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The 18 Best Tactical Pens For Self-Defense

Nitecore NTP30 Tactical Titanium Pen

The old adage coined by English novelist and playwright, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, that “the pen is mightier than the sword” never took into account that one day it may become literally and not just symbolically true. That’s because he never saw what a modern-day tactical pen is capable of doing. Oh sure, they’re incredibly reliable writing tools that tend to be able to write in conditions most pens would either melt or freeze in, but that’s not all. These days, soldiers, law enforcement, EMT’s and other first responders often use tactical pens for other means such as self-defense. They may serve as the last line of defense against an attacker, but they can still serve as an effective deterrent against attackers if employed in the right way.

Additionally, many of the best tactical pens will also have hardened metal tips that will allow you to use them as a miniature striking tool for various purposes. Not the least of which is breaking glass in a variety of situations. Some modern and capable tactical pens come with a host of additional features such as a knife-edge, flashlight, laser pointer, or even a handcuff key. So regardless whether you’re looking for something relatively simple from brands like Uzo or Gerber, or something more fully-featured like a bolt action tactical pen made out of titanium. This list is here help you discover the right self-defense tactical pen for your needs. Oh, and if you care about how your tactical pen looks, I’ve got you covered for that. Some of you like your tactical pen to look as intimidating as possible, while others prefer a sleeker, more subtle, and concealable profile. Don’t worry. I’ve got plenty of those on this list as well.

Let’s look at the best 18 tactical pens in the world and find out why they’ve become an essential part of everyone’s EDC (everyday carry) loadouts.

1. Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen Black

Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen Black

Gerber is a company that I’ve mentioned before as they dabble in the world of tactical gear, including knives. But they also make some of the finest tactical pens in the world. The Impromptu Black tactical pen is designed for situations that perhaps you didn’t know you’d be in. Tactical, dangerous, and surprising situations where the use of a reliable tactical pen is critical. Made in the USA, this multiuse pen was designed by Gerber to write in all conditions, including heavy rain, snow, freezing, and hot conditions. It is also rugged enough to break glass with its glass breaking tip and is made machined steel and Cerakote coated to improve its basic indestructibility. Defend, write, and break, that should be the tag line of this highly practical and useful tactical pen.

 

Key Features

  • Easy to hold
  • Easy to store
  • Comes with a stainless steel pocket clip
  • Machined steel body
  • It is coated with Cerakote, which is a ceramic-based coating that is thinner and more durable than traditional powder coating or aluminum anodization. It’s also 330 times more corrosion resistance than PVD coating. 
  • Reliable push-button pen mechanism

Specifications

  • Weight: 2.24 oz
  • Length: 9.5″
  • Brand: Gerber
  • Model: Impromptu Tactical Pen

2. UZI Defender Aircraft Aluminum Tactical Pen

UZI Defender Aircraft Aluminum Tactical Pen

With jet black and gunmetal grey colour options, this heavy-duty tactical pen has a very interesting and perhaps entirely unique feature. Got someone attacking you, and this pen is your only tool to help protect yourself? Stick the assault prevention end of it into the attacker’s skin and capture the attacker’s DNA in a handy DNA catcher slot to be used as future evidence. Being a pen, it can also be used to write and is compatible with standard and Fischer Space Pen refills. Made of aircraft-grade aluminum, this very affordable pen can serve as a great backup to your primary tactical pen.

Key Features

  • Super lightweight
  • Aluminum construction
  • Includes pocket clip

Specifications

  • Weight: 1.6 oz
  • Length: 9.29″
  • Brand: Uzi
  • Model: Defender Aircraft Aluminum Tactical Pen

3. Nitecore NTP20 Tactical Titanium Pen

Nitecore NTP20 Tactical Titanium Pen

There’s so much to love about this incredible and capable tactical pen from Nitecore. But let’s back up for a moment before we talk about this pen. It must be mentioned just what a weird and wonderful company Nitecore is. They sell a wide variety of amazing products in the tactical category, including flashlights, outdoor lighting, power solutions, batteries, solar panels, camera lights and accessories, lenses, and yes, even tactical pens. Ok, back to this pen now.

The Nitecore NTP20 is from a line of amazing tactical pens that Nitrecore makes. Its body is constructed primarily out of titanium, and its purpose is for self-defense, daily writing, emergency escape, and close-quarters combat. The tungsten steel tapered tip of the pen is made in such a manner that it provides the 2nd hardest material next to diamonds and is quite a bit sharper and thus more capable in a self-defense situation than many other tactical pens. It’s compatible with Schneider pen refills and is also effective at breaking glass of nearly any thickness level. This tactical pen is also considerably shorter than your standard competing pens at only 5.59,” which makes it a great choice for concealed carry. Oh, and did I mention it looks pretty kick-ass also?

Key Features

  • Designed for concealed carry
  • Sharpened Tungsten tip
  • Titanium alloy construction
  • Schneider pen refill makes for quick-drying writing
  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Pen cap can be tightened on the bezel during writing
  • Streamlined clip with integrated ceramic bead

Specifications

  • Weight: 1.33 oz
  • Length: 5.59″
  • Brand: Nitecore
  • Model: NTP20

4. Chaos Ready - Tactical Pen

Chaos Ready Tactical Pen - Self Defense Tool

Moving up in the world of increased functionality is this black tactical pen from Chaos Ready. I suppose we’ve all seen a bit of chaos in the year 2020, but it’s still a cool company name, given the kind of products they make, which, as you can imagine, includes a slew of tactical survival gear.

Featuring a slew of features starting with a Tungsten Carbide glass breaker. But that’s not all that end of this tactical pen can accomplish. With its serrated, crown-like, and somewhat sharp teeth, that tip can sometimes stop an intruder in their tracks with a well-placed blow, while also collecting their DNA with the included DNA catcher compartment. And if that’s not enough, the twist on 60 lumens LED flashlight will last up to 200 hours of continuous use. And finally, what good would a tactical pen be if it couldn’t write in the most challenging conditions? Using a pressurized ink cartridge means you’ll be able to write in the rain, upside down, and in freezing to unbearably hot conditions.

Key Features

  • Tungsten tipped crown glass breaker
  • Sharpened crown tip
  • LED Flashlight
  • DNA Catcher
  • Writes everywhere under all kinds of conditions
  • Lifetime warranty – that’s what I like to see, now that’s some real confidence in your products!
  • Spring steel pocket clip for easy EDC
  • Made from Aerospace-grade aluminum construction

Specifications

  • Brand: Chaos Ready
  • Model: Tactical Pen

5. RovyVon Commander C10 EDC Pen

RovyVon Commander C10 EDC Pen

This hardcore looking metal tactical bolt pen is as rugged as they come. Crafted from titanium, the ceramic ball on the top of the pen is designed to make quick work of most glass and provide you with a quick way to defend yourself. Like with many tactical pens, the RovyVon Commander C10 prioritizes everyday carry and concealment by coming to only 4.9″ in length. It’s grooving, and unique handle design provides for having a steady grip and anti-skidability during intense self-defense and glass breaking emergencies. Constructed in Germany, this incredible tactical pen makes for a great gift for the EDC enthusiast in your life.

Key Features

  • Titanium alloy construction
  • Bolt-action pen
  • Schmidt P900 Ink refill
  • Write in any condition
  • Mini-EDC pen perfect for concealed carry

Specifications

  • Length: 4.9″
  • Weight: 1.45 oz
  • Brand: RovyVon
  • Model: Commander C10 EDC Pen

6. StatGear - TriTac Tactical Pen

StatGear - TriTac Tactical Pen

If you’re looking for an even more capable and effective self-defense mechanism by way of a tactical pen, this piece of EDC gear from StatGear is incredibly competent. In addition to a tungsten carbide tip, which can be used as a glass breaker or blunt force striking object, the TriTac features a 440c Stainless steel blade that quickly folds out from the back-side of the pen. Engineered from aircraft aluminum, this bolt-action tactical pen features an ergonomic group. When you’re not defending yourself from zombies or other unpleasantries, you can be assured that this pen is comfortable for writing. Don’t miss out on this fantastic addition to your everyday carry gear.

Key Features

  • Aircraft-grade aluminum body
  • 440c stainless steel blade that is 1.54 inches long
  • Tungsten carbide tip
  • Bolt-action pen
  • Fisher Space Ink Cartridge

Specifications

  • Length: 6.34″
  • Weight: 1.7 oz
  • Brand: StatGear
  • Model: TriTac Tactical Pen

7. Schrade - Survival Tactical Pen

Schrade - Survival Tactical Pen

This CNC machined T6 aluminum made tactical pen provides plenty of features for the everyday outdoorsman that wants a great survival pen. Features include a stainless steel black pocket clip and a survival whistle in case you ever get lost or need help. The glass breaking can double as a self-defense tool, and the striking plate tip can unscrew to reveal a fire-starting Ferro rod. So if you’re heading out into the great outdoors, camping, hiking, skiing, or going into the deep bush, this is a great secondary survival pen you can bring as a backup for much of your other gear. Oh, it also writes in black ink.

Key Features

  • Black anodized aluminum
  • Black ink
  • Glass breaking tip
  • Includes fire starting kit
  • Survival whistler

Specifications

  • Length: 5.9″
  • Brand: Schrade
  • Model: Survival Tactical Pen

8. UZI Tactical Pen - UZI-TACPEN2 GM

UZI Tactical Pen - UZI-TACPEN2 GM

Trusted by police, military and special forces around the world, this lightweight tactical pen from Uzi doubles as a quick and effective writing tool. The tungsten carbide tip doubles as a self-defense tool, as well as something to smash glass with. However, I’d recommend only doing that in an emergency or other critical situation. I wouldn’t want you hooligans running around with tactical pens smashing windows willy nilly. That sort of thing will get you in trouble. Finished in a beautiful gunmetal colour, the Uzi tactical pen provides plenty of grip by way of its five grooved and cross-hatched sections. Super affordable, and nearly indestructible. You’ll almost never go wrong getting an UZI tactical pen.

Key Features

  • Constructed from high-quality aircraft-grade aluminum
  • Carbide tipped glass breaker
  • Ultra-lightweight

Specifications

  • Length: 7″
  • Weight: 1.5 oz
  • Brand: UZI
  • Model: Tactical Pen

9. CRKT Williams Tactical Pen

CRKT Williams Tactical Pen

Too many companies think up and design products without the input of real professionals who will use them. The Columbia River Knife & Tool company takes the opposite approach. When conceptualizing this survival pen, they asked a former army officer and martial arts instructor to lend his expertise to the design of this product. Perhaps what I like most about this pen is that it doesn’t try to imitate the aesthetics of all the other survival pens on the market. This pen has a more sleek and futuristic look to it. It’s a high tech writing instrument that can double as a self-defense mechanism if the need arises.

Key Features

  • Low profile writing pen
  • 6061 Aircraft-grade aluminum construction
  • Bead blast finish reduces reflection on its black profile to enhance concealed carry and help evade any unwanted attention

Specifications

  • Length: 8.25″
  • Weight: 1.2 oz
  • Brand: CRKT
  • Model: Williams Tactical Pen

10. MecArmy TPX33 Titanium Tactical Pen

MecArmy TPX33 Titanium Tactical Pen

If you’re less worried about your tactical pen being discovered or seen for that matter, perhaps you should consider this incredible pen from MecArmy. Crafted from TC4 Titanium, this pen is guaranteed never to lose its finish, become corroded, or get scratched. That’s a pretty good set of guarantees but somewhat expected when you’re spending this much on a tactical pen. The Fisher Space ink refill will ensure that you can write in the rain, in space (if you ever go there with Tom Cruise), and under the most hazardous weather conditions. The Tungsten steel head can be used as the pointy end for glass breaking or self-defense. It’s also a very sexy looking survival pen.

Key Features

  • Titanium construction
  • Fisher space refill
  • Tungsten steel head breaks glass easily

Specifications

  • Length: 5.31″
  • Weight: 0.83 oz
  • Brand: MecArmy
  • Model: TPX33 Titanium Tactical Pen

11. Nitecore NTP30 Tactical Titanium Pen

Nitecore NTP30 Tactical Titanium Pen

The NTP 30 tactical pen from Nitecore is an award-winning pen that features a strong titanium alloy body. That means it is as corrosion resistant as they come. Even the handy clip, which many manufacturers cheap out on, is made from the same TC4 titanium alloy as the CNC machined body. The Tungsten steel tapered tip is hidden conveniently inside the pen’s body and can be activated using a bi-directional mechanism. That makes the NTP 30 an incredibly hardcore and capable bolt-action tactical pen. The L-shaped groove will let you select and retract the pen refill or the tungsten steel tapered tip.

Key Features

  • TC4 Titanium alloy construction
  • Corrosion-resistant and skin-friendly
  • Tungsten steel tapered tip
  • Capable of breaking most glass
  • Anti-skid thread increases the friction and avoids sliding
  • Schneider gel ink refill for quick-drying, waterproof, and fade-resistant writing.

Specifications

  • Length: 5.2″
  • Weight: 0.95 oz
  • Brand: Nitecore
  • Model: NTP 30

12. Manker PL11 Penlight

Manker PL11 Penlight

Versatile and capable of a lot of the same functions as many other top-flight tactical pens, the Manker PL11 Penlight can be used to produce up to 120 lumens of light. Of course, it’s also a capable ink pen and glass breaker. This tactical pen can use a rechargeable battery or a disposable 10440 battery for powering the integrated flashlight made of anodized aerospace aluminum. It’s also IPX-6 waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about dropping it a river or lake, or toilet for that matter.

Key Features

  • Integrated flashlight
  • Integrated glass-breaker
  • Constructed from aerospace-grade aluminum

Specifications

  • Length: 5.51″
  • Weight: 1.38 oz
  • Brand: Manker
  • Model: PL11 Penlight

13. TAKEFLIGHT - Tactical Pen

TAKEFLIGHT - Tactical Pen

Rugged, durable, heavy-duty, all perfect adjectives to describe this tactical pen from TakeFlight, and that’s just the beginning. Used by military pilots, NAVY Seals, and first responders, the TakeFlight tactical pen is has been designed to stand the tests and rigors of daily use in challenging situations. Of-course, like most tactical pens, this isn’t a one-trick pony. The ballpoint pen makes for a great everyday carry item, but the glass breaking tungsten tip along with an integrated bottle opener and LED flashlight are what makes this tactical pen stand out from much of its competition. So whether you want to carry this simply as a useful EDC item, or a self-defense and survival tool, it’s hard to go wrong with the TakeFlight tactical pen. Also, this pen is a perfect addition to your bug-out bag.

Key Features

  • Ballpoint pen (comes with two extra refillable ink cartridges)
  • Integrated glass-breaker
  • Made from aircraft-grade aluminum
  • Integrated LED flashlight (comes with extra flashlight battery)
  • Integrated Bottle opener
  • Available in three colour options including the black shown above

Specifications

  • Length: 6″
  • Weight: 11.3 oz
  • Brand: TakeFlight
  • Model: Tactical Pen

14. The Atomic Bear - SWAT Tactical Pen

The Atomic Bear - SWAT Tactical Pen

Many companies are now capable of producing a wide variety of high-quality tactical pens. But not every company can deliver this level of quality and offer that pen at an extremely low price. That’s part of the reason why the SWAT Tactical Pen from The Atomic Bear stands out to me. It’s without a doubt a great pen, but it won’t break the bank as well. Perfect for any EDC kit or loadout, or whatever you crazy everyday kids call it these days, the glass breaker tip on this pen is made of standard tungsten carbide. The other fantastic feature of this tactical pen is the unique thumb rest design, which will allow for a much stronger and sturdy grip. It also comes with a great tactical carry pouch that you can attach to your belt, bag, or backpack.

Key Features

  • Aircraft-grade aluminum body
  • Hardened Tungsten Carbide sharpened tip
  • Unique thumb rest
  • Pen cap can clip to both ends of the pen
  • Smooth writing with smear-proof ink can write when wet
  • Parker refill cartridge

Specifications

  • Length: 6″
  • Weight: 4.8 oz
  • Brand: TakeFlight
  • Model: Tactical Pen

15. Pocket Partners - Practical Tactical Pen

Pocket Partners - Practical Tactical Pen

Here is another fantastic tactical pen that you won’t have to spend your life savings on its purchase. And lo’ and behold, it’s not in black, silver or gunmetal, but a rather soothing navy blue. The best part of this tactical pen is that it is very unassuming. No aggressive markings or logos are announcing itself as a pen that can double as a weapon, and it’s actually quite sleek and attractive looking. With a satin-matte anodized aluminum finish, this pen is the ideal length and width for an everyday carry item you can practically take with you.

Key Features

  • Aerospace-grade aluminum construction
  • Both tips can be used for self-defense situations
  • A hole in the cap means it can be attached to key rings, carabiners, etc. 

Specifications

  • Length: 5.8″
  • Weight: 1.2 oz
  • Brand: Pocket Partners
  • Model: Practical Tactical Pen for Self Defense

16. CountyComm - Aluminum Embassy Pen

CountyComm - Aluminum Embassy Pen

This designed-to-last a lifetime tactical pen uses a pressurized Fisher space pen refill, which has been designed to work in temperatures that would freeze and melt even the hardiest of people. The machined diamond-like pattern of the knurled grip is made for non-slip use in wet and slippery conditions. Each pen is hand-made and made out of 6061-T6 aluminum steel. There is no cap and not many extra-frill features. This is simply a great, rugged, and failsafe multipurpose pen that will fit in nicely with the rest of your EDC gear.

Key Features

  • Hand-finished
  • 6061-T6 Aluminum Anodized body
  • Stainless steel clip

Specifications

  • Length: 5.25″
  • Weight: 1.39 oz
  • Brand: CountyComm
  • Model: Aluminum Embassy Pen

17. UZI Tactical Pen - UZI-TACPEN2-GM

UZI Tactical Pen - UZI-TACPEN2-GM

This gunmetal finished tactical pen uses standard Fisher pen refills, but what this fine writing instrument is all about is its looks. With a beautifully crafted exterior, the diamond-like cross-hatch provides a fantastic grip across almost the entire body. The glass-breaking tip is made of tungsten carbide and provides DNA-catching grooves if you have to get up close and personal with an assailant.

Key Features

  • Lightweight aircraft aluminum construction
  • Tungsten carbide sharpened glass-breaking tip
  • Fischer space pen refills provide the ability to write in almost any situation

Specifications

  • Length: 7″
  • Weight: 1.6 oz
  • Brand: Uzi
  • Model: Tactical Pen UZI-TACPEN-2 GM

18. Sulkada Survival Multi-Tool Pen With Flashlight

Sulkada Survival Multi-Tool Pen With Flashlight

Available only in the black finish pictured above, this reliable push-button tactical knife from Sulkada is something you can depend on at all times. Whether the situation calls for writing in rain or freezing conditions, or perhaps an emergency situation where you need to use the glass-breaker tip made of tempered steel, you won’t go wrong with this awesome product from Sulkada. Featuring a flashlight, bottle & can opener, a ballpoint pen, and glass breaking tip, this is probably one of the heavier tactical pens you’ll find on this list. But all that weight means a ton more features, including a tungsten carbide pen cap. Makes for an awesome gift idea for the EDC enthusiast in your life.

Key Features

  • A powerful flashlight can last up to 2-3 hours of continuous use
  • 105 lumens light output
  • Bottle & can opener
  • Glass breaking tip
  • Excellent slip resistance grip
  • Includes extra ink refill and extra battery

Specifications

  • Length: 6.38″
  • Weight: 1.9 oz
  • Brand: Sulkada
  • Model: Survival Multi-Tool Pen with Flashlight
Sebastian Arciszewski

Sebastian Arciszewski

An enthusiast of all things minimalist. I love the simple design and always look for an aesthetic that complements how an item works. Because after all, a design is how a thing works. You can find me on twitter: @sebastian_a