The next less lethal alternative we’ll discuss on this website is the Smith & Wesson tactical pen, (model SWPENMP2BK ). For a few years now Smith & Wesson has been developing new less lethal self defense options to accompany their line of firearms, knives, and other rescue tools. Their tactical pens are derived from an old martial arts weapon known as the Kubotan. This weapon is used to strike at parts of the body that are exposed and consist of not much else other than the bones and skin such as the hands, wrist, skull, and collar bone. The Kubotan can also be used to manipulate pressure points in order to accomplish various arm locks. The version of the Kubotan that was created as an addition to be carried on a key chain was developed by Sōke Takayuki Kubota in the late 1960s for use by female law enforcement officers.
This newer version of the Smith & Wesson tactical pen applies the same self defense principals as the original design but updated to suit the needs of today’s civilian and law enforcement markets. The SWPENMP2BK measures 5.8 inch (14.7 cm) overall length and has a weight of only 1.4 ounces. The design is durable as the pen is made of reliable T6061 aircraft aluminum. The design is also practical as it can be used to write with and refilled with Schmidt P900M parker style black ball point cartridges.