Click Pen Kits with Quality Mechanisms, Schmidt SKM-88 and others?

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I need click pens at work. Reach up, grab pen from pocket with dominant hand, click pen with thumb of same hand, and ... ready to write.

I saw these "Duraclick EDC" pen kits at Penn State. (EDC = every day carry.) They claim that the Schmidt SKM-88 mechanism feels better, is more reliable, and is more durable than other mechanisms.
https://www.pennstateind.com/store/duraclick-edc-pen-kits.html

Here are my questions:

1. Are these Schmidt SKM-88 mechanisms really better?

2. Can you name other pen kits that use SKM-88 mechanisms?
(Especially the ones from Penn State and Rockler, which is where I get most pen kits.)

3. Are there other quality click and twist mechanisms that you recommend (especially click)?

4. Can you name a few kits from Penn State or Rockler that use the mechanisms you recommend?
 
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I need click pens at work. Reach up, grab pen from pocket with dominant hand, click pen with thumb of same hand, and ... ready to write.

I saw these "Duraclick EDC" pen kits at Penn State. (EDC = every day carry.) They claim that the Schmidt SKM-88 mechanism feels better, is more reliable, and is more durable than other mechanisms.
https://www.pennstateind.com/store/duraclick-edc-pen-kits.html

Here are my questions:

1. Are these Schmidt SKM-88 mechanisms really better?

2. Can you name other pen kits that use SKM-88 mechanisms?
(Especially the ones from Penn State and Rockler, which is where I get most pen kits.)

3. Are there other quality click and twist mechanisms that you recommend (especially click)?

4. Can you name a few kits from Penn State or Rockler that use the mechanisms you recommend?
Since you read the other thread about the Duraclick, you probably know the answers to your questions. But I'll add my 2¢.

1. Yes they really are better. It's all metal (except 1 small o-ring) with few parts. Very VERY smooth.

2. To my knowledge, the duraclick is the only kit that uses the mechanism. In the past those of us that used them, made kitless click pens.

3 & 4. While there is at least 1 more good mechanism for click pens, it isn't used in a kit as far as I know.

I'm glad that a kit has been made from the Schmidt click mechanism. It's long over due IMHO. Hopefully, we'll see others. Did I mention they are smooth?
 

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Two years ago, I made this YouTube about the LeRoi click pen:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWcNyqHjaDw


Since then, I have done a "drop test" over a dozen times with this same pen, which is one of my "daily carry" pens. It still clicks flawlessly.


Now, it IS an audible "click" style. Some people prefer the "soft" quiet click. I am still looking for one that will fit that bill. I have not tried the new PSI pen, but I will shortly and do a comparison.


Hope this helps!!
Ed
 

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Just made two of them

I just made two the these for Rocky Bemis and he seems to like them.
If he sees this he may chime in.


Two years ago, I made this YouTube about the LeRoi click pen:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWcNyqHjaDw


Since then, I have done a "drop test" over a dozen times with this same pen, which is one of my "daily carry" pens. It still clicks flawlessly.


Now, it IS an audible "click" style. Some people prefer the "soft" quiet click. I am still looking for one that will fit that bill. I have not tried the new PSI pen, but I will shortly and do a comparison.


Hope this helps!!
Ed
 
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