So despite what I said about tactical pens in an earlier posting not being worth it and that a person could go with the Zebra F701, I bought a true tactical pen. Here’s the logic of why I did it:
- I like pens
- I set a self imposed limit of $30 for a pen. This one was less than that.
- I wanted to know what a true tactical pen was as opposed to a sturdy pen like the the Zebra.
- It looks cool. In fact, it looks identical to the Mil-tac pen.
Impressions of the Schrade:
- It is a quality pen. While I paid around $25 for fountain pens, the fountain pales pale in comparison to the quality of the Schrade. In fact, the Schrade is now the best quality pen I have. The fountain pens are injection molded plastic. The Schrade sports major amounts of machining on the aluminum.
- It feels indestructible. Compared to all the ordinary pens I have, this one will survive the toughest “combat” I could imagine. Other pens would break or bend.
- It is heavy compared to standard pens. Nonetheless, it balances well in writing.
- The finger grooves near the writing end tip are a tad sharp. I couldn’t imagine writing a lengthy essay with this pen.
- The flutes/blood groves on the barrel have a slight edge. I first feared it may cut the palm in heavy use. It still might happen but I see the logic of it in that provides a better grip.
- The finish reportedly is Type III anodizing. It feels sturdier than the anodizing on a Maglite. We’ll see how that holds up.
- It uses a German Hauser cartridge. I like the ink flow better than the Zebra.
- Slight digression. Make a fist. Take the rounded end of a pen and firmly tap the middle finger bone on the back of your fist. Ouch. Shock waves of pain! Now imagine imagine doing that a 100 times harder with the pointed end of the Schrade, which has some real heft and no give.
I highly recommend the Schrade. It’s cheap everyday carry insurance hidden in plain sight that can be deployed instantly without fumbling to get at when clipped in a shirt pocket. Can you do that with your gun or knife?