Is It True That “People Who Carry Tactical Pens Can’t Fight?”

People Who Carry Tactical Pens "Can't Fight"?

One of the things about reading self-defense information on the Internet is that anybody can say anything.

Recently I stumbled across a YouTube video that was all about how people who carry “kubotans” can’t fight.

This caught my attention, because a kubotan, a tactical pen, and a flashlight are all the same thing.

(They’re all small, rigid objects that people use as force multipliers in a fight.)

That means the guy in the video was telling a whole lot of people they’re not capable of protecting themselves.

So, I gotta ask…

Is It True That People Who Carry Tactical Pens “Can’t Fight”?

People Who Carry Tactical Pens "Can't Fight"?
People Who Carry Tactical Pens “Can’t Fight”?

There’s a short answer to that question, of course.

I mean, people ask inflammatory questions like that because they’re trying to drive “clickbait” “hate-views,” you know?

Tell somebody they’re stupid, or they can’t fight, and they’ll fall over themselves to tell you that you’re wrong.

But in this case, the answer to that question – is it TRUE that you can’t fight if you carry one of these tools – is obviously NO.

But you might be surprised by WHY it’s “no.”

People who carry tactical pens, kubotans (sometimes called “yawara”) and small flashlights as striking tools all have different amounts of training.

But anybody carrying one of these tools understands one super-important thing:

These tools all work because PHYSICS says so.

See, when you hold a rigid object like a tactical pen or a kubotan in your hand, the smaller tip of the object AMPLIFIES the force of your blow.

The kubotan or pen hits HARDER than your fist alone, because the force is concentrated.

And because the pen or kubotan can’t feel pain and is a lot harder than your knuckles, what you’ve got is one HELL of a weapon that makes ANYBODY more prepared for a fight.

But people who carry these tools do make 1 important mistake.

They usually limit themselves to just one tool.

  • If you carry a kubotan, all you have is a dowel – which can hit hard, but can’t be used for utility.
  • If you carry a tactical pen, you have a kubotan that also writes, which is great – but it isn’t a flashlight.
  • If you carry a flashlight, you can light your way in an emergency… but you don’t have a pen to write with.

But what if you could carry ALL these things in the same, compact striking weapon and utility tool?

It’s called the STRIKEPEN, and you can see more about it here.

The STRIKEPEN is a milled alloy pen with a scientifically tested texture for a great grip.

It writes well, but it ALSO incorporates a bright LED emitter (as you can see in the picture) and a tungsten striker.

(It even includes interchangeable tools, one of which is a blade, the other of which is a wrench and bottle opener.)

This is the “Swiss Army Knife” of tactical pens – a combination pen, kubotan, and flashlight that can still fly “under the radar” while it’s protecting you.

It’s easily the best tactical pen I’ve seen yet… but don’t wait to get yours.

The website where I buy them has limited inventory, and once these are gone, they’re gone.

Get yours – and get protected – today.

And, hey, the fact that you’re more than equipped to fight to protect yourself will be our little secret…

…no matter what random guys on the Internet have to say about it.

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Best Tactical Pen Methods: How To Use A Tactical Pen Without Mistakes

Tactical Pen Techniques: The Best Tactical Pen Tactics And Methods

They tazed him three times… and it did NOTHING.

When they finally took him down, he was still fighting.

The judge who sentenced Brian Sanchez-Padilla to 39 total years in prison ruled he used a deadly weapon.

His victims?

Two cops who tried to roust him for sleeping in a public park.

When Sanchez-Padilla got belligerent with the male and female officers, they tried to arrest him…

…and that’s when he went NUTS.

What happened next was a good example of what you DON’T do with a weapon like that.

That’s why you need hear…

How To Avoid 3 Common Tactical Pen Mistakes!

Tactical Pen Techniques: The Best Tactical Pen Tactics And Methods
Tactical Pen Techniques: The Best Tactical Pen Tactics And Methods

Brian Sanchez-Padilla was a strung-out drug addict who left a treatment center early against doctors’ orders.

He was also high on K2, a synthetic marijuana known for its nasty side effects.

That’s why he was sleeping in a park when the two police officers found him.

His lawyer tried to argue in court that the judge shouldn’t have categorized his pen as a deadly weapon.

But the convicted criminal used that pen to repeatedly stab one of the officers near the eye.

In other words, he was trying to BLIND the cop.

In the end, the police took him down, and he was convicted of aggravated assault (with an enhancement for using a deadly weapon).

But when I read that story, I kept thinking about how it illustrates a very dangerous reality of the pen as a weapon.

Given how many of us carry tactical pens these days, we should learn from this nasty example… and keep a few other facts in mind when carrying a tactical pen.

1. The Tactical Pen Is Not A Knife

Look, I know using a criminal as an example is a little weird, but hear me out.

Lots of people carry tactical pens as emergency weapons, and I’m one of them.

The problem is, a lot of us “good guys,” just like “bad guys” like Brian Sanchez-Padilla, think of the tactical pen as a tiny knife.

It isn’t one.

Now yes, people can be and have been stabbed with pens.

A few years back at “Comic-Con,” two fan-boys famously got into an argument about who was sitting too close to whom, and one stabbed the other with a pen “near the eye.”

The result was pretty ineffective, and the victim went to the hospital with a “minor cut.”

The cop Sanchez-Padilla jabbed, by comparison, was injured more, but not enough to stop the two police officers from taking the scumbag down.

In other words, a tactical pen is more like a “tactical poking device” than it is a knife.

But that brings me to…

2. The Tactical Pen Is Not A Precision Weapon!

Last summer, in Harlem, a guy walked up to another dude on a train platform and tried to stab him in the eye with a pen.

He instead hit the victim in the mouth (and then ran off).

Just like the Comic-con pen-stabber, and just like Brian Sanchez-Padilla, that guy found out fast how hard it is to hit a small target with a pen.

Because the pen (tactical or not) is not as sharp as a knife, the only target you can really dig into are the eyes.

The eyes are small compared to the head.

And the head is usually moving, especially in a fight.

Sanchez-Padilla tried and failed to stab out a cop’s eye.

If he had instead used his tactical pen like a kubotan, to concentrate the pressure of his strikes, he might have been able to stop the cops from taking him down.

(Not that we would have wanted him to.)

The point, though, is that if YOU use a tactical pen, you’re not going to make precision strikes to the eyes.

You’ll have to use it more like a kubotan or yawara (the Japanese term for a wooden dowel).

When you do, you’ll use it to concentrate the force of your hand strikes to those targets you CAN hit.

3. The Tactical Pen Is The WORST Option For Security Checkpoints

By now, if you’re like me, you’re probably seeing how you would use a tactical pen as a tool for defense…

…and if you don’t already have one, you’re thinking about getting one, right?

There’s one big problem, though.

Security people are already “hip” to the idea of the tactical pen.

They’ll spot the knurled grip and the all-metal construction, and if you try to take a tactical pen past a security checkpoint…

…they just might take it from you.

For that reason, if you want a pen weapon for flying, or when going past any other security checkpoint, switch out your tactical model for a non-tactical all-metal writing pen.

The Zebra F701, or one of the all-metal Parker pens, are good choices for temporary “security carry.”

For anywhere that isn’t a security area, however, I love a good tactical pen.

They’re sturdy, they have the design features you want in a self-defense tool like this (including good traction for gripping and jabbing), and… well, they’re just freaking cool.

As long as you know what the tactical pen can and can’t do, you can avoid critical mistakes when using it as a weapon.

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Best Tactical Pen: 3 Things To Look For When Shopping

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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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