Tactical pens provide a low-profile tool that can be a lifesaver in a tough situation. People carry these types of tactical pens as standard writing implements and also keep them handy when walking through a less trustworthy part of town late in the evening.
The origins of tactical pens can be traced back to a Japanese man by the name of Soke Takayuki Kubota. Kubota invented a tactical keychain weapon back in the 60s. (1) His initial model featured finger grips, a dull point on one end, and the ability to attach to your keychain.
Tactical pens have increased in complexity and effectiveness over the years and there are quite a few more options today than in Kubota’s time.
So we have compiled our list of the Top Ten Tactical Pens to help you simplify your selection. Also, be sure to check out our Buyer’s Guide to find our recommendations for choosing a tactical pen that’s perfect for you!