- Category: Reviews
- Published on Saturday, 15 August 2015 18:53
This is the first offering from Gerber for a tactical pen solution. I like tactical pens for many reasons; when you carry a tactical pen there's no question you're using it for a non-lethal intent, unlike with a knife where it can be taken any way people see fit that day. The Gerber Impromptu is my first stainless steel tactical pen and I will admit it's much heavier than my others, but it really feels good in the hand and I don't know if it's just me but weight in my mind tends to say quality!
Although the pen is stainless steel I didn't find it overly cumbersome to write with and the added weight is ideal for self-defense, it feels more like at Kubotan in the hand with two rounded ends. This brings me to one point about the pen; it has a push top like most ordinary pens. This is something I think some people will find different, as with most pens I was taught that you use the pen with your thumb over the butt of the pen to add both stability and pressure in striking. With this pen if held in such a way you deploy the point of the pen. Not that it's going to make a difference if you're using it as a self-defense tool, but it could damage it if you're hitting harder things such as car windows.
When it comes to writing the pen works great and has a more standard pen feel to it, aside from the weight. The cartridge of the Impromptu is a Rite in the Rain cartridge; this is pretty standard when it comes to tactical pens. These cartridges allow you to write at any angle or even in space. They're similar to Fisher space pen cartridges and are pressurized to allow even writing under water or in the rain as the name indicates!
A feature I do like is the integrated glass-breaker tip, which is a tempered steel pin embedded just beside the tip of the point where the ballpoint of the pen deploys. This gives you a far more effective window punch as this is pretty much what is found in a standalone window punch. Something to also take into consideration, a standard window punch will set you back around 10 bucks and will weigh just as much as this pen, so at the very least you're getting two tools for the weight of one.
Something you don't think about with a pen, believe it or not, is writing with it. I remember many years ago being in the woods and taking notes, I found it quite difficult to actual write, as you don't have flat surfaces in the woods nor do you have any place to put a pad down, it's often uneven ground or wet and dirty! You often find yourself putting the book on your leg or up against a tree, and you soon find out how useless a standard pen is. With a standard pen you need to write just on the right angle to get the pen to work! This is one reason I really like a tactical pen, and I recommend getting one and make sure it has the pressurized cartridge in it! Being able to write on any angle or even upside down like you can with the Gerber Impromptu is a small pleasure, but it cuts down on a lot of aggravation!
Another feature you don't get with all tactical pens is a pocket clip and it's very welcome! It's something small but even just having the pocket clip makes it feel that much more like a real pen over a fighting tool!
Cleaning the Gerber Impromptu couldn't be more simple or easy, seeing that both ends of the pen come off which makes it very easy to wash the pen out. The mechanism that allows for the pen to deploy (in and out) with just a push of a button is also steel, making clean up a breeze and adding to the Impromptu's overall durability. This pen is made up of mostly steel, with only one small piece of plastic on the back of the ink cartridge, so when it comes to use I'm confident of many years of operation without any problems.
Gerber Impromptu has a black subdued Cerakote finish. Cerakote is a finish that is used on guns and other such materials that has some very high marks for durability, wear and corrosion resistance and coupled with the fact that the pen is stainless steel, you can rest assured this pen just might out last you!
Now for price, tactical pens can run from $20 to $200 depending on what model or make you get. The Impromptu is priced around $50 to $60 dollars and this is on the lower end of the price scale. Aside from it being a little on the heavy side (because of the stainless steel) it's still a great pen at an affordable price, and factor in Gerber's lifetime guarantee, it's a great buy and I would definitely recommend it!
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