★★★★ 254 real customer reviews average rating: 4.1 stars
5 Stars By Gary on 2016-09-28
Great pen AND a great case!
This is an outstanding tactical pen....a great writing instrument as well as a great self defense tool! AND, the case it comes in kinda helps soften the $37 price tag! LOL
I carry this at work everyday and have written with it everyday as well. I took it apart when I first got it to replace the cartridge with a Fisher space pen refill and found that that's what it comes with already! It is a very good writing pen and the sleek design looks very nice and an unintimidating look to it unlike some tactical pens that look like weapons. As a self defense weapon this will DEFINITELY get the job done. Solidly built and a point on it that is very painful and could easily puncture if used full force impact.
The only drawbacks I have found would be with the clip. It is extremely tight which can be good or bad depending on how you carry it. And its very high on the cap which means it rides very deep in the pen slot of my uniform. That combined with the really tight clip, and hardly having any pen sticking out to grab, makes it hard to get out sometimes. You could bend the clip slightly to loosen it up if this is an issue for you.
Along with the awesome pen, it comes packaged in a VERY nice zippered ballistic nylon hard case! I pulled the foam pen holder out and now it easily carries two tactical pens, a mechanical pencil, a sharpie and an extra pen refill and leads.
I highly recommend this pen.
2 Stars By rtel2000 on 2015-07-20
Useless at this point if you cannot clip it to ...
The cap problem is true.. I was trying to be optimistic. The o-ring in the cap only stayed in there for 3 weeks Once it fell out the cap will not stay on in either position.Useless at this point if you cannot clip it to anything. If they could fix the problem with the cap it could be perfect. I was extremely happy with the pen. I was going to buy a Tuff-writer which all my fight instructors swear by. But this one was cheaper and had all the qualities of the tuff-writer so I took a chance. Perfect till the o-ring fell out. Now I have to buy a tuff-writer and this will just sit here.... :( Cap retention system is horrible. I can't imagine such a good company has such a simple problem in a 99% perfect product. 10 more minutes with an engineer could have fixed this and made it 100% perfect. But that 1 percent rendered it useless...
1 Stars By Katumi Spencer on 2015-09-16
Unfortunately, the o-ring on my pen has become dislodged ...
Unfortunately, the o-ring on my pen has become dislodged after approximately 2 months off use and I can't find any information on how to re-install it. I guess I should have listened to the other reviewers. This pen may be designed for EDC but it is, in my opinion, not for every day use. Oh well, back to the Zebra F-701 and lesson learned.
5 Stars By Xzonin on 2013-10-22
Tactical without the Scary
This pen has all of the capabilities of any of the other top-market aluminum tactical pens, without the 'scary' tactical appearance. Can't go wrong with a Fisher Space insert, I prefer a removable cap like this rather than a screwed cap, twist pen, or clicker. The clip is rather stiff, but it does not interfere with ergonomics and is not uncomfortable when holding the pen in a defensive position. Great pen for the money.
1 Stars By Christina Fannon on 2015-03-11
I like the weight and shape of the pen
I've had the pen for 3 weeks. I like the weight and shape of the pen. It is a decent writer. The lid sucks all kinds of nastiness. The clip is pointed and snags on everything!!! How are we supposed to EDC this pen if it is constantly snagging? Wish they would folded the point over to prevent this. And then today, while in my back pocket, the cap of the lid that secures the pocket clip just fell off! How does that even happen on a $40 pen! This is being returned.
3 Stars By MR on 2016-06-05
It is nice but the thread pitch for the tip that holds ...
For $40 I was expecting more. It is nice but the thread pitch for the tip that holds the ink is very fine. I can see it stripping easily. Also when the cap is on either side of the pen, it is loose. If you shake the pen back and forth you can hear it moving. It doesn't fall off but it isn't as secure as it should be. The ink that comes with it is okay. I put in a Fisher space refill and I prefer it much better.
I also purchased the Zero Tolerance pen which is leaps and bounds better than the CRKT. It is also more than double the price but definitely worth it.
5 Stars By Jerry on 2017-04-15
Well designed, even for writing
I've had a few of these tactical pens and I like the Columbia River version the best. Unlike other large-caliber pens the narrow waist on this one makes it comfortable for writing. The cap clicks firmly on both ends and the smooth end to the cap can serve as a solid surface against your thumb if a stabbing motion becomes necessary.
As an aside, on a recent flight I neglected to put it through the carry-on x-ray scanner and it did not set off the metal detector. On a different flight TSA noticed it in the x-ray scanner and tried to take it but I had a supervisor intervene who agreed its allowed onboard.
4 Stars By rolfdenver on 2017-05-07
High quality, sturdy, but a very pointy tip
The only reason I'm downgrading this pen just a bit is that the tip is a bit too pointy for my likes - I'm worried it may poke through my shirt or pants pockets, it's that sharp. I hope I'll never have to use it as a weapon because it will certainly do some damage. I can see this pen being useful as an awl or in other situations where a hole needs to be driven. The pen itself works well and the Fisher write-anywhere ink is great.
1 Stars By Andy on 2015-11-29
O ring in the cap keeps falling out
I had to send it back twice because the O ring that holds the cap on came out. Not a very good design.
4 Stars By Brandon K. on 2017-03-02
Pretty nice tac pen. Only four stars for country of origin.
Would give it 5 stars, but it's made in China (come on CRKT, I'd gladly pay more for an American made product). Otherwise, great pen. Very discrete. Doesnt appear "tactical". Even have received compliments on it's appearance. Function as a tac pen is pretty formidable. Could definitely shatter glass or pentrate things that warrant it. May get slippery if any "fluids" get on it. Hope to never find out. Writes well and comes from the factory with a Fisher insert. Nice storage case. Not bad at all for $40 bucks. It's a keeper. Goes everywhere I go.