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"Tactical Pens" and the TSA?

Discussion in 'The Cutting Edge' started by G26AZ, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. G26AZ


    Aug 16, 2001
    My daughter got me set of Kershaw items that included a nice little folder knife, a small flashlight, and a "tactical" pen. It is made of metal, has checkering around parts like a knife handle for gripping, and a cone shaped end that comes to a fairly sharp but shallow angle point. (Glass breaker?)

    My question is: will the TSA actually let you board an airplane with a "tactical pen"? I'd much rather have that then nothing if somebody whipped out a boxcutter, etc., but I can't believe they would let anybody (not just us good guys" board with something so obviously designed as a weapon of sorts. (Yes, it does actually write!)

    Anybody heard how this is working out?
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2012
  2. bdcochran


    Sep 23, 2005
    Los Angeles
    A TSO at Palm Beach International (Fla.) was working the X-ray machine when he came across an anomaly on the screen and called for a search of a passenger’s backpack. Inside, the responding Officer discovered a tactical pen, used commonly by law enforcement as a defense tool with its sharp aluminum-based point on one end and blunt portion on the other.

    A Supervisory TSO confirmed that item was a prohibited item. The police responded and issued the passenger a criminal summons to appear in court – under the state statute – for carrying a concealed weapon. He was cleared for travel and there were no flight delays.”

  3. itsnitro

    itsnitro Got Sig?

    Jun 22, 2006
    Lol tsa is something else..a quick Google searched showed me the pen is no more dangerous then a common car/house the charges are no-filed by the Sao.

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  4. IMO don't bother with the tactical pens. For some reason many makers insist on plastering their name on the barrel. Most of the time they are a well known firearm company

    I use a zebra F-701 that is all stainless and very strong. It looks like pen, not a Kubotan.

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  5. fastbolt


    Jun 9, 2002
    CA Central Coast
    I agree. I have one because I was given one by one of the gun companies. I have it in the car somewhere, I think.

    Since I don't plan to have to be breaking glass with mine ( :upeyes: ), I've found it's easier to carry my Waterman pen (service award) or one of my regular pens. It's the skill and experience of the user I keep in mind. ;) Having invested over 40 years in the martial arts, I was practicing with pens (and chopsticks) as expedient defensive weapons back in the early 70's.

    Even back when I had a couple of Kobutan key fobs (young cop), I found the similarly-sized Parker capped pen was easier to carry, since it could be carried in a shirt/uniform pocket, and wasn't encumbered with keys. Worked as a pen, too. :)
  6. That's what I carry everyday.
  7. bdcochran


    Sep 23, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Thanks Turborocket!
  8. Mr. Blandings

    Mr. Blandings

    Jun 20, 2001
    Remember that after you carefully read the TSA's "prohibited item" lists that the final decision as to whether or not an item will be allowed past the checkpoint is up to the individual TSA screener/supervisor. They can, arbitrarily, declare that an item may not be carried through.

    As I read somewhere, a TSA screener told a passenger with a "tactical" style item (pen, flashlight, etc), "We read the same catalogs you buys this stuff from. We know what it really is."

    Thus, to avoid TSA entanglements avoid "tactical" items. They aren't James Bond secret. Everybody knows why you're carrying a pen that looks like a railroad spike.
  9. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

    Jun 25, 2004
    Amarillo, Tx
    I also like the Zebra pens, I have a couple of the sold stainless ones that are both low profile and very stout.
  10. PhilD

    PhilD Millennium Member

    Dec 15, 1999
    TX, USA
    I have carried a Hinderer Extreme Duty pen through many airports with no issues. I usually put it in my laptop case next to a couple of "normal" pens. Never seen anyone even look twice at it.

    Went through Palm Beach International a few times recently and no issues. Well apart from them telling me wait while they cleared my checked firearm and then forgetting about me for an hour :-D
  11. bdcochran


    Sep 23, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Picked up two F-701s today.

    Remember the following - you can buy anything that you want to buy for a friend, child or spouse. If that person is not action-oriented, doesn't understand OODA, and doesn't comprehend conditions white, yellow and red, you have wasted your money.:wavey:
  12. waawaaweenie


    Feb 6, 2012
    middle of PRK
    I have one on me and a couple more in my truck, plus they write well and don't explode when I go over high mountains. plus they look like a normal pen.
  13. :rofl:why bring a pen, my dad made it to Phoenix, to visit family, from Milwaukee, through Nasheville with an 8 inch filet knife in his jacket. my brother noticed it when he hung the jacket in his closet. honest, it's become a family legend because my sister works at airport and couldn't stop laughing when she heard about it
  14. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match S.R.D. v

    Jun 22, 2007
    Lancaster, Ohio
    I actually need to pick up a new ink pen. Where are you guys finding the F-701's?
  15. OM, I got mine at Staples for about $7. Meijer and Walmart carry other model Zebras, but I've not found the 701s there yet.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2012
  16. PhilD

    PhilD Millennium Member

    Dec 15, 1999
    TX, USA
    FWIW I've only ever been asked by TSA once what the Stinger is on my key chain, I told them it was a massage pressure tool.

  17. SpectreRider

    SpectreRider Armed Citizen

    Hi, PhilD.

    Model/maker of the orange knife please?

    Thanks- Brad