|Product Link: Schrade SCPENBK Self Defense Pen|
There are lots of self defense aka “Tactical” pens to choose from. Many sites sell them, and a quick search on Amazon will give you dozens of different models to choose from, ranging from about $15 to well over $100 for the higher end ones. If you want to spend about 100 bucks for a top of the line pen, more power to you, but I’m on a budget. My review sample was purchased from Amazon for about 21 bucks with Prime, and I got it in two days. I have never owned a tactical pen before, and I was looking for one with a high build quality for my budget, but also something low key.
This is a basic tactical pen. It’s anodized aluminum with a screw-on cap and blunted tip, which makes it look at first glance like a common pen. To use as a pen, you take the cap off and put it on the self defense end, turning this into a common pen. In fact, if it would be hard to tell this is a tactical pen at first glance in self defense configuration, it’s very unlikely you would get much scrutiny.
The SCPENBK also features a deep carry clip and takes Parker refills. Other than that, it’s basically just an anodized Aluminum pen.
This pen appears to be well made. The threads on thee body of the pen are well machined, as are the threads on the cap, meaning that the cap is very secure when it is screwed on. The seam between the cap and body is nearly flawless on my sample. It looks solid and feels solid.
The ink cartridge seems OK. I don’t know much about ink cartridges but this one seems to be of good quality and it writes just fine. I believe the reviews that say this isn’t a high end ink cartridge, but it’s replaceable so it’s a non issue with me either way.
|Here you can see the clip screws look a little rough|
|The Schrade logo looks a little offset, like it barely hit the clip when they printed it|
|The pen body itself is very well machined|
|I’m not an expert but seems OK to me|
Fit and Finish
Overall, good. This is a budget pen, so the anodizing is a little thin. The clip on my review sample also has some roughness on the side and on the mounting screws. But there’s nothing that takes away from the functionality.
|Another example of good machining, and the threads are even lubed|
|The cap is well machined but there’s some roughness in the clip|
|The striking tip|
|The cap threads are fairly deep and anodized|
I’ve been carrying mine around with me everywhere for a little more than a week now. The pocket clip was a little stiff at first, but it loosened up and now has a good feel in my pocket. It’s a little on the heavy side for a pen, but that’s fine. I’ve seen reviews that say that the ink cartridge it comes with doesn’t work very well, but so far no complaints from mine. I don’t use a pen that often, but the handful of times I’ve used it in that time have been without issue.
Hopefully I will never need to use this pen for self defense. My thought is that most of the time, if you are in a physical altercation, then your self defense philosophy has already failed. But philosophy aside, I feel very confident that this pen would make a great Kubotan. And unlike most martial arts Kubotans, the tactical pen is very low key. I think there are other model pens that are even more low key than the Schrade, they usually come at a higher price tag, and I wanted something basic to start with.
Since the day I bought this pen, it seems like everyone in my family has either tried to liberate it from me, or dropped hints that they want one for the holidays. So needless to say, we will be giving several of these out as gifts. These types of tactical pens are one of the few types of self defense weapons not immediately identifiable as a weapon. While this won’t be my last tactical pen, I’m very pleased with this model so far. It’s already starting to show nicks in the anodizing, so if you have OCD about that, you will probably want to find a plain brushed Aluminum version. For me personally, I don’t mind if it gets some personality on the finish as I carry it more.
|Shown with SanRenMu GB-763 and Pelican 1xAAA flashlight|
|Same shot with GB-763 and Eagletac D25A Mini 1xAA flashlight|