If there's a man who knows how to strip something down to its bare necessities while keeping it strong enough to withstand daily stressors, it'd be a soldier. And that's exactly what a former paratrooper and infantryman did with the EDCpen. The American-made everyday carry pens are of minimalist design — no clip, no snags — and CNC machined from a singular block of aluminum, stainless steel, or brass. An ultra-reliable Fisher SpacePen ink cartridge is then held in place by a stainless steel or brass setscrew, meaning it's not going anyway. All in all this is one tough pen. They started at $35, but early bird and first runs are out; however, slightly more expensive second runs (January) and combo deals (December) are still available.