Whether you’re an action star who regularly deals deathblows with pencils or just an ordinary guy like the rest of us, the Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen is worth some consideration for your everyday-carry (EDC). Most students and professionals carry a pen, but carrying a tactical pen is a somewhat peculiar concept. If you have a pen on you anyway, consider this as a potential upgrade. Before exploring the Impromptu Tactical Pen in detail, here are the specifications from Gerber:


  • Overall Length: 59″ (14.19 cm)
  • Closed Length: 5″ (12.7 cm)
  • Weight: 4 oz. (68 g)
  • Material: Steel
  • Rugged, machined steel body with Cerakote™
  • Stainless steel pocket clip keeps the pen handy
  • Integrated glass-breaker tip features tempered steel
  • “Rite in the Rain” ink cartridge works in all conditions, inside and outdoors
  • Reliable push-button mechanism deploys ball point mechanism
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Made in USA

My thoughts and review

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The Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen is discreet and carries well.
Why carry a “tactical” pen?

I see how “tactical” pens can be a gimmick, but I also see the appeal behind a tactical pen; the decision to get one comes down to which notion you believe more. The biggest advantage of the Impromptu Tactical Pen is that, well—it’s an actual pen. It functions and writes just as well as any other pen I have used. Additionally, it is discreet and one of the next-best options when on premises that don’t allow knives or firearms.

For those of you who frequently write with a pen for your work or occupation, you have the advantage of having a self-defense tool that is already in your hand during a surprise encounter. The concept doesn’t come as a surprise; after all, it was designed with law enforcement collaboration and input:

During interviews, officers agreed that the most important tool you can carry is the item that happens to be in your hand, which more often than not turns out to be a pen. So Gerber designed a pen that can write in all conditions and is rugged enough to handle the unexpected. (Gerber)