If you’re not familiar with the self-defense value of the “tactical pen,” it’s understandable that you might scoff at the whole concept. We did when we first saw those two words next to one another.
Despite the old adage, the pen is mightier than the sword, it seems ridiculous to think of writing as a “tactical” discipline.
Isn’t a bit outlandish to demand that even your writing utensils must be made for combat scenarios?
Martial Arts Origins
Well, you might be surprised to find out is that the tactical pen has it’s roots in Jiu-Jitsu. In fact, it’s quite a bit more practical in nature that the original weapon on which it is based, named the yawara.
This self-defense tool, essentially a weaponized version of a symbolic Buddhist prayer stick, consists of little more than an non-threatening, easy-to-conceal, wooden stick.
Since the Yawara resembled a common religious object, it wasn’t viewed as a weapon by anyone save the person carrying it.
As they say, history doesn’t repeat itself, but it does often rhyme.
The Pocket Stick
Enter the tactical pen. Because it resembles a item we’re very accustomed to people carrying on their person, we don’t see it as anything but commonplace. With the proper training, however, it can be a devastating or even lethal weapon.
Here’s the key thing to keep in mind: It’s really a pocket stick (AKA Kubotan) that doubles as an ink pen.
This is important because there are loads of techniques based on the yawara, kubotan, or “pocket stick,” but relatively few designated for the tactical pen. No matter what name it goes by, the self-defense techniques for all of these weapons are interchangeable. Whether steel, wooded, or plastic, they’re all essentially pocket sized mini-batons.
Here’s a short list of “fight enders” you can execute with your tactical pen:
- Hammer fist strikes
- Fist loads (used like a roll of quarters)
- Strikes to vulnerable areas (eyes, throat, pressure points, certain muscles)
- To facilitate joint locks and control/compliance techniques (most often as a lever)
Check out this demonstration:
Carry Anywhere, No Need for a License…
The tactical pen is a relative newcomer that’s gaining popularity largely because it can be carried in many highly secured areas. It’s the kind of weapon that you can carry through most security checkpoints, including through airport security.
Of course, the more your tactical pen resembles a pen, the fewer suspicions it will raise at the metal detector or TSA checkpoint. The more it resembles a standard kubotan, knife, or brass knuckles, the greater the chances that you’ll have to check it at the door.
It’s a situation that often comes down to one security guard’s judgment, so keep that in mind as you shop for pens. We recommend the MCG Tactical Pen for several reasons, one of which is that it looks like an ordinary pen.
According to self-defense instructor, Michael Janich, in the video above, he’s taken it through security checkpoints in many countries and never had a problem. As you can see in the video, he’s carrying a very discreet tactical pen, one that looks as though it was designed for writing.