View Full Version : Tactical Pen??

July 31, 2009, 08:35 PM
I have seen multiple "tactical" pens...how are they tactical and what's so special about them? From what I've seen the only difference between them and a regular metal pen is the price and a screw on top. I don't see how it can be much of a help in any situation. Anyone have or use one? Please tell me because if there's something I'm missing then I'd like to know so I can get one to take to college for some form of self defense while in class.

July 31, 2009, 09:26 PM
I dunno, unless its got a handcuff key in a secret compartment and a combination 6" retractable fighting knife/visible-and-IR laser sight and can be mounted to a standard rail system in under 4 seconds, I dunno that tactical is the best description.

Expensive, maybe, but not tactical...

July 31, 2009, 09:54 PM
Mine is solid enough to jab through most any part of the human body.

July 31, 2009, 11:03 PM
Nothing tactical about a pen
tacticool maybe

Tom Servo
July 31, 2009, 11:45 PM
Nothing tactical about a pen
I could write a truly scathing letter. You never know :)

Truth be told, nearly anything can be used as a weapon, given the inclination.

That, and a pen with a sharp point I can carry on an airplane is mightier than the actual weapon I had to check with my baggage.

July 31, 2009, 11:46 PM
Any pen can be "tactical", if you use it in a "tactical way" :rolleyes:

If all I had was a Bic Stick or a Bic Click, I'd most certainly give an attacker a stout poke with it. When it penetrated 1/4" & broke off because I didn't have a good straight lunge, someone would be real mad & I wouldn't have a usable pokey thing for another strike.

My guess is that a "tactical pen" would have a good stout body, maybe even machined from solid metal that would stand up to multiple pokings without being rendered useless if it got dragged across heavy clothing or hit a belt buckle.

August 1, 2009, 12:20 AM
I saw one that has a 5" spike that pops out where the nib normally is. It also has an ink cartridge, so you can use that. Looks like an ordinary pen, otherwise. The spike looks like an ice pick. I can't imagine putting it in your pocket though.

August 1, 2009, 06:30 AM
You add the word "tactical" and it'll sell better....I guess this is true with pens as well. :rolleyes:

August 1, 2009, 07:04 AM
or catch it on ya matchin' tacticool nipple ring on the way out :eek:

Bringz a tear to the eye thinkin' about that one :D

August 1, 2009, 07:12 AM
They are used to write really mean, nasty, threatening stuff on camoflage paper and passed to BG's.

Adventurer 2
August 1, 2009, 07:32 AM

I have seen the Benchmades at gun shows - they look like weapons to me. Not my thing.

August 1, 2009, 07:37 AM
Hasn't anyone heard the saying "the pen is mightier than the sword"? :D

August 1, 2009, 07:39 AM
A tactical pen allows you to do 'samu-wraiting'?:D

August 1, 2009, 10:37 PM
:D " Samu-Writing" makes me giggle.

August 1, 2009, 11:01 PM
I have a cool one shot 17hmr pen!!! :D but it cost me $750 :barf:

August 4, 2009, 10:11 PM
The only use I have for my "tactical pen" is that it is an all weather pen for my "Rite in the Rain" notebook that I keep while in uniform. Works great. I suppose it could withstand multiple "pokings" since it caught an alternator from a HMMWVE and just dented it a little. Still works fine, clicks like when I bought it, and I paid what,,, 7 dollars for it. As far as the "Tactical" man killing pens out there, I would rather spend that money on more ammo.

Evan Thomas
August 5, 2009, 12:49 PM
I presume that all "tactical pens" use black ink only.

Lawdy. They can, and will, market anything...

August 8, 2009, 10:11 PM
A tactical pen is about as effective as tactical socks IMO. I'd assume any benefit of a "tac" pen would be solid construction for stabbing.

August 8, 2009, 11:27 PM
The only thing "tactical" about say, the surefire pen, is the quickness with which they snatch the additional $100 from your wallet when you buy it.

August 16, 2009, 01:54 AM
I've got a surefire pen. It writes well (feels good to write with), takes fisher refills, Costs the same as any well made (expensive) pen. I used the glass break tip on a couple large glass jars for fun, but it probably will never touch a window. It's just a solid pen that won't break, even if I have to use it as a kubotan. I keep it clipped to my left pocket, and any other pen there has broken.

I can think of one place at least that I can't bring a gun or knife that I go, and I like having something (though I'd probably never actually use it as a kubotan). At least not unless I start to practice using a kubotan.

August 23, 2009, 06:50 PM
As opposed to a strategic pen?

Lawyer Daggit
August 24, 2009, 01:20 AM
Fastforty summed it up when he said anything can be tactical. I once had a self defence trainer demonstrating house hold items as tactical weapons-

rolled up newspaper, pen (especially aluminium ones that won't break off), coins stuffed into a sock or stocking make a wonderful black jack- it is amazing how many weapons are out there and can be readily improvised.

Just pick an item up-you can assess if it is going to break if it is jabbed into someone or they are struck with it.

August 24, 2009, 01:24 AM
You can roll up a good size magazine and whack someone with that. It's actually pretty painful. Don't ask me how I know....