Is a pen really mightier than a sword…?

Eerrr… Maybe. Being the pragmatic sort that I am, I would much rather be armed with a sword than a pen. As they say, never bring a pen to a swordfight… or an dog to a catfight… or a Cessna to a dogfight… Or something along those lines… or whatever… *cough*

Actually, my meandering intro was supposed to come to a pithy point somewhere… Something about pens being used for combat. Ah, yes. As I was saying, while your average pen might not neccesarily be the ideal defense against a sword wielding assailant, occasionally you might find a pen a useful combat weapon against an unarmed aggressor. Especially if you happen to be carrying a pen like this:

Timberline Lightfoot Combat Pen

The Combat Pen

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Now this, my friends, is a combat pen. What is a “combat pen” you ask? Well lessee. Most pens make bad weapons because they are not designed to withstand any significant bending forces. And wile they fare much better as thrusting weapons and shanks, they are marginal at best, as an of-center strike could still break the pen. This little gizmo is designed to withstand considerable bending and impact stresses the likes of which would make a regular pen cry for their mommies.

It is actually quite simple, the pen is made with a high strength fluted aluminum shell with a pointed end and cap with a flat top covering the ball point. Nothing really all that fancy. The design is such that it could be held in he hand with the thumb atop the flat end, enabling rather crippling blows to vital strike points on your opponents body. Pretty nifty eh?

Nifty it is, but the truth is that this is really just a modern iteration of an old school Japanese weapon commonly referred to as the Kubotan. The Kubotan is a short, (roughly about 5 inches), usually unsharpened rod held in the palm of the hand. The ends used to strike pressure points on your opponent. Except now, in pen form, it becomes an even more innocuous and clandestine self defense weapon for the workplace… Did I mention how nifty this is?

OK. Now the inquisitive among you are probably asking yourself why I am posting about a pen today. To be frank, one of the primary motivations for posting about a pen instead of say, a sword, is… Taxes.

Blasted tax day is upon us, once again, and to be brutally honest, when I saw this pen, it just seemed appropriate. Seriously, after doing taxes, I’d like nothing more than to stick a combat pen into the jugular veins of the people who came up with all those mind bogglingly complex tax regulations…

Timberline Lightfoot Combat Pen – [True Swords]


11 Responses to “Is a pen really mightier than a sword…?”

  1. 1 Niccolo
    April 28, 2008 at 6:51 am

    Wow. Nice. An indestructible (relatively) pen. Would make a nice pair with the impossible-to-crack USB drive I’ve seen floating around.

    Actually… the ‘kubotan’ that you’ve mentioned sounds very similar to the suntetsu, which is much the same idea, except it’s concealed. Also can be sharped for extra fun.

  2. April 29, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Actually the Sunsetsu is a similar but quite different weapon. The big difference with sunsetsu is that it has a built in retention mechanism, either a string or a ring on a pivot, worn on a finger , that allows it to be worn much more securely in the hand than the kubotan. However both can be concealed and sharpened in almost exactly the same manner…

  3. 3 Niccolo
    April 30, 2008 at 3:12 am

    Aaah, yes… I knew there was a difference somewhere. Thanks for clearing that up.

  4. 4 Brad
    May 3, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    The Sunsetsa has a Chinese cousin: the Emei Piercer. Basically a ring with a roughly 6″ long double ended pivoting needle mounted underneath it. Used in pairs.

    The Kubota ALSO has a Chinese cousin: the Judge’s Pens. Basically exactly what they sound like; a pair of 6-8″ long cylinders about as big around as your average BIC pen, with a blunted conical end. They are NOT mounted on rings.

    Both are designed for precision strikes on various vital points on the body, though the Judge’s Pens are used mostly for simple pressure, and the Piercers do exactly that; pierce.

    Both are used by various martial arts although the Piercers are more common and are mostly used in Baguazhang and Tai Chi

  5. May 3, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Indeed, yes, the Chinese Emei Piercer is much more common than Sunsetsu, and are actually quite interesting weapons in their own right, though as a much more obvious weapon, it is not as commonly seen around as much as the various flavors of kubotan. However the piercers will have a post dedicated to them at some point…

  6. 6 MoZZA
    August 25, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    i will make a giant sword inside a round sheath that looks like a pen one day JUST to contridict that saying

    i mean what use is a pen once its been chopped up with a sword eh so there for by the process of “elimination” (crap pun i know) the sword would kick the pens ass

  7. August 27, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Unless the pen were made of adamantium… 😛

  8. 8 MoZZA
    August 27, 2008 at 6:07 am

    …. cheers for destroying my entire plan right there phyre lol

  9. August 27, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    LOL Hey, wasn’t aiming to destroy anything, I’m just saying… 😉

  10. 10 MoZZA
    August 28, 2008 at 6:04 am

    ok so we have a pen NOT made from adamntium. then it would work….

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