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Columbia River TPENAK Elishewitz Tao Tactical Pen, Non-Reflective Black

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Part Number: CRTPENAK
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
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CRTPENAK: 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: 794023001556

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, Nylon also is very strong
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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5 out of 5
Dec 28, 2016
Pros: Durability, Refill Quality, Materials, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Great Pen!
My boyfriend bought me this pen for Christmas after I dropped and broke my favorite pen at work, and I love it! It is a little bulky and heavy, so I often find myself keeping the cap off the top when I'm writing. The case it comes in is also really handy, it has a little pouch on the top, where I keep extra refills. I'm not hoping to have to use the more tactical aspects, but I can totally see how this could be really handy in a self-defense type situation.
1 out of 5
Boris Ho
Hong Kong, Other
Sep 27, 2014
Pros: None
Cons: Materials, Durability, Overall Quality
When it pops open, you're in trouble
One day, my pen loosen up itself, I saw the spring, O ring and cartridge. Then I tried to assemble it, didn't success after 5 mins. Ops, the softer like hell screw texture mess-up. It's rubbish now. I am experienced with mech and repair thing, no way I don't know the proper way to screw thing back up. Problem was the funny spring which avoid you to do it properly, one bad try then you're doom.
5 out of 5
Meadville PA
Aug 12, 2013
Pros: Durability, Refill Quality, Materials, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Keeping the element of surprise to myself!
I'm a writer and as such, am often going into situations where I'm not allowed to be armed. It is such a confidence builder to have my Tao Pen with me taking notes on assignment! First of all, it's a great pen, writing under all conditions, in any position. Secondly, it affords a modicum of security when all the security checks and pat downs have been performed, knowing that I have self-defense available proving that the pen just may be mightier than the sword!
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