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    Best Tactical pen for under $100


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    i am looking for a tactical pen for under $100. preferably fountain pen but it doesn't have to be . i am looking at the benchmade pens and like what i see but i would also like to see if there is anything cheaper out there

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    IMHO at $60 the Hinderer Investigator is the the best value in tactical pens.

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    I carry an Investigator Stainless Steel & you could run it over with a forklift & nothing would happen to it. If I need to put it into a defensive role though, I'd rather have my extreme duty Hinderer pen because it's much larger. The Investigator is very small but would get the job done, hopefully you have other options of self defense though.
    The CRKT TAO was a nice pen I got at a gun show for $45 & it's very strong.
    I even got a titanium Benchmade on eBay for $100 once so if you keep looking there are many to choose from. I do not really like the Benchmade because it's not a screw on cap & it can come off in a fight.

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    I love NYC and it will always be my home but I can't stand the anal knife laws and I am glad I live in jersey for that reason

    so now when I my excursions into the big apple I will carry a tac pen for defense and a small 2in blade neck knife for cutting tasks

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    +1 Hinderer Investigator. Don't use a pen for self-defense unless you have nothing else to use lol.

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    I know but NY is basically on a knife lockdown and with all these stabbings in the last 6 months it's bound to only get worse

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    It's hard to beat the CRKT Tao for the price.

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    I've owned the Hinderer Extreme Duty (Brass) pen for several months and now a Tuff Writer Precision Press (Aluminum) pen which I got today
    They're both tough, I used the Hinderer just a couple weeks ago to help pry a car door open on my buddy's car enough to get the hanger easily in to unlock it. Barely a scratch on the pen save for the one spot where the metal of the door was touching the pen, but hardly noticeable. You've gotta be ok using a paperweight of a pen though if you go brass, I frequently borrow the pen out to someone only to see their eyes bulge out when I drop this wrecking ball of a writing instrument in their hand :P
    I can definitely recommend the Extreme Duty. Seeing as I just got the Tuff Writer today, I can't say much about it other than the clicky mechanism is flawless, smooth and silent and the build quality is top-notch.

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    I've always wanted to try a Hinderer pen, they usually seem to come up in recommendations. You might want to look at the Surefire pens. I picked up a Surefire II pen early this year and it has held up very well. Can't tell you how many times I have dropped it out in the parking lot and there are hardly any marks. It's a bit under your max price as well if you do some searching around.

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    +1 on the Hinderer Investigator pen. I use one every day and love it. It may feel a bit small for some folks though.
    The Embassy Pen from CountyComm is a super heavy duty pen. It is not marketed as a self defense pen, but it could certainly do the job. Solid stainless steel and a real bargain, IMO. Both of these pens use a Fisher Space Pen refill (SPR4) that is very smooth and reliable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beau007 View Post
    The Embassy Pen from CountyComm
    This. It seems when I hand my stainless Embassy Pen to someone there is a 95% chance they will comment on how heavy it is. It could very well be TOO heavy for some, but I like it.

    County Comm stainless steel Embassy Pen. It's awesomeeeeeee. You could also take out a rhino if you chunk the pen hard enough at it. It's a heavy pen.

    Here you go: http://countycomm.com/stainlesspen.html

    They also have titanium which is still under $100. A decent amount of titanium too... http://countycomm.com/tipen.html

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    I like county comm's prices, but I don't like that the cap can't clip/screw on the back of the pen when in use

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    I've been carryin' a tuff writer operator daily for over a year now. I like it in the fact that the cap will post on the back. It's a pen first & a weapon second, unlike most out there. Their customer service is second to none. I had to contact John (the owner) for some replacement o-rings, & he sent 'em out the next day. I will however, put my vote to their new clicky, just because I use a pen around the clock in my profession, & a clicky is just so much more readily available.

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    i dont use a pen as often in my daily work but i do like tuff writers designs.

    in the end though i think i will either be getting a hinderer or a county comm. i love the brass hinderer extreme and the copper investigator

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    Quote Originally Posted by Random Dan View Post
    IMHO at $60 the Hinderer Investigator is the the best value in tactical pens.
    ^^^ I agree and carry one daily.

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    Is there a reason no one's mentioned the Schrade Tactical Pen? for about $25 ya can't go wrong, I've had mine for 2 years and I love it. It also uses the Fisher Space Pen refill.
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    I would prefer American made honestly

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    I just got a Tuff Writer and I really like the way it feels


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    Quote Originally Posted by SilentJohn View Post
    I would prefer American made honestly
    Understood, I prefer Made in USA but for the price, it's a well made pen and a lot closer to my budget for tryin' out a tactical to see if I even liked the idea, it's been part of my EDC since i got it.
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    that's what I like about county comm $45 is not to much

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