5 Pens That Could Save Your Life!

Jul 17, 2014 • News, Reviews4 Comments

Tactical Pens

If you’re unlucky enough to be caught in a self defense scenario, you should try and de-escalate the situation first . However, we all know that sometimes we might be backed into a corner and the only way to get out is to match force with force. In this type of setting, I would want a pistol on my person more than anything. If I was without a pistol, a tactical knife would be my next choice. Unfortunately there may come a time where you, a law abiding citizen, cannot legally carry your firearm or knife in a certain location. What do you do? How do you defend yourself?

Assuming that you’ve read my other posts, then you know I walk out the door everyday with tools that’ll get me through almost anything. One of the newest items that I’ve started carrying as part of my EDC setup is a tactical pen. “Tactical what??” You heard me right, a tactical pen. What makes a pen “tactical”? Basically the ability to be used as a pointed hard striking object in self defense or as a glass breaker.  Now that I’ve got you guys interested, its time you ask yourself, “which is best suited for you?” See my break down of a few of the more popular tactical pens and I’ll let you be the judge!

5.11 Tactical Double Duty 1.0

5.11 Tactical Double Duty 1.0

5.11 Tactical- Double Duty 1.0 ($39.99)


-Made of strong aerospace aluminum

- Feels excellent in hand

-Extremely comfortable for all day writing

-Features a space pen ink cartridge for writing in any condition

-Flat spot on top for your thumb, helps stop slipping when using as a weapon

-Pocket clip has just the right amount of tension


-Rides a little too high in the pocket for me

-Not as classy as the other pens in the list

-When screwing the pen back in, if you twist too much you end up unscrewing the compartment where you refill the ink

Benchmade 1100 Series Tactical Pen

Benchmade 1100 Series Tactical Pen

Benchmade- 1100 Series Tactical Pen ($106.25)


-It’s Benchmade, c’mon!!

-Craftsmanship and attention to detail

-Made in the USA

-Knurling that isn’t too rough but sticks to your hand when you need it to

-Carbide glass breaking tip

-Deep carry pocket clip

-Cap clicks into either end , which is much faster than the screw on models on this list

-Fisher space pen ink cartridge, so it’ll write even underwater

-Good writer


-The price

-Pocket clip is a little to tight for my liking


CRKT Tao Tactical Pen

Timberline Knives LCP Lightfoot Combat Pen

Timberline Knives- LCP Lightfoot Combat Pen  ($79.99)


-Good looking piece of gear

-Made of aircraft aluminum

-Longest pen=farther striking distance

-Solid thumb rest for effective blows when striking

-Cap clips into place instead of screwing on

-Smooth writer

-One of the nicest presentation boxes


-Pocket clip makes it ride a little too high for me

-A tad too large to comfortably use all day

-Makes a funny popping noise when deploying the pen

CRKT Tao Tactical Pen

CRKT Tao Tactical Pen

CRKT- Tao Tactical Pen ($47.49)


-One of the best looking pens on the market

-Deep carry pocket clip

-Excellent build quality

-Doesn’t look dangerous

-Awesome carry case

-Smooth writer

-Long length=greater striking distance



-I could fall asleep in the time it takes for me to unscrew the cap

-Doesn’t have sharp tip like the others on the list


FOURSEVENS Titanium Tactical Pen

FOURSEVENS Titanium Tactical Pen

FOURSEVENS- Titanium Tactical Pen  ($83.99)


-Because its made of titanium, duh…

-Extremely classy appearance


-Smooth writer

-Space pen cartridge, which means you can write anywhere!

-Interchangeable striking tips

-Deep carry pocket clip

-Nice metal carry case


-Small size

-Lack of sharp striking tip

-Pocket clip is too tight even on most dress pants



In A Nutshell

I wish I could just tell you guys which tactical pen to buy but in all fairness, what I like could be completely different than what some of you may like and vice versa. Hopefully you guys got what you needed out of this honest break down of a few potentially life saving pens. Let me know what tactical pen you liked the most in the comments below!






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4 Responses to 5 Pens That Could Save Your Life!

  1. Steve says:

    Great article as always.

    • Steve says:

      Great topic, I have been looking at tactical pens and need something to compare to. Great Job..

    • Jeremy L says:

      Steve, glad I could help you out in your search. If you buy one from OpticsPlanet, make sure to post a picture of it to our Facebook page and I’ll try and get a coupon sent your way!

  2. lk says:

    Why not have a screw on cap that is pointed?

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