Subscribe to our Newsletter for exclusive offers!

Columbia River Elishewitz Tao Tactical Pen, Black with Bright Grooves - TPENAKS

Customer Reviews 4.500 Read 8 reviewsWrite a Review
Part Number: CRTPENAKS
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
Retail Price: $69.99
Our Price:
You Save: $25.04 (36%)
Calculate Shipping

CRTPENAKS: Elishewitz Tao Pen | Black with Bright Grooves
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.

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

UPC Code: 794023001563

Aluminum Handles
Aluminum Handles
A solid, lightweight material that can be molded, textured or anodized to provide better grip under extreme conditions.
4.500 (8 reviews)
4.5 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
5 out of 5
Gregg K
Aug 30, 2013
Pros: Materials, Durability, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Great Value ... excellent pen with benefits ...
I bought this as a gift to a close friend whom served in the SPC forces in Iraq ... he saw mine while we were traveling in China together ... I explained the "tactical aspect ... how I have practiced to possible use if needed ... especially since we can no longer take a knife onto planes ... he loved it ... so I ordered for him ... he also is now a big fan ... if you have tactical H2H training ... this will be a natural extension with hard debilitating delivery ... if you do not ... it is still a great pen ...
5 out of 5
Alton Thrash
Aug 04, 2011
Pros: Durability, Refill Quality, Materials, Overall Quality
Cons: None
First tactical pen
Excellent quality and handling. The cap end is the only minor problem I have seen. Just is a bit bulky when using the pen to write with. Love the pen overall.
5 out of 5
Mack The Knife
Dec 12, 2010
Pros: Durability, Refill Quality, Materials, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Elegant Everyday Carry
This is my second production Allen Elishewitz pen and this is certainly has evolved the tactical pen to another level. Aesthetically this pen is a significant improvement. When you consider the elitist pen world this pen can be counted among the best when you consider the functionality and strength combined with good looks and an amazing price point. This pen is edc for me and I carry it in a leather pen sleeve for protection. Pen is an excellent option for airline travel. Threading the pen open and closed can take some getting use to however the threading is necessary for strength. The space pen refill is the best option for a tactical pen. When my wife saw mine she wanted one immediately. I find when you carry a quality pen you tend not to lose it. Highly recommended!
Read all 8 Reviews »
Loading Reviews

© 1995-2015 by Howard Korn and KnifeCenter Inc. All rights reserved.

5201 Lad Land Dr, Fredericksburg, VA 22407 - 800.338.6799 (Phone Orders Welcome)