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Mark One

A Minimal, Durable, Retractable Pen
Mark One is a custom machined, all-metal, retractable pen with a ceramic based exterior coating for long lasting durability. It’s built for our favorite rollerball refill, and has a satisfying-as-heck custom click mechanism.
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The perfect pen to match an already great notebook.
It’s literally seamless.
Mark One has a completely seamless design, which was quite an engineering feat. The pen has no excess ornamentation or logo, and comes in two colors: black or white. The metal plated nocks provide a nice little accent to each, and give Mark One a sophisticated look without looking overly tactical.
The tip and end of Mark One with no seams.
Made to last a lifetime.
Mark One is incredibly durable. It is made entirely out of metal, including the custom click mechanism. The pen is coated with Cerakote, which is an extremely durable ceramic-polymer coating (technical specifications for Cerakote). It gives the pen a really nice, matte feel. This pen should last a lifetime.
A cut-away of the all metal construction of the Mark One body and mechanism.
A completely custom click mechanism.
There are many off-the-shelf click mechanisms we could have used, but none of them were quite right for what we wanted, so naturally, we made our own. It is made entirely out of metal and, as far as we know, it is the only all-metal mechanism on the market that has an actual “click” action. It is satisfying as heck to click.
The five complex parts of the Mark One mechanism.
Built for an amazing rollerball refill.
Mark One ships with our favorite refill, the Schmidt P8126 rollerball. This is a fantastic cartridge; the ink flows smoothly and dries quickly. However, Mark One will accept any Parker-style refill, which means there are many options for pen cartridges that our pen will accept. This list from Well-Appointed Desk is quite comprehensive. Purchase more refills here.
The small Schmidt P8126 ink refill on it's side.


  • Dimensions: 128 mm long, 11 mm diameter. (5 in x 0.43 in)
  • Weight: Aluminum: 25 grams (0.88 oz). Steel: 48 grams (1.70 oz).
  • Aluminum or steel body. Aluminum mechanism. Polished steel knock.
  • Cerakote coating, matte finish. See technical specifications for Cerakote.
  • Included Refill: Schmidt P8126. Black ink with 0.6mm tip diameter.

Customer Reviews

Based on 178 reviews

This pen is perfect. Love the way it writes and love the weight and balance of the pen. I’ve purchased two.


Premium feel. Love the clicking motion

Sam (Stanford, US)
A great splurge

While no one "needs" a $100 pen, there are no regrets from this purchase. The machined body is fantastic in the hand. I really like the black-on-black look. The body does not attract fingerprints at all. Their ink refill of choice writes fantastically, even for a leftie. I have not noticed a substantial amount of ink ending up on my hand. Great design!

Steve Simkins (Chattanooga, US)
Worth every penny

Stays on my desk and is my favorite writing tool. Hefty construction, amazing click, smooth writing insert. I kinda look forward to meetings now where I can just hold it and use it for notes.


Solid build, amazing ink. Has replaced my EDC ballpoint.