The circle is now complete with metal tactical pens, a concept first laughed at, then widely accepted as a backup self-defense weapon. They’re now evolving back into simple writing tools.
When tactical pens first hit the market, designs were really quite aggressive.
Then the TSA started to take notice and companies scaled back to “semi-tactical” designs. There were a couple of years where it seemed like every company was cranking out a new pen. As the bubble grew, more and more metal pens were imported from China.
Indeed, American-based companies couldn’t compete with the low prices of the kubotan-inspired pens that were flooding in from overseas. It almost seemed like the era of the $100-plus tactical pen was coming to an end, at least for those who know how to say “I quit”.
Fortunately for tactical pen lovers like myself, “I quit” just isn’t in the vocabulary of tactical pen makers like Jack Roman over at Tuff Writer. Jack just backed off scary pen designed and is now cranking out beautiful custom finished pens and executive models for people who would rather stab a six-figure contract with a John Hancock over stabbing a bad guy with a writing instrument.
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