Friday, June 21, 2013

Miscellany: CRKT Williams Pen review - The Non-Tactical Tactical Pen

The CRKT Williams Pen is, as the box states, a "gentleman's tactical pen." Rather than looking like something the Klingon Navy would issue (as Tam put it), the Williams Pen is all sleek and smooth, with no flanges, crenellations, or "DNA Catchers" to speak of. It's so benign-looking that I was able to hand it to a partner at my law firm without incident:
The Williams Pen takes Fisher Space Pen cartridges, and writes about as smoothly as any other ballpoint. The pen's weight and balance take a little getting used to, but it's really pretty usable.

The pen cap is a simple snap-on affair, which I find much more practical than a screw-on cap. The Willams design also allows the cap to be posted on the pen while writing, which means you're much less likely to lose the cap.

Of course, in the end, this is still a quote-unquote tactical pen. Taking inspiration from bo shuriken, James Williams basically designed a tough six-inch aluminum spike that you can use as a semi-improvised weapon:

All in all, this is one of the best tactical pens on the market, considering the $40 asking price and the benevolent appearance.


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