Tao Pen PR
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Tualatin, Oregon, U.S.A.— January 19, 2010
Introducing the new CRKT® Elishewitz Tao™ pen line. Lao-Tzu said, “The softest
thing in the world overcomes the hardest.” And so someday, these stylish writing
instruments may save your life.
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, Columbia River Knife & Tool®
(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
“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
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.
Nonreflective Olive Drab
Brown with Bright Grooves
Black with Bright Grooves
Overall length: 5.75” (146 mm)
Diameter: 0.63” (16 mm)
1.7 oz. (48 g)
Fisher Space Pen #PR4
When you can’t take a knife or handgun, you can rely on the Tao.
All four models offer the quality of premium custom pens at $69.99 MSRP.
Elishewitz Tao™ Pen
The Tao Pen body and cap are protected by the CRKT Limited Lifetime Warranty.
The ball point cartridge is covered by the Fisher Space Pen Warranty.
Columbia River Knife & Tool is dedicated to producing knives, tools, and accessories
of uncompromising quality and selling them at affordable prices. CRKT products are
distributed through specialty retail, sporting goods and cutlery stores that offer customers
knowledgeable service and are available from www.crkt.com or other reputable web site
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