Like many of the pocket dumps you’ll find at everydaycarry.com, SoCalEDC’s contains a pen. The tacticool amongst you may notice that his or her pen isn’t “tactical.” In the sense that it’s not made of titanium with a pointy bit at the end to shove in your attacker’s throat, eye, whatever. In fact . . .
Just about any solid metal pen will git ‘er done, stabby wise. Yes but — what are the odds you’re going to need to use your pen as a weapon, especially if you’re already carrying a gun and a knife? Exceedingly low.
But wait! There’s a better dare-I-say “real” reason to add a metal pen to your everyday carry: you can use it to make a tourniquet.
As JWT has pointed out many times, a tourniquet is the life-saving device you can use to, uh, save life. If you don’t or can’t carry a SOFT or CAT tourniquet, you can use your pen to create a reasonable facsimile thereof.
Rip up a T-shirt, cut out a jean leg, wrap any study and flexible material — something that’s at least 1.5″ wide that you can squeeze in the middle (which excludes most leather belts) — around the extremity leaking blood.
Use the pen as windlass and turn until the blood stops (ignoring screams, expletives, etc.).
Remember: it needs to be a strong pen. Keep ink and carry on.