The base model B2 tactical pen comes in a gunmetal grey finish

LAIX B2 Range Tactical Pen Review

Is The LAIX B2 The Ideal Starter Tactical Pen?

The LAIX B2 line was the first model of LAIX tactical pens that I imported. Unsure of what quality to expect I was pleasantly surprised when they first arrived with solid build quality and a sharp glass breaker end making them a great addition to any tactical pen collection and also an ideal first tactical pen.

The B2 Tactical Pen Range

There are three models in the line as pictured below:

The B2-H Tactical Pen comes in black finish more common in tactical gear. Also pictured are the presentation boxes each B2 comes in.

The B2-H Tactical Pen comes in black finish more common in tactical gear. Also pictured are the presentation boxes each B2 comes in.

The base model B2 tactical pen comes in a gunmetal grey finish

The base model B2 tactical pen comes in a gunmetal grey finish

The LAIX B2-R tactical pen has a finish somewhere between bronze and silver

The LAIX B2-R tactical pen has a finish somewhere between bronze and silver

These are all functionally similar with only the colour scheme being different. Inside they take a standard “Parker” style cartridge allowing easy replacement which is nice as I prefer gel ink and not many tactical pens are available with gel ink cartridges. Each pen comes in the standard LAIX presentation box with a sticker on the side to denote model type.

The metal body is made from aluminium and whilst this keeps the weight down to 80 grams they still feel on the heavy side in your hand. The chunky design allows a good grip but this will depend on your hand size, if you have smaller hands it may not be ideal. I found the pen a bit tricky to use at first but being dyslexic i have a funny writing style. All LAIX B2 tactical pens come with a black cartridge as standard.

 

LAIX B2-H tactical pen in box

A LAIX B2-H Tactical Pen in its presentation box. These boxes are the standard style for all LAIX tactical pens

The pen is opened and closed by twisting the base which I think is one of the best ways to do it for a tactical pen as it stops end caps being lost and also offers a second solid point when the pen is in a closed position. This second point is not as sharp as the glass breaking end and so could be used in much wider situations such as breaking a hold and other self-defence moves without fear of a puncture injury. The bottom half features deep channel grooves to aid grip which are fine for normal writing.

 

Moving up the pen the mid body features a knurled surface and a metal pocket clip. Given this is a tactical pen the mid body knurling greatly assists when you hold it in a clenched fist to use either of the ends as a glass breaker. This is a great addition as it means no matter how wet your hands are you will get a good grip. Occasionally I find the knurled middle resting between thumb and finger whilst writing but this could be due to my unconventional writing style rather than then pen. The metal clip is removable and sits below the glass breaker end. It is quite strong and does not have any give in side to side motion and very little in up and down motion as well. This is very useful for a tactical pen as if you clip this into a pocket it stays put. I have ridden a motorbike with it in the side pocket of cargo pants and not had it budge an inch despite it pointing backwards on my bent leg !

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Changing ink with refills is very easy and is done by unscrewing the bottom of the pen. The glass breaker and clip are removable as well and this allows the swapping in of other parts such as the heavy duty replacement tips made of stainless steel.

A B2-R stripped for replacing the ink cartridge.

A B2-R stripped for replacing the ink cartridge.

 

The business end of the pen is a sharp point designed for glass breaking in emergency’s. It should be noted that this is made from the same aluminium as the main body of the pen. This means that if you use it on hard objects it will lose its point and round off. They will also round off if left in the washing machine as I found out accidentally! However even when this occurs the breaker end is still solid and still perfectly usable however if you expect to be breaking glass on a regular basis you may want to invest in a Tungsten tipped line of tactical pens. There are replaceable ends available and we are going to be testing these soon to see how strong they are compared to standard.

 

B2-R Glassbreaker

The glass breaker on the B2-R tactical pen, Something you do not want to be on the wrong end of. Note the Bronze/Silvery finish

It is particularly effective in self-defence scenarios with the glass breaker end providing a very sharp point and the nib end a tapered blunt point which is useful for practice. The pen holds together well under abuse, even my one that went through the washing machine and tumble dryer still writes fine, the only damage being some scratches to the finish..

Conclusion

The B2 line of tactical pens is a great choice for a first time buyer and the ability to upgrade with tungsten or stainless steel parts also make them suited of more hardcore users such as the uniformed services.

Retailing between £9.99 and £10.99 depending on the model they are a bargain compared to other brands offerings, costing less then a Fischer Space Pen yet providing much more tactical capability.

The pen feels weighty in the hand and the chunkiness may make it a bit uncomfortable for some but for most people this should not be an issue. The clip makes sure it stays put and the twist action ensures no messy pen marks or lost lids to worry about.

The B2 line of tactical pens is a great choice for a first time buyer and the ability to upgrade with tungsten or stainless steel parts also make them suited of more hardcore users such as the uniformed services.

You can buy LAIX B2 Tactical Pens through Amazon using the following links:

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