Best Tactical Pens 2019 Reviews & Ultimate Guide

Have you ever been in a situation where you feared for your own safety? Even just a little bit? Perhaps walking home late at night and the shadows seem to be following you? Or when you hear a strange ‘bump’ in the night, sensing a possible intruder scenario? In situations like these and many others, it is important to be prepared and law officials will attest that the most important tool available to you in an emergency situation is whatever is currently in your hand.

In an emergency situation, you often times don’t have any time to think, only react, which is why the top tactical pens can do a lot more than write in the rain, it can save your life!

Tactical Pen Model              Weight                Length           Rating                   Price

Gerber Impromptu

            4.0 ounces                        5.5″                                           $$$

Smith & Wesson Tactical

            1.4 ounces                           6″                



Schrade Tactical Pen

            1.6 ounces                        5.7″                



Columbia River and Knife Tactical Pen

            6.4 ounces




Uzi Defender


            2.4 ounces




What is our number one choice for the best tactical pen?

The best tactical pens are multi-functional tools providing the user a top-end writing device, a self-defense weapon and in some cases, a few other funky features which are sure to help you be prepared in a time of need. Arguably, a tactical pens primary function is to be exactly as the name suggests: a pen. If you are going to be spending over $25 for a tactical pen, you’ll want it at the very least to be able to write in the rain, the snow, upside down, right side up, ETC.

The tip of the pen is however different in comparison to your classic ‘bic’ pen. Take a look at a pen you might have on your desk as you read this. The end of the pen, although moderately sharp, would have a tough time piercing anything beyond a piece of paper. The best tactical pens, on the other hand, have a much sharper ballpoint and some even have a blunt end on the back for breaking through glass.

Tactical pens often times have other features which make them a multi-functional device. Ever find yourself handcuffed? Some tactical pens come with a hidden handcuff key built in. Other tactical pens will feature specialized grips and other features such as lights and lasers.

What materials are high-quality tactical pens made of?

The secondary function of the best tactical pens are the self-defense features. A tactical pen is made out of heavy-duty materials, typically aircraft grade aluminum. Aluminum will ensure that the pen does not bend, crack or fracture on impact which is an important feature in the case you ever need to use it. Much like the best tactical flashlights, they go through a coating process known as anodizing which strengthens the top layers of the aluminum

Internally, the best tactical pens vary as to what type of ink they use. Generally, finding replacement ink isn’t too difficult as the biggest brands tend to cater to tactical pens.

Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen


Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen is one of our all-time favorite tactical pens, the Gerber Impromptu is a fantastic multi-functional pen designed for those who want to be prepared for an unexpected scenario. Made with a machine steel body the Impromptu will be one of the heavier pens you ever end up holding in your hand.

As a pen, the Gerber does a fantastic job. It writes well in all conditions, and would definitely be recommended for those who work outdoors in a variety of conditions. Durability wise, the Impromptu is one of the tougher pens on the market so if you’re worried about your pen taking some serious damage and need it to hold up, this unit is probably the right choice for you.

Towards the tip of the pen, there is an integrated ‘glass-breaker,’ tip. In our tests, it didn’t get in the way of our actual writing and it is definitely robust enough to work if you get into a scenario where you need to use it.

Functionally, it has a push-button mechanism which is my personal favorite choice for releasing the ballpoint. If I were ever in a situation where I needed to use the Impromptu as a weapon, I would have full confidence in being able to release the ballpoint of the pen immediately.

The price point of the Gerber Impromptu is completely reasonable and makes it one of the best tactical pens on the market. Highly recommended.

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Smith & Wesson Military and Police Tactical Pen

Smith & Wesson Military and Police Tactical Pen

Smith & Wesson Military and Police Tactical Pen is made of aircraft grade aluminum, the Smith & Wesson Military and Police Tactical Pen means business. A little under 6 inches in length and an overall weight of 1.4 ounces, this model feels extremely sleek in your hand. Something to note in regards to the photos you see, the actual ballpoint of this pen is not at the pointy end. The pointy end is at the self-defense portion of this pen with the actual ballpoint underneath the cap.

As a writing utensil, this is a high-quality pen. Featuring a click on/off cap (which we are big fans of), this pen will not let you down. We did, however, notice that the on/off cap does have a plastic component within the pen, making it prone to fracture. The exterior of this pen will protect it from any blunt damage but overuse could ruin this pen, unfortunately.

We really like that this pen has it’s self-defense feature always available for use. As you know, when an unexpected situation occurs, you often don’t have much time to act so having a weapon ready to use is extremely important.

Replacing the ink is simple and a variety of refill options are available (Parker and Hauser included).

With the best tactical pen, they should be discreet enough to get through most types of security checkpoints. However, the Smith and Wesson Military and Police Tactical Pen do have “Smith and Wesson,” engraved on the clip. Most security professionals are probably going to be familiar with the brand and it could cause some problems depending on what you’re doing.

However, for an everyday pen and handy defensive tool, this model will treat you right. It also comes at an extremely affordable price.

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Schrade SCPENBK Tactical, Pen

schrade tactical fountain pen

The Schrade Tactical Pen is on the value side along with the Smith and Wesson. A well made the pen with the capability to do some real damage in the case of an emergency. A little under 6 inches in length, the Schrade Tactical Pen is made of aircraft aluminum and offers users a reliable offering in the case of a lengthy memoir or a dangerous situation.

The Schrade does not seem to write as well as some of the more expensive tactical pens but I suppose you do get what you pay for. It features an on/off cap which makes it quick, easy and reliable to expose the ballpoint. Refilling this unit is simple and ink can be purchased at your local staples or office depot for about $5.00. I would probably get some refills right off the bat as the stock ink with the Schrade is of pretty poor quality.

I have read some complaints and can also verify that the clip on this pen isn’t ideally designed. The end of the clip sticks out a bit which can cause it to pinch you in the case you do need to strike something with some considerable force. It’s not necessarily a deal breaker but it can be an inconvenience.

Overall, the Schrade does not feel or perform like a cheap pen. It does have a couple of quirks but considering the price, it is one of the top field pens for the money.

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Columbia River Knife and Tool Williams Tactical Pen

bolt action tactical pen

One of the inauspicious tactical pens on the market, this unit was designed by former Army officer and martial arts instructor, James Williams. He applied his design expertise to create a clean, futuristic interpretation of one of our most basic tools.

Made of aircraft grade aluminum combined with a sleek design, it feels like a solid tactical pen in the palm of your hand. Weighing over 6 ounces, this is no fools-play tactical pen. It carries a solid punch and will serve you well in the case of a self-defense scenario.

Legibility wise, the Columbia River Knife and Tool tactical pen will serve you well. It’s a step up from some of the cheaper models and like the cheaper models can be refilled with most standard ink refills from your local office supply outlet.

Like I mentioned above, this particular design is extremely slick and inauspicious. You’d have a tough time finding a security team who would notice this to be anything more than just a pen. However, I can assure you, this has the potential to do some major damage to anybody unlucky enough to come up against it.

One of the best tactical pens on the market, we love it.

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Uzi Defender Tactical Pen

tactical pen tsa

One of the bigger names in tactical gear, including firearms is Uzi. Well known for their line of tactical pens, the Defender is definitely one of the most ‘bad ass’ looking pens on the market. Made of lightweight aircraft aluminum it weighs 2.4 ounces and definitely feels like a tactical pen when you have this unit in your hand.

Refillable with any of the major brands of ink, the Uzi writes fairly well. It doesn’t write as well as the Gerber or the Columbia but it does a pretty good job of being able to write in most conditions.

One thing I don’t like about the Uzi Defender is that it doesn’t have a click on/off button. Instead, you have to rotate the cap a few times to extend the ballpoint For me, this is a bit of a design flaw as far as a tactical pen goes because if you get in a situation where you need to defend yourself, you probably won’t have time to unwind your pen!

The price point on the Uzi is pretty good, and the butt end of it definitely double as a glass-breaker. We actually tested it out in our shop and we didn’t even have to hit it very hard to easily break through a few double-pane glass sheets we had laying around. A great tactical pen for the price, and one you can rely on in a sticky situation.

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Colt Tactical Pens

Colt was founded by Sam Colt, the inventor of a gun that could hold more than one bullet at a time. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that their primary line of business is indeed producing firearms for military, law enforcement, and other government agencies.

Colt’s Lineup Of Tactical Pens

Colt offers two different models of tactical pens. One is a fairly standard pen featuring a glass breaker, DNA catcher and of course it serves as a pen. The Defender has a little bit more utility as it also incorporates a functional flashlight into one end.

Colt Tactical Pen Defender

Colt Tactical Pen Defender

The Defender is the basic tactical pen which offers the features you would expect – a pen on one end and a glass breaker/ self-defense mechanism on the other end. The one additional component that may be a little unexpected is the DNA catcher on the cap.

In the picture to the right, the pen tip is actually beneath the cap. Effectively, this pen offers you two striking tools. I’ve always thought that the DNA catcher was a little bit gimmicky – I would personally rather strike someone with the sharp carbide tip featured on the opposite end.

The cap snaps on and off tightly which is often a problem with some of the other cheaper tactical pens on the market. I also personally prefer snap-on lids as opposed to twisting lids, they always seem a little bit more accessible.

In terms of construction this guys made out of the standard aircraft aluminum. The one aspect that I did notice is it’s fairly meaty compared to say the Smith and Wesson line up of happens. Most tactical pens are between 1-2 ounces, the TDH105-60B is a whopping 4 ounces which is really heavy. I found this model a little bit heavy for my personal tastes when it came to writing. Overall, this is a fairly solid pen for a very reasonable price.

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Colt Tactical Hurricane Pen

Colt Tactical Hurricane Pen

The LED flashlight is bright enough for detail work, but you’re not going to start a search and rescue party or go hiking with it. By detail work I mean, reading a small label in the dark or shining light on a screw so you can fix that lose handle in the dark.

The other downside of the Hurricane its overall length. When you try to cram as much as they have (a LED light, a stabbing device and a writing instrument) into a single device you’re probably going to struggle to keep it to a standard length. As a result, their pen is about an inch longer than your average pen, something that you should consider when buying this unit. The extra 1″ makes it a little bit awkward to write with (I never really thought about this, but pens are basically all the same length!).

For a multi purpose tool the Hurricane is exceptionally affordable. That said if you’re looking for a cool pen that will primarily be used for writing this probably isn’t the correct instrument for you.

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Benchmade 1100 Tactical Pen

Benchmade is a premium knife manufacturer that has used their expertise to expand their line up to feature one of the best tactical pens on the market. It also happens to be one of the more expensive pens available, but die hard gear enthusiasts will find the investment well worth it. Benchmade is proudly designed and manufactured right here in the US; you know you’re not going to get a Chinese piece of shit when you pick up one of their pens.

The 1100 series is the only tactical pen that Benchmade still manufacturers. They had other lines but have since discounted their production.

The 1100 Tactical Pen Line Up: A Difference In Material

Damasteel Benchmade Tactical Pen

The 1100 series comes in three models the Ti, or the Titanium, the Damasteel and simply the 1100 series which is the base model.

There isn’t a ton of difference between the three pens, the exception being the price and the material that they’re crafted out of.

Your standard tactical pen is made out of aerospace aluminum which is designed to be affordable, light and extremely durable. This is the material of choice for the basic 1100 series.

You may be wondering how a pen can justify being 3x more expensive than one of its competitors who also use aluminum as their material of choice. Of course, we could discuss the quality (like how it’s manufactured in a sweatshop in China) but that alone doesn’t justify the price point.

The real kicker is the quality of the material. There are well over a dozen types of aluminum on the market and unfortunately, most manufacturers don’t specify which aluminum they are using. That being said, it’s noticeable when you actually get one of these pens in your hands. The Benchmade brand is practically indestructible and I’ve never heard of anyone complain that they damaged their pen. Some of the cheaper brands are a lower quality aluminum and simply won’t stand up to combat or in the emergency situation.

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What Is The Hell Damasteel (Damascus Steel)?

I have a background in materials engineering and I had never heard of Damacus steel before. Once I dug into the material a little bit I realized there was a great reason for this. Damascus steel is a material that was originally used for Middle Eastern sword making. It’s exact properties and manufacturing methods couldn’t be determined because there were so many variations of it.

It’s also rife with legends of a sword made from Damascus Steel being able to dice through an entire wine barrel. Needless to say, whatever alloy Benchmade has built their Damasteel pens out of you can bet they’re badass.

They also look incredibly slick. One of the defining features of the Damasteel 1100 is the wood-like grain that Damascus steel is known for.

Ti Series: Titanium Bodies

Titanium is a little more straightforward. It’s an expensive material, largely due to the fact that it’s strength to weight ratio is off the charts.

This is reflected in the cost of the Benchmade Ti 1100. Any titanium tactical pen is going to be far more expensive than it’s aluminum counterpart, that’s just a given.

Benchmade Versus Surefire Tactical Pens

I quite like Surefire as a brand and they make top notch tactical pens. The original Benchmade 1100 and the Surefire EWP-01 are in the same price point so I thought a quick comparison of the two would be justified.

Both pens are made out of a high-quality aerospace aluminum. If I had to guess I would say they are both grade 6061. The Benchmade features a snap on and snaps off the cap and an extremely sharp carbide tip. You can watch this video of both pens breaking the glass.

You can conclude that they’re fairly similar when it comes to an emergency glass breaking scenario. That said, if I had to choose one or the other in a combat situation I would take the sharp Benchmade carbide tip over the rounded Surefire end.

The downside of having an extremely pointed, exposed carbide tip is, of course, the lack of discreetness. I doubt you’re getting on a plane with a razor sharp carbide end (in fact if I was on that plane I’d be pissed if they let you on with that.)

Both pens come with high-quality ink cartridges to start. Surefire features a Schmidt cartridge and Benchmade has a Fisher. I prefer the Fisher cartridge over the Schmidt, but that being said I find the weight and the balance of the EWP-01 to be better.

Overall these are both extremely high end (hence the price) tactical writing instruments. If my primary purpose was so I had a reliable tool in the event of an emergency or an altercation I would take the Benchmade 10 times out of 10. However, if you’re looking for an everyday writing tool that is practical for day to day use I would point you towards the Surefire EWP-01.


Boker Plus Tactical Pen- A Bit About Boker

Another company which produces some of the top tactical products in the industry is Boker. Boker, which has its roots based in Germany has a long history dating back to the 17th century and has been manufacturing products since then. Specializing in outdoor knives and equipment, Boker produces a variety of kitchen knives, folding knives, swords, flashlights and of course tactical pens. One of our favorite products from Boker is the Boker Plus Tactical Pen Cal. 45 and it makes our list as one of the best tactical pens on the market.

An In-Depth Look at the Boker Plus Tactical Pen Cal. 45

Boker Plus Tactical Pen Cid Cal .45

Designed ingeniously by Rainer Wenning and knifemaker Thomas Braunagel, the Boker Cal. 45 is a must-have for those wanting a unique tactical pen which is functionally fantastic. A “bolt action,” mechanism and a “click” open and close makes this tactical pen one of the easiest and most efficient to use. We are always big fans of the click style tactical pens in comparison to twist styles as they are much more effective and functional in the case of an emergency.

As a pen, the flat head provides a nice secure thumb rest making it a fantastic writing tool. We tested this particular pen in a variety of conditions and we were super impressed with the standard ink it shipped with. We heated the pen up and cooled the pen down and we never experienced any freezing of ink or running of ink which is always a good indicator. The ink is easily refillable and can be purchased from your local office supply store.

A really neat feature of this particular model is the Clip Integrated Design which offers the advantage of easy placement in the pocket. I also like the way this Clip Integrated Design looks as it makes the pen look especially slick. It’s always frustrating when you have a high-quality pen and the clip ends up breaking off as typically what happens next is you end up losing it because you can’t store it in a safe place properly.

Perhaps one drawback of this model is that it really does look like a tactical pen so if you are trying to be discreet, this pen may not be for you. I had a colleague who was carrying this pen through the airport and it actually ended up getting confiscated by security as it was determined that this particular model was too much of a threat to go on the plane. This is obviously something you want to be aware of as it’s a major inconvenience and you lose out on a pen.

For the quality of the pen, the Boker Cal.45 both writes and performs tremendously. We really like the price point as well as it is extremely affordable as far as tactical pens are concerned as well. Made of anodized aluminum, this pen is not only made to perform, but it’s made to last. Highly recommended!

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Schrade Tactical Pens Review

Schrade is an owned by Taylor Brands, a company which specializes in manufacturing high-quality knives, tactical pens, and military-style axes. Schrade has established itself as a leader in military and tactical gear and their pens are solid and very reasonably priced. Their lineup consists of two different styles of tactical pens and each of these comes in two different models; the base model and a survival model.

Schrade SCPENBK Tactical Pen

The SCPENBK is their base (and most popular model). It’s made from high grade 6061 aircraft aluminum and is 5.7″ in total length. Overall, this is one of my favorite tactical pens on the market it doesn’t feature any gimmicks (like a DNA catcher) and the price point is right. For me, the main selling point on any tactical pen is it’s reliable and it’s discreet. The SCPENBK pen is certainly both of those, it’s also pretty sleek looking which is a nice bonus.

Compared to a normal pen, the first thing you’ll probably notice is this pen is noticeably heavier. This is well suited for defending yourself against an assailant.

If you’re looking to refill it, it takes standard Parker ink which can be found just about anywhere ink is sold. Whenever I buy a new tactical pen I always replace the old ink cartridge with a new one, usually, the stock cartridge is junk. However, Schrades sells their pens with Parker ballpoint pen cartridges and they give you an extra refill!

Schrade SCPENBK Tactical Pen Survival w/ Ferro Fire Starting Rod and Whistle

Schrade SCPENBK Tactical, Pen

The name basically says it all – the difference between this particular pen and the base model is the fire starter and the whistle. It also costs a dollar more.

The whistle works surprisingly well, it’s obviously not a high-end whistle but in the event of an emergency I can see it being useful. The fire starter also works reasonably well, the rod and striker are both included. The only drawback with this pen is the number of components which thread in. Lots of folks have found these threads are prone to stripping, which obviously is less than ideal.

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Schrade SCPENG Tactical Pen

Schrade SCPENG Tactical Pen

Similar to the SCPENBK, the SCPENG comes in two different models the base model and the survival model. It also features a screw on/off the cap and 6061 aircraft machined aluminum. The only noticeable difference between the two pens is the style and feel. Personally, I preferred the BK model which is actually the cheaper of the two styles.

In any event, both pens are solid pickups if you’re looking for a tactical pen at a reasonable price. Schrade gear, in general, has always lived up to my expectations and I’m excited to test out their pocket and tactical knives in the near future.

Just because I like the style a little bit better I would give the SCPENBK a 4.5/5 and I would give the SCPENG tactical pen 4/5. The survival models are OK, but I can’t really see the need for the fire starter (I carry one in my personal survival kit) or the whistle (I carry a much louder whistle in my kit)

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Uzi Tactical Pen Reviews

Uzi is one the premier tactical pen manufacturers on the market. Their line up includes three different styles, two styles of the Glass Breaker tactical pen and Defender. Although Uzi doesn’t completely avoid the gimmicks, overall they provide a discreet pen for a very reasonable price. While the Uzi pen isn’t as slick as the Gerber Impromptu it is cheaper.

Overall it stacks up very well with the best pens on the market at any price.

An In-Depth Look At The Uzi Defender Tactical Pen

Both the Defender and the Glass Breaker series are made out of aircraft grade aluminum finished by anodizing the product. This is literally the first thing you should confirm, if the pen isn’t made out of aircraft grade aluminum it probably falls into one of two categories, junk or impractical.

Pens made out of anything resembling plastic should be an immediate warning flag. A pen made out of a softer material like that will wilt upon impact.UZI Tactical Pen reviews

If it’s not made out of aircraft aluminum or plastic it’s likely made out of an expensive polymer which only serves to drive the price up or it is made out of another heavier metal. The main purpose of a tactical pen is still to serve as a pen, and having a lead weight in your hand won’t serve you.

The defender is available in black or gunmetal (a polished silver) and it is one of the more reasonably priced pens on the market. Overall the ergonomics of this pen are solid and as a writing tool, it works very well, which is a must. We recommend swapping out the stock cartridge with either a Fisher or Parker refill.

This lightweight pen fits snuggly in your pocket with a handy clip and takes standard Fischer refills. It’s not entirely gimmicked free as it features a “DNA catcher” which supposedly scrapes the skin off when you use it to defend yourself from an assailant.

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The Glass Breaker UZI

The Glassbreaker is my preferred choice for a tac pen from UZI. Overall, I like the look of it a little bit better, although I will admit it’s not quite as discreet.

Like the Defender, it’s also made out of aircraft aluminum and anodized to provide the harden finish every good tactical pen should have.UZI Tactical Titanium Coated Self Defense Pen with Glass Breaker Writing Survival Too review

The glass breaking feature isn’t quite as gimmicky as the DNA catcher. The tip is made out of tungsten carbide which is an extremely hard material. Machine shops predominately use tungsten carbide inserts for machining metal. This tip can help break glass in the event of an emergency.

Finally, the last feature I really like is it doesn’t come with a cap of any kind. I’m prone to losing caps (as I’m sure most others are as well) and they just end up being a pain in the ass. If you’d prefer to have a cap on your pen the Glassbreaker has two models, one with a cap and one without a cap.

Uzi’s Glassbreaker comes in Red, Black and Gun Metal.

This pen offers stellar value for the price and is one of the top-rated tactical pens on the market.

Picking up a tactical pen is a no-brainer when the price is as reasonable as Uzi’s line up of pens. You’re purchasing a multi-functional tool which should last you for the rest of your life assuming you don’t lose it.

It’s nice to have the piece of mind that wherever you may go you’ll always have something to defend yourself with.

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Smith & Wesson Tactical Pens Review

Everybody knows the brand Smith & Wesson. If you’re a gun collector odds are you have a few in your gun cabinet. Ironically, another gun pioneer, Winchester brought out Smith & Wesson’s first attempt to manufacture firearms. It wasn’t until later that they produced their first revolver that the company really began to take off.

Today Smith & Wesson is a household name and they’ve expanded their product line to include rifles, pistols, handcuffs, gun accessories and of course tactical pens.

Throughout their history, they’ve established themselves as a quality American manufacturer and today they produce some of the best tactical pens available.

Smith and Wesson SWPENMPBK Military and Police Tactical Pen, Black

The most popular S&W tactical pen is the SWPENMPBK. It’s incredibly durable and very lightweight. As a writing instrument, it’s top-notch, with a very solid grip. It’s made out aircraft grade aluminum and hardens to ensure it doesn’t bend or break when you need it the most.

The cap screws off by hand and it features a slick clip which ensures you won’t lose it moving around. As with any solid tactical pen, it takes standard parker ink refills.Smith & Wesson Military & Police Tactical Pen Aluminum review

This tactical pen is perfect for military and police officers and it’s great for everyday use as well. If you’re looking for a pen, this is the one we recommend. I would rate this pen 4.75/5 stars. At $20 it’s reasonably priced and makes a perfect gift.

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Smith and Wesson SWPENMP2BK M and P 2nd Generation Tactical Pen, Black

If you’re looking for something a little bit slicker the SWPENMP2BK might be the choice for you. This pen is also made out of high-grade aircraft aluminum and is incredibly sturdy. It comes in a few different colors including blue, brown, grey and black. One feature of this pen is one end is flat which gives you a great place to put your thumb for thrusting or jabbing.Smith & Wesson Military & Police SWPENMP2BK Tactical Pen review

These pens will write anywhere anytime and feature a very nice grip to hold onto. Although it is slightly more expensive ($25) then the S&W Military and Police Pen it’s grip is a little bit nicer than the police tactical pen. Overall I would give this pen a 4.5/5 rating just because it is slightly more expensive.

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Surefire Tactical Pens

It wasn’t long ago that Surefire entered their hand in the tactical pen market. Their vision was simple: to build the most robust and multi-functioning pens on the market. No matter the model, you can rest assured that a Surefire Tactical Pen will be at a quality standard matched by very few of its competitors. At Tac X Tactical, we find ourselves using Surefire pens all the time as they tend to last longer than any other of the pens we have in the office. Below are our favorites and the favorites of many other people who have reviewed these pens as some of the best on the market over and over again. And with Surefire’s lifetime warranty, you’ll be sure to carry these pens for years to come.

Surefire IV Writing Pen

The Surefire IV click-pen is an extremely sleek design that will surely garner many compliments in the case you allow someone else to write with it. The ink it ships with the Schmidt easyFLOW 9000 ink which is some of my favorite ink because of its versatility. It doesn’t seem like it matters if I am in the middle of a freezing cold blizzard or in the heart of silicon valley, the Schmidt easyFLOW 9000 is a fantastic ink and I am excited to see it coming stocSurefire IV Writing Penk in the Surefire IV as tactical pens primary purpose is still to write.

Again, like all Surefire pens, it is made of rugged aerospace quality anodized aluminum which means it will be virtually incombustible. And with a heavy-duty steel pocket clip, the SureFire IV will be a pen which you will carry for many years to come.

As tactical pens do have a secondary function as a self-defense weapon, I can say that although doubtful I will ever need to use it for that purpose, it sure does feel great in the palm of my hand. It’s a bit heavier than I expected which I am sure will help me in the case I ever do need to swing it at somebody or something.

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SureFire Tactical Pen (Twist)

If you are looking for an option that avoids the click style pen, the SureFire twist is perhaps your best ticket. Although one of the pricier options for a tactical pen, as are all Surefire pens, this particular model SureFire Tactical Pen Twistwill you have writing very well for a long time to come. Upon delivery (which was super quick) I took this pen out of the box to be surprised by its weight. A common theme for Surefire pens, they ensure that you will be well protected in the case you ever need to use it as a self-defense weapon.

Often times, people will look for a twist style pen because they are worried about a click-mechanism breaking which is of course valid. One thing to consider however is that although a twist mechanism is more reliable if you need to use this pen as a self-defense tool, it will take some time to turn the point. On the flip side, the twist mechanism also acts as a glass-breaker which is something the other options lack.

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What To Look In The Best Tactical Pens

With all tactical pens, we need to pay attention to certain attributes. Obviously, the main function of the pen is to write. However, because you may need to use the pen for self-defense there are other aspects which you should hone in on.

  • Durability:- At the top of this list is the pens ability to withstand the force from striking in times of crisis. Most pens are made out of low-grade plastic or cheap metal, that’s where tactical pens differ. All Smith and Wesson pens are machined out of T6061 (aircraft grade) aluminum an anodized to harden the tool. The majority of the additional cost related to manufacturing tactical pens comes from the high-quality material they use. Anything less then anodized aluminum is going to wilt upon impact.
  • Discreetness:- If you’re toting a pen around you want it to look like a pen, not an instrument which you plan on crippling an opponent with. Some manufacturers create very slick looking pens that almost look a little too dangerous. The Smith and Wesson line has been carefully designed to avoid that common pitfall.
  • Price:- If you’re buying a tactical pen you know you’re going to be paying more then you would for a standard Bic ballpoint pen. However, that doesn’t mean you should be spending hundreds on one. Smith and Wesson pen’s aren’t the cheapest tactical pens on the market, however, they’re also not insanely expensive. They range from $20 to $40 depending on what line you purchase.

$20 for a pen may seem a little outrageous but you have to keep in mind, this is the only pen you’ll ever need to own.