What Is This Silly Looking Device?

It is one of the least known types of nonlethal self-defense baton weapons available-a Kuboton.

According to Wikipedia, a Kubotan self-defense keychain is a “close-quarter self-defense weapon developed by Takayuki Kubota. It is typically no more than 6 inches long and about half an inch in diameter, slightly thicker or the same size as a marker pen.” It usually has a key ring for convenience and concealment. “It appears as an innocuous key fob to the untrained eye. However, it may be considered an offensive weapon in some jurisdictions.”

Mr. Kubota developed this tool for police officers to restrain suspects without causing permanent injury. It is able to cause temporary paralysis and extreme pain. The popularity of the tool grew enormously after he brought the weapon to the attention of the LAPD. He began training women officers in its application which can be very effective in “breaking the will of unruly suspects with pressure point strikes and painful locks.” It has been called the “instrument of attitude adjustment” or “the persuader.”

Generic self-defense keychain sticks are also known as SDKS for short or pocket sticks.

It is usually made out of high impact plastic such as Lexan, or in some cases aerospace aluminum or even reinforced steel. Generally speaking, the body is lined with six round grooves for an enhanced grip with a screw eye on one end to attach keys. Some models are filled with pepper spray adding to the utility of the Kubotan. ASP brand and Mace brand are two manufacturers that make pepper spray batons. The models come with either a pointed or flat tip and are usually available in an assortment of colors.

It can be used as a striking weapon or pressure point weapon usually held as an ice pick for hammer fist strikes or forward grip for pressure point strikes. In the hands of somebody who has been trained in its proper use, this simple innocent looking device can be absolutely devastating.

For most untrained users, the simplest and most effective use is as a stabbing device.

For more advanced trained users it is commonly used for punching with hardening of the fist, attacking sensitive parts of an assailant’s body and gaining leverage on an assailant’s wrist, fingers and joints. When you attach keys to it and hold onto the keys it can be used as a flailing striking weapon.

As a pressure point or pain compliance weapon, it can attack any point that a finger can but with greater penetration because of the smaller surface area at the end which again can either be pointed or flat. A good example of this is a law enforcement officer with his arm wrapped around a suspect’s neck, he can dig the end of the Kuboton into the small of the bad guys back causing him considerable pain.

In the United States, at this time, there are very few if any legal restrictions on Kubotans mostly because such laws would be necessarily ambiguous because any rod shaped item can be used in this fashion. The only notable exception is that the TSA has them on their list of prohibited items to carry-on for an aircraft.

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