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THE GALLANTRY MAN’S GUIDE TO TACTICAL PENS: WHAT IS A TACTICAL PEN?

THE GALLANTRY MAN’S GUIDE TO TACTICAL PENS: WHAT IS A TACTICAL PEN?

David Spielman
9 minute read

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“Tactical” is a legendary word. Throw it in front of just about any product and said product is guaranteed to instantly sound cooler. Try it and you’ll see. Meanwhile, when it comes to EDC pens, this practice abides by the rule, not the exception. Still, where did the so-called “tactical pen” come from? What is it? Finally, what makes it oh-so-very-tactical in the first place?

If you’re a Gallantry Man seeking answers, welcome, because you’ve come to the right place.

What is a Tactical Pen 20220610 - The Expendables 2 Tactical pens are a great choice for the Gallantry Man looking to keep a low profile when it comes to his self-defense.
Photo Credit: MovieStillsDB.com (The Expendables)

Whether you’re an EDC newcomer looking for a simple explainer or a veteran of the EDC game looking for a quick refresher, we’ve got you covered.

Let’s get tactical, gents.

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THE TACTICAL PEN: THE ORIGIN STORY

To truly understand the tactical pen, you must of course understand the absolute legend that created it.

Enter Soke Takayuki Kubota, the Japanese American Karate (the Gosuku-ryn style of karate, to be precise) man of action perhaps best known for both founding the International Karate Association and training the likes of none other than Chuck Norris and James Caan.

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Photo Credit: MovieStillsDB.com (The Killer Elite)

Soke isn’t just a karate chop aficionado, however. In fact, back in the 1960’s, this icon (who’s still alive, by the way) also invented (no, seriously, the guy holds the trademark) the pen-shaped EDC survival weapon known as the kubotan, a discreet self-defense multitool that can be be easily placed onto a keychain.

Kubotan with Grip - Black The Black Kubotan with Grip from Bushido.
Photo Credit: Bushido

IMPROMPTU TACTICAL PEN - BLACK FROM GERBERThe Black Impromptu Tactical Pen from Gerber
Photo Credit: Gerber

Take a good look at any modern tactical pen. Its resemblance to the kubotan, which clearly served as the modern tactical pen’s initial inspiration insofar as both its style and function, is uncanny.

Pretty neat, right?

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THE MODERN TACTICAL PEN

The modern tactical pen was essentially born when some genius (we say “genius” because tactical pen sales have been through the roof in recent years, as survivalists and EDC enthusiasts alike have a particular affinity for the product) asked the seemingly existential questions “What if we added an ink cartridge to a kubotan and made it even more tough, sturdy, reliable, durable, and versatile? What if we made the most tactical writing instrument to-date and loaded it with extraordinarily practical combat-oriented features?”

That’s right. Little sad, cheap plastic pens with flimsy caps can go take a hike in the woods.

The small, resourceful, and easy to carry multitool known as the modern tactical pen has officially barrel rolled into the building and guess what? It’s no longer just the niche products that was once used pretty much solely used by law enforcement and the military.

The modern tactical pen is a brilliant multitool used by Gallantry Men like you.

What is a Tactical Pen 20220610 - The Expendables 7Even if you’re not exactly inconspicuous, your tactical pen will be.
Photo Credit: MovieStillsDB.com (The Expendables)

CHARACTERISTICS OF A TACTICAL PEN

First and foremost, the purpose of owning an endlessly appealing tactical pen is so that you can always have a truly stellar and stealth self-defense weapon on your person.

Yes, tactical pens also happen to be shockingly affordable, comfortable to grip (the heavy rigid handles on the body), and able to serve as a terrific pressurized cartridge-fueled writing instrument (they are pens, after all). However, the fact remains that their innate functionality, size, shape, weight (they’re heavier than your average pen), and military-grade material (likely aircraft-grade anodized aluminum, machined steel, or titanium) make them undeniably handy in emergency situations (i.e. ones where you need to break glass with a blunt end) and those unfortunate but absolutely possible scenarios where you need to show some dirtbag lowlife attacker what time it is.

Spoiler alert: It’s always get-some-o’clock somewhere.

What is a Tactical Pen 20220610 - The Expendables 8Getting into the proper self-defense mindset is crucial for the Gallantry Man that carries a tactical pen on his person. The Gallantry Man hopes to avoid a prickly scenario altogether, sure, but if one should arise, he’s prepared to assess his situation, size up his target, and strike… repeatedly.
Photo Credit: MovieStillsDB.com (The Expendables)

The simple truth of the matter is that tactical pens can do more than just injure. They can be dangerous, and, yes, grasshopper, they can even be fatal. Flip one of their ballpoint tip and caps around and you’ll find none other than a forged, hardened, super-sharp pointed tip that can penetrate, puncture, stab, prod, poke, twist, and incapacitate like the best of ‘em should you need to surprise and strike (early and often, of course).

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CAN SOMETHING SO RENEGADE REALLY BE STREET LEGAL?

Great question. Love where your head is at.

The answer is a resounding “Hell yeah, brother! The tactical pen is 100% legal to carry in all states!”

This fact alone makes tactical pens an excellent choice for the Gallantry Man that either travels frequently (conventional weapons like knives, kubotans, and firearms are not allowed in airports) and/or doesn’t want to necessarily carry a firearm, but nonetheless seeks the solace that everyday carrying a self-defense weapon like a tactical pen provides.

What is a Tactical Pen 20220610 - The Expendables 10Possessing a tactical pen from Gallantry is guaranteed to give you near-superhuman levels of confidence.
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GET TACTICAL, GALLANTRY MAN-STYLE

The verdict is in. Owning a tactical pen is the only move in town for any Gallantry Man looking to take his self-defense game to the next level.

Now that you’ve been briefed on all things tactical pen, grab one (two, or even all three – you know, if you’re really going for the gold) of these brand new beauties that we’ve got in stock TODAY!

THE IMPROMPTU TACTICAL PEN FROM GERBER

IMPROMPTU TACTICAL PEN - BLACK FROM GERBER

You just never know when danger might make an appearance, though chances are it will be when you least expect it. That’s why the good folks at Gerber teamed up with law enforcement professionals to construct this effortlessly attractive made in the USA, tough machined steel bodied, corrosion-resistant, push-button tactical pen with a convenient pocket clip and a tempered window-shattering tip.

The fact this multiuse, clickable first-class ticket to safety takes good notes rain or snow (its got a reliable refill to back you up in any condition) isn’t too shabby, either.

Looks like the pen really is mightier than the sword, after all.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Rugged, machined steel body with Cerakote™
  • Handy stainless steel pocket clip
  • Integrated glass-breaker tip features tempered steel specifically designed to get you out of trouble
  • “Rite in the Rain” ink cartridge that works in all conditions, inside and outdoors
  • Reliable push-button mechanism that deploys ball point mechanism
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Length: 5.59 inches
  • Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Made in USA

Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen

Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen

$90.00

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THE WILLIAMS DEFENSE PEN II FROM CRKT

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The prepared Gallantry Man with foresight already knows that looks can be deceiving and that situations calling for self-defense are, by their very nature, frequently unexpected.

Enter the subtle, sleek Williams (named after former Vass, North Carolina Army officer and martial arts instructor James Williams, the man who designed it) Defense Pen II from Columbia River Knife and Tool, the writing instrument that is as sophisticated as it is lethal.

Strong and lightweight with a 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum handle that combines strength with minimal weight, this discreet gem not only has an incredibly durable, scratch-resistant anodized finish, a unique pattern for stellar grip, a cap with a clip that easily snaps into place, but it also comes fully equipped with a pressurized ink cartridge that has been specifically developed for the most extreme of environmental conditions as well as a blunted point tail that’s literally ready for whatever, whenever.

Your tactical pen game just got a whole lot more top notch.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • A strong, lightweight aluminum handle that combines strength with minimal weight
  • Durable, scratch-resistant Type III OD Green anodized finish
  • Pressurized ink cartridge and refill developed for extreme environmental conditions
  • 6061 Aircraft aluminum blade steel
  • Length: 5.94"
  • Weight: 1.40 oz.

CRKT Williams Defense Pen II

CRKT Williams Defense Pen II

$55.00

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THE SURVIVAL TACTICAL PEN FROM SCHRADE

Schrade SCPEN4BK 5.9in Aluminum Refillable Screw-Off Tactical Pen for Outdoor Survival, Protection and EDC

You don’t need to be hiking or camping in order to find this versatile, high performing companion tool, which has been carefully constructed from heavy-duty anodized aluminum, incredibly functional.

In addition to a brilliant pocket clip and a screw-off top that reveals a black ink ballpoint pen tip, this bad boy packs serious survival features like a built-in defensive end point/glass breaker (which happens to work remarkably well as a striking tool), an emergency whistle, and an incorporated ferro rod fire starter.

The ultimate survival pen has officially arrived and it has done so with seriously fine craftsmanship, quality, and dependability.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • CNC Machined 6061 T6 Aluminum
  • Durable and convenient pocket clip
  • Black ink ballpoint pen tip w/ screw-off top
  • Built-in glass breaker
  • Ferro rod w/ striker plate
  • Refillable ink cartridge (Black Starminen Fine Point D1 Pen Cartridges)
  • Length: 5.9”
  • Weight: 1.7 oz.

Schrade Survival Tactical Pen

Schrade Survival Tactical Pen

$49.00

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