About Defender X Tactical Pen

The Defender X Tactical Pen features an aircraft grade aluminum shell that’s titanium coated for extra durability, along with an “advanced” glass breaker and secure configuration.

Even though the manufacturer claims it’s the “strongest and most reliable tactical pen on the market,” we’re told that Defender X doesn’t look (or operate) any different than a standard pen. It even features a replaceable cartridge.

Together, the manufacturer claims that Defender X is the only tool you’ll need to “protect yourself from the dangerous world around you.” But is this really the case? When it comes to Defender X, what—exactly—are you getting for your money? How does it compare to the competition?

Let’s begin answering your most important questions by looking at what a tactical pen is and how one might be able to help you.

What In the World Is a Tactical Pen?

You’ve probably heard of tactical flashlights before, which, along with a firearm, are often used in combat situations to quickly illuminate an area and even blind the enemy. In general, these flashlights feature an aircraft grade aluminum casing, several different modes, a rear switch, and—perhaps most importantly—powerful LED bulbs.

Recently, tactical flashlights have become a popular accessory for military buffs, those who enjoy the outdoors, and consumers who simply need an additional durable flashlight alike. In fact, we’ve reviewed several of these popular options here at HighYa, including TacLight, Atomic Beam USA, and Shadowhawk X800.

Makes sense, right? But what in the world makes a pen like Defender X “tactical”?

If you search online (more about this in a second), you’ll quickly find that tactical pens come in all shapes, sizes, and designs, so there isn’t one single “look” like you’ll find with tactical flashlights. However, since they’re designed to look like ordinary pens but provide a method of defending yourself, you’ll find some common features, such as:

  • A strong exterior shell (usually made from aircraft grade aluminum or machined steel).
  • In the pen’s surface, you’ll often find raised bumps and/or ridges to provide optimum grip.
  • A glass breaker tip, which can also be used to inflict mild trauma to soft flesh areas, such as the eyes, nose, ears, throat, between the ribs, etc.
  • Replaceable ink cartridges. Many cartridges specifically made for tactical pens will feature ink that can write in all conditions.

Depending on the brand you’re researching, you’ll find other features like carbide tips, serrated ends that can be plunged into an attacker (known as a “DNA catchers”), multi-piece construction, and more. We’ll come back around to this thought in a second, but let’s talk about price first.

How Much Does the Defender X Tactical Pen Cost?

The Defender X Tactical Pen is available in the following quantities:

  • 1 Pen: $56
  • 3 Pens: $117
  • 4 Pens: $169
  • 5 Pens: $145 (you read that right!)
  • 10 Pens: $260
  • 15 Pens: $375
  • 20 Pens: $400

Important note: It doesn’t appear that the Defender X comes with any replacement cartridges, although these can be found elsewhere for as little as $5.

All Defender X orders come with free shipping, a 30-day refund policy (less S&H), as well as a lifetime guarantee. Customer service can be reached at 844-307-2967 or support@defenderxtactical.com.

How do these prices compare to the competition?

Is There More Than One Defender X Tactical Pen? Where Are the Reviews?

If you search online for “Defender X Tactical Pen,” you’ll come across several different websites operated by independent affiliates, all advertising a product with the exact same name. However, comparing these results, you’ll find that they’re completely different pens, including their finish, multi-part design, features, and more (see below).

Outside of this, we didn’t come across any customer reviews for the black, one-piece Defender X Pen we’re referencing here. We did learn that the company is based out of San Diego, CA, although they weren’t listed with the Better Business Bureau and no third-party information was available about them elsewhere online.

But remember all the other tactical pen options we discussed above? Some of these can be purchased for as little as $7, while the majority appear to fall somewhere between $15 and $30. Comparatively, you’d have to purchase a minimum of 5 Defender X Pens to reach this same price point.

Does this mean you should consider other options instead of Defender X? We’ll answer this next as we wrap things up.

Will Defender X Really Help “Protect You From the Dangerous World”?

When it comes down to it, we’re not here to tell you how to spend your money. As such, it’s completely up to you whether or not you should purchase a Defender X Tactical Pen.

However, we are here to help you get the most value for your money. With this in mind, let’s cover a couple important points that might help you better achieve this:

Tactical Pens Are Tools, Not Weapons

First and foremost, it’s important to point out that—unlike a blade or a firearm—tactical pens aren’t weapons. Instead, they’re simply tools that can be used to fend off an attacker.

However, since tactical pens are only useful when an attacker is in very close proximity, unless you can perform at least basic self-defense maneuvers, they might not work very well. Of course, if you’re being attacked, you’ll take any advantage you can get, right?

To see what we mean, this BladeHQ video does a good job demonstrating different scenarios and moves you’d probably need to be familiar with:

Tactical Pens May Not Be Flight-Friendly

While most aren’t technically classified as weapons, some tactical pens might not be allowed on commercial aircraft, especially those with features like small blades. Even for those without blades, you might want to play it safe and leave it at home before heading to the airport.

Speaking of features…

Which Options Are Most Important?

We’ve already talked about it a couple times, but it’s important to reiterate that tactical pens are available in just about every imaginable size, shape, finish, shell material and coating, specific features, and price point. For this reason alone, we think it’s important for you to explore all your options before making a purchase (whether Defender X or something else).

By doing this, you’ll be able to decide which options are must-haves for you, and which ones you can do without. Then, you can focus on finding matching options within your price point.

Bottom line: With very little information from the manufacturer to go on, along with zero online customer reviews, it’s difficult to gauge what you can expect from the Defender X Tactical Pen, or exactly how it stacks up against the competition. Compared to some other options though, it appears to be priced meaningfully higher—unless you’re willing to purchase 5 or more.

Did you decide to purchase a Defender X Tactical Pen? What are your thoughts? How does it compare to the competition? Tell us all about it in your review below!

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