What is a Tactical Pen and What Are Its Advantages?

As a minimal force everyday carry (EDC) option for everyone that you can take anywhere, the tactical pen is a fantastic force multiplier. Whether you are old, young, tall, short, male or female, the tactical pen is a great tool to help you level the playing field when the odds are stacked against you in a threatening situation.

Though fairly new as a defensive tool, the tactical pen does not require any license to carry, it is compact and easily concealable, but is best hiding in plain sight.

Many are made from aircraft grade aluminum and thus are quite strong. On the one side is an actual pen which can be used to sign documents or take notes, and the other an impact point, which can be employed against a threat should you be forced to respond.

Simple, but powerful, unassuming yet perfectly legal, the tactical pen presents you with practical options for personal safety and security that are progressive when they need to be, realistic and truly accessible.

As a less than lethal personal defense tool, the tactical pen gives you choices that are scalable in the event you are confronted with a potentially threatening or dangerous situation. The tactical pen also allows you to “brandish” it without having to worry about legal recourse.

If you were to pull out a gun or a knife and brandish it, you would likely need to explain your actions to the police and why you thought it was absolutely necessary to employ a “show of force” with a deadly weapon. And your actions had better be in alignment with what any other person would do in that same situation or you could face possible arrest.

Let’s face it not everyone is cut out to carry a gun or a knife, but most people do carry a pen so why not a tactical pen with which you can be prepared in a pre-emptive manner once you have identified a potential threat so that you present yourself as a “hard target.” One that the attacker can see is visibly committed, as opposed to someone that is an easy target.

And when the going gets tougher and you are challenged with an increasingly dangerous situation that is moving in the direction of a physical confrontation, the tactical pen though small and seemingly innocuous can inflict serious damage to an attacker, even lethal force in trained hands, if there was no other option.

Perhaps the tactical pen challenges your traditional thinking because it is not what you are accustomed to in the form of a weapon?

Yes, having a firearm is truly a great equalizer under the right circumstances, but guns require a good deal of training, and then there are the moral issues that accompany carrying a gun.

And what about the fact that you must be willing to shoot and kill someone? That’s a pretty heavy thought morally, legally and assessment wise. It is quite realistic though. If you pull out a gun you had better be able to make the conscious decision to use it, after all you are not carrying it to impart psychological prowess or because you “hope” to threaten an attacker.

Then there is the challenge of weapon retention, which is, in my experience, a real issue for most people. If you pull out your gun and the criminal takes it away from you, it could just as easily be used against you. That will likely escalate an already heated situation that could cause you great harm or worse.

All of which brings me back to why I like the tactical pen so much, and very much recommend you get one. It is a fantastic everyday carry personal defense tool that can go anywhere with you. I have even taken tactical pens countless times through airports and aboard commercial planes without the slightest hiccup, and so can you!

Here is a short review of why you should consider the tactical pen an advantage:

  • You can take it anywhere
  • Easy to use
  • Great personal defense tool
  • It’s rapidly accessible
  • Easily concealable
  • Hides well in plain sight
  • Excellent tool in an emergency where you have to break a car window to escape
  • You can walk around with it in your hand without drawing attention to yourself
  • It can be clipped to shirts, blouse, suit, pocketbook strap, pockets
  • You can sign a check or write a note with it
  • Works well to inflict pain upon someone who would try to do you harm
  • You can “brandish” it without recourse in an effort to deter a potential threat or change their level of commitment

Defense Coach University offers a very comprehensive Tactical Pen Defense Program to prepare you with the mindset and tools you need to successfully mitigate threats, dangerous people, situations and conflict.

It is a simple, but powerful mobile first program designed for personal protection that gives you practical options for personal security, safety and defense empowering you with an edge over would be opportunists and criminals when it comes to personal safety. Click here to watch the tactical pen defense trailer.

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About the Author

Dr. Jeff Cantor is a Kidnap & Ransom Response consultant, Active Shooter Preparedness expert, Terrorism Prevention Expert, International and personal security expert, high-risk environment tactical instructor, professional educator, author, leadership coach and speaker. He has spent his life in the service of protecting people from dangerous situations and high-risk threats.


He is a subject matter expert (SME) advisor to governments, military, law enforcement, corporations, organizations, security professionals and people in matters of active shooter preparedness, kidnap & ransom and kidnap 2 kill, security, threat assessment, risk and crisis management, counter terrorism and warfare.

He is founder / CEO of the TRS International Group, a highly successful private security, defense intelligence, risk management and training firm. Through TRSIG, he has worked for governments, corporations, organizations and private parties around the world supporting a myriad of security objectives and low signature operations including hostage rescue, counter terrorism, personal security detail operations and maritime anti-piracy.

Dr. Cantor has gained his knowledge through the school of hard knocks and more than an occasional bullet, executed with decisive actionable leadership and a focused capacity for specifics. Cantor is also the founder and CEO of Defense Coach University, an organization that is dedicated to empowering defense through education, technology, science and intelligence.

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