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Gerber 31-001880 Impromptu Tactical Pen, Black

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  • Rugged, machined steel body and stainless steel pocket clip keeps this pen handy
  • "Rite in the Rain" ink cartridge works in all conditions, inside and outdoors
  • Reliable push-button mechanism deploys ball point mechanism
  • Integrated glass-breaker tip features tempered steel and is designed to get you out of trouble
  • Made in the USA
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number 31-001880
Item Weight4 ounces
Product Dimensions0.5 x 5.5 x 9.5 inches
OriginUSA
Item model number31-001880
ColorBlack
Item Package Quantity1
Number of Handles1
Usagepersonal
Batteries Required?No
Warranty DescriptionComes with Manufacturer Warranty.
  
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ASINB00B0BD3W0
Best Sellers Rank #782 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJanuary 12, 2013
  
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Product Description

Danger has a way of presenting itself when you least expect it. That’s why Gerber, in collaboration with law enforcement professionals, developed the Impromptu Tactical Pen. Sure, it’s a pen and it’ll serve to take notes like a good pen should, but it’s not your average writing implement. Made from machined steel with a tempered window-shattering tip design, the Impromptu Tactical Pen can be used to break a windshield or defend yourself from an unexpected attack.

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Impromptu Pen

Who We Are

Like the men and women who carry our gear, Gerber is Unstoppable. Decades of innovation and dedication have put us here. Renowned as a master of knives and tools, Gerber’s problem-solving, life-saving products are designed with the unique needs of specific activities in mind. Today that includes much more than a blade

Founded in 1939 and based in Portland, Oregon, USA, Gerber is an American brand whose products have global reach and relevance. Carried extensively by hunters, soldiers and tradesmen, Gerber’s heritage runs deep. And we are now looking toward the future, where tomorrow’s problems will be solved by the next generation of innovations.

All Gerber products are designed and engineered in Portland, or where many are produced. We also tap our global supply chain to create a wide range of activity specific gear for wide variety of consumers. And no matter what, every product that bears the Gerber name is backed by our famous lifetime warranty.

Quality, reliability, innovation. For over 70 years this is what our customers have expected from us. And whether our products are used to save time, save the day, or save a life, Gerber always delivers.

Gerber 31-001880 Impromptu Tactical Pen

Tactical Pen

Danger has a way of presenting itself when you least expect it. That’s why Gerber, in collaboration with law enforcement professionals, developed the Impromptu Tactical Pen. Sure, it’s a pen and it’ll serve to take notes like a good pen should, but it’s not your average writing implement. Made from machined steel with a tempered window-shattering tip design, the Impromptu Tactical Pen can be used to break a windshield or defend yourself from an unexpected attack.

Multiuse, Made in the USA

The Impromptu Tactical Pen combines Gerber’s decades of experience crafting tools with valuable input from police officers to offer a utilitarian tool that could quite literally be your ticket to safety. 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. This USA-made, push-button pen features a “Rite in the Rain” ballpoint pen cartridge that is effective in wet and dry conditions, and the tool’s machined steel body is stout enough to rise to the unexpected call of duty.

Fits Your Daily Routine

Sure it’s stout, but it fits easily into your pocket like an ordinary pen and will become part of your daily routine, on the job and off. Whether you’re in your vehicle or responding to a call in the field, it’s easy to make the Tactical Pen part of your routine equipment. But unlike an ordinary ballpoint pen, this one will be there when you need more than just a writing implement.

  • Made in the USA
  • Rugged, machined steel body
  • Stainless steel pocket clip keeps the pen handy
  • Integrated glass-breaker tip features tempered steel and is designed to get you out of trouble
  • “Rite in the Rain” ink cartridge works in all conditions, inside and outdoors
  • Reliable push-button mechanism deploys ballpoint mechanism
  • Overall Length: 5.59"
  • Closed Length: 5"
  • Weight: 1.02 oz.
  • Material: Steel

Customer Reviews

Very solid and well built.
Randy
Grips solid in the hand, and the tip is quite strong and sharp.
Papa G
It feels very nice with the weight.
Matthew

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By PugsNecro on October 29, 2013
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I am an RN in a maximum security prison, working in the CSU (Critical Stabilization Unit) where the most mentally unstable inmates are cared for. Most of the time they are handcuffed when we have to come into contact with them but sometimes they are not, and it is always going through your mind “What if he…?” Having this pen in my pocket gives me a lot of peace of mind now, knowing I have something that would give me a distinct advantage if the worse case scenario occurs. This pen is beautifully engineered, hefty (I weighed it myself since every weight you see published about it is incorrect); it weighs in at 2.25 oz (64 Grams), and it writes great! I am extremely pleased with all aspects of this pen; its rugged good looks, its heft in my hand, its writing smoothness and its potential to get its owner out of a jam should one arise.

Be mindful of one thing. This is not a critique…I just did not notice this before I purchased the pen. This tactical pen has the ability to break glass, be it on a house or car. In order to do this, there is a stainless steel ‘tip’ that sticks out of the writing end of this pen. It does not interfere with writing but under very close scrutiny (say airport security) it may create some concern. It may, or it may not. Just be aware of it. You can see it in the picture above, in this ad, using the magnifier.

It passed through the security at the prison (much more thorough than TSA) with no problem because they know me there and now, every officer there wants one of these pens for themselves. :-)

If you are looking for a Tactical Pen, I personally do not think you could do any better than this Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen and at this price? It’s 22% less than it is on the Gerber site. Their site also says they are currently out of stock, so if you want one of these I would not wait too much longer!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. Kreidler on October 28, 2013
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I wanna start out by saying I do in fact like this pen. It's really cool looking, it's way heavier than I thought it would be (which I personally like), I really enjoy the way the pen insert writes, and the glass breaker tip does not interfere with the writing unless you're writing at some crazy angle.
BUT...
The clicking mechanism on top feels awful. It feels as though the metal on metal action is just grinding against itself and there's something vaguely crunchy making the whole thing work poorly.
Now, this might just be the specific piece I received, as none of the other reviewers have brought it up.

All in all, I do like this pen but I feel like for the $50 I spent on it, they'd have made a better clicky-top.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 22, 2013
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I love this pen. It's beefy and heavy if you're used to plastic pens. But it's standard pen size and girth, and feels firm and weighty in your fingers. In other words, all good. The quality of the ink is top notch, and apparently will write upside down and in wet conditions, which is not the case with the Fisher refills, which don't work as well in wet places. The tip moves smoothly across any type of paper. The girth of the pen is one of the reasons I bought it, as it's normal, not as wide in circumference as the Uzi tactical. In other words, it will fit into any pen holder in a canvas bag or pouch, shoulder, pocket or MOLLE slot.

The glass breaker is a nice touch and doesn't get in the way of the pen tip, which I find very convenient. The other reason I bought this pen is because of the clicker top. If you want that tactical advantage and are going to fracture someone's skull with the pen, then a cap that comes off isn't an issue. But for the 99 percent of the time that you will use this for writing, how often do you want to be pulling off and putting on the cap? Not very, and for me, this pen will get tough use in the field and I want to click and unclick it easily.

And if you want to perforate someone's head, this will certainly do it, so for you police officers and military men, it will be fantastic last resort, not to mention the macho guys who just want to look tough. It will make you look tough, there is no doubt. But you can still look tough with a pen that you can hold easily, write with very well, and deploy and withdraw the tip fast and easy without a cap that will eventually fall off and get lost in the field.

I'm a photographer and can't tell you how many times I've had to record someone's name or a location in the rain. And have plastic pens crushed to death under the wheels of a 4x4. Hallelujah, no more of that.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Papa G on May 26, 2013
Got one of these from a friend so I didn't know about the sticker shock until now! I also have the S&W Tactical pen, and they're quite different. The S&W is aluminum, which is lightweight yet super strong, and has just a pointed edge and a cap that you take off for the pen. The downside is that the plastic inside the cap that secures it to the body starts to crack over awhile and then the cap gets loose. The integrity is basically unchanged though, just a mental thing.

However, this guy is stainless steel, making for a much heavier pen, although it is slightly shorter. A plus it that it is a clicker, which is quite nice. Grips solid in the hand, and the tip is quite strong and sharp. Either way, both are quite underrated for they can cause a lot more damage than some expect. But this is a super solid product, if you have the money, go for it.
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