The E2D LED Defender Ultra features a crenelated striking bezel,...
Light can be an effective weapon in the dark. It can help illuminate dim corners so that no surprises jump out at you. But should something (or someone) leap toward you, having a flashlight with a striking bezel could give you an advantage. A blast of bright white light in the face of a night-adjusted foe could momentarily blind him, giving you enough time to deliver a powerful defensive blow and create space to escape.
A striking bezel is essentially the rim on a flashlight's head that helps protect its lens, but is shaped like a pointy crown. Some can be subtle with minimal ridges, while others look like a circle of steel teeth (which could get you unwanted attention from authorities). Keep in mind you don't always need sharp bezels to do damage. After all, getting hit in the face with a tactical flashlight is essentially like getting hit with a small aluminum baton. But with a striking bezel you can do more soft tissue damage and draw blood faster that can then get in a bad guy's eyes, further limiting his vision.
So, in this installment of HighLights, we take a look at a selection of tactical flashlights to shine some light (pun totally intended) on the various striking bezels available out there. Some of these torches are small enough to be carried daily, while others are comfortable in a toolbox or slung on the outside of a bug-out bag. Some use throwaway batteries, while others use rechargeables — and one can even switch between the two types. Read on to see which one “strikes” your fancy.