Gift Guide: The Pen Type-A

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Short Version

The Pen Type-A is a pen milled from a block of type 304 stainless steel that should last at least 50 years. It looks and feels great, and it’s a good writing tool that uses Pilot’s Hi-Tec C ink cartridges. The ruler casing doubles as a sleeve. It is precisely manufactured so that the pen slowly slides in and out like a pneumatic cylinder. It’s a pen for pen geeks.

Long Version


  • Solid and durable pen
  • Ruler in inches and centimeters
  • 0.3mm black Hi-Tec C ink cartridge included
  • Compatible with 0.25, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5 Hi-Tec C ink cartridges
  • Dime screw on one end
  • No branding


  • MSRP: $150
  • Manufacturer/retailer: CW&T
  • Made in the U.S.

The Pen Type-A is…

… a pen that happens to be a beautiful piece of engineering. Contrary to aluminum pens, a steel-based pen is much heavier and sometimes tiring to use. But the industrial design with no crack in the entire body gives it a unique look.

It is also an early Kickstarter success. The team shipped the last pens a couple of months ago and just started taking new orders. They proved that you could ship a complicated hardware product on Kickstarter while keeping up with customers’ expectations.

One of the most compelling features is that the Pen Type-A uses Pilot Hi-Tec C ink cartridges. It’s easy to order them online, future proof and there are a lot of width and color combinations. The Hi-Tec C has been my pen of choice for years — it’s very good.

But at $150, it’s an expensive pen. Just like watches, pens can be luxurious items, sometimes too blinged-out with ornamental and gilt bodies for my taste. They look dated and stand out on a desk next to the glass of my smartphone and my aluminum computer. Cold and futuristic objects like the Pen Type-A merit a spot in the luxury category. It is still reasonably priced compared to Sailor or Namiki pens, while very expensive Mont Blanc pens are in another category altogether.

Buy the┬áPen Type-A for…

… your loved ones who like beautiful objects and writing. As much as I’d like to do everything with digital devices, I still use a pen every day. It’s efficient and portable, and sometimes you just need to write things down. When you are on the move and you need to take notes, a pen is indispensable.

But a cheap pen is enough for nearly everyone. Only those who like design and beautiful pens will care about the Pen Type-A. And they’ll love it.


… a present should be something unique that someone wouldn’t think about and wouldn’t buy for himself or herself. People don’t spend money on pens anymore. With the Pen Type-A, you’d make a deeply personal yet beautiful present.

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