I understand that everyone’s taste is different, which is very useful for stationery. You may want a fine point, or perhaps a medium point. Your inclination may lean toward very thin pens or thicker barrel types. Maybe you prefer “clicky tops,” or you prefer twists. And of course, not everyone even bothers with pens and pencils these days. If you do, I’d like to draw your attention to a pen that I’ve found to be an absolute pleasure to use and display.
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That pen is the The Ridge Bolt Action Pen. Over a year ago I decided to treat myself to the carbon fiber version of this pen and found all other pens pale in comparison. It’s the perfect size for me, it has a great grip, the ink flows smoothly, and the bolt-action is not only cool but keeps the ink from getting on things that it shouldn’t when the tip withdrawn. Beyond that, the carbon fiber barrel is a thing of beauty.
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The Ridge Bolt Action Pen
A premium-feeling ballpen with a textured grip and many design options.
When I bought this pen, the price was about $129. Now, The Ridge is selling it for a cheaper $89with non-carbon fiber iterations to come $59. There is also the gold-plated version for $125. Whichever version you choose, you’ll find this is your go-to pen for all occasions. Even writing US government checks is made less painful with The Ridge Bolt Action Pen.
Okay, that last statement is an outright lie, but you get the idea.
The specs for the Bolt Action Pen are as follows:
- CNC Lathe Knurled textured grip
- Internally pressurized refills have a 100 year shelf life
- Fits any standard Parker pen cartridge
- With the Schmidt® EasyFlow 9000 medium ballpoint
- Pen length: 5.3 inches
- Weight: 0.9 ounces
- Manganese spring steel clip
Each pen also includes a lifetime warranty and a 99-day risk-free trial, so if you don’t like it you can send it back and get a full refund. Chances are you’ll love it…no, love it.
How the pen can help
My handwriting is terrible. That’s right. When I’m autographing books for readers, I’m really embarrassed about how illegible my writing is. I even wrote every first draft of my novels, until I realized I had a hard time reading my own writing.
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However, The Ridge Bolt Action Pen and its grippy texture have improved my writing. It’s still not great, but when using this pen, it’s mostly legible. I have tried so many pens and none of them have had the same level of impact on my ability to write in a way that others can read what I write.
If that’s not reason enough for you to try this pen, here’s another: It’s smooth. That’s not just about the ink cartridge, but the carbon fiber barrel, knurled grip, and lightweight. This pen is a joy to use. Whenever I have to work with another instrument, I immediately think, “Where is my Ridge?”
ZDNET’s buying advice
I realize that $59 to $125 is a good chunk of change for a pen, but when you consider that high-end pens can run into the thousand dollar range, it’s not bad. And if you rely on ink pens and want something more comfortable, reliable, and stylish than standard issue Bicsthis pen could be for you.
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Although I usually use my Bolt Action Pen for signing paperback books (and writing checks to the IRS), every time I pick it up I feel like I’m punching above my weight in penmanship. So, if you like pens, you should seriously consider making this purchase. It will not only impress you, but also impress anyone who sees you using it.