Most people have a set group of items they carry with them everywhere they go. House keys, wallet/purse, cell phone, maybe even chapstick or a pocketknife. To preppers, these items are called everyday carry (EDC), and are generally expanded on to include items that serve dual purposes in a survival situation.
For example, a small tactical flashlight will serve both to light up dark places, and as a baton or fist pack in a self-defense situation. Likewise, an ordinary ballpoint pen is a discreet self-defense tool that anyone can stealthily carry.
It’s easy to think of an ink pen as a writing utensil and not a weapon. However, with their long narrow shape, ink pens work as makeshift stabbing weapons. Although the human body has plenty of soft areas to penetrate, you should aim for vulnerable areas like the eyes and throat. It’s difficult to penetrate clothing using a ballpoint pen, and it’s useless against body armor.
While a standard ballpoint pen will work in a pinch, there are tactical pens on the market that are optimized for self-defense. No, these aren’t just pens that look cool or sound tough. Although these pens serve as writing instruments, their unique design enables them to shatter a window. Some of these pens also come equipped with a built-in knife, and others hold mace to fend off attacks.
There are several everyday items you can use for dual purposes. To survive an attack or a SHTF event, survivalists must be resourceful and learn how to use everyday objects in new ways.
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