Now and again, we like to talk about pens here on the site. Â Much like watches, they are everyday companions for many of us, and are really a quite handy thing to have around. Â Today, weâ€™re taking a look at what happens when machining skill, a clever idea, and robust design come together. Â This time around, they take the form of Schon DSGN pens.
For this review, we actually were able to take a look at the full range of theÂ Schon DSGN pen collection. Â While all of the designs are the same, the materials and finishing used vary. Â At the lightest end of the spectrum, you have aluminum (at 30g; polished or PVD), then move to titanium at 48g. Â Past that you have stainless steel (82g; brushed or PVD), brass (88g; polished), and bronze (92g; polished). Â While I did not carry all of them regularly (didnâ€™t need clanking pockets) I did carry a few around, as well as my trusty Fisher Space Pen (which, by the way, comes in at 20g).
Why the Fisher Space pen reference? Â Well, you see, theÂ Schon DSGN pens rely on a Space Pen insert for ink delivery. Â At least, at this time. Â There are adapters on the way that will allow for the use of a gel ink refill (my favorite choice these days) or a needle-tip refill. Â These sorts of options I think will further elevate what the brand has here. Â For now, as the Space Pen performance is well known (itâ€™s ok, not good, not awful), weâ€™ll focus more on the pens themselves.
For starters, the machining is tight – literally. Â Itâ€™s only one full turn, perhaps a touch more, that you need to full thread (or unthread) the cap from either end of the cap. Â This makes for a tight fit of course, and keeps things from being noisy. Â It also helps keep the smooth outer profile uninterrupted as well. Â When you post the cap, then the material – and itâ€™s weight – really comes into play. Â With the titanium and aluminum, things still felt balanced in the hand when you posted the cap. Â When you switch to the heavier metals (steel, brass, bronze) then the pen feels a bit back-heavy.
Yes, you can get around this by not posting the cap, but then you run the risk of the cap rolling off somewhere. Â Not a major deal for something that is used occasionally (say, for signing credit card receipts), rather than a pen that is used heavily throughout the day. Â So, why might you carry aÂ Schon DSGN pen, rather than something like the Fisher option?
For one, I think it boils down to a choice in the looks of what you carry. Â Obviously, Schon DSGN looks quite a bit different, and offers materials you canâ€™t get from Fisher. Â Youâ€™re also getting something that looks – and feels – very robust. Â Yeah, my Fisher Space pen has survived banging around in my pocket, but these solid machined pieces from Schon DSGN will have absolutely not problem in the pocket. Â In fact, for the non-PVD finishes, Iâ€™d say some dings and scratches would be welcome character. Â And for the polished ones, well, just get ready to learn how to polish the metal yourself.
And itâ€™s good theÂ Schon DSGN pens are designed to last. Â With prices starting at $58Â (for aluminum) and topping out at $180Â (for the grade 5 titanium), you do not want a throw-away pen. Â With those aforementioned adapters on the way as well, I think these pens represent a good long-term value, and would be a welcome complement to any EDC, whether youâ€™re in the office or out on the trail. Â Perhaps a bit heavier than some might prefer, but this is definitely a case were the weight is indicative of quality and robustness. Â Get one of these pens, one of the new adapters, and never worry about what pen youâ€™ll have with you every day, for years to come. Â schondsgn.com