Date Published: 2021-10-06

How To Use A Tactical Pen


How To Use A Tactical Pen

By Adelia Ladson

What’s A Tactical Pen?

Let’s first start with the kubotan, which was a keychain weapon developed by Takayuki Kubota in the late Sixties based on the hashi stick, an invention of his father. The kubotan is usually no longer than 5 1/2” and about a 1/2” in diameter. It’s made of a hard, high-impact plastic and is lined with deep grooves, featuring a screw eye and ring at one end to attach keys. It became an established method of self-defense, and anything used in a similar manner for self-defense is, now, considered a kubotan-style weapon. With that in mind, an ink pen is a logical tool for kubotan self-defense because of its size and shape. The tactical pen is like a kubaton on steroids. Not only can it be used as a kubotan, but it functions as an ink pen, making it an invisible self-defense weapon. Most tactical pens have extra features like a glass-breaker, DNA collector and even a hidden blade.

Basic Self-Defense With A Tactical Pen

The tactical pen is a close-quarters weapon that can be taken anywhere since it’s disguised as an ink pen and can be carried easily with the requisite pocket clip. When used as a kubotan, it’s designed as a striking weapon against targets like the eyes, groin, joints and pressure points. (You can easily find a diagram of pressure points online.) If the tactical pen has a hidden blade, then, it can be used as a stabbing and slashing weapon.

Striking Techniques

Using a tactical pen in a kubotan-style is jabbing and striking using different hand-grips. The main idea is that you strike at your target with as much force and as many times as it takes to stop an attacker. There are three grips: the ice pick, the hammer and the center point grip. The ice pick and hammer grips are pretty self-explanatory as to how you hold the kubotan. The center point grip is holding it in your closed fist so that you can use it for fist-loading techniques.

Hammer Grip Strike

Holding the tactical pen like a hammer with the “cap” end up, strike downward just like you’re hitting a nail into a piece of wood. To increase its effectiveness, strike down diagonally like you’re making an “X” on the target. This is especially effective for the face. For the abdomen, strike from side-to-side instead. Use a combination of side and diagonal strikes to the face and abdomen for maximum impact.

Ice Pick Grip Strike

Holding the tactical pen like an ice pick with the “point” end down, strike downward just like you’re breaking up ice. It’s almost a stabbing motion that you do over and over again to different parts of the attacker’s body. You are using the point to hit the sensitive areas of the body like the face and neck, and, most importantly, the pressure points.

Center Point Grip Strike

Basically, this is using the weight of the tactical pen to add power to your punch when you strike an attacker. It’s used the same way as a roll of quarters or any other object can be used, when held in your closed fist, to add weight.

Slashing Techniques

Using a tactical pen like a knife, by holding it like a knife, allows you to slash at an attacker with the point. You can use this method most effectively to slash and scrape across the eyes and face like you’re clawing them with your fingernails. Obviously, if the tactical pen has a hidden blade, slashing is a no-brainer because you are holding a knife. Slash anywhere and everywhere you can including arms, fingers, face and neck.

Start With These Tactical Pens

Although, the basic design of the tactical pen is the same, there are a few options in features. Here are two models with hidden blades and two models without. All of them are of the highest quality, giving you the peace of mind that they will back you up without fail.

Tactical Pen With DNA Collector

Often your last defense against an attacker, a tactical pen like the Tactical Pen With DNA Collector is made of ultra-heavy-duty aluminum with a ridged, slip-free grip. The sleekly designed, refillable ink pen features a DNA collector built right into the end of it and you just twist the body to reveal the ink point. It has a metallic pocket clip for ease of carry and also a built-in glass breaker.

UZI Tactical Pen With Glass-Breaker

What I really like a lot about the UZI Tactical Pen With Glass-Breaker is that it has a hidden hand-cuff key built right into the end of the pen. It’s made of ultra-heavy-duty, lightweight aircraft aluminum with a metallic pocket clip and it has a slip-free grip. It also features a carbide-tip glass breaker.

Viper-Tec OTF Tactical Pen

The first on my list when it comes to tactical pens with hidden blades is the Viper-Tec OTF Tactical Pen. The double-edged, stainless steel blade is just under 2” and it deploys straight out of the end of the pen just like an automatic OTF knife. The pen case is metal alloy and, of course, has a pocket clip and is a fully functioning ink pen. An integrated safety feature prevents accidental deployment of the blade. An extra ink cartridge is also included with the tactical pen.

Smith & Wesson Folding Pen Knife

You know that you can always count on Smith & Wesson to put out exceptional tactical gear and their Folding Pen Knife is primo! They took into consideration that the ink pen should function as good as the folding blade. The ball point pen is built to work in extreme conditions. The 1 1/2” stainless steel blade can be accessed with a small thumbstud, folding out from the top of the pen and locking into place with a liner lock at the end of the pen. The tactical folding pen case is tough aluminum, and it has the requisite pocket clip.


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