Wonder how big percentage of people buying a "tactical pen" have any training on how to use a kubotan. Or know if kubotans are even legal to carry in their country.
To some extent that same could be asked from people buying "tactical flashlights", but this isn't flashlight forum, and in small flashlights there just aren't too many models anymore which wouldn't be "tactical".
Not to derail this Topic, but anyone who relies upon a weapon to overcome a threat should train to evaluate a threat and become proficient in the use of that weapon, which will reveal their personal performance envelope and when/if that weapon will be an advantage in a particular situation - sometimes the use of a weapon will create escalation: what started as a scuffle becomes a knife/gun fight.
Choose carefully. False confidence is a great risk.
Be aware that anyone assaulting you is motivated, already on the go, and has likely assaulted other people previously and come out on top; and may have partner/s close by.
Even though I am adept at Judo, I still do sprint ladders, sometimes with a terrier in tow.
Throw the pen (or whatever's to hand) at the offending person to gain that 1/3 of a second, then get out of there - do not engage in hand-to-hand unless the end of days is nigh.
IMHO, one should be proficient in simple unarmed self defence rather than take the time to deploy an iffy improvised weapon - speed is incredibly important. I have inoculated my nieces against unwelcome touching.
I found it passing strange that there are Utube videos on the use of 'tactical' pens for other than writing. Neither the rotring 600 nor the Sheaffer Targa was mentioned. (?)
Edited by Sandy1, 08 June 2016 - 18:03.