I've done a few reviews of Urban Survival Gear's TiScribe products, and they just seem to be getting better and better. The first pen was a little pocket-sized fountain pen that I reviewed back August 2015. It was a pretty good little pen.
Second was a really interesting project: The TiScribe HL. You don't really see machined highlighters, and this one is really cool.
Now, we've got a bolt-action-style gel pen. This TiScribe Bolt is a solid copper pen (just like the others), though it's also available in brass and titanium. Thanks for sending this pen out, Kelvin!
You can also get extra tips and finials that can change up the look of your pen. Tastes vary, but I really like the Ti pen with copper ends. It's a really cool look.
|This image is from the kickstarter page.|
It's pretty tough to stop doing that, actually. The bolt action on this pen is so smooth that you might have a hard time not-messing with it. It also doesn't make much noise, so that'll be a little gift to your coworkers.
So, this is what the pen looked like when it was brand new out of the packaging. It was so shiny that I had a little trouble balancing the brightness for photography. Like a new penny!
The clip and carrier in this pen is made from titanium, regardless of the metal of the pen. It looks good against the copper of this pen, and I bet it looks good against the brass, too.
This is the emblem that's engraved in the finial, and it's the only bit of branding on the pen. I like that minimalism.
A bit more used...
I took pages and pages of notes with this pen, and it's starting to tarnish a bit. I tend to leave the tarnish on the metal, but this one might get a polishing. I really like the look of this pen.
These ridges are comfortable and secure in your hand, so it doesn't slip even though it's an all-metal pen.
The fit and finish on the TiScribe Bolt is really on point. As you can see in the photo above, there's very little gap between the edge of the pen and the tip of the cartridge. So little that there's no tip rattle at all. I hate tip rattle, so that's a great feature.
Yep. More tarnish.
The only place that isn't touched is the finial, which is still bright and shiny.
Parts and insides
These pens are designed to use a gel refill, like the Pilot G2, though you can get a conversion kit which will allow you to use Parker-style refills if that's your preference. I replaced the G2 that came with the pen with this Signo 307 refill.
There aren't many pieces to this pen. Body, refill, spring, and tip. That's about it. It appears that you can remove the finial, but I haven't tried to do that yet.
Next to the TiScribe HL
Final words and a video review:
Check this pen out. If you like the bolt-style pens, then this one is an excellent version of the type. If you're into the EDC style, then check out this pen. It's bomb-proof. If you like pens that look like bullets, then check out this pen. It looks like a big bullet.
See? Plenty of reasons to use a non-fountain pen.
**This pen was sent out for review in return for my honest review. That's what you've got above.**