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Columbia River TPENAOD Elishewitz Tao Tactical Pen, Olive Drab

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Part Number: CRTPENAOD
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
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CRTPENAOD: TPENAK Tao Pen | Designed by Allen Elishewitz
Award-winning knife designer Allen Elishewitz has lived in the Far East and has practiced martial arts over the past 30 years, including Okinawan Te, Thai Boxing, Northern Shaolin and Kali. This training, along with his experience as a Recon Marine, gave Allen the perfect background to design these defensive writing instruments, CRKT Tao Pens. 

In Chinese philosophy, Tao means "the way," the fundamental or true nature of the world. And appropriately, these pens reflect the current state of today's world, in which a sudden, unforeseen physical attack can come at any time. 

Allen notes, "These pen designs are evolutions of the custom tactical pens I have offered successfully for many years. However, they are very different from the other aggressive-looking pens and kubotans on the market, that is, they do not look threatening, but are useful high-tech writing instruments with a stylish and futuristic design. If the user is threatened or attacked, the pens can be used at three levels of defensive force, depending on the type of threat. 

"At the lowest level of engagement, the impact crown on the cap can be used to strike the assailant on the head or hands by raking or thrusting. This provides notice of self defense, and may deter the attacker with minimal injury to him. 

"At the second level, the more pointed butt of the pen may be used to thrust or provide a disabling pressure point behind the ears, at the armpit or throat. 

"At the third level, if the attack persists, the pen point may be thrust for penetration in soft tissues of the throat, chest or abdomen with potentially lethal results if the assailant does not break off the attack." 

The pens are made of 6061 aluminum, precision-machined and hard anodized. The heavy cap is threaded so that it will not pull off in use, and castellated for greater impact. The flutes and grooves on the pen, combined with the pewter-toned stainless steel pocket clip, provide a secure grip.

CRKT Tao Pens are functional writing instruments which use the Fisher Space Pen ball point cartridge, a pressurized design developed for NASA. It has a tungsten carbide ball point and thixotropic ink which will write in freezing cold, boiling heat, underwater and at any angle—even upside down. 

When you can't take a knife or handgun, you can rely on the Tao.
  • Open Overall Length: 5.75"
  • Material: 6061 Aluminum
  • Weight: 1.7 oz.
  • Includes an olive drab color nylon fabric, zippered case with foam insert
  • Made in China

UPC Code: 794023001587

Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Nylon Sheath
Nylon Sheath
Durable, flexible, abrasion and mildew resistant, and high strength.
Aluminum Handles
Aluminum Handles
A solid, lightweight material that can be molded, textured or anodized to provide better grip under extreme conditions.
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T Valdriz
Aug 11, 2015
Pros: Durability, Refill Quality, Materials, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Colombia River Elishewitz Tao Tactical Pen
Solid, well-built and discrete. This pen allows you to have good tactical "equalizer" handy at all times without drawing attention to itself. Take a few mins to familiarize yourself with it and you will never be without it.
5 out of 5
John B
Wimbledon England
Aug 10, 2015
Pros: Durability, Materials, Overall Quality
Cons: Refill Quality, None
Useful tough pen
Well made touch pen that can be used in self defence in an emergency. Could not find refills but as the pen is not intended for everyday writing this does not matter
5 out of 5
Paul R
South Africa
Jan 15, 2015
Pros: Durability, Refill Quality, Materials, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Excellent multi-use product!
Not only does this product look great (I know, not essential in a highly functional tool), but it also writes well, is easy to hold and grip, and has good balance in the hand with a solid feel and weight behind it. Its tactical features are very practical and have a number of applications, not only self-defense. However, the multi-use design is well-integrated as a self-defense aid, should the need arise. I already owned the black one, and bought the olive drab one as a gift for my wife, which she really appreciated. The case is a practical packaging extra, with space to store spare refills, which I bought at the same time. Well-priced and quickly delivered, even to far-flung South Africa.
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