If you want to write, you’d like a light, and you might need to fight, maybe a tactical pen is for you?
Let’s dig into Defender X (who sometimes just calls themselves “Defender”) with the sharp corners of our Scam-O-Meters and see what we uncover. There may be nothing illegal or wrong with the following business practices. But they suggest that the seller is not to be trusted. I’m using my Scam-O-Meter scoring system; -1 means true, +1 means false, and 0 means undetermined. I penalize the seller for statements made by shills.
Ridiculous claims: -1
- “These days, in a world where terrorism, and natural disasters are becoming the norm, it’s more important than ever to have the right tactical gear.“
- “Groundbreaking technology” is used by uniformed services. Would that be the built-in flashlight?
- “If you’re lost in the woods, you can take notes as to your position or mark landmarks, etc.” advises Bold Survivalist.
Suspicious location: -1. Defender X is really Shadowhawk. These two mailboxes are also used by known scammer Shadowhawk. The Terms and Conditions confirm the relationship.
- Corporate; 7582 Las Vegas Blvd. S #115-405, Las Vegas, NV 89123
- Returns; 7875 Highlands Village Place, Suite B102 #401, San Diego, CA 92129
Onerous terms: 0. I’ve seen much worse, so I’m cutting them some slack. However,
- If you reverse their credit card charge, that’s theft.
- They don’t guarantee that the pen is fit for any use.
- You can’t sue them, join a class action that’s suing them, or join a group arbitration.
Ads, spam, robocalls: -1
- They’ll use the information you give them plus all they can suck out of your browser to beam ads at you and spam you.
- They’ll share it with other companies that will do the same.
- You can unsubscribe from individual mailing lists.
- If they sell their company, your information is part of the deal.
Lying and deception: -1. Would you give a liar your credit card?
- Developed “in collaboration with law enforcement professionals.” But one of the pictured pens is available thru Alibaba in lots of 10 or more.
- “Officers stated in interviews said that the most important tool you can carry is the item that happens to be in your hand, which more often turns out to be a pen.” But the consensus on officer.com is that tactical pens are ridiculous. “Yeah, you can cause some damage with it but if you are stabbing someone as an LEO it’s a lethal force situation, and your not stopping a dedicated attacker with a superficial stab wound. …How much time are you willing to dedicate to training for what is, IMO, an inferior option to those things you already know how to do and are trained on by your department?“
- Careful on the order form; it’s pre-filled for a quantity of five pens ($145).
- Once you go to the order form your browser’s back button is disabled.
Crummy product: 0. Unknown. Keep in mind that a scam may involve a good product.
Overpriced: -1. Defender X asks $56 for one pen. Amazon offers what sure looks like the same pen for $18.
75% discount: -1. True.
Total score; -8
Unauthorized charges: Defender X inherits Shadowhawk’s CREDIT CARD RISK ALERT. The Better Business Bureau rates Shadowhawk “F” with over 200 complaints; as of February 2017 they were up to their old tricks. “I had 2 $8.95 a month charges come from 2 different companies monthly for a “Membership” for items monthly. I never received anything nor did I knowingly sign up for the membership,” posted Jameison A. An ominous sign; Defender X doesn’t accept PayPal.
Conclusion: I think the main advantage of a tactical pen is showing it off to your buddies. There’s nothing wrong with this. But don’t get entangled with these scammers; buy one at a store or on Amazon.
Bonus outtake: The order form has pictures of totally different pens.