Award-winning knife designer Allen Elishewitz has lived in the Far East
and has practiced martial arts over the past 30 years, including
Okinawan Te, Thai Boxing, Northern Shaolin and Kali. This training,
along with his experience as a Recon Marine, gave Allen the perfect
background to design these defensive writing instruments, CRKT Tao Pens.
In Chinese philosophy, Tao means "the way," the fundamental or true
nature of the world. And appropriately, these pens reflect the current
state of today's world, in which a sudden, unforeseen physical attack
can come at any time.
Allen notes, "These pen designs are evolutions of the custom tactical
pens I have offered successfully for many years. However, they are very
different from the other aggressive-looking pens and kubotans on the
market, that is, they do not look threatening, but are useful high-tech
writing instruments with a stylish and futuristic design. If the user is
threatened or attacked, the pens can be used at three levels of
defensive force, depending on the type of threat.
"At the lowest level of engagement, the impact crown on the cap can be
used to strike the assailant on the head or hands by raking or thrusting.
This provides notice of self defense, and may deter the attacker with
minimal injury to him.
"At the second level, the more pointed butt of the pen may be used to
thrust or provide a disabling pressure point behind the ears, at the
armpit or throat.
"At the third level, if the attack persists, the pen point may be thrust
for penetration in soft tissues of the throat, chest or abdomen with
potentially lethal results if the assailant does not break off the
The pens are made of 6061 aluminum, precision-machined and hard anodized.
The heavy cap is threaded so that it will not pull off in use, and
castellated for greater impact. The flutes and grooves on the pen,
combined with the pewter-toned stainless steel pocket clip, provide a
Four color schemes are available: non-reflective olive drab and tactical
black, plus brown with bright grooves and black with bright grooves.
All Tao models are functional writing instruments which use the Fisher
Space Pen ball point cartridge, a pressurized design developed for NASA.
It has a tungsten carbide ball point and thixotropic ink which will
write in freezing cold, boiling heat, underwater and at any angle—even
When you can't take a knife or handgun, you can rely on the Tao.
Open Overall Length: 5.75"
Weight: 1.7 oz.
Material: 6061 Aluminum
Hard Nylon Case Included