If you are looking for a pen to carry around with you, you want something tough, stylish, versatile, and affordable. You want a pen that’s a tough as your worst day. That’s an “EDC” or everyday carry pen.
Back in 2017 I shot this video about my top everyday carry pens:
I think I got a lot right and a lot of what I said is still true, but now it’s 2019 and we’ll all older and wiser (hopefully), including about our equipment. At the time I was really into heavier pens many of which were machined out of big chunks of metal. This suited me at the time, but after using them for years I realized a few things: they are expensive, it’s gut-wrenching to drop one (and worse to lose one), and they just aren’t that practical.
While we’re on the subject, the best machined pen ever made is the Maxmadco (video review), but sadly it’s no longer in production.
Best EDC Pens of 2019
So what EDC pens do I recommend now that I’ve tested hundreds of more pens and I’ve largely stepped away from conventional “EDC” pens? My top picks for super practical, relatively affordable, all-metal pens:
- Zebra F-701 (full metal version if possible)
- Zebra F-xmd
- Fisher Space Pen Shuttle Series (CH4)
- Parker Jotter
What about if you don’t care so much about metal, but you value grip? (Maybe you write in the rain, cold or work in a wet environment.) Then check out:
- Tombow Airpress
Want something practical, but a bit more classy?
- Rotring 600
What if you are a student or someone that needs to write a lot each day?
- Rotring Tikky
- Zebra Blen