As a law enforcement officer, I am always looking for items that make me efficient, safer and more effective. The Fenix T5TI Titanium Tactical Pen hits on two of those points.
On the positive side, the pen has an awesome weight to it. It just exudes quality. I’ve received many compliments on the pen. On duty, I have plenty of better options when it comes to self defense. Off duty, this pen could definitely do some damage in an emergency. Although I haven’t tested it on ballistic gel or car windows, I’m positive the tungsten steel strike bezel will get the job accomplished. After 5 months of use, the pen barely shows any wear and tear.
On the negative side, this pen isn’t completely awesome as a pen. First, unless you want ink on yourself, you are most likely going to keep the pen covered with the screw-on cap in your pocket. So, whenever you need it, you have to unscrew the cap and screw it back on to the strike bezel side. If you are like me, and use the pen off and on while in an active job, this quickly becomes an annoyance. There are many circumstances where this would not be an issue for most people.
Next, lets talk about the Schmidt pressurized ballpoint ink refill. I am certainly biased, as I have always preferred gel ink. When it comes to ballpoint ink, this pen performs well. The issue for me is that it rarely STARTS well. When using it for the first time in a while, it either outputs a blot of ink, or takes a second to get started. Once started, the ink is consistent. The refills are easily found online, and are relatively inexpensive.
Fenix includes a nice zipper case and additional o-rings. You could easily re-purpose the case for other items.
If you order the storm blue one, as I did, do realize that you will be getting blue ink with the pen. My lack of attention to detail caused me to have to order a black refill.
Overall, I am happy with the quality of the pen, and I use it as my backup pen at work. It’s also on hot standby for emergencies requiring the quick entry or exit of a vehicle through the car window. While I hope I don’t need it, I know it will perform well.