Schrade is one of the top knife manufacturers in the world, producing affordable, top-quality knives for years. With the explosive growth of the civilian tactical gear market, it’s no surprise that Schrade would throw its hat into the fray sooner or later. To match its growing line of tactical knives, Schrade has released its own version of the tactical pen. But does it stack up to what you need?
– Price. To be a little simplistic: who wants to spend a fortune on a pen? Sure it needs to be reliable and live up to what you want out of it, but it doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. One of the great positive attributes of the Schrade tactical pen is that it provides what you need without breaking the bank.
– Tough, heavy construction. The Schrade tactical pen is crafted out of aircraft aluminum, making for a more durable design and exceptional material:weight ratio. Anyone who reviews these pens speaks very highly of their weight, commenting on how they “feel” just as durable as the specs say they are.
– They are Type III Anodized. The Type III Anodizing process creates a tougher and thicker finish. It uses sulfuric acid instead of the chromic acid used in low-grade levels of anodizing. The result is a finish that will last forever, and that will stand up to years of abuse.
– Threading. Some reviewers have brought up issues with the threading on the end cap. It can twist and come off if it gets rubbed around in a pocket or bag a lot, so that needs to be taken into consideration. Some reviewers have had a lot of success with using a screw locking solution on the end cap, but you may or may not want to go through the trouble.
– Writing ability. It makes sense that you’d want your tactical pen to actually write too, and the Schrade tactical pen performs suitably. However, the pen cartridge that comes loaded in the pen from the distributor is known as a dud. This pen holds a number of different cartridges, but it’ll take time to find one that you like.
Overall, the Schrade tactical pen is gaining a lot of momentum as a “go-to” tactical pen for budget users. The reality is that it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to dump a ton of money on something unless you are very specific about your gear. If you’re looking for a pen that performs– but that requires a little bit of customization– then the Schrade tactical pen may be what you’re looking for.
Have you tried the Schrade Tac pen? What do you think? Leave a comment below…