Discussion in 'Blades' started by dystopia, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. dystopia

    dystopia Monkey+

    Anybody have any experience with tactical pens? My employer, the railroad, says no knives, they tell us to call 911. I'd like to have something discreet but with some effective defense properties. thanks for any opinions.
  2. beast

    beast backwoodsman

    a good stout walking stick
    you run into someone that knows how to use one, just once, and youll never forget
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  3. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    a few suggestions,

    a leather belt with a heavy metal belt buckle...

    a roll of quarters...

    an athletic sock full of spare change...

    a key lanyard with a lot of keys on it...

    a well sharpened pencil...

    a monkeyfist lanyard with a .50 cal minnie ball hidden inside....

    a kubaton keyring ...
  4. dystopia

    dystopia Monkey+

    I like the kubaton idea. We have to carry keys for work and their not blairingly obvious as a defense tool.
  5. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    You limp, therefore you need a (sword) cane --?
  6. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    There are plenty of belt buckles with hidden goodies for defense built into them (stars, knives, etc).

    There are also a lot of nifty gadgets out there that aren't "weapons", per se', but sure come in handy (like the walking stick).
  7. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    It seems like the "tactical pen" is only marketable to a decadent society which has a fascination with militarized police and global domination. From an early age, the youth of America are bombarded with violent electronic games which herald combat and merciless killing as goals to be promoted. These children grow up and are later recruited into the armed forces, often times before they graduate, and their fascination with death, complete with numb brains lock in place with the type of mentality necessary to be a cold blooded killer. Now, not all military types are like this, but the more recruiting that is done in the inner cities where command level waivers are often given to gang members, equals lower standards in the gene pool of the armed forces.

    All this aside, the pen is not a combat tool; it is a writing instrument. Adding a "tactical" label to it does very little to increasing versatility to any effective level. Usually, we will find people who collect knives like they are toys and who are absorbed by the "run and gun" tactical (Modern Warfare X-Box) mentality are the first to make an impulse buy and acquire one of these items. Marketing of this day and age is wholly focused on creating "want", or desire for an item over the actual need for the tool in the first place.

    For a writing instrument, I suggest the "Rite-In-The-Rain" pen. It will perform its tasks in foul weather and actually write when you need it to. If you are in a situation where pocket knives are banned, then perhaps an unarmed self defense course will best suit your needs.
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  8. Hispeedal2

    Hispeedal2 Nay Sayer

    Don't we have a much longer history of "go to war or go to jail" than the new "video game playing, inner city youth"? I believe it dates a lot further back than that. Maybe even to the "greatest generation" *gasp*. Jeez Brokor, you are talking like a 70 year old vet... you left service in 2003, it wasn't that long ago ;)

    I agree on the rite in the rain pen. It's all you will find in my pocket.

    Tactical pens are dumb. Sorry for being blunt. Anything can be used as a weapon as indicated ^. I wouldn't waste $ on one.
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