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Essential Gear: 10 Badass Tactical Pens

Pens literally mightier than the sword.


Quite literally embodying the old adage that “the pen is mightier than the sword,” tactical pens are made for double-duty writing of grocery lists and as a last-ditch self-defense tool. Typically machined from solid metal and combined with pressurized ink cartridges, tactical pens are writing implements that take whatever abuse you could possibly throw at them. With tapered barrels and plenty of grip, they can be wielded like a kubaton. We’ve assembled 10 of the best options in various configurations and price points. And while sitting through that required Thursday morning webinar is dangerous only to your sanity, you’ll certainly feel more badass doodling with one of these.

Archangel Defense Pen


  • CNC Milled T6 Aircraft grade Aluminum
  • Type III Anodized Finish
  • Threaded Cap
  • Replaceable pressurized ink cartridge

    Buy Now: $37

    Schrade Tactical Pen


    • CNC 6061 Aircraft grade Amluminum
    • Threaded Cap
    • Hauser ball point pen cartridge
    • 5.7″

      Buy Now: $23

      Smith & Wesson Military and Police Tactical Pen


      • T-6061 Aircraft grade Aluminum
      • Click on/off cap
      • Hauser Parker ball point pen cartridge
      • 6.1″

        Buy Now: $24

        Tuff Writer Tactical Pen


        • Made in the USA
        • Mil-A-8625 “F’ anodizing
        • Fisher Space Pen cartridge
        • Will write in temperatures from -30 to 250 degrees Farenheit (We hope you’re never taking notes in 250 weather…not too bright).
        • Pointed and blunt end for defense and control (pointed end can double as a stylus).
        • 5.75″-6.5″

          Buy Now: $80-250

          CRKT Tao Pen


            Buy Now: $70

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            Mil-Tac TDP-1


            • Aircraft Grade Aluminum
            • T-3 Anodized finish
            • Schmidt 8126 cartridge
            • 5.25″
            • Pointed end for use as defense tool or stylus
            • Blunt end for use as control tool

              Buy Now: $80

              CountyComm Stainless Embassy Elite Pen


              • Machined from solid 300 Series High Grade Stainless Steel
              • Made in the USA
              • Threaded cap with o-ring gasket
              • Knurled barrel for grip
              • 5.25″
              • Fisher Space Pen cartridge
              • Nearly as heavy as a roll of dimes…

                Buy Now: $50

                Cold Steel Sharkie


                • Designed to appear to be a ubiquitous Sharpie permanent marker for stealth.
                • Glass reinforced plastic case 4 times the thickness of a normal marker case.
                • Can be effectively wielded as a Yawara stick.
                • Threaded cap
                • 6.25″

                  Buy Now: $5

                  Surefire EWP-01


                  • Aerospace grade hard anodized Aluminum body
                  • Tumbled stainless steel tip, cap, and clip
                  • Comes with Schmidt® Technology easyFLOW ink cartridge
                  • Can adjust to accept any refill cartridge between 3.875″ and 4.25″ long
                  • Retractable tip pen
                  • Window breaker tip in tailcap
                  • Made in USA

                    Buy Now: $130

                    Timberline Lightfoot Combat Pen


                      Buy Now: $75

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