Nitecore NTP20 Titanium Tactical Pen – the “concealed carry” instrument


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The Nitecore NTP20 is more than just a pen; it is a writing instrument that doubles up as a self-defence tool and is helpful for emergencies. For example, an emergency situation may arise when you are stuck inside a car with windows that cannot be wound down. As such, a tool like the Nitecore NTP20 can be used to smash the windows to escape.

A normal pen or pencil can obviously be used as a weapon.

However, perhaps not quite as perceived by many as seen in the movies. For instance, there is an “exploding pen” used by James Bond (played by Pierce Brosnan) in the 1995 movie “Goldeneye”. In actual fact, it is termed a “Class 4 grenade” by “Q”.

Watch as “Q” explains how this “James Bond pen” works and how this pen grenade was used in the movie, alongside Natalya Simonova (played by Izabella Scorupco).

In the 2003 movie “Johnny English”, Rowan Atkinson who plays the main lead in the movie, that is, none other Johnny English, he accidentally fires a pen and knocks out a secretary“.

Perhaps a more realistic situation arose when Jason Bourne (played by Matt Damon) in the 2002 movie “Bourne Identity” uses a pen found on a desk as an improvised weapon to fend off an assassin armed with a knife.

A more extreme situation when a pen was used as a weapon was played out in the 1995 movie “Casino” in a scene when mobster Nicky Santoro (played by Joe Pesci) uses a pen to brutally stab a man who was rude to Sam “Ace” Rothstein (played by Robert De Niro). [Warning: before clicking on the link, do note that scenes of violence and strong language are used in the short video clip.]

Even a pencil is able to maim and kill as seen in the 2014 movie “John Wick”. In one of the action-packed fighting scenes, John Wick (played by Keanu Reeves) grabs not one but two pencils on a desk and uses each one as an improvised weapon resulting in highly damaging and deadly consequences to his assailants. [Warning: before clicking on the link, do note that scenes of extreme violence are used in the short video clip.]

As to how to use a pen, pencil, scissors or letter opener as an improvised self-defence tool, the instructional video from Expert Village below explains it very well.

However, do note that such improvised weapons from pens or pencils are used for stabbing and not smashing.

This is where Nitecore’s NTP20 which features a lightweight and sturdy titanium barrel and grips comes into play with its tungsten steel tapered tip.

Basically, this pen was designed and made as a self-defence tool. Thanks to its tungsten steel tapered tip, it can be used to exact heavy damage in close-quarters combat and even smash glass for emergency escapes.

Nitecore is the company that produces rugged and robust flashlights with extreme brightness.

As for the extra pen refill that came with the Nitecore NTP20, we chose the green gel ink. Other choices for the extra refill will be black, blue or red. The refill is a gel-based Schneider ink cartridge that is ISO 27668-1 certified.

What will be the best everyday carry pen refill? Well check out what Ed Jelley from everydaycarry.com has to say about ink refills.

Now will we ever use the Nitecore NTP20?

Of course, we use it as a writing instrument. As an everyday carry (EDC) pen or “concealed carry” instrument, who knows, it might just come in really handy the day someone is tempted to target our wristwatches.

Mercedes-AMG and IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition “50th Anniversary of Mercedes-AMG” Speed Up in Style


Video: Courtesy of IWC on TimeWerke Videos

New York, 2018: As part of Mercedes-AMG’s #SpeedUpInStyle social media campaign, the German marque has teamed up with its long-term partner IWC to produce a short film (above) starring Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC, who not only drives the Mercedes-AMG E 53 4Matic+ Coupé in New York but also sports the IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition “50th Anniversary of Mercedes-AMG”.

IWC first partnered with Mercedes-AMG in 2004 to promote their Ingenieur collection.

The Mercedes-AMG E 53 4Matic+ Coupé is one of three new models, the other two being the CLS and the E-Class Cabriolet, that mark the first steps towards what the German marque describes as its “hybridised future with a leading-edge combination of sporty design, performance and efficiency”, thanks to a six-cylinder in-line engine with electric auxiliary compressor, EQ Boost starter-alternator and a 48 V on-board electrical system.

The short film on the Mercedes-AMG E 53 4Matic+ Coupé also stars the IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition “50th Anniversary of Mercedes-AMG” that is worn by IWC CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr. Photo Courtesy of IWC.

What the three new models have in common is an electrified 3.0-litre engine with twin turbo-charging because of an exhaust gas turbo-charger and an electric auxiliary compressor.

The six-cylinder engine is able to generate 320 kW and the maximum torque of 520 Nm. The EQ Boost starter-alternator momentarily provides an additional 16kW of output and 250 Nm of torque, feeding the 48 V on-board electrical system.

The AMG speedshift TCT 9G transmission and fully variable all-wheel drive system AMG Performance 4Matic+ are other technical features.

For the century sprint, the CLS 53 4Matic+ will accelerate from 0 to 100km per hour in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 270 km per hour.

The IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition “50th Anniversary of Mercedes-AMG”. Limited to 250 pieces. Photo Courtesy of IWC.

As for the matching IWC wristwatch, it is the Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition “50th Anniversary of Mercedes AMG” reference IW380902 that is worn by Christoph Grainger-Herr.

Powered by the IWC Calibre 89361 Manufacture movement, this Ingenieur in a titanium case was introduced in 2017 at the Nürburgring. It features a magnetic field protection that can be seen through the case back and it is inspired by the brake discs of the Mercedes-AMG.