The 5 Best Tactical Pens for Preppers and EDC!
A tactical pen is more than just a writing instrument – it offers a full suite of tools for survival and self-defense contained in the same small body. Finding the best tactical EDC pen for your specific needs doesn’t need to be complicated!
A tactical pen may seem like an unnecessary addition to your survival arsenal at first, but the options for tactical pen use are virtually limitless and it’s one of the few tools that you’re likely to have on you at all times. The best tactical pen is small enough that you can simply stick it in your pocket and not think about it until you need it. Plus, an EDC pen is useful enough as a writing tool that you’ll want to have it around all the time.
Best of all, a tactical pen can go places other self-defense tools can’t go. Tactical pens don’t have any regulations surrounding them and can pass a frisk or security check without notice (except maybe for TSA - in general, they are not allowed). They’re also cheap, so you don’t have to worry about taking it out into the world with you and using it at the risk of losing it.
In this article, we’ll highlight five of the best tactical pens for survival and self-defense as well as discuss some of the potential uses of this versatile tool.
1) Smith & Wessen Aircraft Aluminum Tactical Pen
This versatile tactical pen from Smith & Wessen is designed primarily for self-defense thanks to the sharp, pointed tip. The pen is made from aircraft-grade aluminum, so you can be certain that it won’t bend or snap on you in the middle of a fight.
The structure of the pen is reinforced thanks to the fact that the writing pen tip is on the opposite end of the tool as the pointed end. The pocket clip allows you to keep this pen close at hand in your shirt or pants pocket. Even better, pulling up on the pen when it is clipped puts it readily into position in your hand for self-defense.
However, the dual-ended design can make the pen somewhat uncomfortable to hold when writing. The section of metal that is carved out to provide traction is placed for optimum grip when holding the pen as a defense tool, and there is no padding for your fingers when writing.
2) Schrade SCPENBK Aluminum Tactical Pen
This low-key tactical pen is almost indistinguishable from a normal pen until you hold it. That makes it an ideal choice for business professionals who want to carry a well-concealed self-defense tool on them at all times.
The pen has a very simple design, with a pointed end used for striking and a refillable pen on the other end. The striking end is somewhat blunt compared to other tactical pens, making it better as a non-lethal weapon or as a hammer tool in a variety of urban and survival situations.
One of the best features of this pen is its length, which is just long enough to fit fully in the palm of the average male’s hand with the striking end protruding. This allows the sunken grooves to serve as effective grips so that the pen won’t slip in the middle of a fight.
The pen is covered by a screw-off top, which is more durable and less likely to be lost than the caps on other tactical pens. However, the screw-off top can be hard to unstick if it is screwed on too tightly. The pen is also surprisingly comfortable to write with and ink flows more smoothly than most cheap pens.
3) Columbia River Knife and Tool Williams Tactical Pen 2
This EDC pen from Columbia River Knife and Tool is one of the more expensive options, but the price is well worth the investment thanks to a number of upgrades over budget tactical pens.
First, this tactical pen excels as a pen – it offers write-anywhere ink flow, so you can write in the rain, upside-down, or on difficult surfaces. If you’re carrying a pen in a survival situation, it only makes sense that you would want the capability to write with it no matter the conditions.
Second, the tactical pen is made of aircraft-grade aluminum and features a sharper striking point than other pens. This can be a distinct advantage in a self-defense scenario, as it is easier to inflict pain on your attacker with the sharpened point.
This is the second version of this tactical pen, with the main difference from the original being that it is smaller in size to better fit in a standard pants pocket. The smaller size makes it far less conspicuous and thus less likely to be confiscated, but it does slightly compromise the grip. That said, the pocket clip actually offers a good surface to hold onto when palming the pen to strike.
4) Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen
This tactical pen from Gerber is heavier and more versatile than other EDC tools. The pen is made from steel and weighs 2.25 ounces – almost twice the weight of other models – so you can strike an attacker or use it as a hammer with impressive amounts of force. On top of that, the pen has many carvings that provide grip in your palm and the steel is finished with Cerakote to make it even easier to hold.
Unlike other tactical pens, the design of this tool places all of its features at a single end. The writing pen tip can be released and retracted from the striking end with the push of a button. This means that the striking point is relatively blunt, so you’re more likely to deliver an impact than a lethal stab with this tactical pen during an attack. The pen also offers the ability to write in the rain, which is extremely useful given that this is the pen you’re most likely to have with you when conditions turn south.
An extremely useful feature added to this pen is the carbide glass-breaker tip, which is situated on the striking end just below the pen tip. This tip can be used to hammer through the tempered glass of a car window to escape or access a trapped passenger in a survival situation.
5) Boker Plus 09BO093 Titan K.I.D. Cal Tactical Pen
This stylish and expensive pen from Boker Plus looks less like a tactical pen than most of its competitors, but offers the same effectiveness in a self-defense situation. In many ways, the matte finish of the pen is good camouflage that prevents it from being confiscated at security checkpoints or from standing out when you’re simply using it as a pen.
While the pen may look smooth, it offers plenty of grip thanks to its relatively wide diameter and a few raised areas towards the writing end of the pen. In addition, the pen and striking point are at the same end, allowing the rear of the tool to be flat. When you are gripping the pen as a kubotan, you can place your thumb on that flat rear to drive the pen forward without slipping.
In addition, the pen uses space-grade ink cartridges, which allows you to write in any weather conditions and even upside-down. However, note that replacing the ink can be fairly expensive since only these cartridges will fit. Another minor flaw is that while the pen’s clip functions well at first, the screw holding it in place can come loose over time and you will need a special torx wrench to screw it tight again.
The Many Uses of Tactical Pens
Tactical pens are far more than just writing instruments. While the uses of a tactical pen are virtually unlimited, let’s take a look at some examples of what you can do with one of these tools in your pocket.
- Striking an Attacker – One of the primary uses of a tactical pen is as a self-defense tool. The striking ends of tactical pens are not typically sharp like a knife, but when driven with proper force they can easily penetrate skin and soft tissues. Even when struck against harder parts of the body, like the rib cage, a tactical pen can provide enough of an impact to drive an attacker back and give you a chance to escape.
- Bluffing – Having a tactical pen on you may even save you from having to use it. Many attackers are picking targets who they think are unable to defend themselves, so by waving a glinting metal kubotan in front of your body you can show that you are ready to protect yourself and to strike back if they approach.
- Hammering – In a survival situation, you can use the striking end of a tactical pen similar to how you would use a hammer. The force created by a carefully targeted tactical pen strike can bend or dent metal or chip away at heavy glass.
- Breaking Glass – While any tactical pen could be used to break glass with enough blows, some tactical pens come with a carbide point that is specifically intended for smashing through tempered glass. This is most useful for breaking car windows, either to free yourself from a car after an accident or to access a trapped passenger.
- Collecting DNA – A strange but true benefit of using a tactical pen to stab an attacker is that you’ll be collecting a sizable sample of their DNA on your pen’s tip when you draw blood. This can come in quite handy as evidence to prove the identify of your attacker, whether for tracking them down or for a court case to convict them of the attack.
Everyone Should Consider a Tactical Pen for EDC!
Tactical pens are much more than just writing instruments – they are inconspicuous and inexpensive self-defense and survival tools. Importantly, these pens are one of the few tools that you’re likely to have on you at all times and offer a wide variety of uses for any situation.