Our lives can sometimes be unpredictable, and you never know when you’ll end up in an accident or a conflict. No matter what situation surprises you, it will be helpful to have a practical object on hand that can serve as a weapon. The tactical pen can do just that.
The tactical pen is what survival specialists call a “multi-tool.” It has a similar size, shape, and appearance to a normal pen (and can be used as one, too). However, this pen is not “normal”; it can also be used as a potent self-defense tool.
These pens can be used for writing, inflicting minor wounds, or breaking glass. They are small, easy to carry, and can be easily concealed in your pocket.
Table of contents
- Reasons You Need a Self-Defense Tool
- Self-Defense Overview
- Self-defense Techniques Using a Tactical Pen
- Things to Consider When Using a Tactical Pen
- Tactical Pen Types
Reasons You Need a Self-Defense Tool
Self-defense tools have always been necessary, and as acts of violence increase, they become even more important. People are seeking weapons, martial arts skills, and other self-defense mechanisms to ward off would-be attackers or protect their belongings.
Martial arts techniques teach many valuable skills beyond self-defense, such as avoiding conflict, and improving self-control, and increasing mental and physical resilience. Combined with a weapon like a tactical pen, martial arts skills provide even more of an advantage.
It is actually not common for humans to seek out violence, but even if it happens only once you want to be prepared. You never know what awaits you around the corner– a criminal, a gang member, or someone searching for money or drugs. Self-defense will keep you alive, with all of your possessions.
Read more about self-defense here: techniques and tips on self-defense.
Tactical pens are best used in narrow spaces such as an elevator or a staircase, where you may have nowhere to run. Your only chance will be to fight back- using your tactical pen, keys, etc. Keep your tactical pen in a place where it can be easily retrieved, especially if you know that you may be in danger.
If you are forced to use your tactical pen, aim for the most vulnerable parts of the attacker’s body: wrist, hand, eyes, throat, groin, temple, etc. See the graphic above for the best uses of your tactical pen.
The first step in self-defense is self-awareness. Understand that dangerous things CAN happen to you. Others may think you’re acting paranoid by preparing for the worst-case scenarios, but it only takes one attach to change your and your family’s life!
As survivalists, we know that preparation is the most important step.
At some point, we will all experience some disaster, whether it’s theft, robbery, an accident, getting lost, or living through an awful storm. Without an action plan, things can turn bad quite quickly.
Often, people won’t understand your survivalist mindset until they go through one of these events themselves and see how fragile and uncertain life can be at times.
- Avoid dangerous situations: Run and don’t knowingly put yourself in harm’s way.
- Use verbal self-defense: Defuse a situation using your voice, tone, and body language. Conflict management courses are a great resource.
- Use physical self-defense: Use your body, ie., martial arts.
- Legal Weapons: Pepper spray or umbrellas, hair spray, baseball bats, tactical pens, etc.
Self-defense Techniques Using a Tactical Pen
Use it as a stick or sword – The tactical pen can be used as a striking weapon, similar to a stick or a sword. Strike hard with a tactical pen and have a good grip. This method will cause a great deal of pain and often cause your aggressor to pause. This often gives you enough time to exit the situation or run quickly.
Use the pen like a knife – turn your tactical weapon upside down and prepare to stab your attacker. If you aim for a vulnerable area such as the eyes, you should have enough time to escape.
The videos below provide good tips and insights when using a tactical pen.
Things to Consider When Using a Tactical Pen
Remember that your goal is to remove the threat presented to you, not to cause severe harm or death. It’s essential to know how to use the tactical pen before carrying it with you.
It is understood that tactical pens are purchased to be used as weapons. They are not illegal, but an argument can be made that these pens are purchased to cause harm or injury. Protect yourself from this argument by only using the pen for self-defense.
Although traveling or flying with a tactical pen is easier than traveling with other weapons, there are still scenarios to consider.
- Nobody notices the pen, and you pass through the boarding gates
- TSA agents find it and take it away from you
- You get arrested for trying to bring a weapon on a commercial airplane
Be aware of all of these possibilities and think carefully before traveling with your this weapon.
Some pens are designed solely to be used as weapons and are not particularly helpful as writing implements. Know which features you desire from your tactical pen before purchasing one.
Tactical Pen Types
Smith & Wesson Military and Police Tactical Pen
The Smith & Wesson pen is popular in the tactical pen market. It’s created from T6061 aircraft aluminum and is only 6.1 inches long and 1.4 ounces in weight. The cap clicks open and closed and the Parker and Hauser ink cartridge writes smoothly.
There are tips at both ends of the pen, one for writing and one for fighting. The reviews for this pen are very good, and owners are satisfied with it as a weapon and a writing device.
Schrade SCPENBK Tactical Pen
This tactical pen is made out of CNC machined 6061 aircraft aluminum. The pen is shorter than the Smith & Wesson, with a length of 5.7 inches. However, it’s similarly lightweight at 1.6 ounces. The pen is black, and the cap can be screwed on and off. It comes with a House Parker cartridge.
The pen is comfortable to write with, and the small size is an advantage since it fits in your pocket.
Benchmade 1100 Series Charcoal Black Pen
The tip of the Benchmade tactical pen is made out of carbide and boasts a comfortable ergonomic pattern. Its black grip, cap, and body are manufactured with anodized charcoal, but it writes using blue ink. The tip on this tactical pen can easily break glass.
This is an expensive pen, but if you appreciate good quality workmanship then you should check out this pen. It gets high reviews.
BASTION Titanium Bolt Action Metal Pen for Men & Women
This is a good looking TITANIUM pen that is very popular. This premium, bolt-action pen is made to last. One of the best things about the pen is it’s appearance. This good looking pen is easy to carry and does not get a second glance since it actually like like a high-quality writing pen.
Reivews on this pen are very good with 91% of the reviews being either four or five stars.
Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen – Black [31-001880]
This Gerber tactical pen is a solid steel pen that uses a “Rite in the Rain’ ink cartridge for all conditions. Popular features include a push-button mechanism and tempered steel tip for breaking glass.
This is a very popular pen on the market that also receives very high reviews.
Tactical pens are not only a good self-defense weapon that can easily be carried on your person, but they are also practical. In some instances they may save your life.
They can be used for self-defense, breaking car windows in an automobile accident, and even for common writing.
This is a tool that every well-prepared survivalist should have in their kit.