DO make use of all your options. Tactical pens, like any other Kubotan cousin, aren't just for poking people. If your pen has a blunt end, you can use it to strike any vulnerable spot, but it can also be ground and twisted into an assailant's skin to control them. This works best on pressure points and other tender spots. The pointed "writing" end of the pen can deliver shallow puncture wounds, apply intense pressure to tender areas, and do a vicious number on a bad guy's rib cage. Just imagine how you'd feel (and how your breathing would be affected) with a sharp instrument driven between your ribs and then raked across them. Don't be scared to go for a stab to the eye or neck either; these strikes could disable your opponent, or at least turn the tide in your favor.