“It’s one of those things that you have to have because you don’t know when you’re going to need it.” - TIM KENNEDY
Developed in collaboration with law enforcement professionals, this American made pen is not your average writing implement. Sure, it takes notes - in the rain, snow, or otherwise. But it also has a tough machined steel body and integrated glass-breaker tip, just in case the day takes a turn.
“It’s one of those things that you have to have because you don’t know when you’re going to need it.” - TIM KENNEDY
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.
Agree with Robert, had this pen in my backpack and was told at the TSA security checkpoint it is not authorized for carry on. Great pen that I have used around the world….really disappointed it was taken.
Great idea but TSA insists it’s something else and will make you put in checked luggage so not worth it
I bought this for work as I kept breaking other plastic pens all the time. The pen itself is as advertised. Its heavy, it writes in any orientation and just looks plain cool. For the money though I was not expecting the clicker to be garbage ( I own COUNTLESS Gerber knives and the Center drive which I love). Either the clicker doesn't go down or it goes down and stays down.....or it works perfectly. I did get to use the glass breaker to smash a mirror to fit into a garbage can though which was oddly satisfying.
The Impromptu Tactical Pen seems designed for abuse. Even the internals of the click mechanism are metal and the removable pocket clip has indents in the pen body to position it and keep it from rotating. Comfortable to write with and balanced well. No problems writing with gloves on and clicks every time without missing a beat! Rite in the Rain ink cartridge is a definite plus as well.
First off, I'm comparing my benchmade to the Gerber. Gerber comes with write in the rain ink but you can swap it out with the Fisher space cartridges standard on benchmade. Both are weighty pens. I did like the location of the glass breaker on my bench but here's the truth the cap was clumsy and rattled on the other end. Push button rocks. Price rocks. If your into flash go with the benchmade if your actually going to EDC your pen go with the Gerber. Like I said I use a Fisher cartridge and have had no problem with the clicker. One suggestion I did use loctite on the clip screw put not on the point of the pen. Enjoy and save yourself a hundred bucks. Good job Gerber.
I carried this pen on patrol for close to two years before the pocket clip broke. This pen was dropped, thrown, kicked, stepped on, and otherwise treated poorly. When pen tip failed to retract, a reopening of the pen tip opening fixed the issue. The pen is easy to write with despite the glass breaker location.
Pen was great until the clicking mechanism stopped working.. I used lubrication/grease to see if it will loosen up but it just failed to the point where the pen tip won't retract back into the pen.. and the metal clip broke off..
Love the weight and shape. But there are two problems
1: the clicking mechanism does NOT work
2: if it did work the glass breakers tip is to close to the pens tip
Had this pen as I am a mechanic... did great till the button mechanism failed and can’t get it repaired or replaced... I love the weight and design but sadly very upset that this is the outcome of the money spent
Bought the pen for its durability, but it failed on the first day. The clicking mechanism is useless. Great for poking something but fails as an actual writing pen.
I loved this pen until the click mechanism began to fail all the time. I bought this pen because I like click pens and wanted a high quality pen but it only took 6 months before it turned out to be junky. I have had a $6 pen last longer then this! I am very unhappy with this product!
Pretty good but had several issues, for starters the rite in the rain cartridge that was included with mine was empty, next the click mechanism often has problems and scratches up the refill, maybe filing down the opening and re-greasing the button will do the trick but this should be from the factory
I have three of these pens. Of these three, two of them have thin walled tips, both of which fell, hit the ground, and are no longer easily usable. The third has a thicker tip, which makes it the best of the three.
Are there two versions of the same thing? If so, which one came first - the cheap one, or the good one?
Im a contractor and have never had a pen for more that a week before I broke or I lost it. I have had this pen for two years no issues at all except the pocket clip.
No issues at all with the spring it has worked flawlessly in pretty harsh conditions. It is heavy and anytime someone borrows it to write something they remark about the quality,
It is one of the only tactical pens I have owned that functions in both rolls perfectly. I bought a spare just in case because it is the only thing I carry every day besides my wallet and phone.
Someone once asked for a pen and several people offered to loan one and after using mine by chance the guy held it up looked at everyone recited the old line from Crocidile dundee and (substituting pen for knife ) said thats not a pen mate , this is a pen.
I LOVED this pen when I first bought it. I always had plenty of compliments on it and I really liked how it wrote. As you can see, there's a but coming and here it is. Like everyone else, the click mechanism failed! I either get the ink cartridge pointed all the way out or it doesn't stick out at all. I shouldn't have to beat my pen up to get it to work, especially after paying this much for it! Looks like I'll be shopping for a competitors replacement.
This pen really great except for the fact that the clicker only works when it wants to. It often gets stuck in the down position and has to be disassembled it to fix the issue.
I've had this pen since 2014 and it's still going strong. (except for the pocket clip that I just broke which I'll be getting replaced soon) I've used this everywhere from in the office to various field projects.
I noticed at one point the pen was sticking but that was because I dropped it on its tip and the metal bent in slightly. All it took was a little file and the issue was gone.
My only complaint is the Rite-in-the-Rain ink cartridge is only ok. I've used R-i-t-R brand for years now and I've never liked the way they write - not always very smooth. But it is nice to have when the weather is a factor.
Overall - this is a great pen and I love the way it looks now that it is worn and beaten up from use. I get lots of compliments on it.
I love this pen I just found it at the bank! I was playing with it and didn't screw the top back on right and the clicker messed up. But if you look closely there are little notches the clip has to be in to sit flush. I read a lot of reviews saying the clicker sucked but I feel strongly these people just didn't line up the clip right. It was off balance and wasn't plunging straight up and down. If you left this pen at BBT in North Decatur GA then thanks for the pen ;)
This pen is sheer awesomeness... and dude below is full of it, I've sent numerous things back to Gerber over the years the they respond quickly and honor virtual any warranty need.
Like many others, this is a great pen with great weight and versatility. But, within months the clicker stopped working and now it's a paper weight! Not sure what to do with It now? I would love to have one that works.
I won't buy it with all these dissatisfied customers. I Gerber pocket knifes, I own 3 of them. No issues with them. Thank God.
im on my second pen in less than a year and its already starting to have problems with the clicker. i have found that the clicker problem is the ball-bearing falling out of its track, it can be put back in place with a little practice and luck. other than the clicker this pen is my favorite pen to-date. it opens packaging and boxes like a champ and because of its weight i notice right away if i take it out of my pocket so i don't leave it some where
good at first until the click mechanism wore out, gerber will not respond or honor their warranty, if the pens had interchangable or replacement parts would be great,so many people have negative feedback on the clicker, Gerber should listen to its customers, because they are the ones who made the company as it is.
Don't leave home without it. I have I can't write with anything else I'm hooked! Best damn pen I ever owned. A Real Man's Pen!
As a defensive tool this pen is outstanding. As a pen it WAS also excellent UNTIL the mechanism broke and now it will not fully extend the pen point enough to write! Less than a year (July 2015!). I bought 3 others for friends. Can't wait to hear from them. I guess the search continues.
3 years of daily use. From below freezing to over 100 degree days, in the rain, dropped in the dirt, sand, wet concrete, and off bridges this pen has kept going without issue.
The product is great and extremely tough.
Both my wife and I carry them all the time.
It would be great to offer it without the glass breaker as many carry other tools for that. Additionally the glass breaker can catch on the fabric of of clothing and uniforms.
Solid build, no issues with the retractable cartridge, but wow this thing is closer to 4oz then it is 1.2 as it is described, not a good choice if you have alot to write.
Got this pen off of amazon.com for well under what Gerber is asking for it here. It arrived january 9th 2016 and I started carrying in both on and off duty in my pocket just like the description says you can. Well it writes just fine, seems the clicker works half the time with the inability to retract the pen unless you spin it around. Somewhat of a pain especially when as a fireman I may have only one hand free. The "Cerakote" coating literally had started to fail 12 days into me owning it and I haven't even used it in harsh conditions yet. Actually pisses me off to spend a decent amount of money on a good pen and now it looks like crap. Gerber was contacted on January 26th for a warranty claim, not sure if they want the pen shipped back to them or not, however I am reluctant to send it back to them would think they would just send out another one. Gerber needs to rework the clicker and find another coating that's a whole lot tougher.
As with many others on this review, the pen clicker has failed, almost immediately on opening, it never, ever worked. I contacted Gerber and they didn't have the decency to reply. Poor workmanship and crap customer care. I was going to buy a selection of knives from them, but if they're as bad as these pens, forget it
Bought 3 total pens so far. 1st perfect. 2nd sorta ok. 3rd does not really work. Will try the warranty but would love a better quality pen for the price?
Awesome pen, because of the steel body it is heavy, but im used it now. Writes smooth. I wish the glass breaker was tungsten carbide glass-breaker and dlc coating. Other than that, its a great edc pen.
One of the best tactical pen! It's really cool! But need DLC coating and tungsten carbide glass-breaker.
Not allowed to carry firearms in my job, so any defensive advantage makes me feel a little better prepared. I whipped this pen around like a Chinese broad-sword when I got it, and it still writes beautifully! Have not had the opportunity to break a windshield yet, hopefully one will present itself.
No, you may not borrow my pen!
One of the best tactical pen!
But if make the glass-breaker tip from tungsten carbide it's would be best of the best !
Quite solid and my friends are quite impressed
I used parker and Miko refill because I don't fell like using their refill as it is rare
Their refill is good and the gas in the refill pushes the ink out no matter how much pressure I put
I love this pen. The weight and thickness was easy to get used to. I too had problems with the button not coming back up unless I twisted the top button. That is a big hassle. I just opened my pen up and found that the white plastic piece, a part of standard rite in the rain cartridges was broken into multiple pieces. What I wonder, is whether Gerber could work with Rite-in-the-Rain or something in order to assemble a durable metal replacement for this plastic piece? If that's possible, it may solve the issue of the button not reliably operating and all you'd have to do when replacing a cartridge would be to throw out the plastic bit and keep using the metal replacement. If this solves the pen's reliability problem, I would gladly buy it. I rated the pen four stars instead of five since the pen's ruggedness seems too much for the plastic part of the ink cartridges, which admittedly is more a problem with the cartridge than the pen itself. I'd love to hear what Gerber thinks of my idea for their pen.
I want to love this pen. In every way but one, it is an amazing tactical pen. I love it's more traditional width, as it isn't abnormally wide like most tac pens. This makes it look less obvious and less bulky in the pocket. I really love the glass-breaker protrusion on the end as well: gives me confidence it will be very painful if needed to defend myself. In principle, I love the click-open design, as I loath pens with caps, and this was the primary reason I bought this pen.
However, this is simultaneously the pens fatal flaw. My first pen came malfunctioning right out of the box. It would not consistently click-closed, and took multiple tries, as well as some twisting on occasion. I immediately returned it, and felt temporarily relieved when the replacement did not do the same right out of the box. However, by the end of the day, it too was having troubles clicking closed.
I don't care how awesome the rest of the pen is, if it's going to cause me frustration every time I close it, it isn't a good pen. I'm very, very disappointed in my experience with this pen, and it is with great sadness and irritation that I prepare to return the second one, as I was really, desperately, wanted to love this pen!
I was looking for a quality, USA-made, tactical pen for my EDC, and this is what I settled on. There are plenty of military/tactical/outdoor pens out there, but very few are made here in the good old USA. Usually when you're thinking of a pen that checks off those boxes, you automatically think of a Fisher Space Pen, so when I found out that Gerber made one, I jumped on it. The ink refill for this pen is a Fisher refill, though, so it can write in a variety of crazy conditions. The pen itself is all metal and rock solid. I have yet to try the glass breaker, but I'm sure it works perfectly. I've heard some say that the glass breaker tip gets in the way when writing, and I'd have to agree with them. I feel it is just a bit too much pen. If Gerber could take the exact same pen but make it 75% the size, or 1.5 inches shorter, it would be much easier to EDC. Perhaps Gerber can make an Impromptu Mini that is 75% the size and doesn't have the glass breaker. Now that would be the absolute perfect pen!
The pen is great. I only buy American for my tactical EDC gear and this pen fits the bill. I also use a few Fisher Space Pens (i.e. matte black Bullet with clip and black Trekker) as they are smaller and much easier to EDC with a small black Rite in the Rain notebook like the 771FX-M or 754. I wish Gerber would make a second model of the Impromptu that looks exactly the same as the current, but is a bit shorter - like 4" overall length as opposed to the current 5.5". I would even be ok with losing the glass breaker and having a smaller refill if necessary to shorten it. Then it would be absolutely perfect and would be my pen for life.
Great pen, but the cartridge writes inconsistently/"gloppy" and smears. Will use every day with a different cartridge.
Received the Impromptu tactical pen July 2015, serial number 0870115d4, and the pen was defective out of the box. Upon pressing the plunger the pen does not retract. Even with lubricant in the tip and in the plunger area where a small amount of grease was placed at the factory, the pen would NOT function. The plunger and cap area grooves do not function and the pen is not a reliable instrument. It was broken new out of the box.
As the NAVY can't operate without paperwork, having a pen on hand at all times is part of my job description. I see a lot of comments about the push button; I've had mine about a year and use it daily without any issues. Ink replacements are Rite in the Rain Item number 37R for black ink. Everyone who I have let use it loves the feel of it, too.
Fantastic pen. I used it for four months before the cartridge was done! The botton travels on a small interior pin and mine wore out. But I already want another one.
Is this pen worth the buy? I haven't bought yet, but I need a sturdy pen for work. I run through those flimsy plastic pens all the time.
Had it a week, and won't retract the tip any more....very disappointed in the quality-but love the pen. Who do I contact for replacement???
First impression was great.
Heavy duty tool does not feel like it's going to break easily.
Came with a black refill and I wanted blue so I ordered blue refill from Amazon at the same time (but it does take any normal parker refill too).
Problem was the clicker "broke" as soon as I changed.
At first I had to take it apart and work the mechanism to get it back in, but then i realized if I turn the clicker a little counter clockwise as I click I can retract.
For a pen at this prise that's not good enough.
It's a hassle to return it so I'll keep it, but "life time warranty" and all that.
Sad to say but I wouldn't buy one again.
Great pen. I have much more expensive pens that do far less. I like Parker refills, so I may not go with the Rite in the Rain refills. The pen is sturdy and strong. The glass break tip isn't as sharp as my old Micro Tech knife glass break tip, so I don't find it tearing up my shirts. However, due to the weight, it's not going to wear well in a dress shirt pocket. The full metal retracting mechanism seems to be bullet proof for the pen. Defiantly a better conversation starter than my Mont Blanc and a good defensive tool. I trust Gerber products.
Great pen. Until clicker on top broke, been trying to contact gerber about replacement parts, still no response
71 FREAKING DOLLARS FOR A PEN!!!
I mean, lets be real no replacement ink and 2 functions I've seen much better for cheaper
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.
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!
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.
For those of you seeking refills, go to RiteInTheRain.com and find them and a lot of other useful things there.
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.
Picked one up a couple of weeks ago as an everyday carry item. Works great in my line of work. Good investment.
There isnt any refils and its tough but its not tough enough to survive a drop. Pen wont write anymore. And all it does is break glass.
Pen is great. Get refills on Rite in the Rain.com 935T model for black. Just wish it was cheaper so I can have a spare.
A really tough looking pen. Just holding it will scare people away but I think it would be better if it had the capability to fire a .22 long cartridge from the push button.
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.)
I love Gerber tools and also love pens. So, you could only imagine how much I love a GERBER PEN! This bad boy is the only pen I ever use. Rugged, hefty, and looks like the ultimate zombie apocalypse item. Can be used for more than writing if the need arises.
Folks, refills are easy to find! It takes the Rite In The Rain refills, but you can also put any Parker type refill in the pen. In fact I put a Parker Gel refill in mine, and love it.
This is one of the favorite things I own.
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.
Great pen, love the quality and heft, but the ink cartridge is absolute junk, bad component to save money on!
Love the pen weight is perfect can't wait to test it out. If it's to heavy for you... hit the gym...
Received as a present on Christmas 2013. Starting using 1-1-14 on duty, writing tickets and notes, nothing major. By mid January the ink was running dry and I was dissapointed. Now it sits in my locker and I'm not too happy with its performance for the price.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Please notify me when the pen is
in stock so I may send it to my son
This is the P-E-N ever ! I luv the look and style how it is uncanning to the human eye !
ANY PEN COLLECTORS WOULD DIE TO HAVE THIS ONE KEPT FOR SAFE-KEEPING !
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.
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.
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.