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Tactical Fountain Pen Blk
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2011
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I am a big fan of fountain pens for many reasons - they are timeless, they force the user to pay at least a bit of attention to what they are doing and they are, with little exception, a touch of class. I am also a cook. So what I need is rugged and durable to be part of the kitchen. The Schrade is made of machined aluminum so it is definitely a tough contender. It is also not a lightweight specimen! When posted, this pen is longer than most, so it is perfect for big hands. The tactical aspect of the pen - the pointed end - is a little scary while being, well, a conversation starter.
This pen is all about business. The cap is threaded so there are no accidental ink stains in your pocket. Also, the post is threaded so the cap sits nicely if you choose. The Schrade Tactical takes standard cartridges but doesn't seem to accommodate a back-up in the pen body. Also, I have tried installing a converter, without much luck. I haven't given up, though.
The pen writes nicely. The business end is a medium, iridium nib. It rarely hangs up and stands up under adverse conditions. This is a very well-made, everyday writer with heft, durability and a functional design.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2012
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I am not a pen aficionado. I don't own any expensive pens. But I do like fountain pens (though not the mess that comes with some.) I like this pen. It writes well, and I have not had any issues with leaks, or messes so far. I think the nib could be finer, but it writes well enough, and easy. Also it's built like a tank as far as pens go. I think it's a great pen for the money. My other pens are county comm solid stainless/titanium fisher refill pens. This is a nice addition to my small (4) indestructible pen collection. Much better than having a pen cup full of disposable plastic pens that go dry because they don't get used enough.

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I've had this pen for a while now, and I still really like it. However there are a few things people should be aware of. Sometimes the ink will not flow right, leaving light marks at the beginning of strokes or halfway through. It's good to warm the pen up with a couple strokes to get the ink flowing before you use it. Also helps to writing slowly, which for me means better writing. It did get clogged one time, but I used a q-tip dipped in alcohol to swab the nib and get the ink flowing again. I can leave it for weeks without using it, and it still works. However this is not a pen I would take with me out of the house, or carry in my pocket. It's far too risky that it might leak, or won't write well. Also the ink flows quite a bit and needs time to dry on some paper, which can be a mess if you touch it before it's dry. So it's a good pen that I enjoy using for bills/checks and notes around the house. I have better ball points with fisher cartridges that are 100% reliable for use outside the home. If you want a tough fountain pen, I say get it, with no hesitation. But it is a fountain pen, with all that goes along with that.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2013
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I am an Army officer and have been on a continual search to find a great pen that writes well, won't break (and ruin my uniform), is tough enough to take to the field, has a strong enough clip to stay in place in my uniform, and looks professional. These pens from Schrade do all of that, and fit inside the pen pocket on the sleeves of my ACUs as well.

I have a few "tactical pens", including a S&W one that cost me 90$ and I think these pens are superior for a few reasons. Being able to use this pen as either a ball point (great for field work) and fountain (my preference at my desk) adds extra utility right off the bat. I ended up buying a second pen just so I could dedicate one to ballpoint and one to fountain, but they are easy enough to change out. The second advantage these pens have over my other tactical pens is that the cap screws onto the base. My S&W pen's base comes to a fairly fine point, consequently, you have to hold the cap in your hand while you write. The Schrade pens allow me to screw the cap onto to the base and write away.

Onto the "tactical" aspects of this pen. This is a large metal (? aluminum) cylinder, that weighs about the same as a AA mini-mag flashlight. I feel confident that I could utilize this as a weapon if I needed to, and I am sure that those with training on the Kubotan would be very effective with this pen. The advantage I think this pen has over some of the other tactical pens is that this pen doesn't scream "I'm also a weapon" when you go through the airport. I have flown with this pen a few times in my carryon and had no problems.

I think this pen is a great writing tool for everyday use, and a wonderful alternative to a blade or firearm for your defense.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2013
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I like the versatility of this pen that it can be a fountain pen or ballpoint. Good quality and tough construction. Nice 'tactical' gimmick, I don't know if it'd be useful in a real self defense situation; thankfully I haven't needed it. As a pen, overall it's good, but it's kind of big and heavy; too much for a shirt pocket where it would be most available if needed for self defense.
The fountain pen nib is also too thick for my liking, I can't write a fine line. Nice that you can either use cartridges or get standard refills for bottled ink (sold elsewhere).
As a ballpoint, the refill that comes with it (it's a rollerball) is smooth and dark, medium width.
I used it for a while, but it became too much to carry in a shirt pocket, and if carried in a briefcase would have no 'tactical' advantage over other pens in a self defense situation because it could not be accessed quickly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2014
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The Fountain pen portion is a novelty, and requires a surprising amount of force to spread the tines and actually get ink to flow. The rollerball refills that came with the pen, rattle around and slide back into the handle slightly when I try to write with it. This can easily be remedied by taking apart a cheap retractable pen and putting the spring between the butt end of the ink cartridge and the back of the inside of the handle, providing some force to keep the nib sticking out where it can actually write. Also, I highly suggest buying Pilot Precise V7 retractable refills to replace the cartridges that came with the pen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2011
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Good solid pen. I was looking for something as heavy as possible. Not for the tactical value, i.e. ramming it into someones sternum, but something to help guide the gross motor function that lengthy writing sessions require. Well made. Good feel. It could have been a little heavier even. Kinda' long. Especially with the cap on. As the other reviewers said you can't really write with the cap screwed on the end.

I thought that the ink flow was a little spotty at first until I really started putting it through it's paces. You need a solid grip, good posture, level writing surface and quality paper. It makes you adopt good writing habits. Which is exactly what I was looking for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2014
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I work in an advertising/branding firm and really like the weight and design. I prefer using the fountain pen, though the option for a regular ballpoint is nice. Only issue i had first week - i didn't put the ink cartridge on correctly and it leaked a bit. Highly recommend.
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on February 12, 2015
I got one of these for christmas and I love it. As a writer, I have a decent collection of fountain pens. Unfortunately, unless I'm going somewhere nice, they usually stay at home because I don't want anything to happen to them. I'm not worried about that a bit with this guy. Its all metal construction is extremely sturdy. What's more, most of my fountain pens dry out if I go awhile without using them. I haven't had that problem with this one. The only leak I've had was when I was playing with it as a striking weapon and dislodged the ink cartridge. I don't see myself using it for self defense, but I certainly could if I needed to.

I will say that perhaps the nib doesn't glide as smoothly as some of my other pens but that's not to say it writes poorly. That isn't the case at all. It passes my napkin test with flying colors. That's where I test to see if it can write on a soft paper napkin without catching or tearing. If you are looking for a sturdy, reliable pen with a little style, this is it.

I put a twist type jinhao refillable cartridge in it and it fits and works great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2014
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Wonderful product. Does exactly what I wanted it to. Writes smoothly. Sturdy, beefy design. I love everything about this pen!
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on October 27, 2014
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I received the pen earlier this week and was very pleased. Seems very well constructed, very solid. I would wager that it would easily break out a car window or fracture a skull if the need should arise. I have been using the fountain nib at work all week and am about halfway through one of the two supplied ink cartridges. I read somewhere online that there isn't really a need to buy a converter for these pens. All you have to do is flush out the nib when empty, let it dry, and use a syringe to refill the cartridge with a bottled ink of your choice. Overall, it's a great writing, super heavy-duty pen--with a touch of class! Definitely worth the money.
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