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How to Use a Tactical Pen

In the hands of a skilled individual, a tactical pen can be a deadly weapon. In the hands of an unskilled individual, a tactical pen can still do serious damage.

How do you use a tactical pen? Why should you use a tactical pen? Today, we’re explaining everything you need to know about your new tactical tool.

Reasons to Use a Tactical Pen

There’s a misconception that tactical pens are only used for two things: self-defense and writing. In reality, tactical pens are multi-functional tools suited for a variety of situations, including:

  • Self-defense and incapacitating an attacker
  • Writing
  • Breaking glass
  • DNA collection
  • Carrying concealed, discreet weaponry

One survivalist blog even recommended using a tactical pen as a projectile! That seems a little too ridiculous, however.

Overall, the main advantage of a tactical pen is that you have a discreet weapon in your pocket that can be carried into a diverse range of situations. Tactical pens are often overlooked in security checkpoints and police pat downs, for example. Nobody looks at someone jotting down notes with a pen and thinks, “That guy is holding a lethal weapon”.

How to Use a Tactical Pen: The Best Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

You don’t need to be an expert to use a tactical pen but knowing basic techniques will certainly help. Here are some tips, tricks, and techniques to help you get started:

  • Check YouTube for tactical pen tutorials; alternatively, search for Kabuto tutorials (tactical pens are based off the Kabuto design, so the techniques are largely the same)
  • Consider practicing with friends (carefully); you can swing your tactical pen around your empty room all you want, but there’s no replacement for practicing with a human being
  • One of the big advantages of a tactical pen is that it’s hard to pry from someone’s grip; it fits almost entirely in your hands, which means you can get a tight, unbreakable grip on the pen
  • Another advantage is the element of surprise; few people see a tactical pen attack coming even if they see you holding the weapon in your hands

Tactical Pen Techniques

Below, you’ll find a few of the basic movements and techniques you’ll want to use with your tactical pen. Just like with a knife, stabbing downward with the pen is your strongest move, as gravity is assisting you.


You can slash your tactical pen like a knife or a sword, holding the base of the pen in your fist and letting the other end of the pen hit the attacker.

Pressure Point Striking

This is where experts can really make use of a tactical pen. In close quarters combat, pressure point striking can be the difference between life and death. Pressure points are natural human weak spots that trigger involuntary responses in the human body – like everything from unconsciousness to debilitating pain.


This tends to be the most popular tactical pen self-defense strategy by trained and non-trained users. It’s a natural instinct to “stab” with a tactical pen. The best place to aim is the eyes – one strike to the eyes and the fight will come to an abrupt end. The throat – particularly the Adam’s Apple – is another vulnerable location. Otherwise, aim for the head in general. Even a wild overhand swing with a tactical pen can do damage when it connects with the head, neck, or shoulders.

By following the tactics and techniques listed above, you can maximize the effectiveness of your tactical pen. Remember: a tactical pen is a tool. Like other tools, it’s only as valuable as the skill of the person wielding it.

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