- Buyer's Guide
Our 13 Favorite Pens for EDC
A useful tool. An expression of your personality and tastes. A means of securing important information or letting your creativity loose. While an EDC pen means different things to different people, there’s no denying it’s a handy item to have in your daily carry. But with such a diverse range of pens to choose from, it can be tricky to pick one that suits your writing needs, budget, and aesthetic preferences. So we’ve rounded up our 13 favorite pens for EDC to help you jot down some inspiration…
Pilot Hi-Tec-C 0.3mm ($3.30)
This inexpensive gel pen features bleed-resistant ink in a range of colors. The fine tip allows for precise writing, while the pocket clip helps keep it securely in place on the go.
Zebra Sarasa Clip (5 pack, $5.42)
This push-button pen features a clip for easy portability and a rubber grip for user comfort. The ballpoint pen uses quick-drying gel ink that provides a smooth writing experience, with a clear barrel that allows you to see the ink level.
Zebra F-701 ($4.63)
Proving that solid construction and good looks don’t have to be expensive, this retractable ballpoint is crafted from stainless steel, won’t break the bank, and suits a range of environments. It features a pocket clip and knurled grip, and brings durable and understated elegance to your EDC.
Uni-ball Jetstream (3 pack, $6.74)
Attractive and affordable, the Uni-ball Jetstream is a retractable ballpoint with fast-drying, fade-resistant and water-resistant ink. With limited risk of smudging, left-handed users may find this pen particularly appealing. The pen includes an embossed grip for easy use, and comes in a choice of ink colors.
Sharpie Pen Fine Point (4 pack, $5.97)
The fine point of the Sharpie Pen offers precise, controlled writing. Partnering the pen is water-resistant ink designed to avoid bleeding, fading and smearing. The pen comes in a variety of ink colors as well as other tips and barrels to suit personal needs and preferences.
Fisher Space Pen Bullet With Clip ($24.00)
The Bullet Pen handles a variety of challenging writing environments with ease. Able to write at any angle, under water, and in extreme temperatures, this is a versatile tool that adapts to changing conditions and includes a removable clip.
LAMY Pico ($28.55)
The pocket-friendly Pico expands to a ballpoint pen with the simple press of a finger, and reverts back to its smaller size with another press. This innovative design makes the pen easily portable but also comfortable during use.
LAMY Safari ($35.99)
This stylish fountain pen comes in a choice of ink colors, and is available with a range of nibs. The body is constructed from durable ABS plastic and a pocket clip is included.
Constructed with aerospace grade 6061 aluminum, this sleek and lightweight pen includes a titanium pocket clip and a silicone stylus tip. It also comes with a screw-on flat back plug and accepts a wide variety of refills.
TWSBI Diamond 580 ($50.00)
This eye-catching fountain pen combines modern aesthetics with a piston ink-filling system. The pen includes a pocket clip and a clear and faceted barrel to stop it rolling when laid down. All parts are detachable for user maintenance, and it comes in a choice of stainless steel nibs.
Tactile Turn Slider & Glider ($59-$299)
This is our one ‘hunch’ selection (being that it’s still in Kickstarter mode). We loved Tactile Turn’s Gist Fountain Pen and these Sliders and Gliders look like the next level of progression. These are sure to appeal to users looking for a pen that is both attractive to look at and satisfying to use. Out of the two pens, the Slider is slightly shorter and includes a Schmidt Easy Flow 9000 medium point with black ink. The Glider includes a black ink 0.38mm Pilot G2 refill. Both pens incorporate an appealing bolt action and come in a variety of metal choices. And oh so sleek!
CountyComm Embassy Pen ($79-$299)
Handsome, durable and dependable, the Embassy Pen offers the benefits of a statement piece with everyday functionality. The machined knurled grip improves ease of use, while the stainless steel clip keeps it secure in your pocket or bag. The pen comes with a black medium SPR4 pressurized Fisher Space Pen refill and is available in copper, brass and stainless steel versions.
Prometheus Writes Alpha Pen ($155-$275)
The Alpha Pen combines a striking design with quality materials and top-notch construction. Machined in the USA, the pen is available in different finishes and can be custom engraved for a personal touch.