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Columbia River Tao Pen - Nonreflective Olive Drab


Retail Price: $69.99
Our Price: $40.99
Item Number: CRTPENAOD
Manufacturer: Columbia River Knife & Tool
Manufacturer Part No: TPENAOD
CRKT Tao Pen - TPENAOD

Award-winning knife designer Allen Elishewitz has lived in the Far East and has practiced martial arts over the past 30 years, including Okinawan Te, Thai Boxing, Northern Shaolin and Kali. This training, along with his experience as a Recon Marine, gave Allen the perfect background to design these defensive writing instruments, CRKT Tao Pens.

In Chinese philosophy, Tao means "the way," the fundamental or true nature of the world. And appropriately, these pens reflect the current state of today's world, in which a sudden, unforeseen physical attack can come at any time.

Allen notes, "These pen designs are evolutions of the custom tactical pens I have offered successfully for many years. However, they are very different from the other aggressive-looking pens and kubotans on the market, that is, they do not look threatening, but are useful high-tech writing instruments with a stylish and futuristic design. If the user is threatened or attacked, the pens can be used at three levels of defensive force, depending on the type of threat.

"At the lowest level of engagement, the impact crown on the cap can be used to strike the assailant on the head or hands by raking or thrusting. This provides notice of self defense, and may deter the attacker with minimal injury to him.

"At the second level, the more pointed butt of the pen may be used to thrust or provide a disabling pressure point behind the ears, at the armpit or throat.

"At the third level, if the attack persists, the pen point may be thrust for penetration in soft tissues of the throat, chest or abdomen with potentially lethal results if the assailant does not break off the attack."

The pens are made of 6061 aluminum, precision-machined and hard anodized. The heavy cap is threaded so that it will not pull off in use, and castellated for greater impact. The flutes and grooves on the pen, combined with the pewter-toned stainless steel pocket clip, provide a secure grip.

Four color schemes are available: nonreflective olive drab and tactical black, plus brown with bright grooves and black with bright grooves.

All Tao models are functional writing instruments which use the Fisher Space Pen ball point cartridge, a pressurized design developed for NASA. It has a tungsten carbide ball point and thixotropic ink which will write in freezing cold, boiling heat, underwater and at any angle—even upside down.

When you can't take a knife or handgun, you can rely on the Tao.
  
  
Specifications
Dimensions
   Open Overall Length    5.75 inches
   Weight    1.7 ounces
  
Pen
   Material    6061 Alum.


Designer:  Allen Elishewitz


Allen Elishewitz Allen Elishewitz is a world-renowned custom knifemaker, whose studio is in Canyon Lake, Texas. His work has been featured in many magazine articles and front covers as well as several museum quality books. Collectors of his work include heads of state, members of royal families, members of elite special forces units and serious enthusiasts of fine craftsmanship. His early interests in knives, combined with his background in the martial arts and as a Recon Marine led him to become one of the premier tactical knifemakers. With his classical art background, this self-taught artist has designed a wide range of innovative knife models as well as luxurious pens and watches. Over the years he has been a member of the Italian Knifemakers' Guild, American Bladesmith Society and Knifemakers' Guild where he served on the Board of Directors. His work has been awarded numerous prizes throughout his career. Allen is the designer of the CRKT Anubis, Pharaoh, Montu and Horus folders, and the new Elishewitz F.T.W.S.

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