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Survival Hax Tactical Pen Review

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Tactical pens are a great tool to have in your EDC self-defense gear.  They can be helpful in fighting off an attacker that doesn’t call for lethal action.  They will give you the ability to slow down your attacker giving you time properly defend yourself.

Now there are hundreds of tactical pens on the market.  It can be really challenging to find out which one works for you.  Currently, I have the UZI Tactical Defender Pen in my EDC setup.  However, Survival Hax reached out to me in a request to review their pen.  So I decided to test it out to determine if my current setup is sufficient and see if the Survival Hax Tactical Pen could provide any helpful additions.  So let’s get into the details:

Survival Hax Tactical Pen

Details:

  • Constructed of aircraft aluminum with a tungsten cone tip
  • 6” length
  • .5” thickness
  • Weighs .1 lbs.

Features:

  • Glass breaker (helpful in breaking emergency glass or busting out a window for escape)
  • LED flashlight
  • Refillable cartridge
  • Built-in fire steel (helpful for building a fire in a survival situation)
  • Ballpoint pen

My Thoughts

When I received the Survival Hax Tactical Pen I was impressed by the packaging.  It wasn’t something super extravagant but it came in a nice presentable box.  It was easy to open.  When it comes to prepper gear, the packaging says a whole lot about a company.  They have obviously put the time and the money into making their product look presentable.

Once I opened the package I immediately tried clipping it on to my pants pocket.  This is typically where I keep my UZI Tactical Defender Pen.  This is so that I can quickly grab in the case that a threat arises.

This is where I was disappointed.  Now, don’t get me wrong. I may be a little bias because I have been carrying the UZI Tactical Defender Pen for the last 2 years.  So it’s a habit for me to quickly slip on this pen in the morning before heading out to work.

The problem with the Survival Hax Tactical Pen is that it didn’t easily slip on to my pants pocket.  In fact, after a few tries of slipping it on I had to use my other hand to hold back the clip.  That definitely isn’t ideal for me.

Now, I don’t want to sound like a Negative Nancy but that is a deal breaker for me.  If I can’t even slip on the pen to carry around then what is the likelihood that I will ever carry it?  Not likely at all.

However, I decided to test out the pen a little further.  Unfortunately, I didn’t add it to my EDC for testing.  Instead, I did most of the testing around my home.

One thing that I like about the pen is that it is super lightweight.  I weighed this against my current setup.  It is definitely lighter.

It is also appealing that the pen doesn’t stand out as being tactical.  The glass breaker is inconspicuous.  This is good for not catching attention from others or appearing as tactical.  This is almost impossible with my current setup.  Every time I pull out the UZI Tactical Defender Pen my friends or co-workers tend to ask me questions.  They are typically caught off-guard by how heavy it is.

Unfortunately, there are a few other things that I must complain about on the pen.  The glass breaker must be screwed off of the top in order to write with it.  This isn’t ideal for me either.  It just seems inconvenient and a time waster.  It is imperative that I have quick access to a pen to write with.

Another thing that I noticed about the pen has to do with the LED flashlight.  Having a flashlight on your EDC pen is a great idea.  Although, you are not really going to find a bright light on top of a pen.  On the other hand, it is useful for finding smaller things.

However, I noticed that if you barely touch the cap of the LED light it turns on.  This is a major battery suck especially if it is accidentally turned on and left running.  For example, I placed Survival Hax Tactical Pen in my EDC bag where it was lit up throughout the night without me noticing.  This is because something else in the bag had applied pressure to it.

Altogether the pen is useful.  It has some great tools not only for EDC but also for survival.  There is actually a built-in fire steel.  This would be great to have in a survival situation where you need to build a fire.

This is a decent tactical pen.  I have seen a lot worse pens and a lot better pens.  The price point for this pen is currently $22.99 at www.survivalhax.com.  This is around the average price range for tactical pens.  It is worth checking out.  You may have a better experience than I did but for now, I will be sticking with the UZI Tactical Defender Pen.

Pros:

  • Flashlight to see in the dark
  • Lightweight
  • Nice ballpoint
  • Great ergonomics
  • Rite in the Rain compatible

Cons:

  • Cumbersome pocket clip
  • Dim LED light
  • Cumbersome cap
  • Sensitive flashlight cap that uses battery