One of the things that has always irked me about “tactical pens” is that they seem to revel in living up to their moniker, what with specifically-designed and -identified “DNA Catchers“, enough points to be a scoreboard at a soccer game, and a general appearance that, to me, at least, screams “something other than a pen”.
Enter the odd little company CountryComm and their Stainless Embassy Elite Pen. Machined out of 300 series stainless steel, and employing a Fisher pressurized refill (w00t for space pens!), this writing implement completely lacks the characteristic points, crenelations, and whatnot else… at least apart from the writing tip itself. However, it is solid stainless steel, and weighs in somewhere around 3.8 ounces (about as much as a roll of dimes) – to say this thing feels hefty would be putting it mildly, which is probably just as well for me, given my history of unintentionally breaking things.
Granted, this pen costs twice as much as its well-reviewed aluminum brethren, weighs over double, and uses not-inexpensive refills (speaking of, are there alternatives to Fisher-brand refills?); but it writes well, I like the heft of it, it fits in your hand like it should, and it does all this without blatantly looking like an “offensive weapon“. Works for me.