Some Tactical Pens may be pretty neat gadgets, like the Colt Defender Tactical Pen with its carbide glass breaker and LED light, but unfortunately they can sometimes be too “tactical” looking for their own good. TSA is well aware of them for example, so the chances of them taking it away are high.
Fortunately there’s always options. One of them is the Zebra F-701. 100% pure ordinary non-tactical pen. While it lacks the carbide glass breaker, LED and somewhat of a kubotan shape common to tactical pens, its still pretty solid given its stainless steel construction.
Tough, cheap at around $5 and theres no place whereit cant go along with you.
A smart phone is an incredibly useful piece of tech as long as it works. No matter how great a phone is, if it gets ruined just by dropping it, then its fragility becomes the clear weak link when things get a bit tougher.
I’ve been using an Otterbox defender case from the first day I got my iphone a few years ago. Its been dropped, accidentally kicked and hit countless times and during it all it has kept working thanks to that case.
When I upgraded and got a Galaxy Note 2, (loving it, review coming up soon!) I ordered the Otterbox Defender case for it that same day.
The clip has been improved as well, now offering better retention. It rotes 360º and can be used as a stand. The clip is just wide enough to fit a shooter or riggers belt snuggly.
OtterBox Defender Series Hybrid Case and Holster for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 $34.29 The only negative side is the built-in screen protector. Unlike previous models, it doesn’t leave any oily or water marks when installed which is fantastic, but the matte finish needed to achieve that reduces the definition in HD screens, looking a bit pixelledand gritty, and some rainbow effects or lines can be detected when looking up close.
The solution to this problem is to remove the original Otterbox screen protector , just pops right off, and installing a traditional one. I highly recommend the Spigen sgp Ultra Crystal. It looks fantastic, no definition or sharpness lost, no weird lines. It protects the screen as well as the Otterbox built-in screen protector and the Otterbox Defender case can be installed with the Spigen screen protector in place. If you’re not too picky, the Defender’s built-in screen protector may not bother you, so its probably better to try the Defender case as it is and get the Spigen screen protector if you notice it and it bothers you.
My wife and I both have been using Otterbox Defender cases for years and I do recommend them higly.
Even though Tactical Pens are all over the place these days I’m not much of a fan. They carry much of a stigma and could even get you in trouble in airports and other places where the security is tight, while not being that much different in terms of their use as an improvised defensive tool compared to any other pen of solid construction.
Having said that, I looked around for some time and decided to give the Colt Defender Tactical pen a try. I can say I’m pleasantly surprised by it.
Rather than just a self-defense tool, which is usually how they are marketed the Colt Defender has features that could also come in hand during certain emergency scenarios.
Glass Breaker: The hard carbide tip would break glass with ease. I’m thinking of getting out of cars after accidents, escaping buildings due to threats, fire, shootings. The overall sturdiness of the pen means it can be used as a poking/prying/tearing tool too. Not ideal but better than nothing to break through wooden doors or dry walls.
LED light: While not very powerful, its still a button battery LED light. It is bright enough to find your way around a building after a blackout. The LED is located in the clipped cap, so you could use it as a headlamp thanks to the clip if you have a baseball cap to go with it.
DNA collector: DNA would be all over the pen, but on the end where you have the LED light you have a jagged crown around the emitter. Its not too sharp so as to cut through pockets and such, but if jammed against soft tissue (think bad guys face) it will cause lacerations.
Aluminum Kubotan: The shape is somewhat similar to other tactical pens, tapered towards the ends. One end has the glass breaker carbide tip, the other will have the cap with the jagged DNA collector or the exposed tip of the pen. The aircraft grade aluminum construction is very solid.
Writing: And yes of course, it also writes. It uses a Parker refill, easy to find. The cap just clicks into place, which is MUCH more convenient for constant daily use than screw-on caps. The pen feels a bit heavy, but unless you write short novels or do lots of sketching its not something that will bother you.
In conclusion, I think it’s a nice solid pen that could do well in some of these roles that aren’t just limited to self-defense applications. It could also come in handy for breaking and some limited prying, as well as having a small LED which could be of great use if needed for someone that may not carry a flashlight at all times.