Introduction to Kubotan’s and other lesser known self-defense devices
There are many different types of self-defense devices on the market today. They run the gamut from simple shafts of aluminum or plastic to deadly blade weapons. What all of these devices share in common is that many people have never heard of them.
This article is going to take a look at some of these devices. I call them devices but they can all be deadly weapons in a trained hand or foot.
The Kubotan aka “the deadly keychain”
Developed by Takayuki Kubota in the 1960s and sometimes called a Kubaton or Kubutan, this simple rod with a key ring on one end started to gain popularity in the 1970’s. The LAPD started training its officers in the use of this “weapon” mainly to control unruly suspects.
It was originally designed as a short (5 ½” – 6”) and thin (1/2” diameter) hard plastic rod with a hole in one end where a key ring can be attached.
Since then the basic Kubotan has seen many different variations. Some of these include;
- Different materials (aluminum, wood, etc.)
- Tapered ends (better for stabbing)
- Hidden knife blades and spikes
- More offensive Ninja style design
Even the Tactical Pen is sometimes marketed as a Kubotan even though it doesn’t resemble the original at all. For more info on Tactical Pens you can read our article Tactical pen, what the heck is a tactical pen?
There are quite a few different “Kubotan” style self-defense key chains on the market today so let’s take a look at a few of them.
Aluminum Blunt Force Kubaton Keyring by Tomahawk
This is your standard Kubotan made from black anodized aluminum. It is 5.5″ long and has grooves for added grip.
Fury Tactical SDK Self Defense Keychain with Pressure Tip, Shine Silver
This Kubotan takes a slightly different approach in that it has a tapered end which is better for stabbing and jabbing. It is made of polished aluminum and is 5.75″ long.
P-15930. State Of The Art Kubaton Keychain A skull-crushing kubaton
Similar to the Fury Tactical SDK above this Kubotan has a tapered end for jabbing and pressure applications. It is made of black anodized aluminum and has ribs which makes it fit in the palm of your hand so you can use it as a fist loader. This Kubotan is 5.5″ long.
Black Steel Kubaton Key Ring
This Kubotan strays even further from the original design but is still considered a Kubotan. It is made of black coated steel and has two spikes sticking out which fit between your fingers and can be used to deadly effect as a punching weapon. It is also 5.5″ long.
The Cat Personal Safety Keychain
Not exactly a Kubotan but still deserving an honorable mention The Cat Personal Safety Keychain is awesome and can be a wicked weapon in the right hands. It is made of lightweight plastic. You put your fingers through the eye holes and use the sharpened ears as stabbing edges. Great personal self-defense device for women or anyone else that wants a cool, stylish key chain of death!
Kuba-Kickz turns your shoe into an offensive weapon
Fury Tactical Kuba-Kickz
These inconspicuous devices are deadly and stylish at the same time. They are made of high impact plastic and are placed under your shoelaces on top of the tongue. They are extremely effective regardless of the wearer’s skill level.
The Strike Spike
Strike Spike – Self-Defense/Counter Attack Tool
These are simple little disks that have very sharp spikes on one side and are meant to be attached to a hat or watch band. They turn your baseball cap into a serious damage weapon! Just take your hat off hold it by the bill and swing away. They can also be threaded into your shoelaces and work like the Kuba-Kickz above.
The Monkey Fist
Monkey Fist Paracord Self Defense Keychain
The Monkey Fist is a Paracord Keychain that has a plastic or metal ball weaved into the Paracord to form the “fist”. Swing this at an attacker and cave in some skulls. As a bonus you can also use the Paracord as a survival tool in an emergency just unravel the cord and you will have enough rope to tie up an attacker or for anything else you can think of.
Tactical Flashlights are made from aircraft grade aluminum and are usually pretty heavy for their size. They can be used as a blunt force weapon and also as a blinding or disorienting weapon due to their very bright LED light.
For more info on tactical flashlights check out this article. The Ultimate Tactical Flashlight?
So many self-defense possibilities!
This article just scratches the surface on what is possible in the self-defense world. I hope that this article has peaked your curiosity on the many different devices that are available today. If you would like to explore the world of lesser known self-defense devices you can check out Amazon or YouTube for more information.