I think that with every product that we buy, we purchase said product with preconceived expectations. But very rarely are these expectations met exactly, which actually turned out to be the case for me with the TiScribe V2. For those not in the know, the TiScribe pen was originally a Kickstarter project. The first iteration was plagued with several issues that have since been rectified in the improved current, second version.
Above is a photo of my TiScribe pen. The pen retails for $99.99, but you can find them on the official USG site for $87.99 at the time of this publication. My own pen was purchased from Urban EDC Supply in one of their weekly drops. They’re based in San Francisco pretty close to where I live, so I took the Caltrain down to pick up the pen directly. At their HQ, I was given a tour by Yong-Soo Chung, the owner: it was awesome seeing their operation in the flesh! But I’m going off on a tangent.
Here’s a quick comparison to the Fellheolter TiBolt. The TiSCribe is slimmer and more svelte relative to the TiBolt. I’m sure a lot of readers will want to know which is the superior pen. So I’ll address the elephant in the room: The construction and build quality of the Fellhoelter TiBolt are superior. But – and this is a big caveat – not everyone wants an overbuilt industrial pen. Some probably prefer something a little more refined; comparing the two is like comparing apples and oranges despite both being bolt-action pens.
The integration of the clip as the method of actuation is excellent. I was a bit worried about the clip doing double duty. I had a BN Dot pen which used a similar design, and the plastic clip wiggled and lost most of its retention after six months or so. For better or worse, I lost the BN Dot pen. Back to the TiScribe, the clip is built much more solidly out of titanium. I don’t foresee the same issue arising unless you beat the crap out of the clip or use it incorrectly.
Someone pointed out to me that the tip seems to be a different shade than the the body. It’s no impediment on the pen’s function, but I’d have liked if the two matched. The finger grooves pictured do the job for me, although some might like to grip their pen higher. Just some other minute considerations.
The pen uses a standard Pilot G2 ink cartridge but there’s a lot of other available options. On the USG site, there’s also a conversion kit for Parker refills. I like options.
So what’s my verdict? I’ll admit that I was skeptical when I watched Nick Shabazz call it “the best bolt-action pen on the market”. But having owned the pen a couple weeks, I must concur that functionally it’s the best bolt-action pen currently out there. The Fellheolter TiBolt’s build quality is higher and the bolt action itself is cooler, but the TiBolt is limited in how you can actually hold and use the pen. I do still think that the TiBolt is a step-up over the TiScribe, but that’s to be expected considering the TiBolt’s more expensive. Likewise, the TiScribe is a step-up over the Tactile Turn pens and other similar pens.
The TiScribe is the pen that I’ve taken with me to college. Not exceedingly expensive or hard enough to acquire that I’d be heartbroken if I lost it, but also unique enough to stand out from everyone else’s cheap-o pens. If you’re in the market for a quality, entry-priced bolt-action pen, the TiScribe is probably your best bet.