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Columbia River Elishewitz Tao Tactical Pen, Olive Drab

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Part Number: CRTPENAOD
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
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Description
CRTPENAOD: Elishewitz Tao Pen | Olive Drab
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: 794023001587

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Mike
Pittsburgh
Apr 04, 2013
Pros: Durability, Refill Quality, Materials, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Well Made
Very well made. Fits a large hand very well.
4 out of 5
Richard L.K.
San Antonio Tx.
Apr 06, 2012
Pros: Durability, Refill Quality, Materials, Overall Quality
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great pen
great pen at a good price.Very good construction,writes smooth,love it.
5 out of 5
Damedroiture
New York, NY
Jun 20, 2011
Pros: Materials, Durability, Overall Quality
Cons: None
This pen is both far less expensive, and as far as I can see, equally well made as the Benchmade model. Another benefit is that it's not so obviously weapon-like as many of the other tactical pen models. The case is an extra bonus. I ripped out its foam inner liner and am now using it as a *very* sturdy pencil case in my book bag. I prefer fine or ultra-fine tipped pens, however, so I had to make some adjustments with the ink this pen came with.
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