I've seen a few of these ridiculous looking "tactical" pens on CTD and didn't give much thought to them past a mall ninja wanting everything to be tacticool. I really wish they didn't look so silly.
I never considered a tactical pen as a useful weapon when compared to my Glock or even my EDC Knife (spyderco delica 4). However in a recent trip overseas I found myself wishing I had something, and thinking that a traditional looking heavy duty metal pen might just be the item. Really, when I was totally unarmed I think that a tactical pen could actually be a significant asset in a situation where you are otherwise fully disarmed.
-What are you thoughts on tactical pens when you are in an area where you cannot have an identifiable weapon?
-Do you know of any suitable pens that don't look like a joke? Seriously, some of those pens are embarrassing.