Female Self Defense: 5 Weapons You Need to Survive

Female Self Defense, Self Defense for Women, Woman Survival, Ninja Spike Key Chain, Parachord Monkey Fist

Self defense for women is a vital consideration for every female’s survival as well as an important part of your “Everyday Carry”.  Here are five weapons you need to have with you at all times.


This article was contributed by a female reader of SurvivalCache.com

1. Ninja Spike Keychain (aka“kubotan”) This weapon is intimidating and usually comes Self Defense for Womenwith an attachment for your key chain. The ninja spike fits perfect in between your fingers as you make a fist. I always grip this spike as I am walking to and from my vehicle. If there is someone up to no good and they see you gripping this weapon, chances are they will pick someone else to prey on. If they don’t happen to notice it and you are attacked, a quick punch in the eye with this will definitely make them let go so that you can flee. In a pinch, you can also grip your largest key between two fingers and use in the same manner, but keys are not as easy to use.  The Ninja Spike key chain is perfect for leaving a permanent tattoo on your attacker.

2. Honeycomb Hairbrush by Cold Steel – This is by far one of my favorite weapons! This isfemale self defense truly a functional hairbrush and it is so innocent looking that no one would ever think that the “brush” part pulls off to reveal a 3 1/2” dagger. This brush is made from Zytel (a stiff nylon fiberglass composite). Keep in mind that this is a dagger meant for stabbing, not a knife used for slashing so you have to have enough strength to thrust this into an attacker.  Ladies, this also comes in handy if you get a bad haircut.

3. Paracord Monkey Fist (aka“Monkey Ball”) – The first time I saw this I didn’t know whatself defense for women to think. It just looked like a cute key chain. Then, I swung it against a counter and realized how much damage this could do. It may look like a toy, but it most certainly is not. The Monkey Fist has a steel ball bearing wrapped in that paracord and would most certainly inflict serious damage if swung at a perpetrator’s head or even body.  If you connect with this monkey…someone is going down.

4. Open Assist Knife – This knife will open easily with a quick movement of your thumb as female self defenseopposed to a conventional pocket knife.  The ease of only having to use one hand is extremely important should you find yourself in an emergency situation, making this a good choice for an EDC (everyday carry ) This is not a switchblade, as switchblades are illegal in most states.  Most states allow you to carry a knife with a blade up to 3”. It is wise to review your local state laws to determine if the knife you plan to carry is legal.  Bottom line, when someone sees that you have a knife…they know you mean business and no one wants to get cut.  Recommended brands: Spyderco & Emerson

5. MACE, Pepper Spray, (or the hottest) Bear Spray – Most everyone is aware of udap-pepper-spray-self-defensemace/pepper spray.  It is one of the most popular self defense items that people purchase because it is non-lethal and you do not have to have direct contact with your assailant.  When purchasing mace/pepper spray, make sure you get a good law enforcement or military grade.  I recommend UDAP because it is designed to stop Grizzly Bears and any other mammal smaller than 1000 lbs.  There are a few states that restrict mace/pepper spray and you can usually find the restrictions on any website that sells it.  Hit someone in the eyes with this and you will magically disappear from their view.  Not to mention that the cops will not have a hard time finding the attacker, look for the blind guy walking around like Frankenstein.

Let me conclude by saying I personally am a supporter of people carrying handguns and tasers for self defense. This is only to serve as a very introductory article for those who may not currently be carrying any kind of weapon at all.  All of these items fit easily into a purse and generally do not require a license or permit to carry.  Always ensure that any item you carry for self defense does not conflict with any local regulations.

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Minarchist_1776 January 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Just two quick comments:

(1) Any weapon is always better than no weapon. Pick something that you will feel comfortable carrying and thus will have with you at all times.

(2) Humans are a sexually dimorphic species with the males averaging about 10% larger than females on average. This also means that on average men are 21% stronger than females. Males are usually more aggressive and the ones with a "predatory" mindset are also likely used to engaging in fights a lot. Thus regardless of what you might have picked up from various feminist theories that women can do anything men can do as well as men can, you should avoid getting into hand to hand combat situations with males if at all possible. IMHO the things that will probably be most effective for you are those items which will enable you to deal with problems at range. Thus your primary focus should be on firearms, and other devices like tasers and pepper spray. Also realize that tasers and pepper spray are not guaranteed to be 100% effective.

I work as a security guard. I have occasionally had to be pepper sprayed as part of the training that enabled me to carry pepper spray on some of the sites that I worked at. Getting pepper sprayed is no fun at all, but one can still retain a surprising degree of effectiveness after having been sprayed. If you have to use your spray run away as fast as possible *immediately* after you have sprayed your attacker. If your attacker can grapple you it won't matter that he's crying and can't see that well. What will matter is that now he 's seriously torqued at you and probably in the mood to beat you to a bloody pulp.

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Chefbear58 January 14, 2011 at 1:48 am

ChristianRebel, I do agree training is VERY IMPORTANT, "muscle memory" will make actions/reactions become "instinctive". One option for an "improvised weapon" for defense/offense that is rather unassuming and probably won't violate laws or even appear to be threatening, a simple heavy stainless steel pen! If you know how to use it, a simple pen can be deadly effective.

My point in addressing learning pressure points/anatomy is in response to the ever so popular "I don't have time to train" people. Knowledge of where to hit someone and attempting to do so, is a much better option than flailing around wildly *hoping* to cause some damage, or enough hassle that the attacker will loose interest. This knowledge would CERTAINLY be much more effective if "strikes" are practiced and become like "second nature".

As far as a specific "fighting style", I have always wanted to learn a martial art. However I did do Amateur Boxing in my younger days (along with some "street fighting"). I am partial to the ol' Muhammad Ali method known as "rope-a-dope" (but I can take a hit better than most), in my experience it seems to work REALLY well when facing multiple attackers. They think they have the advantage, you let them land a few blows, then give them the ol' "You're F*d now" grin, and "go to work"! I have had a few folks *attempt* to rob me on a couple different occasions. The worst was when I was leaving work one night.
Background- The restaurant was out in BFE on the Potomac River in a small marina, about 3am, I was leaving with my dinner in a brown paper sack, I guess they thought it was money (I made myself bouillabaisse- my favorite soup, takes several hours to make it right, and a grilled fillet Oscar- beef fillet -w- crab meat, asparagus and Bearnaise sauce). There was a nearby RV campground but nobody was out, the place was silent and dark, only a couple dim street lights in the gravel parking lot and it was close to a "new moon".
4 guys start coming "out of the woodwork" on all sides of me. I can hear 2 coming up behind me and I see 2 in front to the left and right. I told them "I don't want any problems, and am not in the mood to deal with you", then I got hit between the shoulders with a baseball bat. The next thing I know I am dropping my dinner, and got hit behind the right ear (I think the guy had "knuckle dusters"), got hit with the bat again between the shoulders as the 2 in front closed in. Got hit ~4-5 times in the face and ~6-7 in the body. I slouched down a little, they backed off for a second, then started coming in closer again, I guess they were waiting for and expecting me to pass out. I turned and caught the guy wielding the bat with a kidney punch, he "rag-dolled". The guy who was closing on the front right side of me caught a right hook (my favorite!) and I knocked one of his teeth out (I still have his tooth). The guy to the front left and the guy who "sucker punched" me started closing again. Got the one in front with a stiff jab which connected directly with the tip of his nose, looked like somebody turned on a faucet and he went down. The "sucker punch" A-hole received a right hook that connected to his upper cheek, broke his left cheek bone and fractured his eye socket, he was "out like a light". The guy with the bat was trying to get up again, he got to his feet, but was still bent over so I gave him an uppercut to the chest, cracked a rib and fractured his sternum… he didn't get back up until EMS got there! The 2 worst things about the whole mess- #1 My dinner was destroyed (I was sad, I had been looking forward to it all day, ended up eating a PB&J with a PBR) #2 I had to perform first aid on the dumba$$es who tried to beat the hell out of me. Oh and I did have a concussion, probably from the blow behind my ear.. Found out the guys were all ~20 years old (about 5 years younger than me at the time), the one who lost his tooth was the son of somebody "high-up" in the local PD, so they refused to even file a police report! I moved away soon after that, I don't like folks getting away with attempted robbery because their dad wears a badge.

Sorry, that was a kinda "drawn out" way of explaining that an unusual fighting style or tactic can give you a huge advantage over an attacker. Just be sure to know your limitations, and always try to find an "exit strategy" ASAP. I am the last person to back down from a fight, but sometimes it is to your advantage to avoid conflict, or at least make sure (if possible) it takes place on your terms (i.e. location, time). I also don't advise any women, or men for that matter, attempting the "rope-a-dope" with a guy, it takes a lot more out of you than you might think. It works for me,cause it pretty much just infuriates me and then I fight A LOT harder/meaner!

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Chefbear58 January 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Almost anytime you have a person who is under the influence of drugs/alcohol they are harder to bring down with physical blows. I have had personal experience with this problem, for some reason whenever I am out at the pool hall/bar people like to try and start fights with me. I don't know why, and I won't attempt to understand some drunk guy's rationale behind trying to start something. However there are some "pressure points" that are, for lack of a better description, "physiological weak points" that work because of the way the human body is "set up". These "weak spots", again from what I have PERSONALLY seen, work on anyone. Drugs/alcohol or even how tough/motivated an attacker is will not matter if you hit them square in the "Adam's apple" with enough force. The result (DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME) if enough pressure is applied is the breaking of the "rings" that make up the trachea, this WILL cut off the airway and could easily stop an attack. I don't advocate using this unless it is a life or death situation, because it will SERIOUSLY injure/kill the attacker. There are other "weak spots", but again they are likely to kill rather than injure someone and should only be used in a "him or me" situation.

Thank you for your concern over my use of the "rope-a-dope", this is not the ONLY "technique" I know, it's just my favorite. It's more likely for me (again as a large male) to avoid problems concerning defending myself if the person threatening me inflicts damage. Also I find that it helps to "motivate" me if I receive a few "hard knocks", but this and ANY technique should be used when it is appropriate. If I am in a situation where medical treatment is not easy to obtain, or my friends/family are in danger I will end the threat with as little risk as possible.

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ChristianRebel January 14, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I was just saying to study Ali's fighting style because it's rather effective, Lee complimented Ali on his ability to adapt to any situation in the ring.

Actually being able to "rope-a-dope" is really, REALLY good, some styles train for it to get students used to being hit (called body conditioning) so if you were to take formal training you'd already have an edge on sparring partners. To be honest I'd avoid any teacher that doesn't allow you to make contact (obviously they'd have padding/protective gear to prevent serious injury) in some way with your sparring partner just for body conditioning purposes.

Thanks for clearing up the kidney punch thing for me by the way, I almost considered removing it from my optional target list.

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Chefbear58 January 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Good points! I especially like the "saber-toothed rabbit" thing!

I agree with the idea that situational awareness is the most vital skill you can implement. Why fight if you can avoid the situation entirely?!

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LesStroudfan January 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm

i personally agree with you in everything you said. this goes for anyone, if you want to make sure the bad guys can't hurt you go with a projectile weapon. if it was my choice, i would favor either a concealed pistol (of course) or maybe the taser; even though it's technically not a projectile weapon, i know some people who are in law enforcement who say they are not something to mess around with.

as a side note, i also thought the monkey's ball was pretty cool….ouch!

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LesStroudfan January 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm

nice comments :) , though i am still going to try out for some martial arts classes when possible.

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survivalcyclist January 17, 2011 at 7:36 pm

There are a lot of good martial arts to pick from, but you'll have to see what's in your area and then choose from what's available. Given a choice, I would pick something that clearly covers fighting at close quarters, and deals with escaping/defending against grapples. I would *not* recommend Tae Kwon Do, for example. Nearly every fight you face will start at close range, or immediately close in to that range, and your opponent will very likely attempt a grab or knockdown early in the fight – if you can't respond to those common threats, you are in serious trouble. This is why 'sport' karate fails so often on the street – people train to fight at tournament ranges, and starting out facing their opponent.

I live in a large city, so there were plenty of options to pick from, but after some research and watching a demonstration, I chose PTK and have no regrets whatsoever. It works very well for my wife (who is 115 pounds, 5 foot 2 inches tall) as well as for me (230 pounds, 5 foot 10 inches). We both carry knives as part of our normal attire, every day, and we practice with those same knives in our training.

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chad January 18, 2011 at 5:23 am

i work at a bar as a bouncer and the single most effective tactic ive found in dealing with a single drunk is the rear naked choke. but that is a different subject than an attack. im having to engage them as a part of my job. but i like it for several reasons, it isnt permanently damaging, its easy, it takes little strength, its fast, and even before fully engaged it is a good starting point to controlling their actions because you are behind them and less vulnerable to a counter attack and your body mass is close to theirs so you can use it more readily to tire them or force them to the ground and into a hold or really anything you need from them. also would say that the situational awareness is a tremendous thing to have, not only to keep yourself safe, but its generally visible when someone has it, and therefore you are doubly less likely to become a victim. you will see things coming, but you will also be seen to be one who will see it coming. fantastic. great article altogether. great comments also.

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Dedicatedpro January 19, 2011 at 9:05 pm

a couple of weapons not listed that are very effective are the expandable baton, and the tactical flashlight with high lumen output. I'm not a fan of the lights with the knurled edges though as the smooth edge will do the same damage (ask anyone who has shot a high power scoped rifle and got too close to the scope) without the disfigurement that a civil/defense attorney might be all over after the criminal gets out of jail/prison and wants reconstructive surgery because you "purposefully meant to cause disfigurement by going above and beyond just self defense that a pansy judge or jury might fall for. The key to becoming efficient with either of these tools is training and recognizing that the more kit that you carry for defensive/offensive (fighting) purposes, increases your reaction time in responding to a violent encounter and that speed, surprise and violence of action will be needed to overcome your assailant. I'm with Survivalcyclist on the martial arts training issue …

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Nobody April 21, 2012 at 7:52 am

batons or clubs of any kind are prohibited weapons, i.e., illegal to carry, in TX, and likely other states. Even if you have certification and/or a security license, you cannot carry them for self defense on your person or in your car, only on duty. (I am a certified ASP instructor.)

+1 on flashlight training… perfectly legal to carry :)

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Susan January 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm

So what would you recommend for seniors? I should add, seniors not in the best of shape. I think we as a group, besides children, are the most vulnerable. We practice keeping our keys out as we walk to the car and locking the doors immediately; keeping house doors locked; we have a barky dog who has a fit if ANYONE drives up and sounds like she would love to take your leg off (we are in the country with a very long driveway, off the main road.) We live alone. Sometimes I just feel vulnerable (female, here) when shopping, etc. I don't think either my husband or myself are physically fit enough to learn a marital art. I recently bought my first handgun, but still need to learn to do more than pull the trigger at a target (my son is an excellent shot and was helping me). So what advice do you have for us?

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Enkidude January 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I think a knife is an excellent choice for self defense because it can be deployed quickly with some practice. It can also be used as a kubotan when closed if your not trying to gut an attacker.
Ladies, you might want to look into push knives since the handle is perpendicular to the blade it will be harder to wrestle from your grip.

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Dave H. February 1, 2011 at 7:13 am

As a retired Law Enforcement Officer I would suggest that one item I think everyone should carry at all times. is a compact high powered flashlight such as the SureFire or Pelican. Ideally wth the crenalated lens cover, with this the light becomes a very formidable impact weapon and in a pinch can double as a Kubotan. Also a little training and practice with these items can go a long way to ensuring your safety. BTW a flashlight that can momentarily blind someone can go almost anywhere and is normally not perceived as a weapon. YMMV.

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Merry_Mac82 December 10, 2013 at 9:17 am

Thanks for the suggestion and recommended brands for the flashlights. I will be saving up for one for sure.

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SurvingJerry February 11, 2011 at 1:18 am

Just checking back on this thread to find that my previous comment had been deleted.
That's nice. It was only super important, mandatory survivalist reading that I spent a long time composing.
Oh, I spoke out against Krav Maga and the folly of considering a knife in all but the most dire self-defense situations, that must have been it.

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SurvingJerry February 17, 2011 at 11:09 am

Weird, my post seems to be back now. Thanks. Hope someone gets something out of it. That’s the reason we all share our comments here, isn’t it?

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Forge_Survival February 23, 2011 at 4:30 am

SurvingJerry – we never delete comments unless they are "way over the top" offensive. We have had a few cases where comments are attributed to another writer which we think is a glitch in the software that we are working on. Thanks – SurvivalCache Team

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guest February 16, 2011 at 2:14 am

I have a kubaton,but don't carry it. I usually carry my monkey fist on my keys,but I seem to have misplaced it….its around here somewhere. Mostly I just keep my keys on a lanaryd, the keys hurt (their fairly hefty for keys), in a pinch I can stab you with them and the lanyard is long enough to be a good soft weapon.

To all those posts about women not being able to defend themselves – if they have the right mindset (most don't) they can. Mess with me and you will lose, mess with my loved ones and you will lose more than just the fight. When I train in martial arts, I do so for fun and because I enjoy it. But I am also sure to learn what does and doesn't work for me against larger opponents, having two giants for brothers doesn't hurt either.

Also it is important to practice improvisation. Use your surroundings, everything is a weapon.

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Scott February 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Please! Don't get tooooooo cocky here Miss "mess with me and you will loose". The surprise of an attack by someone with the mindset to even want to attack you can be un-defensable. Good that you are training and that you are preparing yourself for the possibility…but again don't get over confident. As some of these folks have pointed out, watch what you are about…and don't put yourself in a vulnerable position in the first place…

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Ben228 April 11, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Nice article, good posts. Just one point: Ninja Spike is illeagal to carry or pocess in the state of California. So be aware of your local laws are and carry items that won’t get you in trouble with local LEO / DA.

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T.Rapier April 29, 2011 at 5:21 pm

I think defending yourself in any way is illegal in California .

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T.Rapier April 29, 2011 at 5:15 pm

This is very cool for women ( or anybody ) , I bought my sweety a pepper spray RING . It holds just enough to spray and run away ! We tested it out and then had it recharged , you only get one blast out of it but advantage is , its always on you and there is no fumbling around with it , its always ready ! and is definitely not unexpected .

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T.Rapier April 29, 2011 at 5:17 pm

* expected*

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T.Rapier May 7, 2011 at 10:44 am

One thing that I wonder why it hasn’t been done , is why they dont put a colored dye in pepper spray so an attacker is more easily found by law enforcement ?

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blah July 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Never carry a weapon that you would not "feel comfortable" having turned against you in a fight. I'm not saying don't carry a weapon, just be aware that if you lose control of said weapon, you could be in for a hurting.

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Bill March 15, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I find it a little disconcerting that everything listed has to do with weapons of self-defense. Most of the time you have little to no time to retrieve those weapons. As with all things, training must be included in your everyday life. The only things which works his hand – to – hand combat skills; and those skills must too be practiced regularly. A palm heel strike to the nose or a strike to the throat with a fist among other things will almost always work. There is a host of things anyone can do to protect themselves without the use of weapons. Weapons do have a place and can be used quiet effectively but only if you train with them regularly. Do not let a weapon give you a false sense of security.

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SurvingJerry March 16, 2012 at 8:31 am

The problem with hand-to-hand combat, as put it, is you must put yourself within striking range of your opponent in order to deliver the blows. Which means, they can reach you just as much as you can reach them (don't even think that if you have longer arms you somehow have an advantage).
Anyone who's spent anytime in the "ring" (or on the mat, etc) should know that there is no guaranteed outcome of any fight and the risk of injury is very real to both sides.
A weapon can help provide distance from your opponent, and relative safety, unless they also have a weapon capable of covering said distance.
You are correct about regular practice. I am not able to train as often as I used to, but I still think I can hold my own, but I also know from experience that I'd rather not fight as much as possible. I think that is one important thing one can learn from martial arts (that includes real, contact sparring… not point fighting or stopping short), the humility that you are not invincible.
I also do somewhat agree about the over reliance on weapons, but if the opponent is armed, your best option is to also be armed.

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Nobody April 21, 2012 at 7:57 am

A cane with a sword inside is a concealed deadly weapon. Carrying it will result in your being arrested, should you try to board a plane or use it in public. I would highly advise against it, but it's your call… check your local, state, and federal laws to be sure.

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Nobody April 21, 2012 at 7:59 am

Push knives often fit the definition of prohibited weapons, check your local and state laws before carrying one.

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Nobody April 21, 2012 at 8:14 am

"I've heard also of teachers using real knives just to get the students to take the training seriously."

Any teacher who uses real knives to train students is guilty of blatant negligence. Should students also use real guns with live ammunition for disarming training, so they will take training more seriously?

If the instruction is good, and the student is not "serious" about training, then the problem is the student, not the tools.

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Realist October 26, 2012 at 9:38 pm

You are so full of shit. You know it. Please don't BS stories and make people think you can take 4 guys with bats and knuckle dusters. Honestly….what a joke.

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Mike May 16, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Defiantly believe people who don't have time to learn self defense should take the time to learn to use a simple self defense tool that will only increase their safety. Having a small canister of pepper spray attached to your key chain can surely come in handy during difficult situations.

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amanda glen June 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Im wondering if pepper spray is legal in GLASGOW SCOTLAND?

AM I ABLE TO BUY IT EVEN THOUGH I STAY IN GLASGOW,SCOTLAND

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Guest September 28, 2013 at 7:06 pm

My folks were from Scotland, I'm pretty sure your best bet is "leave with a quickness"
Last I heard yall can't even have locking blade folding knives, it's BS. Clearly, they want you dead in the UK.

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przyjęcia dla dzieci July 26, 2013 at 4:15 am

Very interesting information especially those relating Kubota, I never before heard about it and now I'm interested in buying it. Thank you.

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jess August 13, 2013 at 5:22 am

I'd hardly say a monkey ball or knife should be part of the "every day carry" … but none the less.. interesting article.

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Guest September 28, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Yea, my wife is all about wanting one of these monkey things and I'm like, "Who put this idea in your head?!" but it took her so long to come around to buying her first handgun that I'm afraid to talk her out of it…

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Guest September 28, 2013 at 6:59 pm

* like, it might put her off daily CCW or something, I mean.

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Barnabas August 27, 2013 at 3:29 am

These are the basics of the self defense that every women should atleat know about, I help her to protect from bad people specially while she wondering in markets and face some problems.

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throwingknivesguide September 20, 2013 at 4:13 am

Nice post. Definitely also consider the list as my own list .

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Guest September 28, 2013 at 6:47 pm

I can appreciate the fact that the author is trying to engage the female contingent here and make the concept of self-defense less threatening by emasculating the subject matter and sometimes there's a need for that; if it takes pink guns to bring women into the fold then that's a sacrifice we should all be willing to make. However, my wife's approach to this sort of thing works incredibly well, too…

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Guest September 28, 2013 at 6:48 pm

"Look b*tch, you're not gonna get mugged or assaulted or raped while your husband is standing right there. It's gonna happen when your alone in the dark, heading back to your car after a visit to mother's nursing home or when you run back up to 16th floor for your purse, or when you're the last one to lock-up the shop. It's gonna happen and you're gonna need to be armed because these b*stards aren't gonna give you the chance to run. They're gonna hide in the shadows and wait 'in ambush' you know what that means, honey? It means your screwed unless you brought something to a fight you weren't anticipating in the first place to give yourself a leg-up before they can get your legs open! Oh what, knives aren't cute? Guns aren't convenient? Pull your pants off, I'll take you myself right here and now!"

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Gta5freeman October 3, 2013 at 11:04 am

i was really enjoy reading this

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Draadvonken October 23, 2013 at 1:38 am

Having these weapons with you is one thing, use them correctly is another.

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Guest November 1, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Dave H.

What's your opinion on civilians carrying telescopic batons in states that allow it? Most cops who noticed whenever I used to carry one were surprisingly supportive of the choice, but occasionally they started trouble.

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Guest November 1, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Monkey Paws again, huh? What's the deal with these, honestly? They look like a lawsuit just waiting to happen, but the wife really wants one and I'm always sensitive to any sort of self defense "thingy" she finally takes a shine to, but it's always some niche product that's so d*mn obscure like a derringer or a butterfly knife.

Can ANYONE vouch for these monkey paws in a practical sense???

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Guest November 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm

…anyone?!

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” Dolphins1925 said. of course, I ought to add that, I made it absolutely clear to him that we had no role in making the decision about Megrahi’s future. feted by Colonel Gaddafi’s brutal regime.the Treasury Secretary asks for more info from the FSA.” And glances at his zipper. and understand that there is for a vote on the EU.They therefore play it long assuring us of their commitment in principle to a plebiscite but warning us Humphrey-like that now is not the most propitious moment Reluctant to allow the possibility of Britain voting to secede they keep deferring the decision hoping that something will turn upMany Euro-enthusiasts now think they have identified that something: the new treaty being demanded by Angela Merkel intended to intensify the political integration of the euro zone Such a treaty would automatically trigger a referendum under the legislation adopted by the Coalition so supporters of EU membership want to make a virtue of necessity and treat that referendum as a surrogate for the vote on membership that the country demandsTheir plan reveals a contemptuous view of the British electorate So the ignorant rubes want a vote on Europe eh Fine: we’ll allow them one on this new treaty Let them vote against it: it’ll give them a chance to let off steam We’ll still be full members of the EU nothing will change but we’ll have had the chance to make a big noise about saying No to federalismIt won’t work chaps Really it won’t Presenting people with a Yes-Yes referendum (‘Do you want to stay in the EU on the existing terms or on Mrs Merkel’s new terms’) is worse than no referendum at all Rather like Labour’s 75p pension increase it will serve only to rub voters’ noses in their powerlessnessFor that reason I don’t think it’ll happen My guess is that the PM is inclined towards the option by this blog last year: a renegotiation followed by an In/Out voteAt this stage several of my regular readers will froth and rage and tell me that David Cameron can’t be trusted Well if you’re right it’ll be clear well before the next election and you’ll be free to vote for someone else But just for the sake of argument let’s entertain the possibility of a 1974-style ‘better terms or get out’ Conservative policyOn that occasion of course Harold Wilson’s renegotiation turned out to be wholly optical It addressed none of our underlying problems with the EU but in a masterpiece of spin it was used to shift public opinion Could a similar thing happen today Could the EU give assurances which would be treated as gospel by the BBC only to snatch them away once the votes were countedI think we all know the answer Which is why it’s important to be clear before the event about what would constitute a successful renegotiation Here is my own non-exhaustive list of criteria1 Would Britain have pulled out of all common initiatives in the field of justice and home affairs (An especially easy one this as a formalised opt-out mechanism will come into force next year)2 Would we have sovereign control over our own fishing grounds out to 200 miles or the median line as allowed under maritime law3 Would we be independently represented in third countries having withdrawn from the European External Action Service4 Would we be free unilaterally to repeal EU social and employment legislation5 Would we be able to negotiate independent free trade accords with non-EU states without the constraints of the Common External Tariff6 Would we be outside the Common Agricultural Policy7 Would we lose our Eurocrats and MEPs – or at the very least have them in some form of part-time role where they couldn’t vote on the issues where Britain had recovered its autonomy (and with commensurately reduced salaries)8 Would financial services be beyond the scope of EU jurisdiction9 Would we be outside the various regional schemes social and cohesion funds and other boondoggles And would our budget contributions fall to reflect our reduced participation10 In the event of a dispute will our own Parliament rather than the European Court of Justice have ultimate power to decide whether any given proposal is within the EU’s competenceNo doubt every reader will have his or her own items to add to the list If pushed I’d say that the two most important are numbers 5 () and 10 ()What matters most though is being absolutely clear in advance about what we want If we have no bottom line – no point at which we would walk out rather than sign – the renegotiation will have failed before it beginsIt’s easy enough to see why. he exploded when the Commons Speaker confronted him over an alleged breach of the courtesies of the House.

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Roger March 18, 2014 at 1:13 pm

I always carry (in a waist pouch and a sheath) the following tools: folding knife, pruning shears (scissors), pliers/multi-tool, 6 inch LED flashlight (long battery life and quite bright), and a blast match! All of these can be used as weapons without (except for the knife) being an obvious weapon! Carrying an obvious weapon (or concealed one) like a monkey's paw may leave you open to lawsuit after an incident. Since pepper spray can be used as an offensive weapon against you, I think carrying a seemingly harmless item like a handkerchief in your hand is a good idea. The first thing most people will do when something is being directed toward their face (like pepper spray) is throw their hands up to protect their face, instinctively. A cloth (or even napkin), will be seemingly quite normal to be carried in your hand, held in your left hand (keys or purse, etc. in your right hand) will catch and absorb part of the spray. Then if your foe is still at least out of arms reach, throw the now-soaked cloth or paper at their face, even if it doesn't strike the intended target with the intended reaction, it will still be a distraction for your foe giving you more time to react! If your foe has come within arm's reach while spraying at your face, then shove the soaked cloth in his/her face! If you must fight, especially against multiple attackers, then attack like your life in is extreme danger (all bets are off) since it might well be! Another seemingly non-weapon that can be carried in your left hand are small salt and pepper packets (like take-out restaurants give out), they're not weapons, they're condiments. If needed, use your left thumb to tear the paper packets and throw them at your foe's face or pre-open the ends of the packets and carry in a small container or premixed in a small thin plastic bag. Even if your foe has already closed the distance between you, the mixture can be throw/pushed into your foe's face. Salt burns the eyes and pepper burns the eyes and makes your foe sneeze; then a kick to the crouch and you should be able to escape or scream for help or both! Good Luck!

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