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

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Part Number: CRTPENAK
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
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CRTPENAK: Elishewitz Tao Pen | Non-Reflective Black
Columbia River

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.

Four color schemes are available: non-reflective olive drab and tactical black, plus brown with bright grooves and black with bright grooves.

All Tao models 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.

Specifications
  • Open Overall Length: 5.75"
  • Weight: 1.7 oz.
  • Material: 6061 Aluminum
  • Hard Nylon Case Included

UPC Code: 794023001556

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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
Streakeagle
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!
5 out of 5
Michael F
Denton, Ne
Dec 16, 2011
Pros: Durability, Refill Quality, Materials, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Good Quality and practical
I bought this pen primarily for daily use because I wanted something sturdy but decided I could also use it for when I am out and may need defense. It is sturdy and has a good weight. The screw on cap seemed like it would be too tedious at first if I needed to rely on it for defense and though I haven't used it for this purpose, I imagine I would already have it deployed or in my hand if I was in a threatening environment just in case I did need to use it. I'd rather talk my way out of a situation if I could or use something more effective because I am not exactly an MMA champion but figured it'd be good to have as a last resort if I had nothing else in a day to day office/city environment. Besides all that, it is a good pen and writes well. I use it also with my Rite-in-the-Rain notebooks.
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