Not all personal-protection situations demand the application of lethal force. And sometimes you’re in a situation where you cannot carry a gun. Options like pepper spray and impact weapons exist, but they’re not the most concealable things in some situations. Because of this I’ve become almost permanently attached to the Double Duty Tactical 1.5 Pen from 5.11 Tactical.

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In almost all aspects of life, having something to write with makes good sense. The same can be said for a weapon, especially one that can be covertly carried anywhere you go. The Double Duty Tactical 1.5 Pen is machined from aerospace-grade aluminum and contains a replaceable Fisher black ink cartridge.

The screw-off cap has a flat 0.6-inch surface, and the tip is a fluted point.

By placing the pen in your palm and your thumb on the cap, you can generate enough force to easily drive the tip through quarter-inch plywood. Palmed again, you can also use the pen as a pressure-point/kubotan-type defensive tool.

Whether in an office or educational-type environment, or even on an airplane, this is a comforting utensil to have handy. The pen may not be mightier than the sword, but it is a hell of a lot easier to carry and conceal. 

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