From an EDC pen perspective, Ian Schon of SchonDSGN created one of my favorites a few years ago which he launched under a Kickstarter campaign called The Pen Project. Small, reliable, and perfectly pocketable.
I've had the opportunity to review the pen on a few different occasions in both aluminum and titanium, but Ian recently released two new materials: bronze and brass.
Needless to say, I was pretty pumped when he offered to send me a brass version for review.
For a recap of the overall pen design, it is a small, clipless pen that takes the versatile Fisher Space Pen refill. A pen that writes in heat, under water, in the rain, in space... great for all of your writing situations. Granted, it is a ballpoint which may not be everyone's preferred, but still great for a pen to toss in your pocket or bag to take anywhere.
The pen is a simple, cylinder shape, but a somewhat unique element is the threaded design on the end. Once uncapped, the pen is too short to write with (unless you have really tiny hands) and the threaded end allows you to post the cap and extend the pen to a normal writing length.
Continuing on that thread, the brass material is weighty. Coming in at 3 oz, it is a hefty pen. Personally, I enjoy the added weight, but required posting for normal writing does make it a slight on the top heavy side. Not unbearably top heavy, but noticeable.
The pen came polished to an almost machined golden finish, but has acquired a nice patina over the weeks I've been using it. Like any brass pen, it will start to "age" with use.
Another thing I love about this pen is that has several ties to small business. Ian, the designer, and a small machine shop in Massachusetts that does all of his work for him. The products may be a slight bit pricier being made in the USA, but I love supporting small business and have bought several of Ian's pens including his Titanium version. Excellent stuff.
Personally, I think that every EDC (or pen) person should own at least one of Ian's products...
Please take some time to look over his wares at his SchonDSGN website and make sure to keep up with him on Instagram.
AND, A GIVEAWAY!
Now, to sweeten the deal for the review, Ian has provided me with another brass pen to giveaway to a reader of The Clicky Post which is extremely generous. Thanks so much Ian!
CONTEST/GIVEAWAY RULES (the "fine print"):
- Contest will run through Wednesday, June 24th and will end at 11:59pm Arizona Time, USA
- To enter, leave a comment below about something you carry every day with you. Could be anything! One entry per person; no cheating!
- I will arrange the entries in numerical order and randomly select a winner. The winner will be announced on the blog on Thursday, June 25th and will need to connect with me within a week to claim their prize.
Open to both domestic and international!