Smith and Wesson Tactical pen

Review : Smith & Wesson tactical pen

Looks like my bug out bag project is jinxed. A couple of years back, my 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 backpack was stolen on a train journey to my brothers house. I was testing its load bearing ability with its Y yoke being a bit uncomfortable in the Indian summers. Now I’m yet unable to choose whether to go in for the Rush 72 or stick to the original plan. In addition the Storm color I wanted (previous one was black) seems ineligible for International shipping. Thankfully, I’ve put the cart before the horse so I have plenty of equipment to review. Once I’ve finalized the  list of items that go into my bag, it will be easier for me to take a call on what size of tactical rucksack I’d need.So I’ve decided to start with my Smith & Wesson tactical pen.  It is made out of hard anodized aluminum. It is 5.7″ in length. It seems to be of very good quality. Tactical pens are based on kubotans. A Kubotan on a key chain looks weird and you might get asked a lot of questions. A pen is much better. Let me post some close up pictures of the pen…

Comes nicely fitted in a box just like a regular pen in spite of feeling virtually indestructible
Comes nicely fitted in a box just like a regular pen in spite of feeling virtually indestructible
The cap unscrews to open
The cap unscrews to open

 

 

Here it is, fully dissassembled
Here it is, fully disassembled. Uses what we call a jotter refill in India
I'm not sure how effective it will be in an applicable situation. It is very slippery to hold. I wish it was knurled like some of the other tactical pens.
I’m not sure how effective it will be in an applicable situation. It is very slippery to hold. I wish it was knurled like some of the other tactical pens. As you can see, it doesn’t look like you can get much leverage on the pen.

The pros for this pen are that it is of very good quality and costs about 37 USD. The jotter refill has been around since I was in school as a kid and is easily available in India which is a relief unlike some pens which need some glorified space pen cartridge.

The cons are that it is extremely slippery and you can’t easily get a purchase on the pen. There is absolutely no knurling on the pen and it would be good to have it on a lanyard. On the positive side, it should be more difficult to inflict a fatal injury during self defense. If I were to buy again, would I buy this pen? No, I would go for some of the other pens in the market which have knurling on their bodies and their tips are pretty blunt almost like a normal pen arousing less suspicion about the pen.

Smith & Wesson does have a cheaper tactical pen for 23USD on Amazon. It even has a hole for a lanyard! It is called the S&W Military and Police tactical pen. Personally I prefer the CRKT Tao pen even though it seems to have the space pen refill… I’ll probably not be using it for writing though 🙂

 

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