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Looking for a Pen

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by Dorkus Buttwhistle, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. Dorkus Buttwhistle

    Dorkus Buttwhistle

    Jun 18, 2017
    Hi, I'm looking for a pen, and I was hoping you guys could help. I looked around a bit and didn't see what I was after. I normally carry a knife with a clip in my right pocket, and I've been carrying a pen with a clip on my left pocket. The clips on the pens I normally have (whatever is in the supply cabinet at work) tend to be weak plastic and break off or bend easily on clothing, seatbelts, etc. The pens I've found so far that seem reasonably tough look kinda tactical and stabby (Hinderer, Boker come to mind), which is ok, but not my thing. Any ideas?
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  2. SVTFreak

    SVTFreak Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 8, 2011
    Stick a fisher bullet pen in your pocket. Or in a hitch and timber card caddy with your SAK
  3. M67

    M67 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Staying tuned, been looking into a Tuff Writer or Fellenholter mainly. My reasons are I'm tired of freaking ink stains on my closes, when I sit in the truck sometimes the damn clicky black works too easy and lets the tip poke out
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2018
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  4. Planterz

    Planterz Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    Nice username.:p

    I don't know if this is relevant to you, but last year I tried about a half-dozen different plastic clicky 0.5mm gel ink pens to replace the Pilot G2s that I've been using. I had the same problem - the clip would snap off far too easily. I tried a couple Zebras, a Uniball, and a couple Pentel. The Zebra Sarasa was mediocre, but stronger than the Pilot G2. The Zebra Sarasa Clip (0.4mm) is garbage - it has a spring loaded clip that is too fragile and really sucks. The Uniball is OK, better than the Zebra Sarasa, but the 0.38mm tip is too pointy to write smoothly. The winner is the Pentel Energel. The plain, cheaper one. There's a "fancier" one, but it sucks because the body will split at the threads. It also has a needle tip, which I like, and it writes great. It's plastic, boring, and has the strongest clip I've found on an inexpensive plastic gel pen.

    It's the one up front in this pic (not my pic, found it on the web).


    The middle one is the one that's crap. The one behind is metal bodied. I have one somewhere, and it's definitely nicer than the other 2 (but not expensive feeling). I haven't used that one much, because I prefer the lighter weight of the plastic one when it comes to a gel pen. I do like a heavier one if it's a ballpoint though.

    I bought an "Everyman" pen, and while it's well made it does NOT fit the Pilot G2 in refills like advertised.:mad:
  5. Neko2

    Neko2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 18, 2003
    Fisher space pen AG7
    Parker Jotter

    Both are all metal with a strong clip and a good warranty. The Fisher is pretty reliable on where it will mark as well.
  6. mqqn

    mqqn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    I carry a tactical ZT pen daily, however before I carried this one, I carried, and still use at work, a Retro 51 Tornado.

    It is a completely metal pen, twisty, and takes fisher refills.

    They are found on the big-river shopping site, among many others for around $20, depending on the finish desired.

    The following picture is not mine - I do not believe any sponsored dealers carry them, but it wouldn't hurt to look around.



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  7. drj211

    drj211 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Agreed on the Retro 51 Tornado. I’ve had one for many years and it’s been excellent. They also make a stubby version that’s about half the size, fits great in a pocket!
  8. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    The Fisher Bullet pen, just dropped in a pocket loose.

    They have versions with clips and rings too if you like that.
  9. Venice

    Venice Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2017
    I have the Fellhoelter Tibolt. It is very substantial and I love it. Comes with a Schmidt Easy flo 9000 which I also love. The craftsmanship is incredible. There is only one problem; they are virtually impossible to find. I got mine about a year ago by nagging the crap out of Brian's wife. She able to snag one from a limited run for me. Too bad because I think he could sell all he could make. His real focus is knives.
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  10. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    This might be too tactical looking for you but I've been using one just like it daily at the workplace for a little over 4 years and I've been very pleased with it. I use Schmidt Easy Flow refills and I'm very pleased with those too. It also takes Fisher refills but I like the Schmidts better.

    When I use the clip I clip the pen to my shirt pocket and I usually don't have a problem with it catching on things. Because of that I cannot accurately comment on the durability of the clip but it seems plenty durable and the screws have never come loose on me.

    It's a short fat pen at about 4 1/4 inches long which is what attracted me to it in the first place.

  11. Roamad


    Feb 1, 2016
    Try a Parker Jotter. A true classic available in an all-stainless body. Takes a Fisher Space Pen refill if you wish. Metal pocket cilp is on the slim side, but mine has held up great.
  12. Dorkus Buttwhistle

    Dorkus Buttwhistle

    Jun 18, 2017
    Awesome, thanks for the replies. Looks like I might grab a Fisher space pen for now, I didn't realize they were relatively inexpensive. Also I like how in the closed position it looks snag free and non-pokey in my pocket.
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  13. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I carry a classic polished chrome CROSS pen.
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  14. Neko2

    Neko2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 18, 2003
    Look up the telescoping space pen too. It's aluminum and wears much better in a pocket with coins and keys than the chrome or black ones do.
  15. Helacious Blades

    Helacious Blades Helacious

    Jun 15, 2017
  16. Dorkus Buttwhistle

    Dorkus Buttwhistle

    Jun 18, 2017
    I am a Benchmade fan, there's an 810 in my pocket right now. That's a little spendy, as Benchmade tends to be, but I will have to keep it in mind. There are several cool pens I didn't know about that were brought up in this thread. I hope I don't end up with as many pens as I have knives...
  17. Helacious Blades

    Helacious Blades Helacious

    Jun 15, 2017
    A new collection is born!!
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  18. Eagle Scout

    Eagle Scout

    Mar 10, 2010
    The OP asked for a clipped pen for pocket carry, and I respect that. Consider this option to consolidate and free up space...

    TEC PicoPen stitched into the fold of your wallet. A pen is usually needed signing a receipt or conducting other business that already involves having the wallet deployed. The brass version is a good color match to khaki - if that matters.

    Wallet Pen.jpg
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