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"tactical" pens: worth it..if so, which one?

Discussion in 'Tactics and Training' started by Maine1, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. Maine1


    Jul 20, 2007
    I am doing a little research for someone.

    Who here:
    1) owns one of the newfangled, so called tactiical pens?
    2) is it any good? worth the price?
    3) any advantage to a particular brand pen?

    I like the pikal/drawpoint system as its quick to learn, quick to deploy and versital, and effective.

    These pens piss me off a little, as about 15 years ago i made my own, crude but effective type by boring out a peice of aliminum to fit a bic pen refil. (my work banned all weapons, and we carried cash.)
    I put a quickie clip on it, and used it for a while, and it was handy once... so i like the idea.

    i'd like to have one, as i write with heavy pressure, and am hard on eqipment...yet, as much as i like the concept, and as useful as it would be, both in emergencies and day to day...$100 for a pen? much is one's life worth? I like quality US made gear, but i'm not someone who goes out and buys the latest "tactical' widgets. I rely on things that are tried and true in my own experience. If i got one ofthese, it would be as a permenent EDC item, expected to last-and work as a PEN-until i died of old age.

    I was thinking...maybe i could fill a G-2 gel with JB weld.

    gimme some feedback, guys.
  2. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
    I think $100 for a "tactical" pen is way overboard. A good stainless steel pen will do the job for like $20. I have had a chance to use the Surefire pen on several occasions and it is not comfortable to write with. It tapers too much in the grip area. I looked seriously at the Hinderer for a while but couldn't put that kind of money out for a pen.

  3. PEC-Memphis

    PEC-Memphis Scottish Member

    Oct 19, 2006
    Doh ?
    Zebra F-701 ($5 at Walmart) all stainless steel and SEEMS like it would be effective.

    Zebra F-301 (~$12 for a pack of 10 at Sams) - SEEMS a little less hefty - but still all steel.
  4. sapper1911


    Nov 3, 2009
    Fisher space pens. Carried one everyday in uniform and out. Besides, they write in cold, wet, and even upside down.
  5. Maine1


    Jul 20, 2007
    I hate the zebra pens, they don't last long enough. I write logs daily..i have killed one in two days before.

    I was thinking of getting one of the cheaper pens, scrade i think makes one.

    OTOH, surefire had one that adjusts to nearly any pen refill.

    Thanks, guys!
  6. minsonngo

    minsonngo 9mm wins.

    Dec 24, 2005
    Behind my Glock 34.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2010
  7. 'Tactical Pens'... Hmmmm.

    I was at a hospital where they were having a doctors diagnostic fair and there was this bucket of 'Viagra' all steel pens. They were heavy steel pens.

    So the light bulb came on in my head and I reached in and got one. I use it and wear it to work and around. Of course the 'Viagra' gets lots of looks and laughs. But you see, that's exactly what I wanted it to do. It's just as effective as these cute 'Tactical' pens but it does not look 'tactical', or threatening.

    And I can take it just about anywhere.

    BTW, I never ever wear anything 'tactical', or have Krav Maga or Taekwondo, or even IDPA\NRA\TSRA or any shooting school logos, at any event outside the training for those very things.

    I prefer everything concealed, especially skill levels. Now to me THAT is tactical!

  8. Sharkey


    Nov 21, 2006
    DFW, TX
    I think they are over rated as many have said. Buy an all metal pen that is a bit thicker than most and it should work fine. It only has to work once.