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Impromptu Tactical Pen

Danger has a way of presenting itself when you least expect it. That’s why Gerber, in collaboration with law enforcement professionals, developed the Impromptu Tactical Pen. Sure, it’s a pen and it’ll serve to take notes like a good pen should, but it’s not your average writing implement. Made from machined steel with a tempered window-shattering tip design, the Impromptu Tactical Pen can be used to break a windshield or defend yourself from an unexpected attack.

Multiuse, Made in the USA
The Impromptu Tactical Pen combines Gerber’s decades of experience crafting tools with valuable input from police officers to offer a utilitarian tool that could quite literally be your ticket to safety. During interviews, officers agreed that the most important tool you can carry is the item that happens to be in your hand, which more often than not turns out to be a pen. So Gerber designed a pen that can write in all conditions and is rugged enough to handle the unexpected. This USA-made, push-button pen features a “Rite in the Rain” ballpoint pen cartridge that is effective in wet and dry conditions, and the tool’s machined steel body is stout enough to rise to the unexpected call of duty.

Fits Your Daily Routine
Sure it’s stout, but it fits easily into your pocket like an ordinary pen and will become part of your daily routine, on the job and off. Whether you’re in your vehicle or responding to a call in the field, it’s easy to make the Tactical Pen part of your routine equipment. But unlike an ordinary ballpoint pen, this one will be there when you need more than just a writing implement.

Item # 31-001880
  • Overall Length: 5.59"“ (14.19 cm)
  • Closed Length: 5"“ (12.7 cm)
  • Weight: 1.02 oz. (29 g)
  • Material: Steel


  • Made in the USA
  • Rugged, machined steel body with Cerakote™
  • Stainless steel pocket clip keeps the pen handy
  • Integrated glass-breaker tip features tempered steel and is designed to get you out of trouble
  • “Rite in the Rain” ink cartridge works in all conditions, inside and outdoors
  • Reliable push-button mechanism deploys ball point mechanism
  • Backed by Gerber’s Lifetime Warranty


5 mr john huffman john - FEB 4, 2015


4 Paramedic Michael - JAN 26, 2015

Great pen; I just wish Gerber would make a replacement tip without the glass breaker.

2 ok classified - JAN 15, 2015

I mean, lets be real no replacement ink and 2 functions I've seen much better for cheaper

2 Manager of a Bar Jonathan Sedillo - JAN 8, 2015

I got my pen today in the mail I ordered it off amazon and was super excited to get my pen. I pulled it outta the box great feel wrote well but an hour out of the box I pulled it out to write in my manager log and the click broke first day! now the internal pen wont come out and its just a glass breaker. I'm going to send it back in hopes to get a new one sent to me from amazon, but other then that it has a great feel to it and I cant wait to get one that I can depend on. I always need a good pen working in the bar industry, I hope second time around I'll get what I'm looking for.

5 Creative Director Kellie - JAN 5, 2015

This pen is awesome.. and was a total hit as a holiday gift. Great quality with a fun twist! I like that I can write copy and use it to ward of a bad guy!

5 Pen.. Bill - JAN 1, 2015

Tactical Pen! I love it, so I'm an operator if i buy this right?

5 Military Officer James Kenny - DEC 30, 2014

As an officer, as terrible as it can be, I need a pen a lot. In grease, rain and dirt, this thing has been consistent and reliable. It is a solid feel. For everyone who is wondering about the ink cartridge, it is a standard Parker refill, can use Fisher, Schmidt, etc. No issues finding it.

Bring it on deployment, use it as a defensive weapon, whatever. It can handle it.

1 Foreman Thomas Theodore - DEC 7, 2014

Looks cool but i wont buy until replacement ink cartridge info is available

3 Your Title frederik - DEC 5, 2014

Well i think its a cool pen but the price is insane!

4 Writer Jim - NOV 25, 2014

For those of you seeking refills, go to and find them and a lot of other useful things there.

5 ME Robert - NOV 16, 2014

The ink cartridge may be the same as the Fisher Space Pen cartridge. It was designed for astronauts and once the ink is loaded it is then back filled with nitrogen gas which makes the ink advance when upside down, etc. Check on Amazon for refills.

5 Mechanic Casey - AUG 12, 2014

Excellent EDC pen. Reliable and versatile.

4 Loneshark Joey Pastorino - JUL 21, 2014

Picked one up a couple of weeks ago as an everyday carry item. Works great in my line of work. Good investment.

5 Patrol Officer Texas Derrick Williams - JUL 2, 2014

Lover the pen. Where can I get ink replacements for it and how much.

4 Your Title CharonPDX - MAY 29, 2014

If you don't need a "Rite in the Rain" capable pen, this probably isn't your bag. But if you *DO* need a pen that can write underwater, in the rain, etc, (with appropriate paper, of course,) then this is the best pen for that. MUCH better than the fairly chincy official "Rite in the Rain" pen.

As others have noted, though, it's not the best "general use" pen, and refills can be hard to find. (Thankfully, my favorite local bookstore carries them.)

3 Your Title Kelvin Anderson - APR 7, 2014

Got this as a gift, great pen solid exterior. Be careful when disassembling to replace the cartridge, mine got jammed up with the spring in the nose and I had to use my Leatherman (oops) to extract the cartridge and repair my pen. The idea is good the parts inside are a bit weak and the threading for the cap could be improved.

5 Police officer Your name - APR 2, 2014

Picked up one and love it. The rite in rain ink is amazing. Great pen for my job!

4 Reserve Deputy Mike - JAN 29, 2014

Great pen, very stout. I wish the diameter was a little smaller (.5 inch). Makes it hard to fit in a uniform pocket with a cuff key.

3 Gangster Tony Stompanado - JAN 22, 2014

A real review...

Okay folks, hopefully this review will satisfy some of the questions and questionable reviews, even from the last one I left. No, I'm not a Gerber employee or supplier, just a regular guy.

Yes, this pen is heavy, it's made of Cerakote steel. I'm not sure I would say that it's exhausting to write a signature or long notes, but it is heavy. In terms of finding ink cartridges, I found that at Staples, they carry Fisher Space Pen cartridges as a shelf item, so that should be easy to find. Additionally, some Parker Pen refills work and although they're not pressurized or waterproof, they do the job as a normal pen would.

I've been using this pen over the last month, and I really enjoy it, and it's quite the conversation starter.

This pen may or may not require a touch of maintenance in the form of a bit of gun oil (or the like) for the clicking mechanism, as it's made of uncoated steel, and moisture can enter the pen from the click button despite the integrated O-rings between the pen segments.

Despite one reviewers comment, the pen does have two small flats on the barrel to engrave. There are three flats total on the barrel, and one of them is taken up with the Gerber logo. Any good engraving shop should be able to make use of those spaces, albeit they are small.

An yes, please politely refuse when anyone asks to borrow it.

The biggest challenge with this pen is that there are so many others out there to choose from, from various materials to various features. To top it off, this is one of the more expensive examples. Follow the rule that one usually gets what they pay for.

5 USAF Jon - JAN 18, 2014

Great pen! I actually love the weight to it.

5 This guy Gilbert Perry Wilcox - JAN 16, 2014

Cartridge's are on amazon, but don't fit, but I did drop the pen a lot

5 Correction Officer - JAN 9, 2014

I love this pen! this is the only sturdy tactical pen with a click mechanism. It also uses a Parker "F" refill if you don't want to buy the "Rite in the Rain" refills.

4 Pen Refills Chris - DEC 27, 2013

The pen writes well, has a hard metal body ,and the punch like it said. I'm satisfied with the pen, however unable to locate refills (for certain). I went online and found Rite in Rain refills but unsure if the exact model fits this pen. Gerber can you update this product with the exact model the refills are?

1 Gangster Tony Stompanado - DEC 2, 2013

Wish it had a better ink cartridge. I dropped the pen in the grocery store last night and it won't write another letter, now I can use the pen as a doorstop until I find a suitable replacement cartridge.

4 deputy sheriff Lisa - NOV 27, 2013

I can't find refills. It writes great! It's tough on polyester pockets.

3 Great pen. Admobeer - NOV 11, 2013

Is there any chance Gerber will make this in titanium? If so, I would buy several.

5 good gift kawasakiman01 - NOV 11, 2013

should be a gift from Gerber to all military personnel

5 Mental Ward Pat - OCT 29, 2013

I am an RN in a maximum security prison, working in the medical dept. This pen is the only thing I have between me and severely mentally ill inmates. This pen is beautifully engineered, writes like a dream and my hope is I never have to use it for what it was intended for. But it’s right in my pocket if I ever need it and I am 100% convinced it will do the job if necessary.

5 Ret, Medical Professional Diana Blomgren - OCT 20, 2013

Please notify me when the pen is
in stock so I may send it to my son
in Austin.

Diana Blomgren

5 Your Title McPete ! - OCT 19, 2013

This is the P-E-N ever ! I luv the look and style how it is uncanning to the human eye !


5 CPO Dan - OCT 11, 2013

This pen is awesome! Very rugged pen for heavy duty use. The glass breaker is also a very useful tool when marring plastic or metal in the lab and can be used to puncture packages without the need for scissors.

5 machinist edward - SEP 27, 2013

love this pen, should make one in titanium.

2 Quality Metal Gerberfan - SEP 13, 2013

I wanted to like this pen, I really did... But it is FAR too heavy for anything approaching regular use. Just writing a signature is exhausting, let alone anything approaching rapid note-taking. Yes---it is incredibly tough, and, Yes--it would probably come in handy in a self-defense/escape from car scenario. However, the cumbersome weight simply outweighs(!) any potential value.

4 I Want It Keith.West101 - SEP 8, 2013

I like the slickness of the pen, but how does the ink work and is it durable?

5 ORARNG SGT Neubee - AUG 20, 2013

I got this pen as a gift and I love it. built to last through any punishment. Very smooth operation and writing. Glass breaker is nice and also can be used as a scratch all or etcher.

3 Housewife Jennifer - JUN 27, 2013

Wish it had a blade in it somewhere and maybe a place for engraving

5 Your Title HeavyDuty - JUN 26, 2013

I stumbled across this pen while looking at Multi-Pliers, so I ordered it & WOW this thing is built like a tank, exceeded my expectations!
Refills are available from many suppliers, which is good, too.

If anyone asks to borrow it...the answer is NO!

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