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The SureFire™ Pen

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Too slippery to hold / controly

This is my second SF tactical pen. I was one of the original purchasers when they first came on the market. I gave that pen to a friend and ordered the new one a few weeks ago.

I am very happy with it but do have a suggestion to offer, it would be much easier to control if the three surface finger grip area of the "nose" of the cone was roughed up or checkered similar to a pistol grip. In my judgement that would make it perfect.

Reviewed by Sr. Chaplain Miramar Florida P. D. (Ret.) (Posted on 2/11/15)

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A great durable pen

I have had my pen for 8 years, and it is still working without any problems. I do have two recommendations. One is to have a thick rubberband onhand to help remove the tailcap glassbreaker. Wrapping the rubber band around the tail cap will give you the extra grip needed to twist it off and access the adjustment screw. Second piece of advice is to check the inside of the cone and the tip of the pen for lint build up. Like any other pen, lint can collect in these areas and absorb ink and fall out into a pocket. I learned this fact the hardway; two of my business dress shirts got stained (it was a good thing that I did not store my pen in my suit pocket). Overall, I love this pen and it has been serving me well. Unfortunately, it is the model that is with the deep blue finish and I am not sure if they are still made with optional colors. Overall, the finish that SureFire puts on their pens is absolutely outstanding and has great durability. From a scale of 1 to 10, this pen rates a "20" in my book.

Reviewed by Doug c (Posted on 2/3/15)

Pen with an attitude

Great overall pen. It has a little wobble when retracted but built like a tank. Nice self-defense item to carry around.

Reviewed by Steven D (Posted on 9/22/14)

One is not enough

Excellent quality, nice finish, and is adjustable for multiple length cartridges. The heft takes a little getting used to when writing but is just what you would expect from something so substantial. One thing I would like is some sort of tactile feedback when it reaches the closed position, but it does have a white line for visual reference. Haven't tried breaking glass yet but I am willing to bet it wouldn't be a problem. I can certainly say I have the best pen in the office. So impressed I am looking in to getting another model for home use... I can see this becoming an addiction.

Reviewed by C. Moore (Posted on 7/4/14)

A Great Pen

Built like a tank, writes as smooth as silk. The glass breaker is a great feature, just because its a cool thing to have.

Reviewed by EdT (Posted on 10/26/13)

Product: Useful, Experience getting it: An Odyssey

I have had this pen for a while now, and the pen is not bad. The pen that I have seems to be a slightly different design than the product shown in the photos, but it works the same as any other Surefire pen. It is heavy, being made of billet aluminum, but it is not at all hard to write with. The ink cartridge that it comes with writes a smooth and consistent line, and works under all of the conditions I've tried it in. Working at nights, especially in the colder months, I enjoy the twist-action that actuates the tip, as it helps when I'm wearing gloves. Also, this pen is quite susceptible to temperature changes, so if you ARE using it in the cold without gloves it can be hard to use for long periods of time. That said, I got this pen because I can use multiple ink cartridges in it by adjusting the internal screw. This screw, by the way, was held in by some blue substance that I believe is Loctite. While this took some time to break free, once that happened the actual machining on the pen seems to be quite nice.

The problem that I had with the pen was the journey to getting it. It took approximately 4 months for me to receive this pen from Surefire, and I believe I only received it due to an amazing manager in the Customer Service department who took on my order personally. While the experience of getting the pen has led me to hesitate getting something else from Surefire directly, I would probably get a Surefire product from one of their vendors, as the products seem to be genuinely well made and I like to support businesses in the USA. Thank you.

Reviewed by Anthony P. (Posted on 10/13/13)

Awesome Pen

Simply the best tactical pen made! Great product at a fair price.

Reviewed by Bison63648 (Posted on 10/11/13)

Pen Ops

Writes great. Very solid. But top piece that holds shirt clip gets loose on its own. And there is no lockout to prevent the ink barrel from inadvertantly extending down and getting ink on your shirt. Need a little tighter fit on both to keep them from moving or loosening when you do not want them to. But it is my favorite desk top pen to use.

Reviewed by Grinch (Posted on 10/11/13)

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Length 6.04 inches


EWP-01-BK 084871311670
The SureFire™ Pen boasts a rugged aerospace-grade aluminum body with an ultra-durable Mil-Spec Type III hard anodized finish. This retractable-tip pen is appointed with a tumble-polished stainless steel tip, tailcap, and heavy-duty pocket clip. The sculpted tailcap features a rounded window breaker ready for emergency use. The SureFire Pen comes with a high-performance Schmidt® Technology easyFLOW ink cartridge, but adjusts to accept virtually any standard ink cartridge between 3.875" and 4.25" long. Smooth writing performance, elegant yet bold design, all in a spike-tough body ready for action whenever it's needed.
    • Rugged aerospace-grade aluminum body
    • Aluminum body hard anodized to military specifications
    • Virtually indestructible pocket clip with SureFire logo
    • Smooth, tough window breaker tailcap for emergency use
    • Schmidt ink cartridge flows effortlessly
    • Pen adjusts to accept most ink cartridges
    • Ink tip retracts into body; no cap to lose
    • Made in the U.S.A. with imported ink cartridge

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