We recently featured our list of The 10 Best Tactical Pens, so we decided to get our hands on Gerber’s Impromptu Tactical Pen and the Smith & Wesson Tactical Pen With Stylus to see which one deserves a spot in your everyday carry arsenal.
Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen
Designed with input from law enforcement officials, Gerber’s Impromptu Tactical Pen is crafted from machined steel and features a tempered steel tip that not only shatters windows with ease, but can also be used as a self defense weapon when the need arises. As for its writing capabilities, a simple, reliable push button mechanism reveals an ink cartridge that can effectively write in all positions, in wet or dry weather.
Pros: Push-Button Mechanism; heavier weight; Writes when wet.
Cons: Steel tip window punch frequently catches on fabrics and easily damages other items in pocket. BUY IT
Smith & Wesson Tactical Pen With Stylus Tip
The Smith and Wesson Tactical Pen is a perfect choice for those who rely heavily on a smartphone or tablet during the day because of its screw cap protected built-in stylus. Additional features include a machined 6061 hard anodized aluminum construction, black pocket clip, personal protection tip that doubles as a glass breaker, and ball point black ink cartridge.
Pros: Stylus tip for smart devices; Comfortable when writing for long periods; Lower price point.
Cons: Cap must be removed to write with it; Feels too light for effective self defense applications. BUY IT
Our Pick: Gerber’s Impromptu Tactical Pen. It boasts a solid, heavyweight feel, and the push button mechanism renders it much easier to use on a daily basis.