The “Paper-Weight”

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-

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-

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.

Related Video: Technique for Brass Knuckle Punching

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Credit Cards Knives

Today we will cover a few different variations of the credit card knife both fixed and folding blades. First on the cutting board is the SOG AC77 Access Card 2.0 a folding blade knife is made of VG10 steel with an attractive tactical black finish, this premium Japanese steel is specially designed for high-quality blades used in cutlery and known for its durability and maintaining a hardness of Rc 60 without becoming brittle. The blade length measures 2.75 inches and when closed the SOG AC77 Access Card 2.0 measures 3.45 inches. The item comes with the SOG limited lifetime warranty and makes for a great concealable self defense option. Next on the list is the Boker Plus Credit Card Knife which is also of the folding blade variety and like the SOG AC77 Access Card 2.0 gets an average consumer rating of 4.5 stars. The knife is made from 440C stainless steel with an inner titanium liner, the closed length measures 2 3/4 inches and the blade adds 2 1/4 inches. The item weighs 1.1 oz and is even small enough to fit into the credit card slot of most wallets. Last but not least we have the Gerber GDC Money Clip which unlike the first two blades reviewed is a fixed blade knife. This blade is made out of titanium nitride coated steel body and measures 1.75 inches. The closed length is 3.6 inches and weighs 2.9 oz. The money clip can hold up to five credit cards and will easily fit in your pocket, purse, or jacket. The blade sits securely in its place until needed and is easily deployed via a thumb button safety. The Gerber GDC Money Clip blade comes with a lifetime warranty. All three blades are ideal for light, compact, and concealable self defense options.

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Cold Steel Baseball Bats

Cold Steel is a company known for making some of the toughest cutlery and knives in the world. So it only makes sense that they also make the world’s most indestructible bats for home defense. These bats aren’t made of wood or aluminum, they are made from polypropylene and can be used as a sporting goods item or defensive weapon. These bats range from 20 to 29 inches in length. You can literally drive a truck over these bats and abuse them in the most vicious ways possible and they will still hold their form and perform as needed. Cold Steel has made three variants the Brooklyn Crusher, Big Tire Boss, and Big Boat Bat.

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G-JMD EDC Self Defense Spike

Our next item is quite a multi-purpose utility and self-defense tool; the G-JMD EDC Self Defense Spike. This item is designed to be held single-handed and provide a hard and sharp striking edge similar to that of a flat head screw driver combined with a fist pack. The weight is 36g, its length from tip to end measures 90mm,  and is made of stainless steel. It provides additional uses as an interior angle wrench, bottle opener, and screwdriver. The G-JMD EDC Self Defense Spike is a self-defense weapon disguised as a multi-tool.

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CRMIPT Fighting Tool

Crmipt is a true self-defense less lethal knife designed for professional as well as civilian carry, ideally suited for concealed carry in those states and cities with strict carry laws. This tool can deliver effective striking and pressure point manipulation in self-defense scenarios and should not cause any problems in terms of the law as it has a dull folding blade. Designed by martial artist Bram Frank to be the next generation’s alternative to the traditional Yawara and Kubaton. The Crmipt comes in two sizes the standard which carries a blade of 2.75 inches and the Magnum which comes 3.75 inch blade. The Crmipt can also be classified as an emergency tool as it has a glass breaker and a seatbelt cutter.

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Our next less lethal item comes to us by way of Solingen Germany and produced by a high-end cutlery company called Böker. Böker traces its origin to the 17th century as a tool maker in Germany graduating to swords and blades by the 1800’s. The Böker Plus Waves MFS Titan is a tactical striking tool also known as a Kubaton or Yawara stick. The Böker Plus Waves MFS Titan is made from titanium so it only weighs 5.5oz and it measures six inches in length. This tool can be used for defensive striking as well as pressure point manipulation that will cause an attacker to cease any unwanted further action.


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Zombie Hunter Keychain F.O.B.

The next item in Less Lethal Alternatives write up is a small and concealable personal protection tool made by Z-Hunter. This item is a bit of a novelty for people who are into the whole zombie theme, but it serves as a great last ditch defense tool and sports two sharp blades that can get an attacker off of you in a pinch. The Zombie Hunter Keychain FOB is made of stainless steel and measures 3.5″X3.25″ overall with a 3MM thickness. It comes with a lanyard and nylon carrying pouch so that you can safely carry it in your pocket or purse. There are also two holes for the user to place his or her fingers through for a firm grip on the tool in a defense scenario.

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GOTCHA Self Defense Cap

Here is yet another item that has been seeing a lot of chatter across the internet lately, a less than lethal self-defense device that hides in plain sight. The Gotcha Self Defense Cap is the brain child of product developer Dov Ganchrow and 9th Dan Israeli martial arts expert Yaron Hanover. Yaron Hanover specializes in krav maga, jujitsu, MMA, and other self-defense hand-to-hand combat techniques. He has also developed a company called Hanover Toolbox Co that specializes in self-defense tools. The Gotcha Self Defense Cap is a tool made to increase your self-defense capabilities via strikes and pressure point control. The device can be deployed in an instance from a natural self-defense pose that leaves hands close to the face for protection and blocking of incoming attacks; while hands are raised in this natural defensive position it allows for a quick surprise deployment of the Gotcha. The Gotcha is secured underneath the cap and made of reinforced durable polymer composite so that it will hold up in a fight. The Gotcha cap comes in many colors to accommodate individual user’s preference and only weighs 112gr.