As a tactical pen manufacturer, the Gerber company is geared toward tactical and accessories. Near the top of their line is the Impromptu Tactical Pen. As a testament to its quality they back it with an impressive lifetime North American warranty.
Made in the USA, it features a durable stainless steel body and a special Cerakote™ coating. This provides it with superior grip as well as corrosion resistance. Weighing in at 2.4-ounces and measuring at 5.59 inches long it looks just like a sleek executive pen, yet it also has a self-defense/glass breaking point.
The Impromptu Tactical pen comes with a “Rite in the Rain” ink cartridge, though it will also accept Space Pen refills by Fisher. It also has the ability to write upside down as well as in rain or extremely dry conditions.
Atomic Bear is an increasingly popular manufacturer of tactical items. Their Atomic Bear Tactical Pen MTP-6 is very popular with military and police officers. This tactical pen also has a compatible accessory package that is a very affordable secondary purchase.
This tactical pen includes a dual-mode LED flashlight that produces up to 1,300 lumens. It can serve as a functional, convenient flashlight, which also can be used to temporarily blind an assailant.
It also has a 1-fluid ounce container built into the body. It allows you to carry things like rubbing alcohol or lighter fluid. The tungsten steel tactical point also acts as a heavy-duty glass breaker point. There is also a replacement bottle opener and hex key attachment.
Atomic Bear includes a special online self-defense class with the initial purchase. It provides you with helpful tips to make the most out of the MTP-6 and its accessories.
CRKT is one of the most trusted manufacturers and industry leaders in tactical items. The Williams pen was designed by former Army officer James Williams who designed it based on insights from his successful martial arts experience. While it has maximum tactical functionality, it still feels in your hand and writes like a top-quality executive pen.
The body is machined from 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum, giving it maximum durability while also keeping it lightweight. The cap snaps on and off via an O-ring. If you prefer the sturdy pocket clip can be removed to give this tactical pen a sleek look.
With a little research, you’ll find that this pen and its designer have a fascinating backstory which makes this pen a conversation piece as well as a tactically superior writing instrument.
How We Picked
A quality tactical pen needs to start out with a self-defense or glass breaker point. This is arguably the most prized feature that makes it “Tactical” instead of just a writing instrument. At the same time, we also kept an eye out for tactical pens that will serve as a quality executive pen, while also looking good on your desk or in your pocket.
We kept an eye out for durable, lightweight material construction, and physical ease of use. This includes aircraft-grade aluminum, tungsten steel, tungsten carbide, stainless steel, and titanium.
Tactical pens with extra features, or that come with added accessories are also a nice touch. This includes things like:
- A built-in flashlight is capable of blinding or dazzling assailants.
- An accessory mini knife for self-defense as well as cutting cordage.
- A fluid storage compartment to hold first aid and fire-starting fluids.
- Removable clips and caps to attach it to pockets, lanyards, and jeans.
- A special textured grip or exterior coating for comfort when writing and slip reduction during self-defense.
- A DNA collector to take a sample from a potential assailant for further prosecution evidence.
- A bottle opener or hex key attachment tools for convenience.
- A built-in compass for orienteering when other options aren’t available.
These are just a few of the very attractive features and characteristics that help separate a simple writing device from a truly high-quality tactical pen.
Of course, price is also a factor. With some tactical pens, you get what you pay for. With other tactical pens, keen attention was paid to creating a quality item with basic utility. Then the manufacturer offers accessory options as part of a package with the initial purchase or as an affordable secondary purchase. This allows you to customize how you use the tactical pen.
The convenience of the ink refills was also a factor with many of these tactical pens. After all, they are a serious investment, and chances are you intend the pen body itself to last longer than the ink it comes with. Some tactical pen manufacturers require you to use their in-house ink refills. However, there are many many who make it a point to design their tactical pens to work with popular Parker and Fisher Space pen ink refill cartridges.
Gerber 31-001880 Impromptu Tactical Pen
What We Liked
The Cerakote™ coating is also a nice touch. Not only does it provide the pen with superior corrosion resistance, but it also makes it comfortable in the hand for times when you need to write with it or use it for tactical purposes. The fact that it can work with Space Pen refill ink cartridges is convenient.
At the same time, you also shouldn’t overlook the fact that in North America the Gerber 31-001880 Impromptu Tactical Pen is backed by a superior lifetime warranty. Outside of North America, this warranty is reduced to a still impressive 25-years.
The Gerber 31-001880 Impromptu Tactical Pen has the quality materials and components to last well beyond the return on investment. It is also inconspicuous enough to live in your pocket without screaming out to the world that you are carrying a tactical pen.
Valtcan Titanium Bolt Tactical Pen
It originally comes with a Schmidt P900 Parker style Parker gel ink cartridge, with no additional refills included in the purchase. However, it will also work with the Fisher Space Pen “Rite as Rain” refills. You should consider getting the Fisher refills if you will frequently need to use it in wet conditions.
What We Liked
The titanium construction if the first thing you’ll notice that sets the Valtcan Bolt Action Tactical Pen apart from most of the competition. The fact that it can also work with different ink refills is also a nice touch, and not something to overlook. Many people with this pen will choose to switch over to the Fisher Rite as Rain refills if they need to use it in wet conditions.
If you are in the market for a titanium tactical pen, the Valtcan Bolt Action Tactical Pen deserves to be near the top of your list. It has the durability and lightweight that you likely prioritize, while also looking good and writing comfortably.
If there’s a knock on this pen, it’s the slippery nature of polished titanium. You may want to practice your tactical grip to make sure it isn’t slipping in your hand during the times when you may need to use it’s self-defense capabilities.
What We Liked
Adding a USB rechargeable light to a durable tactical pen is a nice touch. The waterproof seals also mean that things like rain or an accidentally spilled beverage won’t damage the light. This is a great tactical pen for women who appreciate a tactical pen and might also need to quickly find a set of keys in their purse.
The fact that Wuben offers a 30-day money-back guarantee and a 5-year warranty makes a statement about the overall quality.
This is a very functional tactical pen for the money. The lightweight durable construction, tungsten steel tip, and USB rechargeable LED light can all come in handy. The waterproofing is also thoughtful.
The only minor knock on this pen is that there is no specific exterior texture treatment, which under certain severe conditions could cause the pen to slip from your grasp.
- Aircraft-grade aluminum construction
- USB rechargeable LED light
- 5-year warranty statement of quality
Smith & Wesson SWPENMP2BK Tactical Pen
What We Liked
The T6061 aircraft-grade aluminum construction makes this a lightweight and durable tactical pen. The fact that it will also work with relatively inexpensive Fischer Space Pen refills is also a nice touch.
As a trusted name in the tactical industry, you know that Smith & Wesson is going to bring a quality product to the market. The screw-off top concealing the tactical point is a nice touch that keeps the pen looking and feeling like a quality writing instrument when you are sitting in the office. Just keep in mind that it will take you an extra second or two to deploy its tactical point.
Tactical Tools Self Defense Tactical Pen With Accessories Package
What We Liked
This is a well-designed tactical pen from a trusted industry leader. For all intents and purposes, it looks and works just like a quality executive pen. The Space Pen refills are convenient, and the 1-year warranty speaks to the overall quality of materials as well as design.
This is a high-quality pen with a sponsored story behind it. There aren’t any bells and whistles with it like a built-in flashlight or compass. You do pay a little bit extra from the name brand and the James Williams design, but this pen stands on its own as a conversation piece.
Atomic Bear Tactical Pen MTP-6
kit of additional accessories. It includes an emergency whistle, ferrocerium rod fire starter with multi-function striker and a miniature knife.
It’s also worth noting that Atomic Bear offers a special online self-defense class with the purchase of this pen. You log on and they give you helpful tips to make the most out of your tactical pen.
What We Liked
The LED light is a convenient feature that you don’t always find in a tactical pen in this price range. The extra attachments are also handy, and the fact that they make upgrade packages that are very affordable. The one-ounce fluid container is also a nice little touch
Don’t look past the one-year warranty that comes with it. This is an overall statement of quality and thoughtful engineering.
There’s a reason why Atomic Bear is growing to be an industry leader in tactical items and accessories. You see this reflected in the versatility, quality and friendly price point of the MTP-6.
Iron Works Gear Tactical Self-Defense Pen
Space Pen refills and cartridges by Fisher tend to be one of the more popular options in this niche.
Q: What Are Some Popular Tactical Pen Accessories?
A. The tactical point or glass breaker is obviously the most appealing tactical pen feature. However, there are other accessories and options that you might want to prioritize.
A DNA collector is essentially some type of crow feature or texture area that is meant to hold blood and other tissues. It can serve as proof for times when an assailant flees the conflict. The DNA collected can often be used in court as part of the prosecution process.
Hex keys and bottle opener attachments are very convenient tools that you might want to prioritize. Especially if you work in some type of technical or trade service.
A mini knife is a small blade that you can attach to the end of the tactical pen to create a slashing weapon. It can also be very handy for things like cutting cordage or cleaning an animal when you are out in the bush.
An internal fluid chamber is handy for carrying first aid rubbing alcohol or lighter fluid.
A built-in compass might also be a priority feature if you need help orienteering when you are off the grid.
Q: Do I Need An LED Flashlight?
A. An LED flashlight is particularly handy for times when you might need to find a set of keys when moments count. A tactical pen capable of producing up to 1,300 lumens or one that has a flash or blinking feature can be especially helpful for blinding and potentially dazzling an assailant.
Shining the light into their eyes can distract them. Flashing the bright light directly into an assailant’s eyes can also cause them to see blotches or become temporarily blinded. In a close-quarters, physical confrontation, you might be able to shine the light directly into one eye. This can disorient an opponent’s vision, causing the eyes to not work together efficiently. It might be exactly the edge you need to take advantage of the physical conflict or simply take the opportunity to flee.
Q: Is Titanium That Much Better Than Aluminum?
A. On technical level titanium is a very durable material that can take a lot of punishment. If you put it next to an aluminum pan of the exact same specifications, the aluminum pen is going to fail first with just about every test. However, the extreme nature at which aircraft-grade aluminum fails is going to be something you rarely encounter, and when you do chances are the last thing you will be worried about at that moment is your pen.
In tactical pens, titanium has a gleam that some people prefer over the dull and often treated black surface of an aluminum tactical pen. This ultimately means that titanium has far more esthetic appeal, for those who want a high-quality executive pen that might come in handy in an emergency.
Q: Is A Glass Breaker Tip Important?
A. A glass breaker tip and a self-defense point are essentially the same things. Depending on the circumstances the glass breaker feature might be the most used feature. Car windows and other types of tempered glass tend to resist blunt force trauma very well. Yet a single small point can crack and shatter them with far less damage to the interior, occupants, and operator.
This might include things like water rescue, pet rescue, or accidentally locking yourself out of your vehicle in extreme weather conditions. In a moment like this, something as simple as a tungsten steel glass breaker tip can make a life and death difference.
Q: Should I Get A Pen With A Concealed Or Exposed Self-Defense Point?
A. Admittedly, there is a little bit of personal preference when it comes to answering this important question.
Some tactical pen manufacturers conceal the glass breaker or self-defense point under some type of cap or cover. Not only does this conceal the identity of the tactical pen, but it also prevents accidental injury. Depending on how you carry the pen a concealed point can also minimize wear and tear on clothing items like a shirt pocket.
The downside of concealing the point is the momentary delay of removing the cap or cover to use it in an emergency situation. Some people who like the look and feel of this type of tactical pen will practice spinning, twisting, or popping the cover off with one hand. This can spare you precious seconds when they count the most.
Of course, a tactical pen where the point is always exposed or the self-defense point is the tapered writing point, are always ready to use a moment’s notice. The drawback here is that a potential assailant might be able to recognize the pen’s true nature and prepare to defend against it. Even if you never use the point in a conflict, it could start to wear a hole in clothing or accidentally injure you in a fall.
Q: What’s The Best Way To Use A Tactical Pen For Self-Defense?
A. At first glance, a tactical pen might look like a basic stabbing item meant to produce a puncture wound in a potential assailant. However, there is some technique to using it. Some manufacturers will offer an online self-defense course to train you in how to best use their tactical pen.
There are also books written by military and first responders that can provide you with key insights and tactical pen techniques.
Tactical pens started out as being little more than a quality pen with some type of sharp point that could be used for self-defense. Since then modern manufacturing technology and consumer demand have driven a wave of innovation.
When shopping for the right tactical pen for you, you should keep in mind the kind of features you are likely to use the most. This starts with making sure the pen will work 99% of the time as a comfortable, useful executive pen.
If you are planning to work in wet environments, you might want to look for one that is rated to write in the rain, or has been rated to be waterproof.
If you are intending to take the tactical pen with you into the bush, you might also be interested in accessories. A unit that has optional things like a mini knife, hex key or a hidden storage compartment might be perfect for the times when you are off the grid. Many of these units offer the accessories as an additional cost, though there are some that include it with the initial purchase.
Whatever features or options you are looking for, the marketplace is likely going to leave you spoiled for choice.
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