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Gerber's Impromptu Tactical Pen is designed for danger


October 11, 2013

The Impromptu Tactical Pen is designed for danger, as a pen suitable for the police and armed forces

The Impromptu Tactical Pen is designed for danger, as a pen suitable for the police and armed forces

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While the chances of being caught up in a dangerous situation are thankfully low, having something about your person for such an eventuality isn't a bad idea. The Impromptu Tactical Pen from Gerber, with its glass-breaking steel tip, is one option for those who want to keep themselves safe. It is, as its name suggests, a simple writing implement with a hidden extra that could mean the difference between life and death.

Gerber is more associated with producing knives than anything else, but now also produces multitools and survival kits, amongst other things. The Impromptu Tactical Pen fits into its existing catalog but still represents a new form factor for the company. Based on the idea that "the most important tool you have is whatever happens to be in your hand," the Impromptu Tactical Pen shows its true colors when danger strikes.

The Impromptu Tactical Pen is, first and foremost, a writing implement. The hope has to be that you'll never have to use it for anything other than writing. On this score the Impromptu tactical pen delivers, with a body crafted from machined steel and a “rite-in-the-rain” (rite? really? – Ed) ballpoint pen cartridge that allows the user to write in all weathers, and upside down.

The feature that sets this pen apart from regular ballpoints is the integrated steel shard in the pen’s tip which is capable of breaking glass. This means if you're trapped in a car within reach of the windshield you can smash your way out using nothing but your not-so-humble pen.

Gerber's Impromptu Tactical Pen isn't alone in offering these extras, with the UZI Tactical Defender Pen sporting similar features and a very similar design sensibility. The Gerber option can be purchased online or from authorized dealers, and has a MSRP of US$62.

The video below shows the Gerber Impromptu Tactical pen from various angles.

Source: Gerber via Bless This Stuff

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For that price i wouldn't settle for anything less than a strategic pen that nukes my windshield from orbit.

Joaquim Guerreiro

McGuyver made a pen that fires a rocket from random stuff in a shed. For $62, I'm expecting more than just pretty anodized aluminum pen that is also a glass breaker. I mean, at least throw in a handcuff key or something.


Aside from the steel nub that supposedly breaks glass "very easily" what makes this tactical? it really just looks like an expensive pen for nerdy kids and adult douchebags who think that anything labeled tactical will make them a bruce willis character.


You wouldn't believe how frequently I lose pens while on deep black opps in the most remote and unforgiving locations. A reliable, combat hardened pen can make the difference between failure and victory...between life and death. Back in The Country, deploying this bad boy would make me FEEL really tough. Sign me up!


You can get a carbide tipped scribe to do the same job for less than 5 bucks.



Unlike nail-scissors, a seriously threatening object.

A pen that I would have to put in to my check-in baggage? How often, while travelling, would that be "about my person"?

I usually fit my possessions into carry-on, to avoid baggage claim and losses, anyway, so if the dumb 'security' system notices this, I'm out $62.


It should at least have a laser in it. And maybe a retractable garrote that comes out the back and doubles as a cord saw. Now THAT'S tactical.

Rogan Rattray

It won't break a vehicle windshield ... they're laminated. But it will break the side windows. A better choice is a simple, spring-loaded center punch ... about $6 on Amazon. You push it hard on the glass just above the sill, and the window will explode into hundreds of shards. Lotsa fun!


Here's a simple way to break car window using headrest in the car. www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgZk2S4nid0


For future reference, "Rite in the Rain" is a brand name.

Leif Hietala
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