Best Tactical Pen: 3 Things To Look For When Shopping

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Do you carry a tactical pen?

Are you thinking about buying one?

If we accept the concept, the idea that a very hard, either blunt or pointy object the size of a pen in your pocket is useful for self-defense, then we must then look for what to buy.

How do we know what qualities we require in a tactical pen?

There are many on the market.

There are more on the market than probably are necessary, and thus we have many, many choices in front of us.

So what do we look for?

3 Things To Look For In A Tactical Pen!

best tactical pen for kubotan, yawara, pocket stick techniques
best tactical pen for kubotan, yawara, pocket stick techniques

A tactical pen doesn’t have to be the most expensive on the market.

It doesn’t have to be even the nicest looking.

It does have to have certain qualities, though.

Here, therefore, are 3 things your tactical pen MUST have.

1. It Should Be Large

First of all, your tactical pen needs to be reasonably large.

This is because you need to be able to get a good grip on it, and you need to have some of it sticking out from your hand in order for you to effectively poke the other guy.

There are some very small compact tactical pens on the market.

There are even some small sort of tactical styluses.

They aren’t really long enough.

The smaller the pen is, and the smaller around it is, the harder it’s going to be for you to get a grip on it.

Remember that in a fight the adrenaline dump of an actual self-defense encounter is supposed to turn you into a lobster-clawed helpless mutant, who can only use gross motor functions.

Well, if that’s the case, then you don’t want the tiniest, finest pointed little miniature tactical pen in your pocket.

You want something of reasonably good size that you can wrap your fist around.

2. It Should Be Metal

Your tactical pen should be metal.

Most of the tactical pens on the market are aluminum.

There are some that are made of other metals, like titanium or other relatively lightweight but sturdy metals.

You don’t want plastic.

Anyone can buy a plastic pen.

I suppose in a pinch a plastic pen is better than nothing.

Just like if you were to use a flashlight as a striking implement, a plastic flashlight is better than nothing, but you want a metal flashlight if at all possible.

The fact is, you will have no difficulty finding a metal-bodied tactical pen.

So make sure yours is metal.

3. It Should Be Textured

You want to make sure that that metal is textured, so that the tactical pen will not slip out of your hand.

The exact type of the texturing doesn’t matter.

It could be knurled.

(Knurling is sort of a crosshatch pattern in the metal.)

When you run your hand across it you can feel the friction that the crosshatch pattern creates.

That is when you help your hand not to slip along the barrel of the pen.

It could be fluted, which are sort of grooves cut into the pen.

It could have rings cut into it, looking like something out of a 1950s space movie.

It doesn’t matter, as long as the pen isn’t smooth as glass, and something that will squeeze right out of your grip the moment you have to try and hang onto it.

The pen should be painful.

By that I mean when you jam it into someone else, the end should be small enough that that’s painful.

Almost any pen is going to be this.

It doesn’t matter if it’s rounded, if it’s blunt, if it’s tapered into a very pointy tip.

Some tactical pens are sharp enough at the end that you could stab people with them, with the cap on or off.

(On most tactical pens, the actual writing implement end is sharp enough that you could stab someone with it.)

Any tactical pen with the cap off is sharp enough to stab someone, but many of these tactical pens are tapered, such that you can stab with the body of the pen.

Keep all these factors in mind when you are shopping for your own tactical pen.

You’ll be glad you did.

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