also boasts an anodized aluminum twist-operated deployment mechanism (finished in orange), a stainless steel pocket clip, and it&#;s compatible with Parker style refills. Just to add to its excellence, it was also assembled in the USA, it&#;s superbly balanced, and it measures up at under 5&#; &#; making it perfect for everyday carry.

Material: Stainless Steel
Ink: Itoya Aquaroller
Deployment: Twist

Purchase: $75

Tanner Goods Memori Mechanico Pen

Like every piece of everyday carry gear, the pen you choose to carry can say a lot about you. And if you carry the Tanner Goods Memori Mechanico, it suggests preparedness, stylishness, and an appreciation for the value of the written word. However (and perhaps most importantly), it conveys a sense of knowing one&#;s self, as the choice to carry this cleanly-designed Parker-compatible stainless steel pen is most definitely not an accident. And while this twist-operated writing utensil is a marvel unto itself, it comes with the added bonus of a Tanner Goods sketchbook, as well.

Material: Stainless Steel
Ink: Schmidt P
Deployment: Twist

Purchase: $79

Best Made Embassy Tactical Pen

Sometimes, the best everyday carry gear is that which comes with a unique or interesting story. And that&#;s exactly the case with the Best Made Embassy Tactical Pen. You see, this brass (or stainless steel) writing utensil was actually made specifically for governmental and military use. It&#;s also made in the USA, utilizes Fisher&#;s legendary pressurized ink refills, has a screw-on cap, boasts textured knurling for plenty of grip, and more. We&#;re not sure what Jack Ryan&#;s pen of choice is, but it may very well be this one.

Material: Brass, Stainless Steel
Ink: Fisher Pressurized Cartridge
Deployment: Screw-On Cap

Purchase: $98

Karas Kustoms Bolt Pen V2

In stark contrast to the gaudiness of overpriced Mont Blanc pens, all of Karas Kustoms&#; offerings tend to be a good deal more interesting in their appearance and construction &#; and they&#;re most definitely a good deal more durable, as well. This particular one, which comes with both a clicker mechanism and a bolt-action deployment, is available in copper, brass, or stainless steel. It was also made in the USA, works with all Parker style refills, and will age beautifully with use over time.

Material: Brass, Copper, Stainless Steel
Ink: Parker Ballpoint
Deployment: Bolt-Action, Clicker

Purchase: $

Inventery Modular Pocket Fountain Pen

Of all the everyday carry pens on this list, Inventery&#;s Modular Pocket Fountain Pen is most definitely the most versatile from a &#;what it can do&#; standpoint. That&#;s because this pen was designed to transform from a standard ballpoint, into a bonafide fountain pen, into a touchscreen stylus, and back again. And, yes, it comes with all of the accessories to make that happen and then some. On top of that, it boasts an interchangeable cap system, includes nine refillable ink cartridges, and has a sturdy and reliable screw-top closure. If you want a pocket-friendly writing utensil that can serve a staggering number of purposes, this is the pen for you.

Material: Brass
Ink: Includes 9 Refillable Cartridges
Deployment: Screw-On Cap

Purchase: $

Benchmade Series Tactical Pen

For some folks, durability and toughness of gear are paramount to whether they are worth carrying. For those folks, the Benchmade Series Tactical Pen is pretty unbeatable. Crafted by one of the best knife-making brands around, this extremely tough writing utensil is built from your choice of anodized aluminum, titanium, stainless steel, or Damascus steel &#; aluminum in the case of the pen you see here. It also boasts ergonomic knurling, a click-on cap, compatibility with Fisher Space Pen pressurized cartridges, and has a self-defense kubaton tip on the tail end for personal protection in a pinch. Best of all, it&#;s guaranteed for life.

Material: Aluminum
Ink: Fisher Pressurized Cartridge
Deployment: Click-On Cap

Purchase: $

Tactile Turn Zirconium Bolt Action Short Pen

Tactile Turn&#;s Bolt Action Pen is most certainly one of the best offerings in the brand&#;s catalog. But the shorter edition is all the more carry-friendly, boasting a length of just &#; in total &#; making it perfect for stashing in your pocket. This particular one also boasts an ultra-elite zirconium construction, it was made in the USA, and it&#;s compatible with all Parker-style refills. Buy this EDC pen and you&#;ll never need another one again.

Material: Zirconium
Ink: Parker Ballpoint
Deployment: Bolt-Action

Purchase: $

Fellhoelter Zirconium TiBolt Pen

Ask those in the know what company makes the absolute best, bar none, everyday carry writing utensils and there&#;s a near-guarantee that you&#;ll hear the name Fellhoelter uttered more than once. And the TiBolt pen, the brand&#;s flagship gives a bit of insight as to why they&#;re so lauded and sought-after. Boasting clean lines, this USA-made precision-machined bolt-action pen is built from ultra-tough zirconium-finished titanium, has a buttery-smooth deployment mechanism, is compatible with Schmidt Easy Flow ink cartridges, and will likely outlast you and keep right on trucking.

Material: Zirconium-Finished Titanium
Ink: Schmidt EasyFlow
Deployment: Bolt-Action

Purchase: $

The 15 Best Tactical Pens

For those who need something that can stand up to the punishment of the battlefield, these EDC pens might not make the cut. But all of our picks for the best tactical pens can take an insane amount of punishment.

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10 Best EDC Pens to Carry in

Have you been looking for a new pen for your everyday carry? Read on to see our top picks.

Best EDC pens to carry

“Phone, wallet, keys&#;” How many times a day do you pat your packets to make sure you’re carrying “the essentials?” Consider adding a small pen to your everyday carry. 

While you may not use it as frequently as these other three common EDC essentials, carrying a pen helps you to be self-sufficient&#; never again will you have to ask for something to write with. 

Quick Take

Short on time? Here are our top picks for the best small pens for your everyday carry: 

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Types of EDC Pens

When you’re choosing a pen for your everyday carry, first you have to decide what type of pen you want. 

The three broad categories are ballpoints, rollerballs, and fountain pens. 

Ballpoints are by far the most ubiquitous. That’s because they are reliable, durable, and cheap. If you’re looking for an EDC pen and you don’t want to have to think about ink bleeding, ink staining your clothes, or pen maintenance&#; ballpoints are your best bet.  

Rollerballs are pens that use ball points but use water-based or gelled ink. These pens are almost as reliable as ballpoints. Some people prefer rollerballs for their smooth writing and vivid colors. 

Unlike ballpoints and rollerballs, fountain pens have a learning curve. They are more prone to leak, are more expensive, and are generally more fragile. 

You’re probably asking, “If that’s true, why would anyone want to carry a fountain pen?” 

Fountain pens have their own personality, can last for more than a century (if you don’t lose them), and can enhance the appearance of the user’s handwriting. If you’re someone who likes to tinker, or is passionate about penmanship, try a fountain pen&#; you’ll probably love it. 

Once you choose the perfect EDC pen for you, think about getting a pocket notebook so you always have paper to write on. 

How to Choose a EDC Pen

When you&#;re in the market for an EDC pen, look for something small that will easily fit in your pockets. You want a pen that doesn’t leak, looks professional, and is relatively inexpensive. 

10 Small EDC Pens to Carry in

Here they are, organized by type (ballpoint, rollerball, fountain pen).

Zebra F Compact Ballpoint Retractable Pen

Among the thousands of choices for cheap ballpoints, the Zebra F Compact stands above the crowd. 

Zebra F Compact Ballpoint Stainless Steel Retractable Pen Fine Point mm Black Ink 2 Count

For well under 10 dollars, the F is of surprisingly high quality. Made with steel and heavy-duty plastic components, this pen is collapsible to allow for easy carry. It also has a fine, smooth, ballpoint tip.

Choosing the Zebra F is a no-brainer for people who want a cheap and reliable compact pen.

Parker Jotter Ballpoint Pen

A classic case of “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” the Parker Jotter hasn’t changed much since it was initially released in Today, the stainless steel model is the most popular, however Jotters come in a variety of finishes and colors.

Parker Jotter Ballpoint Pen Stainless Steel with Chrome Trim Medium Point Blue Ink Gift Box

While the Parker Jotter looks professional, is inexpensive, and is extremely durable, it’s not the best writing pen on the market. The ink feels cheap and sometimes lays out unevenly on the page. That said, the Jotter gets the job done.

If you are looking for a cheap, refillable, classically designed ballpoint pen for your EDC, the Parker Jotter may be for you. 

Cross Classic Century Lustrous Chrome Ballpoint Pen

Another metal-bodied ballpoint pen, the Cross Classic Century, is a step up from the Parker Jotter. This smooth writer comes with a lifetime mechanical warranty.

Cross Classic Century Lustrous Chrome Ballpoint Pen Model Number

With its mid-century modern design, this chrome Cross pen will definitely help you stand out from the crowd. This isn’t a pen you’ll want to lend to your coworkers…

Sharpie Fine Point Pen

The Sharpie Fine Point Pen has a felt tip. If you’ve never written with a felt-tipped pen you should try it out. If you’re used to writing with a ballpoint or rollerball, using this Sharpie pen will seem unusual at first. As you might imagine, writing with this pen kind of feels like writing with a marker. 

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If you tend to press down hard when you write, you might want to pass on this pen. The delicate tip can easily be damaged.

If you’re looking to switch up your writing experience but don’t want to spend a lot of money, try the Sharpie Fine Point Pen. 

Pilot G2 Rolling Ball Gel Pen

The quintessential roller ball pen, the Pilot G2 comes in 4 tip sizes and 27 color options. G2’s are widely available “workhorse pens.” They write a consistent line and, although disposable, last a long time. 

PILOT G2 Premium Refillable Retractable Rolling Ball Gel Pens Fine Point Blue Ink 12 Count

Be aware that this pen, like most other “click” pens, may stain your clothes more easily than other types of pens. Since the springs of “click” pens are engaged so easily, the pen tip can come out when you don’t expect it. This can be a problem, especially if you carry click pens in your front pants pocket. 

Unless you&#;re worried about stains, if you’re looking for a reliable, no frills EDC rollerball pen the Pilot G2 might be for you.     

Uni-Ball Vision Elite Rollerball Pen

The Uni-Ball Vision Elite is another fantastic, inexpensive rollerball pen. Unlike the Pilot G-2, this pen snaps shut, making it a “safer” choice for your EDC. This pen has a crosshatch patterned grip that helps you write comfortably for extended periods of time. 

Uni Ball Vision Elite Rollerball Pens Micro Point mm Black 12 Count

While many rollerballs and fountain pens are prone to leak on flights due to changes in cabin pressure, Uni-Ball states that this pen contains “airplane-safe ink.” While I enjoy writing with this pen, I haven’t personally tested this claim.  

Very durable and long-lasting, the Uni-Ball Vision Elite is perhaps the best disposable rollerball there is. 

J. Herbin Refillable Rollerball Pen

The J. Herbin Refillable Rollerball Pen is a great choice for those who think that they would like to experiment with different kinds of inks. 

J. Herbin Refillable Rollerball Pen

Like many modern fountain pens, this rollerball takes ink cartridges that you can easily pop in. J. Herbin has a large selection of ink cartridges to choose from, as do many fountain pen manufacturers. 

Buying cartridges can get expensive fast. You might consider buying an ink converter and using bottled ink as a more economical, and environmentally friendly option. 

Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen

The Kaweco Classic Sport is a great choice for an EDC fountain pen. Its small size makes it easy to fit in your pocket and its robust construction helps it be able to withstand a beating. 

Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen Black M 0 9mm

Like the J. Herbin rollerball, this pen takes cartridges or can be outfitted with an ink converter. 

With a black barrel and brass accents, this is one snazzy-looking pen.

Lamy Al Star Fountain Pen

The Lamy Al Star Fountain Pen is another good choice for people new to fountain pens. Lamy pens have a very distinct look and are available in vivid colors. 

Lamy Al Star Fountain Pen Ocean Blue Fine

Lamy nibs (tips) are very forgiving to people unfamiliar with writing with fountain pens. 

The Al Star has a heavy-duty clip and lightweight, yet tough construction. With a steel nib and ergonomically shaped grip, it’s comfortable to use. Lamy even offers left-handed Al Stars specially designed for all you southpaws out there.

 TWSBI Diamond Mini Fountain Pen

With it’s transparent body, the TWSBI Diamond Mini Fountain Pen definitely looks unusual.

TWSBI Diamond Mini Clear Fountain Pen M nib

Not only can you see the inner workings of this “demonstrator” pen, you can also see what color of ink you’re packing (and this pen holds a lot of ink!).

Coming in under 5 ½ inches, this pen is compact. The TWSBI Diamond Mini is for people looking for a high quality fountain pen that can go with them almost anywhere.

Final Thoughts

From signing an important contract to jotting down new ideas, even in today’s digital world, the pen remains an important tool. 

Consider adding a pen to your everyday carry. You never know when it might come in handy!

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"Do you have a pen?"

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