My work as a cameraman involves regular travel. I carry a number of high quality, military or tactical grade tools which have gotten me out of jams and “saved the day” on more than one occasion. You probably carry normal versions of these common items on a daily basis, yourself. You can inexpensively upgrade to tactical grade tools. I recommend several which will prepare you for a wide variety of emergencies, as well as common daily situations.
I love my tactical pen. I leave some of my other everyday carry (EDC) tools home in certain situations, but I carry my tactical pen everywhere. It’s wise to keep a pen on you to jot down important notes. Life won’t always wait for you to boot up that smartphone app to take down a note or phone number. Beyond having a super sturdy, reliable pen handy, tactical pens offer a level of self-defense protection that’s tough to beat. Previous articles I’ve written describe how the tactical pen emerged as a tool, and how to use a tactical pen for self-defense.
Tactical Grade Utility Knife
A compact utility knife is one of the most useful things a person can carry on a daily basis. As a person who believes in being prepared, I’ve carried a wide array of knives for self-defense and use as a tool. For EDC I recommend something pocket-sized, lightweight, and easy to deploy.
For legal protection, choose something very small and non-threatening. I’ve noticed at work, it’s impractical and somewhat rude to pull out the type of knife you’d use for self-defense just to cut some duct tape or open a package. Similarly, you don’t want to fumble with multi-tool or Swiss Army style knives if you have your hands full or are in a precarious situation. Tactical sheath knives are handy, quick to deploy, are lightweight, and are compact. Many are made in small, non-threatening shapes and sizes. Though smaller, these tools still offer many of the benefits of police and military cutting tools, such as better grade materials that resist rust and stay sharp.
I carry a 350 Lumen (lu) tactical flashlight. It is small enough to fit in the coin pocket of my jeans, and cost less than $10. I keep several flashlights in my car for when I work in darkness or outdoors, but I carry this tactical light in my pocket almost everywhere. It is that useful. 350lu is bright enough to blind someone in the daytime. Never shine a tactical grade light in someone’s eyes unless you intend to disable them for a few minutes. I’ve written before about how the tactical flashlight works as a humane and effective self-defense tool, but it can also be handy in simple situations like finding tiny items dropped on the floor. This pocket-sized super light makes sure I’m never caught in the dark.
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