I paid $129 for this pen and it blew away all other writing utensils for me

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Ridge bolt action pen in carbon fiber.

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I understand that everyone’s tastes vary, which applies very much to writing pot. You may prefer a fine point, or maybe a medium point. Your inclination may lean towards very thin pens or thick barrel types. Maybe you prefer “click tops” or you prefer twists. And of course, not everyone bothers with pens and pencils these days either. If you do, I’d like to draw your attention to a pen that I’ve found to be an absolute joy to use and show off.

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That pen is 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’s got a great grip, the ink flows smoothly and the bolt-action is not only great but also prevents ink from getting on things it shouldn’t when retracting the tip. On top of that, the carbon fiber barrel is a thing of beauty.

Ridge Bolt Action Pen

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Ridge Bolt Action Pen

A premium-feel ballpoint pen with a textured grip and many design options.

When I bought this pen, the price was around $129. Now, The Ridge sells it for one A more affordable $89Going for a non-carbon fiber iteration $59. There is also Gold-plated version for $125. Whichever version you choose, you’ll find this to be your go-to pen for all occasions Even writing checks to the US government is made less painful with The Ridge Bolt Action Pen.

Well, that last statement is a complete lie, but you get the idea.

The Bolt Action Pen specs look like this:

  • CNC Lathe Knurled textured grip
  • Internally pressurized refills have a 100 year shelf life
  • Compatible with any standard Parker pen cartridge
  • The Schmidt┬« EasyFlow 9000 comes with a medium ballpoint
  • Pen length: 5.3 inches
  • Weight: 0.9 oz
  • Manganese spring steel clip

Each pen has 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 pretty good you’ll like it…no, like it.

Ridge Bolt Action Pen

Here’s what the aluminum navy color looks like.

The Ridge

How the pen helps

My handwriting is atrocious. It really is. When I autograph books for readers, I’m actually embarrassed by how my spelling is barely legible. I even wrote every first draft of my novel by hand, until I realized I was struggling to read my own writing.

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However, the Ridge Bolt Action Pen and its grippy texture have improved my penmanship. It’s still not great, but when using this pen, it’s mostly readable. I tried many other pens and none of them had the same level of impact on my ability to write so that others could read what I scribbled.

If that’s not reason enough for you to try this pen, here’s another: it’s smooth. It’s not just about the ink cartridge, but the carbon fiber barrel, knurled grip and lightweightness. This pen is a joy to use. Every time I have to work with another instrument, I immediately think, “Where’s my ridge?”

Is the Ridge Bolt Action Pen for you?

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 well into the thousand-dollar range, it’s not bad. And if you depend on ink pens and want something a little more comfortable, reliable and stylish Standard issue BicsThis pen may be for you.

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I mostly use mine though Bolt action pen For signing paperback books (and writing checks to the IRS), every time I pick it up, it feels like I’m punching over the weight of my pen. So, if you use pens, you should seriously consider making this purchase. It will not only impress you, but also impress anyone who sees you using it

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