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Monteverde One Touch Stylus Tool Ballpoint pen review

on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Pocket Gear, Reviews, Tools

I am not much of a pen to paper writer, I use my iPad to write as much as possible. But I do own pens for those occasions when I do need to write something. So, for me to want to review a pen it has to be a little different in either design or Read More…


Levenger’s “old school meets new school” stylus pen

on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News

Larry’s recent go-to gadget discussion of his old Rotring pen reminded me that Levenger has a pen that’s a bit reminiscent of those pens, but they cost much less than some of those old Rotrings on the secondary market.  Turns out that Levenger is having a sell this weekend on their L-Tech Plus Stealth Ballpoint Read More…

INK machined pen

Don’t write that fancy letter without an INK machined pen

on Saturday, December 21st, 2013
Posted in: Crowdfunded, Gear, News

I don’t know why, but I have a fascination with unique or different writing instruments. To be honest, I do not really like writing by hand, and some would say my penmanship is horrendous. But if I had to guess, I would have to say I appreciate what pens and pencils represent. A time when Read More…


Jackpen turns your smartphone into a ballpoint pen

on Sunday, October 27th, 2013
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

We’ve all experienced an “oh crap” moment when we need a pen and there isn’t one to be found. I have a handy solution for you – if you carry a smartphone. It’s the Jackpen. A tiny ballpoint ink pen that stores in the earphone jack of your phone. When you need a pen, you Read More…

Cybernetic Research Labs Tactical Pen-1

The Tactical Pen – a pen James Bond would want

on Friday, March 29th, 2013

  Need a new multi-functional item for your EDC? Then take a look at the Tactical Pen from Cybernetic Research Labs. What makes this pen different from others is the addition of a carbide end-piece that can be used as an emergency glass breaker. The pen is built of several connecting sections, allowing for multiple Read More…


The most affordable 3D “printer”

on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
Posted in: Crowdfunded, Geek Toys, News

Ever wanted to make one of your doodles come to life, just rip it right from the page? That childhood fantasy is shortly going to become a reality. The 3Doodler is up for funding on Kickstarter; it’s a 3D “printing” pen that utilizes the same base ABS plastic used in 3D printers to physically create Read More…


Just Mobile AluPen Pro is at home on paper or tablet

on Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Love writing on paper and on tablet computers?  Then Just Mobile’s AluPen Pro is just what you need.  This aluminum stylus/pen hybrid has a retractable ballpoint pen on one end and a soft rubber nib on the other.  It’s the best of both worlds if you jot notes on classic paper and a modern tablet.  Read More…


E FUN Launches APEN A4 Digital Pen for iPhone and iPad

on Monday, October 10th, 2011

If you haven’t gone fully digital and still takes notes with a pen, you might be interested in the new A4 Digital pen from APEN. Full press release after the jump. It’s a digitizing pen that does not require a special pad of paper. Just clip the receiver to the top of your notepad and Read More…


Are you embarrassed by your Sharpie? Cover it up with a Sherpa Pen Shell

on Saturday, September 24th, 2011
Posted in: Gear, News

Sherpa Pen Shells are thin covers for popular disposable pens like Sharpie, Uni-Ball, Pilot pen and Accent highlighters. They are available in a variety of styles from online retailers such as Paradise Pen for around $30. The main question that comes to mind is why? Would you buy one of these for your favorite cheap Read More…


Smith & Wesson Tactical Survival Pen can do more than write

on Sunday, July 24th, 2011
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

We’ve seen multi-tools before, but how about a multi-tool that happens to be in the form of a pen? The Smith & Wesson Tactical Survival Pen not only writes like a normal ink pen, but it can break glass and start fires. It’s made of Aircraft Aluminum with a screw off top that exposes a Read More…


Ok, who would pay $2k+ for a pen?!?!?

on Thursday, May 5th, 2011
Posted in: Gear, News

Many of you have commented on my pen reviews, as to who would pay $100+ for a ‘ballpoint’ pen. I still believe in many of these cases that you get what you pay for: a finely machined, ultra-durable writing instrument designed to last a lifetime. That said, I was dancing the Net this morning and Read More…


SureFire Pen III Review

on Monday, April 25th, 2011
Posted in: Gear, Reviews

Several years ago, I reviewed SureFire’s Pen I & II and still use them today. I typically have one of these pens with me daily. Due to its size and form factor, the SureFire Pen II is my pen of choice to have with me on my travels. They are both rock solid and have Read More…

Turtle-Turtle Play-01

Would you shell out the cash for these Turtle pens?

By: Andy Simmons
on Thursday, March 31st, 2011
Posted in: Uncategorized

There’s a shared obsession with unique writing instruments here at The Gadgeteer, so it’s sort of a big deal if I can beat my fellow Gadgeteers to posting about a new and different gadgety pen.  Turtle, a new company based out of the UK, has just released their first two contributions to the world of Read More…


Sunshine Products have Mini Pens back in stock

on Sunday, March 27th, 2011
Posted in: Gear, News

Do you carry a full sized pen in your pocket or gear bag, or do you keep a mini pen on your keychain? If you’re looking for a new mini pen, check out these great looking offerings from Sunshine Products USA. They are available in Titanium, Brass, Aluminum or Stainless Steel with your choice of Read More…


BenchMade 1210 Pen Series Review

on Sunday, March 13th, 2011
Posted in: Gear, Reviews

Several years ago, I reviewed the stainless steel BenchMade 1100 pen that I love and continue to use to this day. It is half medieval dagger, half fine writing instrument. The 1100 looks so weapon-like, I am afraid to take it with me through airport security screening; worried that some overeager TSA agent would confiscate Read More…


Uzi Tactical Pen with Handy DNA Harvester

on Saturday, February 19th, 2011
Posted in: Gear, News

Do any of you remember the Johnson Smith Company ads that appeared comic books back in the 70′s? They had tons of cool novelty items that I would drool over, wishing I had money to buy them. I think ThinkGeek is the Johnson Smith Company of the 21st century. These guys always have the most Read More…


Authentics Moleskine Pen Clip Review

on Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
Posted in: Miscellaneous, Reviews

You have a favorite notebook and you have a favorite pen. How do you keep them together in one place? You could duct tape the pen to the cover of your notebook, which isn’t a very elegant solution, or you can get the Pen Clip from Authentics. It’s a much more elegant pen holder for Read More…


Livescribe Announces the Echo Pen

on Monday, July 19th, 2010
Posted in: Gear

One of my favorite technology tools, the Livescribe Pen, is getting an upgrade. Livescribe announced the release of the Echo pen. This seems to address almost every criticism I have had for this most useful tool. It comes in a 4 and 8 GB version.


Metal Pen from Grand Illusions

on Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
Posted in: Gear, News

Grand Illusions offers a pen with an 8 cm-long stainless steel body and no ink supply.  There’s no need for ink because the pen writes with a soft metal alloy nib that’s been sharpened into a “pencil point” shape.  The metal pen is inspired by Medieval writing implements that also used metal nibs to draw on specially coated paper.  The Read More…


Freeform Zip Pen – wearable ink pen

on Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
Posted in: Uncategorized

The Zip Pen is a compact 0.5 mm point pen that is worn on the middle finger of your writing hand so you always have a pen ready while you type on your computer, read your mail or are on the phone. They can be found at Office Depot for $2.99.


SureFire’s (Nearly Indestructible) Pens Review

on Friday, May 15th, 2009
Posted in: Gear

To be honest, before I reviewed the KROMA and U2 Ultra LED Flashlights I had never heard of SureFire. But after using several of their extremely well made flashlights, I have come to further realize that (99% of the time) you get what you pay for. Last year SureFire introduced their first Pen, the EWP-01, Read More…


HawkPen Lighted Magnifier Ink Pen

on Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
Posted in: Uncategorized

The HawkPen is a regular ink pen, but it also has a 3x LED lighted magnifier built into the barrel.


SureFire Pen II

on Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
Posted in: Uncategorized

SureFire is normally known for their high quality flashlights, but they also offer a nice looking pen. It has a hard-anodized aerospace-grade aluminum body with a stainless steel clip and tip. It uses Schmidt® Technology easyFLOW 9000 ink cartridges. The Blue version looks pretty snazzy, but the $90 price tag knocks it out of the Read More…