When most people hear the name Uzi the first thing that pops into mind is the lead spitting sub machine gun of the 70′s and 80′s, it’s not likely an image of anything remotely less lethal. However, from the infamous Israeli firearms company comes a line of new age self-defense tools amongst which is the Uzi Tactical Defender self-defense pens. These robust writing utensils combine everyday efficiency with compact self-defense effectiveness. Modeled with respect to the martial arts kubaton weapon, these self-defense pens are great for concealment and ready for self-defense at a moment’s notice. Crafted from aircraft grade aluminum, these pens are created to withstand a beating and deliver one at the same time. There are two models available from the Tactical Defender series, the TACPEN 1 & TACPEN 2. The TACPEN 1 flaunts a jagged metal crown which can be used for gouging and stabbing, the crown can collect DNA evidence in the event that it is used in a close quarter combat situation and scratches off a piece of the assailant’s skin. The TACPEN 2 sports a pointed edge which can be used for targeting an assailant’s pressure points and delivering precise strikes, but also doubles as a glass breaker in emergencies. Both models measure roughly 6 inches in length, come with a one year warranty, and accept the standard Parker style, Schmidt and Fisher Space pen refills. This Less Lethal Alternative is available at many online retailers such as Amazon.com.
The next less lethal alternative to be featured on this site comes from an American cutlery company called Schrade. The SCPEN4BK is one of their tactical pen models designed for practical use as well as self defense use as a striking tool similar in function to a kubotan. Self defense applications include striking boney parts of the body such as the skull, hand, collar bone, and floating ribs. It can also be used to manipulate pressure points to force compliance of none compliant subjects. As comfortable in the office as it is in the field, this survival pen can be used as a window breaker, an emergency whistle and includes a fire starter. The durable aluminum body means it can take the abuse of every-day carry. This pen DOES NOT include or conceal a knife blade. The Schrade survival tactical fine point pen is CNC machined with 6061 T6 black aluminum body. It features a removable ferro rod and storable striking plate which increases the pen’s uses from practical use and self defense to survival in the field. The pen features a survival whistle cap and has a pocket clip for versatile carrying options. Due to the item’s size it can be carried and stored just about anywhere. The pen holds one black Starminen Fine Point D1 pen cartridge. The items dimensions measure 5.90 x 0.50 x 0.40 Inches.
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.