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Valiant Concepts Titanium EDC Pen Review

Discussion in 'Gear Reviews' started by Haz, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. Haz

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    I just received my package at work, i have to say that i'm very impressed.

    The pens and cartridge arrived perfectly, without any damage at all, even the envelope was in great condition.

    This pen is small, i mean small. I ripped open a tiny opening in the envelope and was emptying the content onto the table. First came the ink cartridge, then one Valiant Concepts Ti Pen, I continued to shake the package, but nothing came out! For a moment I thought i was delivered one less pen!. I ripped open the package a little more and discovered there was another one hiding in the pack!.


    Mini Review

    I really like this pen, I guess it's something i've been looking for a long time, and no one ever made prior to this. I wanted a pen that was available when I'm not carrying a full size pen, a back-up pen, not to use everyday, but to use in emergency, and be there when i needed it.

    Prior to this, I was researching into Pens, I had narrowed the pens to 2 available on the market. They are the Inka Titanium and the Pico Pen. They appear to be both keychain pens made by reputable companies. What I didn't like about the Inka pen is the size, I wanted something small that can take up negligible space on the keychain, I didn't need one that was half a pen, that could convert to a full size pen, because it was still too big for my needs. I have similar size pens, which i found too bulky to carry with my keys. One thing I like about the Inka pen is that it is made from titanium, however, I did not like the plastic (or resin) exposed parts. The Pico Pen is nice because all the exposed parts are stainless steel, slim as well, but i didn't like the fact the keychain and pen was only held together with a magnet, and longer than I would like.

    Then when I saw the Valiant Concepts Pen, I was amazed, it seemed to have met every requirement I wanted, small and light, made from titanium as well. The fact all the exposed parts are titanium was what I wanted, because it can withstand the constant abuse with the keys and the ArcAAA also on the keychain. It's small enough to be carried everyday on the keychain without hogging up too much valuable space in the pocket.

    The ideal of using the fisher ink is a brilliant ideal. Write upside down, no leakage etc, is excellent. I use a fisher bullet pen, and it's very reliable, and can write on most surfaces.

    The fit and finish is very good, there are no tooling marks or visible scratches. This isn't that important, because i'm sure it will get scratched up anyway. The twisty action has just enough resistance to turn without being too tight, or loose.

    I have used other tiny size pens in the past before, usually the barrel is thin, crushes and dents in the pocket, or the ink is cheap, doesn't write well and sometimes leak ink. Some are poorly machined and fitted together. I guess the market for keychain pens has been neglected and the pens commonly available are mostly toy pens design for children or giveaways. This is first time i've seen such a quality pen made, and it's design is simple, yet functional and elegant.

    The length is about the right size to hold comfortably and write with. It's like writing with those small pencils in casino or clubs. I don't think you can hold this pen for a whole day to use, but that's not what it's meant to do. It's meant to be on your keychain or pocket.

    The ink is black, which is a more useful colour than blue, if you had to choose between the 2, because it photocopies and faxes better.

    Conclusion

    Overall the pen feels almost indestructable and probably is!. I think this is smallest and highest quality pen that you can find. Not only Ti coating, but actual Ti for the entire pen (except ink cartridge), this is the perfect keychain pen.

    Pros

    The pen is tiny and light.

    • Fit and finish on the pen is perfect, no tooling mark, or scratches.
    • Unique in the marketplace
    • 100% titanium (or stainless steel if you choose than model)
    • Simple twisty design requires no spring or cap.
    • Extremely rugged design

    Cons

    • Cannot write a long time with it due to small size.


    Sorry, not a very good photo taken with phone, but gives you some representation of size


    Left to Right: ArcAAA, Valiant Concepts Titanium Pen, Fauxton

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  2. scríbhneoir
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    Nice review, and the exact reason I EDC it on my keychain. Sometimes I walk to the post office or downtown or elsewhere and don't carry a purse, but I always have my keys with me. I needed to fill out a form at the PO, and there it was. It doesn't come off, or apart, and I can't wait to get the new refill.

    I tried the Zebra PenPod, but it is not as small, and it can come undone. Also, it is two pieces, and I've had to look for the pen and where I put it when I used it and was in a hurry and didn't put it back together again right after using it. The quality of the Valiant Concepts pen is outstanding. I have the SS version, and it's a tiny tank of a pen.
     
  3. Dizos

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    I need to get the Fisher refill for mine too. Great review, thanks!
     
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    ;D

    Thanks for the review.
     
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    We need to move more of these ;D
     
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    I bought one of these little pens and a picopen a while back. The VC won and now lives on my key chain. I could just not get comfortable with the magnetic attachment
     
  7. Haz

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    Just reporting back, I've now had my Valiant Concepts Ti Pen for 10 months, being beaten around with keys, an ArcAAA and the finish still looks really impressive. There are some fine micro scratches on it, which is expected, just like the type you see on a stainless steel watch band, so it's nothing disturbing, and blends in very nicely. I've never had the ink protrude out by itself, which is good!. This is still the best pen I have. I carry it everyday without knowing it's there. Imho, there are still no keychain pen on the market that comes close to this.
     
  8. Lord Bear

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    Jon. Any more coming? Stainless even?
     
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    Here is a link to the latest announcement regarding the Keychain Pens.

    Basically the Stainless ones are back in stock (new and improved), and the titanium's are on their way.
     
  10. Lord Bear

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    What timing! Right arm man. I'll take it!
     
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    I just got one of the stainess pens from Jon. It ROCKS. No more Fisher bullet pen in my pocket.
     
  12. Lord Bear

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    I'd gotten the Picopens before discovering Valiant Concepts (hats off to Rothrandir) and really liked it at first but that magnetic thing got annoying after awhile. Kept sticking to other things and getting in the way. Never got lost since it was in pocket but after it got detached one day I'd had enough. Pulled out my P7 clip with EDC items and the pen remained in the bottom of my pocket. None of that with Valiant Concepts. Always ready, always stays attached, no cap to lose, (Fisher Bullet for example), and way more unnoticeably lighter and thinner than the Inka, which was my former favorite. The Inka is TIGHT and I never had it separate from the cap/cover. Perhaps the whole body being encased within the cap/cover supports better "lockup" compared to the Picopen.
    I had used other "normal" keychain pens before but they always had problems. Now I insist on pressurized, write anywhere, on anything, in any position type pens. Fisher bullet was my first revelation on that point. On a side note, my nephew (as I was showing off the AMAZING ASTRONAUT PEN) laughingly told me how the American space program spent millions developing the high tech pen while the Russians just relied on the old, reliable pencil. ;D
    Currently I carry the orig. Ti in the spine (?) of my wallet. Attached by a P7 clip. The new improved SS model is on my EDC P7 clip joined by Peanut lighter, Ti Preon and the Benchmite.
     
  13. Lord Bear

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    I'd give all the hair on my scalp and both eyebrows and have my nostrils plucked slowly, one by one, by a sadistic spinster beautician who's still a virgin due to chronic halitosis for a Valiant Concepts pen that can take a regular Fisher Bullet pen refill! :green:
     
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    Not sure I would go that far, but I've been asking for a "full size" version for awhile.
     
  15. Lord Bear

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    [size=10pt]AHA![size=10pt] SOOOO! I'm not the only one lusting (just plain wanting is OK too) after this.
     
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    I told Rothrandir to look at this thread.

    I can't make any promises but if he doesn't do it we can all bug him until he goes insane.
     
  17. Valerian

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    Tell him to take a look at this.

    Besides, pencils create graphite dust, which in will float around in zero gravity, and I've been told it's something you don't want to work its way into sensitive electronics. But I've never been in space, so I don't really know anything about that.
     
  18. Lord Bear

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    (Chanting in unison) ROTH RAN DIR...ROTH RAN DIR...ROTH RAN DIR...Pretty please with melted cheese on top?
     
  19. Lord Bear

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    Thanks Valolamas. I hadn't known about the origins of the anecdote. I'll pass it along.
     
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    Can I hold you to that? ;D

    Once I get the titanium's out again and take care of a few other things I'm going to start looking into this. No promises, but I've received quite a few requests for it, and it is something I would like to do.