Potent pens shown here are great for breaking through glass and defending yourself!
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Is That A Ballpoint Pen Or Badass Weapon In Your Toolbox?

I’m glad you asked….

It’s no doubt that one of the most common items carried and used across homes, numerous businesses, and schools is a pen. This ubiquitous tool for writing hasn’t changed considerably in decades. 

However, one design, more prominent today, that can accomplish the task of putting ink to paper and possibly saving your life is a Tactical Pen. These beefy, hardcore writing instruments feature innovative materials and features that can repel an attacker or allow you to escape from a bad situation with a variety of gadgets that would put James Bond to shame. 

From hidden blades to acute pressure point tips, to saws, window breakers, and just a solid piece a metal to strike a foe, you’ll be both protected from attacks, as well as from prying eyes as your security tool will be non-distinct in your front pocket or clipped to a notepad. 

Here we show that the pen can indeed be mightier than the sword with a variety of models and options on the market today. Enjoy high-class writing and the opportunity to stop an aggressor with just a few “strokes” of your improvised pen.

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511 Tactical Vlad Rescue Pen

Overview

With this amazing pen in your pocket, you’ll be able to draft reports, jot down notes, and save your life or others with its integrated glass breaking tip. The pen exudes toughness with its aircraft aluminum body, textured shaft for non-slip use, and hardcore steel pocket clip. The pressurized ink cartridge is easily replaceable when depleted allowing you to carry this rescue pen constantly during your daily travels. Just to be extra safe, keep a second one in your vehicle!

Specifications

  • Lightweight, aerospace aluminum body
  • Medium black ink pen opens with easy twist action 
  • Carbide tip glass breaker 
  • Full surface gimping provides a secure grip 
  • Durable steel pocket clip 

MSRP: $40.00

511Tactical.com 

511 Tactical Kubaton Tactical Pen 

Overview

This pen has a home in your hand for both writing and for striking an attacker if the situation arises. Constructed of hard aluminum, this pen pulls double duty as a modern version of an ancient Japanese weapon called the Kubaton. Use its rounded tip to strike an assailant’s vital area including his/her eyes, throat, neck and groin, in addition to numerous pressure points found along the body. When not defending yourself, the Kubaton acts like a traditional pen with smooth writing and a replaceable ink cartridge.

Specifications

  • One piece design, no fear of losing cap
  • Replaceable ink cartridge 
  • Aluminum body with steel pocket clip 
  • Includes medium black ink cartridge 
  • Ideal for pressure point and vital area striking 

MSRP: $30.00

511Tactical.com 

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Rothco Tactical Pen and Flashlight

Overview

This pen is certainly a Jack-of-all-trades featuring a stunning collection of gadgets including two styles of knives, a bottle opener, glass breaker, whistle, and a pocket clip to always keep it nearby. In dark settings, utilize its flashlight feature to find your way around and of course, use the pen as intended as a precise writing instrument with replaceable ink cartridges. Its durable aluminum and Tungsten steel design ensures year after year of reliable service. 

Specifications

  • Integrated flashlight 
  • Two interchangeable knives, serrated and straight edge
  • Includes bottle opener and pocket clip 
  • Constructed of Aluminum alloy and Tungsten steel 
  • Uses button cell batteries 

MSRP: $31.99

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Rothco Tactical Pen 

Overview

How many pens out there in the world include an integrated handcuff key? My guess, not many, but this little number stores one for unexpected situations. Utilize the pen’s traditional feature for smooth, black ink writing, or when the need may arise, go into spy-mode and use the glass breaker, handcuff key, or firm striking surface to get out of most situations quickly and efficiently. The unit sits well in your jacket or shirt pocket and goes where you do until needed. Don’t pass up this amazing lifesaving item!

Specifications

  • Textured body for a secure grip
  • Integrated handcuff key
  • Constructed of aircraft aluminum 
  • Length: 6.00 Inches 
  • Replaceable ink cartridge 

MSRP: $30.99

Rothco.com

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Gerber Gear Impromptu Tactical Pen

Overview

The Impromptu is the product of multiple law enforcement professionals determined to create a super-durable, tactical writing instrument. From its hardcore, machined body, to its steel clip and glass breaking tip accents, this tool won’t let you down when an emergency strikes. In quieter times, the pen’s “rite in the rain” ink cartridge will operate in all conditions, no matter if it’s inside your cozy home or deep in the harsh outdoors. Made in the USA, and a limited lifetime warranty should cement this item on your next must-have list. 

Specifications

  • Super-tough machined steel body 
  • Ink cartridge works in all inside or outdoor conditions 
  • Stainless steel pocket clip 
  • Lightning-fast push button pen deployment 
  • Integrated, tempered steel glass breaker tip

MSRP: $78.00

GerberGear.com

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CRKT Williams Defense Pen

Overview

This tactical pen goes slim in a big way and with it you’ll enjoy a discreet carry no matter who is looking at your shirt pocket. Designed by former Army officer and martial arts instructor, James Williams, the defense pen is both super-strong and lightweight at the same time. Use it to strike vital areas and pressure points along your attacker’s body, or just take some notes if needed in nearly any environmental conditions. Go simple and get the job done!

Specifications

  • Discreet, low-profile design
  • 6061 Aluminum body 
  • Non-reflective finish
  • Replaceable, writes-anywhere, pressurized ink cartridge 
  • Lightweight: only 1.30 ounces 

MSRP: $74.99

CRKT.com 

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Benchmade Longhand Tactical Pen

Overview

Big, bad, and taking no prisoners, this tactical pen features a smooth and streamlined design useful for both defending yourself and writing with absolute style. Constructed of heavy-duty stainless steel, the Longhand Tactical Pen will stand up to outdoor conditions like a pro, without rusting, sticking or under-performing when it’s time to get nasty. Additionally, this pressure-point attacker features a hand grip design that won’t fail under wet or slippery circumstances, or when the pressures on signing off on the “big deal”. 

Specifications

  • 330 Stainless steel handle 
  • Overall length: 4.62 inches 
  • AXIS bolt action 
  • Appears and writes as an ordinary pen
  • Choose from stainless steel of black stainless colors 

MSRP: $180

Benchmade.com

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Benchmade Shorthand Tactical Pen

Overview

Stationed conveniently within your shirt pocket, this small wonder can jump into action when trouble comes your way. Use the stainless steel body to attack the eyes, throat, or nerve points throughout an attacker’s body. After the action subsides, this handheld weapon “transforms” into a precise and reliable writing utensil, with a comfortable grip and replaceable ink cartridges. Go big with this squat tool that packs a powerful punch!  

Specifications

  • 330 Stainless steel handle 
  • Overall length: 3.49 inches 
  • AXIS bolt action 
  • Appears and writes as an ordinary pen
  • Choose from stainless steel of black stainless colors 

MSRP: $170

Benchmade.com

*Join the Skillset crew as they talk with tactical pen pioneer, Jack Roman, on how he developed his company Tuff Writer into one of the toughest pen manufacturers in the world.

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