When I first saw this pen as it was being offered to us HLAW ambassadors to review I thought “what a cool looking pen. It not only has a LED light, it also doubles as a glass breaker and a fire starter”.
I like gadgets that do more than one thing.
It comes with no directions so you just have to start playing with it to figure out what’s where.
The glass breaker and LED light are obvious to see right out of the box.
To get to the fire starter though you do need to unscrew the pen at the center. The rod is made of magnesium and just needs a knife to create a spark to get a fire started.
I haven’t tried the fire starter part of this pen yet, I’ll play with it on my next backpacking trip for sure just to see how well it works.
Although I don’t think I’ll use this part as I carry matches and a lighter when hiking but you never know, good to have just in case.
One nice feature is the ability to easily replace the ball point pen so when the ink runs out you just have to replace the inside rather than the whole pen which is much cheaper, I like this.
This pen writes well too, nice and smooth.
Another nice feature I love is the LED light, it’s bright and it can be used separately from the pen. You also can replace the battery if your light goes dark.
The pen did seemed heavy at first; the website says it weighs 1 lb. but once I started using it the weight didn’t seem to be an issue. If you want you can take the top part off to reduce that top heavy feeling when holding the pen.
I had the whole pen clipped to my day pack strap so it’s handy to grab if needed to write a quite note, use the LED light or as a weapon (hopefully you’ll never need it for this purpose).
This pen has 4 removable parts which means easy to lose one or all of the parts. It’s what I don’t like about this pen.
If you lose the cap that covers the pen you lose the glass breaker function of the pen. If you lose the top part of the pen you lose the LED light.
I’ve been making a conscious effort to remember to pick up the cap when I set it down but I can see how losing parts of this pen could easily happen. So far I still have all the parts.
Overall I like the pen and would recommend it to others. It’s not that much weight that you couldn’t take it backpacking and definitely good for day hiking.
And if weight is an issue take it apart and carry the parts separately but don’t lose them. ☺
I do a lot of journaling along the trail as I write about trail descriptions so it’s been useful and I plan to buy another one to keep in my car, never know when I might need the glass breaker function of this pen.
Here’s a link to see this pen in action, there’s a video for you to watch and more information about this pen.
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Disclaimer – I did receive this pen free for review but that in no way affects my review. This is my honest opinion of the Tactical LED Pen.