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    Which did you get? I got the DLC version and I love it. Very compact, secure clip, nice click action, and the coating is very grippy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nbp View Post
    Which did you get? I got the DLC version and I love it. Very compact, secure clip, nice click action, and the coating is very grippy!
    Raw machined finish. I was very tempted to try the DLC finish.
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    I also got a Ti Click EDC and I was also tempted to try the DLC finish. But y'know, as long as this pen is going to last, I don't want it to look ratty after a few years because of chipped DLC.

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    I think all the finishes looked awesome to be honest. I almost got the stonewashed but went with DLC. I donít think this coating will chip. It may wear through if it rubs continuously on a spot with something abrasive but certainly not flake off. I think the only way you could get what might look like a chip is to deform the base metal by an impact. I have a Ti Citizen watch with a similar black coating on and over the years it has held up very well. The only place it looks somewhat worn is on the underside of the band where it rubs against things like tabletops. That said, I donít think you can go wrong with any of the finishes offered.

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    Anyone have a "Artistry in Titanium," pen? Works of art. I have S.T., DuPont, Mount Blanc, and a Hinderer Ti. Kubaton pen. However the only pens allowed around our homes and my studio complex and tower, are Sharpies of any type, Parker Jotters, and USA made wood pencils. Any other Pen, or worse, a promotional pen are in the trash, broken in half!!

    I also have a 1920s Parker Big Red, I guess that is what they are called? My dear friend in the 5th grade gave it to me, along with a 14k gold Cross, and a olive green Parker Jotter in 1969. All in my vault deep below our studio campus.

    Really, look at AIT, they are something to see. And the beads he makes....

    Really, if you want a tactical pen, go with the Hinderer Titanium Kubaton Pen, modular beyond belief, and backed by a guy who stands behind his warranty, not like some of the people out there!! Or, an Artisry in Titanium!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedLED View Post
    Anyone have a "Artistry in Titanium," pen? Works of art. I have S.T., DuPont, Mount Blanc, and a Hinderer Ti. Kubaton pen. However the only pens allowed around our homes and my studio complex and tower, are Sharpies of any type, Parker Jotters, and USA made wood pencils. Any other Pen, or worse, a promotional pen are in the trash, broken in half!!

    I also have a 1920s Parker Big Red, I guess that is what they are called? My dear friend in the 5th grade gave it to me, along with a 14k gold Cross, and a olive green Parker Jotter in 1969. All in my vault deep below our studio campus.

    Really, look at AIT, they are something to see. And the beads he makes....

    Really, if you want a tactical pen, go with the Hinderer Titanium Kubaton Pen, modular beyond belief, and backed by a guy who stands behind his warranty, not like some of the people out there!! Or, an Artisry in Titanium!!!
    Early in 2018, got bit hard by the pen bug. My Classic pens 22nd Anniversary numbered limited Edition came in awhile back. Oh those sweet Sailor 21k gold nibs.... #84 out of 88 is mine.

    Also have a very early Sheaffer White Dot with numbered Lifetime nib from the 1920s. Though ironically for writing comfort, I like my Diamond Standard 1920s fountain pen. A 2nd tier brand. But amazingly comfortable in hand. Not too expensive. Superior condition. The Sheaffer too. Only both show a bit of discoloration. Though that's normal. And that Sheaffer Lifetime nib absolutely stands up to it's reputation and branding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedLED View Post
    Anyone have a "Artistry in Titanium," pen? Works of art. I have S.T., DuPont, Mount Blanc, and a Hinderer Ti. Kubaton pen. However the only pens allowed around our homes and my studio complex and tower, are Sharpies of any type, Parker Jotters, and USA made wood pencils. Any other Pen, or worse, a promotional pen are in the trash, broken in half!!
    ...why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fyrstormer View Post
    I also got a Ti Click EDC and I was also tempted to try the DLC finish. But y'know, as long as this pen is going to last, I don't want it to look ratty after a few years because of chipped DLC.
    Damn. I'm going to regret coming back to this thread.
    Already have 3 pens from Big Idea Design, and while I dismissed the new model it is starting to look more interesting.

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    I'm using a Tactile Turn "Mover" with a pilot juice 0.5mm refill at the moment.

    Love how smooth it is. They just released a mechanical pencil too, which is very nice and matches the "Mover" very nicely.

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    My B2P hosts with Precise v5 refills continue to be awesome. A fellow I work with did the same thing (although he had to buy the pens off Amazon...they are suddenly hard to find around here for some reason).

    Some of my colors are running low on ink. I'll probably have to refill them with black or blue unless I can find some more Precise RT pens on clearance soon. I don't think I've ever seen the other color refills available without buying the whole pen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schuster View Post
    Damn. I'm going to regret coming back to this thread.
    Already have 3 pens from Big Idea Design, and while I dismissed the new model it is starting to look more interesting.
    As nice as the fitment mechanism is in the screw-cap pen, I can't deny the convenience of a clicky pen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fyrstormer View Post
    As nice as the fitment mechanism is in the screw-cap pen, I can't deny the convenience of a clicky pen.
    Well, months have passed and I never ordered the clicky from Big Idea Design. I did play with some very nicely machined Chinese solid brass pens sold on Amazon under brand names like "Copplus" and "Ekloen", but in the end decided that so many of the machined pens were simply too long to fit in my front shirt pocket.

    There has been an exception to that for the last few years, the EDK pen from Karas Kustoms. At barely more than 5 inches and using the popular Parker/Schmidt ballpoint refills it seemed ideal except for that pesky warning on the web site. It stated that the clicky mechanism could wear out if abused and I'm thinking "on a $70 pen? Seriously?"

    Recently Karas has introduced "V2" of their click pens (the Retrakt and EDK). Both feature a redesigned and more durable click mechanism fabricated from stainless steel. The redesign also addresses another (unknown to me) complaint about the original design: the tendency of the two halves of the pen to unscrew in one's pocket. This was fixed by greatly lengthening the threads between the top and bottom halves of the barrel and by adding a "collar" below the threads on the nosepiece which houses an O-ring for added friction.

    As the intrigue of brass had caught me in the last few months, I went for the solid brass EDK V2. It is solid and heavy, fits nicely in my pocket, and has a raw finish that I will never care about getting abraded away like anodized aluminum. The feel on the clicky isn't the greatest but it is perfectly functional. I might just go for the Retrakt (which is engineered for the Pilot G-2 refill) but that's for another message in the future.

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    There are several ďcustomĒ pens that use click mechanisms that wonít hold up under extreme use or a drop landing on that cap.... Surefire is included in that. Porsche design makes some durable and very good quality pens that are cheaper than many customs then you have Microtech Siphon 2 that is cool, pleasant to write with and no parts to wear out plus a lifetime warranty for anything that goes wrong.
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    Anyone have a PK Design Lab "Tactical Pen Executive?" PK gave me one, and it is a fantastic design. A beautifully machined piece of art.
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    G-2


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    Quote Originally Posted by 5S8Zh5 View Post
    G-2

    This is certainly a cheap, very popular and enduring product.

    People seem to have a love-hate relationship with them, though; if you look at the EDC and pen forums where are a lot of equivocal comments:

    The 0.38 and 0.5mm tip are far too scratchy
    The 0.7 and 1.0 mm tips tend to feather, blob, and dry too slowly to be useful especially for left-handed writers.
    Quality control has slipped and is very uneven with some DOA out of the box; others quitting long before the ink supply has been exhausted.

    I do use them enough to be considering a machined pen which uses the G-2 refills, but I understand the "what's the hype" comments, too.

    It's also been said that the Pilot "Juice" pens use a refill in the same form factor, but with an improved ink that many find preferable on direct comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schuster View Post
    The 0.38 and 0.5mm tip are far too scratchy
    The 0.7 and 1.0 mm tips tend to feather, blob, and dry too slowly to be useful especially for left-handed writers.
    Quality control has slipped and is very uneven with some DOA out of the box; others quitting long before the ink supply has been exhausted...
    I buy them by the box and dread of getting a bad batch. Knock on wood - so far so good. I always have a 0.38 handy for my food log - Hobonichi 2019 with Tomoe River paper, which is a great fountain pen paper, but works well with G-2. 0.5 is a good line, and I have 0.7 & 1.0 around, in fact I use the 1.0 black for writing checks (anyone remember those lol) to pay the bills. I've not experience scratchy writing on any paper, from backs of envelopes to Field Notes notebooks. Right now I'm EDC'ng a Goulet passport sized graph, and it's more than half way filled in.

    I tried various Zebra Pen Sarasa pens and while still new they fade with long writing - not that long either. Pilot G-2s never do that, and I never say never. These were single pen purchases and I'll not be buying any more.

    I do like the Uni-ball Signo UM-151 Gel Pen and have gotten various colors. Not a click but a cap gel pen. All of mine are 0.38. Smooth, nice colors.
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