(photos: Best Made) Cleo Skribent Messograf Caliper Pen | US$28.00 | www.cleo-skribent.de
to call the Cleo Skribent Messograf Caliper Pen just a pen is a huge under statement. however, you’d be wrong to think that it is a dual purpose pen because it has more than two functions. apart from the obvious functions as a writing instrument and vernier caliper, it is also a ruler, a thread scale and a tire tread gauge. handmade in Germany by specialty pen maker Cleo Skribent, the pen is not only functional but also quite a sight to behold, all thanks to the quality-obsessed craftsmanship and its chromium-plated brass. Continue reading Cleo Skribent Messograf Caliper Pen
(photos: Boker) Boker Bolt Action Tactical Pen | US$49.99 | www.boker.de
when English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton coined “the pen is mightier than the sword” back in the 17th century, we are pretty sure those words did not hold literal meaning. it might not even be literal even if the Boker Bolt Action Tactical Pen was in existence when he was penning that particular play but we don’t really care. all we know is this hard anodized milled aluminum pen is as cool as its namesake and it has an awesomely cool bolt action mechanism for clicking open and close the pen. contrary to its name, it is as harmless as a pen can be and works like what a pen should (and hey, it even has an integrated clip like any other pen!) but with a whole lot of attitude. Continue reading Bolt Action Tactical Pen
(photos: Gustav Innovation) Gustav Innovation Slända Pen | US$30.00 | www.gustavinnovation.com
like many things in life, basic writing instrument such as a pen hardly needs any need new innovation, well, except may be for the ink it uses. however, if picking up a pen from the desk proves to be a chore to you, then perhaps the Slända pen by Gustav Innovation might be of an interest to you. in fact, it should be an interest to you. first off, it doesn’t look anything like a conventional pen (yes, it is a pen). secondly, it will not lie flat on the desk and risk rolling off the table. the Slända pen sits elegantly at an angle, much like a resting dragonfly, on your desk. so you can say goodbye to rolling pen, to picking up a pen flat from the desk surface and to a certain extend, say bye to your pen holder altogether. Continue reading Gustav Innovation Slända Pen
Moleskine LEGO Limited Edition Notebooks | from US$16.95 | www.moleskine.com
even in this digital age, it is still a herculean task trying to go paperless (we should know better). there is just something about the good old pen (or pencil) and paper combination that draws us – so much so that no amount of notebook apps available today or whatsoever could derailed us from our love for the traditional medium. it could be the sense of accomplishment or the flexibility of writing or doodling on a notebook that has us hooked and we thank the people who invented them. however, toting around a little black book might not make the statement about who you are and hence, these Moleskine LEGO Limited Edition Notebooks should let everyone know that besides writing in real ink, you are also a huge brick fan. Continue reading Moleskine LEGO Limited Edition Notebooks
(photos: Rob Southcott) Urbandrift Desk Organizer by Rob Southcott | US$tba | www.robsouthcott.com
they say a pen is mightier than the sword but in the case of Rob Southcott’s Urban Drift Desk Organizer, the pen is mightier than the city skyscraper. Southcott’s unique desk organizer bears a close resemblance to a typical urban city skyline and the variation of spacing between the skyscrapers presents an opportunity for user to store objects of different sizes in between them. in short, it can hold a broad range of items including pens, envelopes and even your smartphone. if you are residing in an outback region, the Urbandrift Desk Organizer by Rob Southcott will reminds you the big city life that you have longed for and if you already dwells in one, it also serves as a reminder that congested city skyscrapers are Continue reading Urbandrift Desk Organizer by Rob Southcott
(photos: TravelTeq) TravelTeq Leather Pencil Holder | €65.00 | www.travelteq.com
great artists draw their inspiration from anywhere and thus, they tote their tools of their trade along with them anywhere they go. if you are one style-conscious, traveling artist, you probably don’t want to be spotted with a dull looking pencil case but instead, a cool and classy Leather Pencil Holder like this one from TravelTeq should be a necessity. handcrafted from Florentine Vacchetta leather in Italy to fit up to 19 pencils and rolls up into neat package that will look good both on your studio’s desk and in the wilderness. as a deal-sealer, TravelTeq has included some high quality Sakura color pencils from Bruynzeel to start you off. of course, you can always slot in your pencils of your choice if you desire. the TravelTeq Leather Pencil Holder retails for €65 (about US$85). larger views awaits after the break. Continue reading TravelTeq Leather Pencil Holder
(credit: Suck UK) Suck UK Sharpener Desk Tidy | from £15.00 | www.suck.uk.com
in the age of mechanical pencils, we almost forgot there was once a thing called pencil sharpener that sharpens our trusty pencils. let’s just say that era has gone along with the time where once Woodstock had so many hippies going gaga about and inspired so many wannabes. like the good hippie’s old Volkswagen Bus, it is worth bringing back those memory – even if it means in its non-functional form – like this giant pencil sharpener here. it won’t sharpen your oversized pencils (if you have any) or do anything remotely close it’s original product but its size allows you to organize your pens, pencils or whatever, making them looking tidy and sharp on your desk. hey, it still sharpens but in a different way. Continue reading Suck UK Sharpener Desk Tidy makes your desk looks sharp
(credit: Caran d’Ache) Caran d’Ache Balaji Diamond and Gold Edition writing instruments | US$PoA | www.carandache.ch
when you have huge pockets, it often gives you the chance to own uniquely different and sometimes exquisite products like these pair of limited edition Caran d’Ache Balaji Diamond and Gold Edition writing instruments. as part of Caran d’Ache Balaji Diamond and Gold Edition writing instruments‘s Artiste Collection, which includes religious figures such as Buddha, Ganesh and Shiva, these pair is dedicated to the figure of Balaji. these writing instruments carry the image of the Hindu God on its external cages that extends to cover its clip. Continue reading Caran d’Ache Balaji Diamond and Gold Edition writing instruments
Dunhill Sentryman Explorer | US$5,000 | www.dunhill.com
this is the first time we are featuring a writing instrument, an expensive one too. this limited edition writing instrument from Dunhill, dubbed Sentryman Explorer, is a fountain pen with an interchangeable ballpoint forepart.
it isn’t a explorer pen if it doesn’t do something else other then writing. the Sentryman Explorer can light a fire and it really does. no, it’s not a lighter but rather, an artificial flint in the barrel creates a spark when struck against the magnesium material around the cap button, allowing you to light a fire in the cold Antarctica plains.
if you happen to drop your 5,000 bucks anodized aluminum pen in the cold dark night, do not panic. the luminous cap ring enables the pen to be easily be found in the darkness. very sweet but the price is… ouch.