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Good tactical pens?

Posted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:04 am
by Mechphisto
I'm scouring online, and I'm having a heck of a time coming up with a quality tactical pen with these two features:
  • Does not have a point on the thumb end (be it the tungsten tip or the pen)
  • The cap can be put on the opposite end while you're writing
I bought this one:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QH ... UTF8&psc=1
and as a matter of fact, it's actually really good! I've been trying to break it, make it pop screw threads or something, and can't. The flashlight is kind of dim, but I have like 2 other EDC lights that'll blind, I'm OK with dim. And I like that you only need to unscrew the business end to get to the multitool.
But, when you unscrew the cap, it doesn't fit on the other end.
This one looks great:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MG25VN1/re ... dDbVHK2P00
the cap snaps onto either end!
But, at that price, I don't know... I like having a tactical pen that does a couple more things (AND actually can be used for defense or glass breaking).
Has anyone found one that has all the features?

Re: Good tactical pens?

Posted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:16 pm
by gary83
I don't have one yet I like the Matthew Martin tactical pen.

Re: Good tactical pens?

Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:23 am
by JeeperCreeper
Jason Bourne used a Bic

John Wick used a pencil, I assume a Dixon Ticonderoga

Myself, I'm a G2 pilot kinda guy...

Re: Good tactical pens?

Posted: Sat Oct 26, 2019 6:46 pm
by cv66er
I carry a Schmeisser that I got as a gift years ago. It does what I need.

Re: Good tactical pens?

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:40 am
by drop bear
I use the uniball power tank. Just in case I have to write in space.

I am not sure how rugged a pen has to be to shank someone.

https://youtu.be/vQ93RLxHcjI

Re: Good tactical pens?

Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:10 pm
by JackBauer
I got two of these. Pretty cool feels solid in hand and writes well
https://www.amazon.com/Atomic-Bear-Tact ... 744&sr=8-5

One for me and one fro a friend.

Re: Good tactical pens?

Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:45 pm
by drop bear
drop bear wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:40 am
I use the uniball power tank. Just in case I have to write in space.

I am not sure how rugged a pen has to be to shank someone.

https://youtu.be/vQ93RLxHcjI
Actually I have a couple of spares. What would people consider a reasonable medium to suggest that a disposable pen has all the shankworthy attributes you need from a tactical pen?

Re: Good tactical pens?

Posted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:04 am
by majorhavoc
drop bear wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:40 am
I am not sure how rugged a pen has to be to shank someone.

https://youtu.be/vQ93RLxHcjI
Oh, we can do much better than that.


Re: Good tactical pens?

Posted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:01 pm
by yelp
drop bear wrote:
Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:45 pm
drop bear wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:40 am
I use the uniball power tank. Just in case I have to write in space.

I am not sure how rugged a pen has to be to shank someone.

https://youtu.be/vQ93RLxHcjI
Actually I have a couple of spares. What would people consider a reasonable medium to suggest that a disposable pen has all the shankworthy attributes you need from a tactical pen?
Ed Calderon teaches classes in improvised stabology. No, really, it's the real deal. Check out "Ed's Manifesto" for more info, and for a brief real-world synopsis check out this podcast episode from about 3:00 minutes in:

http://uncensoredtactical.com/120-mowgl ... ift-ideas/

Mr. Calderon's test subject: a dead pig. The loser for stabbing a dead pig - Zebra tactical pens. The winner for stabbing a dead pig - Bic Gem disposables. You know, the clear kind that run a buck for a ten pack. The body is acrylic and, being acrylic, means it can be sharpened (to "ventilator capability") by rubbing against something like a hotel room rug in less than thirty seconds.

So. Find your improvised weapons of choice, and attack a dead pig. Compare and contrast, rinse and repeat.

Re: Good tactical pens?

Posted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:33 am
by drop bear
I mean I don't have a pig but I did put it through 3 layers of reasonably thick cardboard. (An e scooter box.) With the pen clicked out and not hanging on to the clicky end bit. And that went in fine and did not damage the pen.

I took some photos but have no idea how to download them. But it basically went through the cardboard until my hand stopped it.

I don't know how useful that is as a test. But it was convenient.

Re: Good tactical pens?

Posted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:38 am
by drop bear
drop bear wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:33 am
I mean I don't have a pig but I did put it through 3 layers of reasonably thick cardboard. (An e scooter box.) With the pen clicked out and not hanging on to the clicky end bit. And that went in fine and did not damage the pen.

I took some photos but have no idea how to download them. But it basically went through the cardboard until my hand stopped it.

I don't know how useful that is as a test. But it was there

Re: Good tactical pens?

Posted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:38 am
by drop bear
Double post.

Re: Good tactical pens?

Posted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:58 pm
by Towanda
drop bear wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:40 am
I use the uniball power tank. Just in case I have to write in space.

I am not sure how rugged a pen has to be to shank someone.

https://youtu.be/vQ93RLxHcjI
Not to mention that the Power Tank writes a lot more smoothly than the Fisher Space Pen. The Power Tank is my current EDC pen.

Re: Good tactical pens?

Posted: Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:08 am
by drop bear
Towanda wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:58 pm
drop bear wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:40 am
I use the uniball power tank. Just in case I have to write in space.

I am not sure how rugged a pen has to be to shank someone.

https://youtu.be/vQ93RLxHcjI
Not to mention that the Power Tank writes a lot more smoothly than the Fisher Space Pen. The Power Tank is my current EDC pen.
That I didn't know I have barely used a space pen because of the cost.

I have been writing on wet paper and it works fine.

Re: Good tactical pens?

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:57 am
by tony d tiger
Towanda wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:58 pm
drop bear wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:40 am
I use the uniball power tank. Just in case I have to write in space.

I am not sure how rugged a pen has to be to shank someone.

https://youtu.be/vQ93RLxHcjI
Not to mention that the Power Tank writes a lot more smoothly than the Fisher Space Pen. The Power Tank is my current EDC pen.
Heresy!!
I'll have to check that out; love my Fisher Space pen, been using one for years - and carry the Fisher bullet pen as a backup. (2=1 / 1=0) :awesome:

Re: Good tactical pens?

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:47 pm
by minengr
If you have access to a mini lathe you can make your own.