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Why the $10 Parker Jotter is MY Tactical Pen and Not Buying Into the Hype

By Bryan Black

If you haven’t heard the term “Tactical Pen” yet, you just have. While Tactical Pens have been hitting the mainstream tactical market for a few years now, today I’d like to address some of the myths behind them.

Not only why they can get you into trouble, but why an overpriced writing utensil simply isn’t necessary.

Metal-Bodied Pens

Parker Jotter Tactical Pen 02The most distinguishing feature of any Tactical Pen is its all-metal body, whether that’s stainless steel, aluminum or titanium. Other features often include a blunt end for use as a Kubotan in self-defense situations, sharp pointed end, or even a glass breaker tip.

Why have a pen at all for self defense? You certainly can’t always carry a gun, even if you have a license to carry concealed. You also can’t always carry a knife, which leaves you with what your mother gave you and your level of training. Will having an improvised weapon like a Tactical Pen improve your odds in a self defense situation? It definitely can’t hurt, but what can is carrying an overt Tactical Pen.

Let me pose this question to all those owners of Tactical Pens out there, do you really want everyone to know what you’re carrying? They’ve become too mainstream to not at least get a second look from someone; even if they might not know what it is, they’ll still wonder what that huge pen you’re using is.

Just as you don’t want your concealed carry weapon to print, why would you want to let the clerk (and those around you) know that you carry a tactical pen and “might” know how to use it?

Is a glass breaker handy to have on your pen? Possibly. More so if you’re frequently riding around in vehicles that aren’t yours and don’t have a glass breaker, like you should already have accessible in your vehicle. A metal belt buckle makes a good glass breaker too.

To address the Kubotan usage of a Tactical Pen for self-defense and pain compliance, I’ll argue that cost-effective metal-bodied pens can inflict the same amount of damage. Anyone familiar with Kubotan usage should also know that many everyday items can be improvised to act as a Kubotan, it doesn’t take a $100 Tactical Pen.

Legal Aspects of Tactical Pens

Bryan's EDCSomething you should also take into consideration in carrying a Tactical Pen is the legal aspect. While it might not be illegal to carry a tactical pen, it would sure be harder to prove a case of self-defense when a lawyer is describing exhibit “A” as an impact weapon purpose-built to inflict pain. He’d have a much harder time convincing a jury that your office depot pen was purchased with that intention.

That’s the same way I feel about knives and their use in self-defense situations. You’re going to have a hard time convincing a jury that your aggressive-bladed knife with the skulls is pure utility. On the other hand, a Swiss Army Knife or CRKT folder is more convincible as a utility knife. I’m totally guilty of this one though as I carry an Emerson Commander with a skull clip!

There’s also something to be said about flying with a Tactical Pen. With TSA just looking for a reason, there’s the possibility you may not just get it confiscated (as they’re listed as prohibited), but get issued a criminal summons for carrying a concealed weapon like this guy.

Parker Jotter

Parker Jotter Tactical Pen 03Metal-bodied pens are nothing new in office supplies and I’ve been carrying a Stainless Steel Parker Jotter for the better part of 10 years. Yes, I’ve lost mine a few times, but buying a replacement at most office supply stores for $10.00 makes a hell of a lot more sense than replacing a Tactical Pen costing 5 to 10 times more than that.

Cost and the ability to use the Jotter as an improvised weapon isn’t the only benefit, they’re sturdy, strong and also write exceptionally well! I prefer to use the “fine” refill, as I feel it writes better, but that’s just personal preference. The “medium” cartridge that comes with it writes great as well. The refills are also less than $5.00.

Fisher Space Pens are also something to look into as well for a low-cost “tactical pen.” You can’t beat the ability to write in water, heat, cold, upside down and in 0 gravity environments, since most of you reading this commonly travel into space. I’m joking of course, I really do like Space Pens.

My hang-up with Fisher Space Pens is that they can be more expensive than a Parker Jotter and they’re not as readily available. I have been seeing them more and more in office supply stores, but it’s often the smaller sized Bullet or the Cap-o-Matic. I also feel they don’t write as nicely as the Jotter and often leave breaks in the lines. I’ve tried their “fine” refills too.

One of the things that drew me to the Parker Jotter is the clicker tailcap which I’ve found doesn’t get depressed easily like some others I’ve tried. I also personally like clickers because you don’t have to remove a cap to write with them.

Be careful though, as some clicker pens with weaker mechanisms will leak in your pocket from an accidental press. One last thing that I like about the Jotter is that it weighs half an ounce! Why some prefer a 4 lb. tactical pen weighing them down is beyond me.

What do you like to write with and do you carry a Tactical Pen?

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Discussion

97 comments
shortymac83
shortymac83

I write damn near exclusively with fountain pens. As much as I love the Parker Jotter as a BP or gel pen, I struggle to write with anything but a fountain pen. I bought a Schrade tactical FP to try out, and while I love the writing, and don't mind the weight (and appreciate the shape and such), it seems to be a bit...much...


Anyway, I'd love to find a fountain pen that would apply, but it wouldn't work well I think, as the ink would leak and blorp around inside the cap...

Anonymous
Anonymous

You are very correct, I agree 100% with what you said. I was once attracted to tactical pens and some good tactical pens, like UZI are actually very cheap. There is one UZI tactical pen that has a crown with a cap cover and the crown is called a "DNA catcher" it also has Fisher space pen cartridges in it so it can write in space and underwater. However, with all that you just said, I did not want to take chances with the law, even though I was planning to mark off all the "tactical" labels on the UZI pens to make them look more innocent. With that being said, I now carry a steel pen that says "Western Union" on the barrel. If anyone asks, I say that I carry it if I need to sign things or write stuff or notes and I carry a mini notepad too with it. That story would not be too convincable if the pen you are carrying says "tactical" or "combative" or has spikes and crowny tips like those UZI tactical pens. I would want my EDC pen to write underwater since I go snorkel diving and I need to write underwater to communicate underwater and I am studying Marine Biology. As I said, the UZI pens have Fisher cartridges in them. But like I said I did not want to chance trouble with an UZI pen, so I was going to look at pens made directly by Fisher Space Pen company particularly at the X-750. But it was too expensive. So instead, since my "Western Union" steel pen is refillable, I am planning to buy a Fisher Space Universal pressurized cartridge, which is very cheap BTW, so that my "Western Union" steel pen can write underwater. So that "Western Union" steel pen is my EDC pen.

As far as the legal aspects, on top of pens and knives which you mentioned, the thing about anything that says or looks "tactical" or "combative" will get you busted with the law also applies to flashlights. Believe it or not, they sell flashlights that looks tactical and has spikes on them and those that are very long like those big Maglites, which even some cops think they look like good baton sticks. For that, I would carry a strong-built scuba diving flashlight, which BTW can be much brighter than most TACTICAL flashlights that is of modest reasonable length and can fit in a mini messenger bag for my self-defense carry flashlight.

tjestice26
tjestice26

Buuut, can it bust a window? I know that sounds dumb but it's another reason I carry a "tactical" pen.

I'm using a CRKT pen right now, it was 40 bucks. It's not a clicker (which would be nice) but it's not as obvious as most "tactical" pens... I'm really starting to hate that word. I'm a nurse, so don't need or want "high-speed operator", just a good patient compliance tool lol j/k 😏 (I'm ER) and a windom punch.

SmurfK
SmurfK

@tjestice26 How many windows have you shattered until now? And just to be clear, it won't break any kind of secure glass, so your mission might be interrupted by one of these glasses. Also, if you want to break a window, and you should know this as a nurse, it's better to just grab a chair, a rock, something that might put you at a higher distance from the shattered glass. Otherwise, you might leave your hand behind, with your "tactical pen". 

And don't get me wrong, i'm a sucker for multi-tools or tactical knives, but these pens are just way too useless in real life. I love those stuff like "DNA catcher", yea, like that's gonna help someone... 

And another thing. These tools can be useful as long as you remember that you have them. It's a pen, you will use it as a pen. You will write with it every day, you will forget that it can be something else after a while. 

J1mm13
J1mm13

I carry a SS Parker. It was a gift from an employer and is engraved - so I feel I can carry it anywhere without arousing suspicion...

Outpost75
Outpost75

For years I have carried a flat contractor's marking pencil from Lowes or Home Depot.  These are much stronger than a plain 5/16" round or octagonal wooden pencil.  IFyou impregnate the pencil with shellac, varnish or urethane and let it harden, it will become sturdier still, AND if you also carry the hand twist-type sharpener intended for them, you can quickly make mounds of great, long-burning tinder shavings which ignite easily with your ferro rod and ignite even when wet, thanks to the absorbed varnish.  A pencil writes better than most pens when wet, and when tucked in a tool pocket with your less than 7-inch pliers, screwdriver, adjustable wrench, penlight and ferro rod, you have a pretty good low profile EDC kit which won't look threatening or out of place. 



Betterthanyou
Betterthanyou

Is this a joke?! Do people seriously need that much defence oh my gosh where do you people live :/

Meareistalking
Meareistalking

We live on earth with other humans. Humans who aren't all on the same page...some who are desperate, some who are just crazy. You can never 100% predict what is going to happen when you run to your local Walmart (solid example). You don't know if you are going to get hit by another vehicle...be stuck in the car....doors won't budge and the engine is on fire...the tactical pen will break the window with ease...don't believe me? Go on YouTube...or buy one yourself. Second. In any situation in which someone is intrusive and you are in fear for your life...I personally feel much more comfortable seeing as I have a tool that I could increase my chances of protecting myself than just my god given resources...hands and legs. Most of the time...like most of the time it will be for you if you buy one...I use the pen for...wait for it...wait for it...WRITING. The pen writes well...and I personally like the weighted writing! So if you like to be prepared for situations that include...writing...breaking a window in emergency situations.....or protecting yourself and possibly others around you against an imminent threat...the tactical pen is for your unless you would rather take your chances with your fists and you are terminator. Or you can use your rights here in America...get a gun....but good luck writing with a gun ....and good luck shooting with a pen. -Michael...owner of a tactical pen. It was only 8 dollars...stop crying about money

Michaelaina325
Michaelaina325

@Meareistalking Hmm. Never happen. In a " Defense " situation about 90% of  untrained persons would fail miserably. You would drop your pen, and it would be over. These pens are another money making racket aimed at today's scared society. You can't live forever, and these pens won't save your life. Prolong it maybe, but not save it. Just embrace death. Don't fight it. Go with the flow. )

Anonymous
Anonymous

Heya. I also wondered about those ridiculous overpriced pens.


So I took my regular plastic Pilot G2 and stabbed some paper. Then I stabbed some boxes. I made lots of holes with the tip extruded. I reckon even if the tip broke off the plastic's housing's thick enough for poking things.


I mean, hell I'd rather just draw my knife but still. Do yourself a favor and buy 50 G2s for the price of one tactical pen. You'll probably benefit a lot more from the extra productivity not staring at a useless product all day.

Cliff
Cliff

Looking at TSA's prohibited list; they have a "catchall" for tactical pens. Under the heading "Martial Arts & Self Defense Items" it simply says "Martial Arts Weapons." That's a catchall term since the very purpose of the tactical pen is martial use. It's plenty ambiguous to leave interpretation open to any given TSA agent. How convenient for them. 


I also find it interesting that while the tactical pen can potentially be confiscated and you charged with a crime; you are allowed to carry a screw driver as long as it is less than seven inches long. Specifically it says that "Wrenches/Pliers/Screwdrivers (seven inches or less in length)" can be carried on.

ominousbanshee
ominousbanshee

Someone trained in the use of knives is trained to use similar items. Pens, screwdrivers, letter openers, nail files, etc. The list goes on. The ones who write laws have little combat experience and would make stupid loopholes like that.

Cliff
Cliff

Looking at TSA's prohibited list; they have a "catchall" for tactical pens. Under the heading "Martial Arts & Self Defense Items" it simply says "Martial Arts Weapons." That's a catchall term since the very purpose of the tactical pen is martial use. It's plenty ambiguous to leave interpretation open to any given TSA agent. How convenient for them. 

Steve
Steve

"...flying with a tactical pen...TSA...as they're listed as prohibited". I just looked at the TSA website and it doesn't list "pen" or "tactical pen" anywhere on the list of prohibited items???

Lloyd
Lloyd

And don't forget the trusty old No. 2 wooden pencil.  Keep it sharp, and it'll do serious damage!  And, if you carry a small pencil sharpener, it'll double as a kindling-maker, as well as being used to sharpen your pencil.

USMC_ENGR
USMC_ENGR

@Lloyd Interesting tid-bit. The only fatality we have had in the schools in my area is with a #2 Pencil.


...Ban ASSAULT PENCILS!

DTDyer
DTDyer

Rocking the Zebra F-301. Great writing action even on Rite-In-The-Rain paper.

Paul
Paul

I carry a Zebra F-701 pen, it writes well and has a stainless steel body, and cost 5 bucks. i want a heavier body pen for grins and giggles but it serves well, only complaint is the pocket clip bends a little to easy.

Tom I
Tom I

Good article. I've carried the jotter as my LEO pen of choice for years. Something my training officer showed me in training is you can take the space pen refills and put them into the jotter so you can write in the rain. Best of both worlds! This article also underlines the point that ANYTHING can be used as a weapon when your life depends upon it. The important thing is that you come out alive. So grab your pen or your belt and don't let the fear of your pants falling down prevent you from flinging your belt buckle at someone's face like indiana jones with a bull whip.

Rob Martindale
Rob Martindale

I have had 2 'tactical' pens in the past. I had the 'uzi tactical' pen, and found it awful, the screws were bad and it didnt work well. Lately i tried the Smith and Wesson M&P. I would reccomend it, but the problem is the other end from the nib is a cone shape, so the point digs into your leg. Have to look at the Parker now, thanks ITS!

Rob
Rob

Funny. My full aluminum tac pen costs less then your metal pens you buy. Ever hear of the 16& kershaw tack pack? super bright pocket flashlight a nice flipper knife and a tac pen that actually wrights amazingly. all for 16$

Matilda
Matilda

To think I've been carrying around a Parker Jotter all these years and I didn't realise I could use it to defend myself. Will never look at it quite the same way - but it's so sturdy and pointy I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner.

mike
mike

I want something made in the U.S. ...I'd like to protect my job and YOURS.

Anyway, I don't want to spend over $70 for a Cuma Ram. But I do want something that I can access easily, like from around my neck.

Any suggestions?

mike
mike

I want something made in the U.S. ...I'd like to protect my job and YOURS. Anyway, I don't want to spend over $70 for a Cuma Ram. But I do want something that I can access easily, like from around my neck. Any suggestions?

Johny C
Johny C

Great text!

How about putting these pens to test? See if it takes a Rambo pen to do the job, or if a simple Bic can do it as well.

Johny C
Johny C

Great text! How about putting these pens to test? See if it takes a Rambo pen to do the job, or if a simple Bic can do it as well.

Christopher
Christopher

I cam attest to this pen. It's the pen I carry every day at work. I can vouch for it working in the extreme cold and on wet ticket books.

Jeffrey C. Anthony
Jeffrey C. Anthony

I've sadly used and broken most of the pens out there on the market. I'm rough on things, and forgetful as well. I've had pens blow up on me on a regular basis. Be it in my pocket, in the laundry, in a backpack, in my leather business messenger bag, or just while using it. I've had the skillcraft ones break on me regularly, gone through 10 x 10 packs of bic white pens (everyone walked away with them in the Bn S3 shop.) In the end I've finally settled with the CRKT Tao. Yes it's heavy and obvious. I like that for my situations and uses. Each of us have different requirements and lifestyles. It takes effort to open it, so it's not coming undone in my pocket. It's a very obvious pen, not one that is easily forgotten and taken home by random borrowers accidentally. On purpose, at least it's an obvious item, harder to steal. It's not going to leak or break. I'm tired of wasting $100 because a pen found it's way into the laundry... Not to mention having to hear it from my wife later. I can use it to knock things around and bang on things and not worry about it holding up. As to writing, I like the bigger feel of the pen. Oh and I paid maybe 30 for mine. There's a good argument out there for every combination of pen and lifestyle out there. Good article since it's giving us a good alternative and various things to think about when we do select another important yet underrated item. But make sure to remember to figure out what works for you.

Jeffrey C. Anthony
Jeffrey C. Anthony

I've sadly used and broken most of the pens out there on the market. I'm rough on things, and forgetful as well. I've had pens blow up on me on a regular basis. Be it in my pocket, in the laundry, in a backpack, in my leather business messenger bag, or just while using it. I've had the skillcraft ones break on me regularly, gone through 10 x 10 packs of bic white pens (everyone walked away with them in the Bn S3 shop.)

In the end I've finally settled with the CRKT Tao. Yes it's heavy and obvious. I like that for my situations and uses. Each of us have different requirements and lifestyles. It takes effort to open it, so it's not coming undone in my pocket. It's a very obvious pen, not one that is easily forgotten and taken home by random borrowers accidentally. On purpose, at least it's an obvious item, harder to steal. It's not going to leak or break. I'm tired of wasting $100 because a pen found it's way into the laundry... Not to mention having to hear it from my wife later. I can use it to knock things around and bang on things and not worry about it holding up. As to writing, I like the bigger feel of the pen. Oh and I paid maybe 30 for mine.

There's a good argument out there for every combination of pen and lifestyle out there. Good article since it's giving us a good alternative and various things to think about when we do select another important yet underrated item. But make sure to remember to figure out what works for you.

IM Fletcher
IM Fletcher

A co-worker has a "tacti-cool" tactical pen. Its blatantly obvious and he carries it right next to the other 3 or 4 pens he carries every day, which is asinine. It looks nothing like his regular pens and it has checkered gripping and a pointed "glass breaker tip" for the price of about $65 bucks.

I have a Rite In The Rain pen, and its the only pen I carry. Its black and made of metal, so its tough. And it is just a regular click style pen with refillable ink. Also runs about 10 bucks where I buy them. Writes in any weather on almost anything.

IM Fletcher
IM Fletcher

A co-worker has a "tacti-cool" tactical pen. Its blatantly obvious and he carries it right next to the other 3 or 4 pens he carries every day, which is asinine. It looks nothing like his regular pens and it has checkered gripping and a pointed "glass breaker tip" for the price of about $65 bucks. I have a Rite In The Rain pen, and its the only pen I carry. Its black and made of metal, so its tough. And it is just a regular click style pen with refillable ink. Also runs about 10 bucks where I buy them. Writes in any weather on almost anything.

Shawn
Shawn

As far as tactical Pens go I don't buy into the hype of using them or justifying to myself the outrageous prices. Now for the same price as the $10 Parker I buy 2 of the zebra 701? Pens they have everything that " tactical" pens have but the body is thicker and of course all the pens by zebra write like a dream and the refills are cheap too. Just my $.02 .

blake g
blake g

I have honestly never looked at the Parker Jotter as I routinely carry the Zebra 701 and have for years. I have yet to wear one out or break one, however I have also never had to stab anyone with one nor yunnel my way out of captivity, so who knows???

blake

blake g
blake g

I have honestly never looked at the Parker Jotter as I routinely carry the Zebra 701 and have for years. I have yet to wear one out or break one, however I have also never had to stab anyone with one nor yunnel my way out of captivity, so who knows??? blake

kelly koski
kelly koski

I fell in love with the Parker Jotter when I got my first job and found capped pens were too cumbersome to take down quick notes in the real world (constantly moving, not at a desk) but I never liked the way the finish on the stainless version felt in my fingers so I stuck with the plastic barrels. Recently I discovered the Jotter Premium and found it is perfect for me. It is a little more expensive than the standard Jotter (stainless Jotter $7.99, Jotter Premium $19.99 @ Office Max) but it uses a metal barrel with a black resin coating on the lower half giving the feel I like with the weight and strength of an all metal pen. From a distance it looks like a standard $5.00 Jotter with a black plastic body making it seem even more inocuous if I am ever in a situation where I need an improvised weapon.

Justin
Justin

I carry the Zebra F-701 everyday They are extremely strong considering their made out of Stainless Steel. If you haven't used one check them out. And their only $4.25 @ Walmart.

James
James

I tend to carry a couple of low cost Lamy fountain pens, tactical? no, and when i say low cost i admit that it is only comparative to other fountain pens (about $30) If I were to look at what I would consider ideal for that kind of situation it would be something like a Porsche fountain pen. Heavy, and all metal. also big enough to do some serious damage... only downside is the $200 - $400 price range. (so no tactical pens aren't in the top end of pen cost). It would also never look like something that you bought for the purpose of hurting someone.

Then again I don't own a porsche pen, and probably never will.

James
James

I tend to carry a couple of low cost Lamy fountain pens, tactical? no, and when i say low cost i admit that it is only comparative to other fountain pens (about $30) If I were to look at what I would consider ideal for that kind of situation it would be something like a Porsche fountain pen. Heavy, and all metal. also big enough to do some serious damage... only downside is the $200 - $400 price range. (so no tactical pens aren't in the top end of pen cost). It would also never look like something that you bought for the purpose of hurting someone. Then again I don't own a porsche pen, and probably never will.

Phenome
Phenome

Well i have some tactical pens, some would probably say that i have too much of them, but most of the time these reside in the safety of my house, car or a custom-made forearm sleeve (which initially was only meant to protect my blood vessels against cuts and slashes). Naturally this would be in my checked luggage together with the more 'problematic' thingies when travelling. Never had a problem with these. EDC-wise i always carry a Kaweco Liliput set of fountain pen and ballpoint pen, a Countycomm titanium embassy pen (a present given to me by someone special) and a fountain pen which was made by a friend from the remains of a broken Caran d'Ache-Fountain Pen. This has since become my 'most cherished' writing utensil (and one quite usable defense tool if necessary). With its cap closed, its so strong it could be used to punch a hole through a Strider blade with the use of a hammer. Its quite sleek and slender and fits my rather small hands fine. It never even gave a reason to do more than rising an eyebrow or the occasional question about the price by those intimidating TSA-Agents *g*.

But probably this has more to do with me being a female...and all that....*g*

Phenome
Phenome

Well i have some tactical pens, some would probably say that i have too much of them, but most of the time these reside in the safety of my house, car or a custom-made forearm sleeve (which initially was only meant to protect my blood vessels against cuts and slashes). Naturally this would be in my checked luggage together with the more 'problematic' thingies when travelling. Never had a problem with these. EDC-wise i always carry a Kaweco Liliput set of fountain pen and ballpoint pen, a Countycomm titanium embassy pen (a present given to me by someone special) and a fountain pen which was made by a friend from the remains of a broken Caran d'Ache-Fountain Pen. This has since become my 'most cherished' writing utensil (and one quite usable defense tool if necessary). With its cap closed, its so strong it could be used to punch a hole through a Strider blade with the use of a hammer. Its quite sleek and slender and fits my rather small hands fine. It never even gave a reason to do more than rising an eyebrow or the occasional question about the price by those intimidating TSA-Agents *g*. But probably this has more to do with me being a female...and all that....*g*

Zipsil
Zipsil

I will look at the parker sounds like a great pen. I have the county com pen and the uzi and they are totally impractical for anything. With the CC pen its the cap having no were to go, with the uzi its too dam fat to fit the pocket on my Chef jacket.

I have a zebra F701 and theres a mod that lets you put in a fisher refill, its awesome.

http://forum.multitool.org/index.php?topic=13351.0

Zipsil
Zipsil

I will look at the parker sounds like a great pen. I have the county com pen and the uzi and they are totally impractical for anything. With the CC pen its the cap having no were to go, with the uzi its too dam fat to fit the pocket on my Chef jacket. I have a zebra F701 and theres a mod that lets you put in a fisher refill, its awesome. http://forum.multitool.org/index.php?topic=13351.0

Blade Stalker
Blade Stalker

This is late but I thought it was funny after only a few days of reading this, I was given an UZI Tactical Pen as a "thank you" gift

from a "patron" for recovering stolen handbag from a snatcher. She sent it to my Sgt. to pass on and of course I was told I couldn't wear it on duty. :-)

Writes well but heavy and stands out.

Blade Stalker
Blade Stalker

This is late but I thought it was funny after only a few days of reading this, I was given an UZI Tactical Pen as a "thank you" gift from a "patron" for recovering stolen handbag from a snatcher. She sent it to my Sgt. to pass on and of course I was told I couldn't wear it on duty. :-) Writes well but heavy and stands out.

Phlogiston
Phlogiston

Another option is carrying a stainless steel cased "Sharpie" marker as a Kubaton. It will only cost you $3 or $4 at Office Max or Staples, so in the (unlikely) event that TSA confiscates it or its lost or stolen, you aren't out much. And being a "Sharpie" marker, it doesn't scream "tactical."

CRACKER RED
CRACKER RED

I actually use Eric S.' former parker pen, that I stole about 3 years ago. It is a little larger than the jotter and writes great. Plus I stole it from Eric!! I like the way the surefire pens look, but for that much money you could buy a decent knife!

Mongo
Mongo

I won a surefire "tacticool pen" at a event / industry day...put it in my bag, went to the airport to fly home, it got ganked. So yeah never have seen the value, but I'm a big dumb animal that relies on Brute Force and Ignorance.

James
James

I carried a Jotter all the way through school & university. A few years back I switched to the Parker Sonnet, which is a little more expensive but a bit nicer. It works fine as an impact tool, and being all metal is quite robust.

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