Everything You Need to Know About Tactical Pens And Why They’re So Popular

  • Aaron Kelly
Everything You Need to Know About Tactical Pens And Why They’re So Popular

Tactical pens have been making headlines across the internet these past few months. Since 2016 and into 2017, tactical pen sales have exploded across the internet.

What’s the big deal behind a tactical pen? What makes it superior to an ordinary pen? Can you really justify the cost of your tactical pen? Today, we’re explaining the most important things you need to know about tactical pens.

Tactical Pen History: Where Did They Come From?

Tactical pens are typically traced back to a Japanese man named Soke Takayuki Kubota, who invented a tactical keychain weapon in the 1960s. He called the weapon a Kubotan. It was a pen-shaped object that could easily be placed onto a keychain to give you a discreet weapon in times of need. The Kubotan featured several finger grips along the cylinder along with a flat end at one side (the keychain side) and a tapered, dull point on the other. In the hands of the right user, the Kubotan could do serious damage.

Today, Kubotans are a popular discreet weapon carried by people around the world. You can easily fit it into a pocket or on your keychain. With a few minutes of research on YouTube, you can learn techniques that would incapacitate an attacker.

The modern tactical pen was inspired by the Kubotan.

What is a Tactical Pen?

A tactical pen is a writing instrument with combat-oriented features. Typically, tactical pens have a heavier weight than ordinary pens. They’re also designed with superior durability. They’re built to withstand physical contact say, if you swing a tactical pen at an attacker’s head.

Essentially, a tactical pen is a Kubotan-like object disguised as a pen. An ordinary, cheap pen is made from plastic. A tactical pen, like a Kubotan, is made from hardened metal. While a Kubotan has finger grips, tactical pens are typically more discreet, and have ridged handles for superior grip.

One end of a tactical pen features the writing instrument typically, a ballpoint tip. The other end of the pen features a hardened, rounded tip similar to the tip of a Kubotan. 

Why Do You Need a Tactical Pen?

Obviously, a tactical pen is something you can write with. Some tactical pens even advertise waterproof writing as a feature.

First and foremost, however, a tactical pen is used for self-defense. The pen is designed to be carried into situations where conventional weaponry – even a Kubotan – would not be ideal. It’s designed to penetrate and injure, to puncture and incapacitate.

You don’t need to be a martial arts master to use a tactical pen: when used by a skilled individual, a tactical pen is a dangerous – even deadly – weapon. However, when used by an untrained or lightly-trained individual, a tactical pen can still cause damage.

Of course, tactical pens aren’t just self-defense tools. Tactical pens can also be used to break glass. Some people keep them in the glove box of their vehicle for emergency situations, for example. Some tactical pens even have DNA collection features!

Why Are Tactical Pens Suddenly So Popular?

Today, the internet is home to burgeoning survivalist communities. Survivalists are some of the biggest fans of tactical pens. However, tactical pens are also being purchased by anyone interested in self-defense – like those who live in rough neighborhoods.

Tactical pens are also popular among those who need to frequently access controlled environments like airports. In certain situations, conventional weapons, even a Kubotan are not permitted.

The biggest reason why tactical pens are popular on the internet these days, however, is because they’re reasonably priced. Lower manufacturing costs, lower supply costs, and easy worldwide shipping have made it affordable for anyone to order a tactical pen online even for as little as $10 to $20.

For all of these reasons, tactical pens will likely only grow in popularity over the next few years!


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