Eerrr… Maybe. Being the pragmatic sort that I am, I would much rather be armed with a sword than a pen. As they say, never bring a pen to a swordfight… or an dog to a catfight… or a Cessna to a dogfight… Or something along those lines… or whatever… *cough*

Actually, my meandering intro was supposed to come to a pithy point somewhere… Something about pens being used for combat. Ah, yes. As I was saying, while your average pen might not neccesarily be the ideal defense against a sword wielding assailant, occasionally you might find a pen a useful combat weapon against an unarmed aggressor. Especially if you happen to be carrying a pen like this:

Timberline Lightfoot Combat Pen

The Combat Pen

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Now this, my friends, is a combat pen. What is a “combat pen” you ask? Well lessee. Most pens make bad weapons because they are not designed to withstand any significant bending forces. And wile they fare much better as thrusting weapons and shanks, they are marginal at best, as an of-center strike could still break the pen. This little gizmo is designed to withstand considerable bending and impact stresses the likes of which would make a regular pen cry for their mommies.

It is actually quite simple, the pen is made with a high strength fluted aluminum shell with a pointed end and cap with a flat top covering the ball point. Nothing really all that fancy. The design is such that it could be held in he hand with the thumb atop the flat end, enabling rather crippling blows to vital strike points on your opponents body. Pretty nifty eh?

Nifty it is, but the truth is that this is really just a modern iteration of an old school Japanese weapon commonly referred to as the Kubotan. The Kubotan is a short, (roughly about 5 inches), usually unsharpened rod held in the palm of the hand. The ends used to strike pressure points on your opponent. Except now, in pen form, it becomes an even more innocuous and clandestine self defense weapon for the workplace… Did I mention how nifty this is?

OK. Now the inquisitive among you are probably asking yourself why I am posting about a pen today. To be frank, one of the primary motivations for posting about a pen instead of say, a sword, is… Taxes.

Blasted tax day is upon us, once again, and to be brutally honest, when I saw this pen, it just seemed appropriate. Seriously, after doing taxes, I’d like nothing more than to stick a combat pen into the jugular veins of the people who came up with all those mind bogglingly complex tax regulations…

Timberline Lightfoot Combat Pen – [True Swords]