13 Best Tactical Pens 2019: For Self Defense & Everyday Carry

A tactical pen is an everyday carry multi-tool, the best tactical pens accomplish a few tasks really well. First and foremost they are functional writing pens, second is they are great personal self defense weapons and third is they can even be used as a survival tool in certain emergency situations like breaking out a car window.

Tactical pens are designed to be tough and durable so they can withstand tough conditions and abuse.

They are made from high grade, high strength aluminum which gives them extreme durability and toughness and keeps them lightweight. Many have pocket clips so you can attach them to your pocket, backpack or purse making them ideal for everyday carry.

Tactical pens were designed to be a multi-tool for everyday carry. A multi-tool is a tool that can help you accomplish multiple jobs or tasks wrapped up into one tool.

In the case of a tactical pen they are functional writing pens, some have a glass breaker feature to break out a window in an emergency situation. Most importantly it can be used as a weapon for personal self defense and sometimes they even have a small flashlight feature.

Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen2.4 oz5.59″CHECK PRICE
Smith and Wesson SWPENMP2BK 1.4 oz5.8″CHECK PRICE
Smith & Wesson 6.1 Aircraft Aluminum Refillable Tactical Pen1.4 oz6.1″CHECK PRICE
Schrade SCPENBK 5.7in 1.4 oz5.7″CHECK PRICE
CRKT Williams Tactical Pen: Low Profile1.2 oz8.25″CHECK PRICE
Hoffman Richter Stinger Tactical Pen 3.2 oz6.25″CHECK PRICE
The Atomic Bear Tactical Pen3.8 oz6.0″CHECK PRICE
BlackFly Creations Tactical Pen for Self Defense1.3 oz5.75″CHECK PRICE
Under Control Tactical Pen3.2 oz6.5″CHECK PRICE
Practical Tactical Pen – The Premium Discreet 1.2 oz5.8″CHECK PRICE
Sminiker Professional Defender Tactical Pen 4.0 oz5.9″CHECK PRICE
UZI Tactical Pen UZI-TACPEN21.5 oz6.0″CHECK PRICE
Columbia River Knife & Tool CRKT Williams Tactical Pen 21.4 oz5.9″CHECK PRICE


13 Best Tactical Pens


Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen

  • Rugged Machine Steel Body With Cerakote
  • Stainless Steel Pocket Clip
  • “Rite In The Rain” Ink Cartridge Works in All Conditions
  • Push Button Deploy Ball Point Pen

The Gerber Impromptu is a beast of a pen. It is our Editor’s Choice for top tactical pen.

It’s a solid pen that writes very well with Gerber’s rite in the rain ink cartridge. This pen has a great grip and feels really good in the hand when writing.

The push button style is not something you come across very often in tactical pens however, it is a nice change and seems to work well. This pen works great as an everyday carry tool.

Even better is using it as a self defense weapon and in emergency situations as a glass breaker. This has become my personal choice for my everyday carry tactical pen.


Smith and Wesson SWPENMP2BK

  • T6061 Aircraft Aluminum
  • Screw Off Cap
  • Comfortable Grip / Pocket Clip
  • Self Defense End

There is know doubt that Smith and Wesson has figured out self defense tactical pens.

This pen is solid, rugged and super comfortable in the hand. It has the screw on cap as do many tactical pens and it does the job well. It screws tight which helps keep the pen out of the elements and secure when using the pocket clip.

It has o rings that keep out dirt and debris so if you are going to use this pen outside a lot this is a great choice.

If you have to use it for self defense purposes it will do serious damage to an attacker allowing you to escape and get away. The SWPENMP2BK was made with real life users in mind and you can tell the minute you get your hand on it.


Smith & Wesson 6.1in Aircraft Aluminum Refillable Tactical Pull Cap Pen for Outdoor Survival Camping and Everyday Carry

  • Pocket Clip / Pull Off Top
  • Refillable Ink Cartridges
  • Strong Aircraft Aluminum
  • Self Defense End

As we said before Smith and Wesson knows how to make good quality tactical pens. They think them through and use good materials and craftsmanship.

We like this pen because it simply does its job well. It writes good, it looks really good and is a sweet looking EDC tactical pen.

This pen is pull off top compared to a screw on like from the Smith and Wesson above. You may prefer a pull on cap they are a little easier and quicker for writing if you will be using it daily to write.

The pocket clip is great, I like the way Smith and Wesson attaches their clips with a 2 point attachment.

If you prefer a straight forward self defense tactical pen that writes well and looks good this is a great choice.


Schrade SCPENBK 5.7in

  • Great For Pocket Carry With Screw on Cap
  • 6061 T6 Aluminum
  • Super Lightweight and Durable
  • Pen can be refilled with Schmidt P900 Parker Style Black Ball Point Cartridges

This Schrade tactical pen sits in a sweet spot it comes in at a really good price point for a top quality tactical pen and it has the perfect combination of looks it is tactical, sleek and discrete so it blends in well.

This pen is lightweight, strong and feels great when you’re writing. It might be the perfect combination when it comes to length, width and weight.

It has a screw on cap which gives it that secure feeling and overall protection.

When it comes to a self defense weapon for EDC the Schrade might be one of the best with a very tough Kubaton pointed tip and a flat top on the other end for your thumb to push on it is simple and effective!


CRKT Williams Tactical Pen: Low Profile

  • 6061 Aluminum
  • Black Non Reflective Finish
  • Low Profile Pocket Clip
  • Comes With a CRKT Case

Designed by James Williams of Encinitas California a veteran Army officer and world renowned martial arts and self defense expert.

The CRKT Williams Low Profile tactical pen is subtle enough to be used in the office with its low profile design and yet strong and durable enough to strike an attacker with brutal force.

It has a tampered design which aids in improved grip and good looks.

The pocket clip is a plus for giving it that low profile design however it also is a downside as it sits high up on the cap so it makes the pen ride low in the pocket of your pants or shirt. This makes it somewhat hard to get out fast and easy every time, sometimes it takes a bit more coaxing.

Well designed and classy the CRKT Williams Low Profile Tactical Pen is tough, writes well and makes a good everyday carry tool.


Hoffman Richter Stinger Tactical Pen 

  • Lifetime Guarantee
  • Glass Breaker / Self Defense Ready
  • Understated and Discrete
  • Durable and Rugged

The Hoffman Richter Stinger is our Best Surprise Pick it truly did surprise us.

This pen has weight to it and great above average length at over 6″ it is great for self defense.

It writes good, has mixed textured design that helps with grip and comfort. The self defense tip is also strong and durable enough to be used as a glass breaker.

The pen blends in well and though it does look tactical it doesn’t stand out too much. The pocket clip was close to perfect, firm and strong but still pulls out nicely from your pocket.

This tactical pen comes in at a great price and just does everything really well. They used good materials and have a solid design and this pen should get some worthwhile consideration.


The Atomic Bear Tactical Pen

  • Included With Belt Sheath
  • Anti-Slip Grip
  • Military Grade Aluminum
  • Great for Self Defense and Emergency Scenarios

Best Budget Pick

The Atomic Bear does not hide away from being a tactical pen it looks tactical from top to bottom.

Some pros of this pen is the multifunctional abilities, it is a good pen that writes well and that can take ink refills from multiple cartridge brands.

It has good size it may be a slight bulky for some however, if a tactical pen is what you are going for then you won’t be bothered. It is very durable and should last you for awhile.

It comes with a belt sheath, not sure if this is really necessary but a nice touch at the very least. The cap is a pull on and goes on both sides and gives a click that lets you know its secure.

The 3 biggest cons are…

  1. There is no mistake that this is a tactical pen. So if discretion and blending in is important to you then consider a different pen.
  2. The glass breaker tip is where you want to put your thumb when wielding the pen for self defense. Now you don’t have to put your thumb behind the pen to make an effective strike but it is ideal. With that being said the tip didn’t really bother us all that much maybe just slightly uncomfortable. ( Hopefully you won’t be using it for self defense too often.)
  3. Last but not least was the price. It may prove to be too good to be true only time will tell.


BlackFly Creations Tactical Pen for Self Defense

  • Solid Alloy Glass Breaker Tip
  • Threaded No Loss Cap with Paracord Rope Through
  • Great Discrete EDC
  • No Sharp Thumb Points

The BlackFly Creations tactical pen is a really cool pen. It comes in two color options that both look great.

This pen is very simple with clean lines and it has no sharp edges everything is round and it has an elegant look.

The BlackFly makes a great EDC tactical pen. It has a threaded cap which can sometimes be a nuisance but it does keep the cap secure at all times and helps keep out water and debris.

Additionally this pen has a slot cut out in the cap to allow for rope or paracord to be attached.

This is a sweet tactical pen that is one of the better looking tactical pens out there. Clean, lightweight, strong and has a deadly self defense tip.


Under Control Tactical Pen for Self Defense

  • LED Flashlight Built-In
  • Includes How to Video, PDF Manuel, How to Use For Self Defense Training Video
  • Glass Breaker / DNA Collector
  • Pocket Clip / Refill Compatible

The Under Control tactical has a built in LED flashlight which is a really cool feature though not really necessary.

It feels good in the hand and has a nice weight to it. This pen has all the features you could ever need in a tactical pen like a pocket clip, glass breaker / DNA collector. Meaning it is suppose to collect the DNA of an attacker if you strike them in self defense.

Overall this pen is not a bad choice I personally think it may have to many features for a tactical pen. They all do work but sometimes simple is better.


Practical Tactical Pen – The Premium Discreet

  • Attractive and Discreet Unassuming Looking
  • High Strength Aircraft Grade Aluminum
  • Both Ends Great For Self Defense
  • Lightweight High Strength Aircraft Aluminum

Our Favorite Tactical Pen For Design

The Premium Discreet is just that discreet you could take and use this pen anywhere. It brings the perfect balance of tactical and stylish looks to a tactical pen.

Made with aircraft aluminum this pen is tough as nails and lightweight. You can take this pen with you anywhere it is a perfect choice for your everyday carry gear.

Even though it has a dedicated end for self defense purposes, you can easily use either end. So if you happen to have the cap off for writing it is just as devastating in reverse.

It has excellent grip, easy to refill and there is a keychain loop in the cap. The cap screws onto the pen side and snaps on the pointed side when writing. This pen is affordable, discreet and deadly it is a near perfect EDC Self Defense Tactical Pen.


Sminiker Professional Defender Tactical Pen 

  • Lightweight and Portable
  • Aircraft Aluminum
  • Blunt Force Tip For Self Defense
  • Glass Breaker Tip

This is a good super affordable tactical pen around ten bucks or so. It comes with some extra ink refills which is always a nice touch.

It has serious tactical looks a lot like you would imagine a tactical pen to look if you have never seen one. Overall it is a nice design and feels pretty good in the hand.

Both ends can be used for self defense purposes. Although the top end is more design to be a glass or window breaker. There is a pocket clip for easy everyday carry and the pen can be fully striped down and taken apart for cleaning.


UZI Tactical Pen UZI-TACPEN2

  • Glass Breaker to Escape Emergency Situations
  • Gun Metal Finish With Pocket Clip
  • Lightweight Aircraft Grade Aluminum
  • Standard and Fischer Refills

Here we have a UZI brand TACPEN2. UZI makes a wide arrange of tactical gear and tools that are a trusted and reliable company.

This tactical pen has a high grade aircraft aluminum body with a gun metal finish. It has a very durable carbide tip glass breaker for emergency situations. Punch out a window to escape danger quickly.

It can take standard ink pen cartridge refills which makes it super convenient.

Pocket clip for easy EDC so you can keep it with you daily to write with and it’s very durable to handle any condition.


Columbia River Knife & Tool CRKT Williams Tactical Pen 2

  • 6061 Aircraft Grade Aluminum
  • Fisher Space Pen Ink Cartridge
  • Removable Pocket Clip
  • Black Hard Anodized Finish

When it comes to the CRKT Williams tactical pen 2 you have one of the most stylish and common looking tactical pens around. If your goal is to have a tactical pen that you can use daily and blend in then this is the pen you want.

The Williams 2 is the second generation for CRKT and the main difference is the sloped cap end which they say is to aid you in your thumb placement for self defense. This is a debatable fact however we hope to not run into self defense situations to often so it does just fine.

It is a well made tactical pen with high strength aluminum, removable pocket clip and it takes Fischer space pen cartridge refills.

This pen has a nice anodized finish which hopefully will age well. CRKT is a well established brand that makes good products and their tactical pens are no different. Slightly more expensive then some others but usually worth the price.


Tactical Pens For Self Defense

In a world where anything can happen at anytime being prepared for the unknown is essential. We are surrounded by millions of people everyday and unfortunately not everyone has the good intentions we expect.

It is our responsibility to be prepared to protect ourselves and our family at all times. Carrying a tactical pen is one really easy and convenient way to have a self defense weapon with you at all times.

Tactical pens make great weapons for self defense, they were inspired by the Kubaton (Best Personal Self Defense Weapons) a classic and very effective self defense weapon. They are made out of high strength aluminum bodies that keep them lightweight and strong. It comes to a point on one end that is a damaging and effective weapon when jammed into an attackers head or body.

You wrap your hand around the tactical pen with your thumb on the back end of the pen and the pointed tip sticking out from the front, ice pick style if you will.

The goal is to use your tactical pen to fend off an attack by jamming the hard steel tip into the attackers body. Head shots are particularly effective at causing enough damage for you to escape and get help.

Tactical pens are small, discreet and concealable. It is a weapon that you can carry with you everyday as part of your EDC gear and it can be used every single day as your main writing pen if you choose.


Tactical Pen – Glass Breaker

The glass breaker is a feature of tactical pens that can be used in an emergency situation to break out a window. By wrapping your hand around the pen and slamming the glass breaker tip into the window you can shatter the glass and escape the situation.

This is hopefully a situation that you never have but in the event you do having a tool in your pocket that can help save your life could be the difference between life and death.

Probably not a common thing you will ever need but its always nice to know you can.


The Wrap Up

Tactical pens are unique and simple multi-tools that should become apart of your everyday carry gear.

They are tools you can use in your everyday life that are easy to carry and conceal.

The included pocket clips keep them handy and ready to deploy in a moments notice, whether that be to sign that important contract at the office or to thwart an attacker in self defense.

It’s important to always be prepared and ready for anything and adding a Tactical Pen to your EDC gear is a worthwhile decision.

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