Remember the commercial where a Bic pen was fired from a .30-30 (in front of a blank), and the tip, after penetrating the pine board, was used to write the name?Bic pens used to puncture jar lids on their commercials in the '70's. A Bic pen will do the damage I need it to do and is acceptable in almost all environments.
I watched it as a commercial when I was a kid. Sometimes I forget I'm now in the dinosaur generation.Nope
Check out the link above about the Zebra pens. You get rid of the plastic parts by combining F701 & F402 to make a much stronger pen. If you search Google, you will find plenty of mods to make this pen even more “tactical” by replacing the plastic components with metal parts from another cheap pen and installing a Fisher pressurize ink cartridge.I don't have any experience but will be ordering one of these. Zebra pens are usually an aluminum alloy of some type and would work fine if needed, just be mindful of the plastic end.
Stainless has so many formulas it is ridiculous. It goes from non-magnetic to pretty much just plain steel. Not sure abut this, but think it shows to be in the middle to leaning non-magnetic. Not a deal breaker.
I do have a real "tactical" pen that is heavy and obvious, but writes very well. I think it uses pilot inserts. Zebra isn't my favorite writer, but it will do.
Your right how strong does one need to be. I made two of them just to see if it was possible. They came out great but I doubt they will ever be used as a defensive tool. I keep one in the truck which gets banged around and it writes ever time so that's most likely it's place in life. More likely a cup of hot coffee will get used than a tactical pen.While it's probably an enjoyable endeavor and hobby to "improve" something like the Zebra pen, making it a "stronger" tactical pen ... exactly how "strong" does it have to be in order to be effectively employed as a 1-use expedient defensive tool?