Kubotan is a small self defense weapon that usually comes in the form of a keychain. Some people feel tempted to choose one that looks just nice or that they feel most aggressive based on only the shape.
The main idea is that kubotan is a self defense weapon before all and there must be some considerations for its features if you want to pick one that doesn’t fail you in a real life attack.
So, for a kubotan keychain to be effective for self defense, we think it needs to have the following characteristics:
Material and Length considerations:
Kubotan is used for striking and other compliance techniques and in order for it to be effective in such situations, it needs to have some weight and it needs to be solid enough, so it doesn’t break under the pressure.
The weight is important for striking strength and power. This is even more important for fist loading techniques. But the weight becomes an issue as the keychain needs to be carried on a daily basis. So, you just need to find the balance here, by choosing something that is heavy enough to aid you in the striking techniques without causing you much discomfort as you carry it around. In other words, you can prioritize according to your own situation.
The second requirement is length. Make sure your kubotan has a minimum length of 5.5 inches. Actually most of the kubotans available in the market will comply with this requirement as they follow the official design. As a rule of thumb, when you close your fist around your kubotan from the middle, there need to be around an inch showing up from each site.
Another consideration in terms of design, is that the kubotan needs to be non-slippery. It needs to be grooved to improve your grip over the weapon so you don’t lose it when you hands get sweat.
The kubotan will be an everyday carry, for that it’s important that it provides some factors that supports this regard.
One of these is to be easily concealed, for a kubotan to be highly concealable, it’s better that it has a keyring attached to it. This will convert it into a normal everyday keychain and make it look non-threatening for other people and this will justify that you carry it with you everywhere without getting into legal troubles in most of the cases.
Another factor to consider, is the color of the kubotan. The less shiny and reflective your kubotan is the better for concealment purposes. The bright and shiny colors can easily bring attention to your kubotan, which is something we want to avoid for our purpose.
Lastly, you pocket stick needs to look non-threatening or non-dangerous by all means. The power of the kubotan lies in the simplicity of the techniques and the skill behind delivering those techniques. It’s not really how dangerous or aggressive your weapon is.
Flat Ended design:
Kubotan is an impact weapon before all, it’s used for striking, restriction and compliance. It’s not meant to be used lethally for slashing or puncturing in the first place. The main targets of the kubotan is boney targets, soft tissues and nerve pressure points. So, the design of the kubotan needs to support its main function and techniques. For that we advise against using a kubotan with a pointed tip. The original techniques of the kubotan were designed for a flat end
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