This next less lethal alternative is a classic street fighting and personal defense tool, the brass knuckles. While brass knuckles can be lethal depending on where you strike an attacker (head shots can often lead to death or permanent serious injury), but they can also be used to simply incapacitate an attacker so that you can escape a bad situation. These are a classic because they have existed for hundreds of years in one form or another; made from steel, iron, brass, aluminum, plastic and even wood. The body guards of Abraham Lincoln used to carry brass knuckles and soldiers during WWI carried trench knives with brass knuckles. Brass knuckles work by focusing the striking and punching power of the user into a harder and smaller contact area which often will cause the fracturing of bones upon impact. The classic design incorporates four solid brass rings that are welded together and will loosely fit around the user’s fingers while making a fist. There are various new designs that have come out in recent years that may only cover one or two fingers. While brass knuckles are freely sold in many states there is conflicting information regarding the legality of carrying them in various states.
” In the United States, brass knuckles are not significantly regulated at the federal level, but various state, county and city laws prohibit their purchase and/or possession. Some state laws require purchasers to be 18 or older. Most states have statutes regulating the carrying of weapons, and many specifically prohibit brass knuckles or “metal knuckles.” Where they are legal, brass knuckles can normally be purchased online or at flea markets, swap meets, and at some sword and weapon shops. Some companies manufacture belt buckles or novelty paper weights that function as brass knuckles and are sold “for entertainment purposes only,” a dubious legal standing. ” Source- Wikipedia.org
International laws regarding carry of brass knuckles,
“In Canada, brass knuckles, also referred to as “brass monkeys”, or any similar devices, are listed as prohibited weapons; possession of such weapon is a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. Similar legislation has been instituted in Russia and Australia.
In France, America, and in Italy, brass knuckles are legal, and freely sold to people of legal age (over 18 years old), but carrying them is forbidden. The French term is “poing américain”, which literally means “American fist”.
In Sweden, brass knuckles are legal to purchase and own (for people over 21 years old), but are not legal to sell or carry in public. The carrying of brass knuckles carry the same penalty as carrying a knife, and falls under the same law. They are called “knogjärn”, literally “knuckle iron”.
In Brazil, brass knuckles are legal and freely sold. They are called “Soco Inglês,” which means “English Punch.”
In Russia, brass knuckles are illegal according to Federal Law “On Weapons”. They are called “кастет”, from French “casse-tête”, which means “head-breaker”.
Brass knuckles are illegal in the United Kingdom, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Croatia, Germany, Belgium, Bosnia and the Netherlands, carrying significant jail sentences and fines for possession of a dangerous weapon.” Source- Wikipedia.org
This classic self-defense tool can be found on many American retail sites and some times sold as “belt buckles” or “paper weights”. Make sure to check your local laws prior to purchase and carrying of this classic self-defense tool.
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