Sometime ago there was a discussion on the forum about tactical pens. There are many such pens available, in assorted price ranges, and quality levels, made by different companies, everyone from Smith and Wesson, to Maxam, and Benchmade.
However, some commenters have said that there are several drawbacks to these specific Tactical Pens:
1 Many of them are very thick and unwieldly for writing.
2 Many of them are very "armored looking" and would not pass the "legality" test if carried and actually used for self defense/protection.
It has been suggested that a person purchase and carry a "normal but strongly built pen" such as this:
https://www.zebrapen.com/product/f-301- ... tractable/
The Zebra Pen like others is made of stainless steel, the barrel is stainless steel, and it is very durable. There are other models and companies, too. Something can be "tactical" without being tactical. If the self-defender knows what they are doing, it is said these durable metal pens can be as effective as the specific "tactical pens" if not more so.
Is this true and are there any drawbacks or downsides to using and carrying one of these durable "normal pens"?
Next: Is the Spyderco Baliyo a tactical pen? Could it stand up to such use if needed?