A Kubotan is a close-quarter self-defense weapon. The principal areas for attacks in self-defense include bony, fleshy and nerve targets such as knuckles, forearms, bridge of the nose, shins, stomach, solar plexus, spine, temple, ribs, groin, neck, eyes etc. The Kubotan is usually held in either an icepick grip (for hammerfist strikes) or forward grip (for stabbing and pressure point attacks). Common uses include hardening the fist (fistload) for punching, attacking vulnerable parts of an assailant’s body, and gaining leverage on an assailant’s wrist, fingers and joints. With keys attached, it can also function as a flailing weapon. As a pressure point and pain compliance weapon it can attack any point a finger can, but with greater penetration because of the smaller surface area at the ends. For example, a law enforcement officer may wrap his arm around the suspect’s neck while simultaneously digging the end of the Kubotan into the small of his back. The officer may also reach around the suspect’s neck and underarm from behind and cause pain by digging the end of the Kubotan into the top of his pectoral muscle. One typical pain compliance technique is a wrist “gasket” lock in which the attacker’s wrist is captured and sealed around with both hands and the body of the Kubotan laid across the radial bone. Downward squeezing pressure is then applied to the bone to take down the opponent. Its techniques are greatly linked to ‘empty handed’ martial arts techniques.
These are 5.5″ long, 1/2″ in diameter, and have two 1″ knurling sections. These are solid titanium. These can be modified with grooves which I fill with commercial grade glow powder / epoxy mix.
Dimensions: 5.5″ x 1/2″
Weight: 2.81 oz.
Price: $50 plain finish, +$20 for anodized, polished, sandblasted, or stone washed finish or +$30 for a combination of any two, +$10 for glow ring, +$5 for lanyard.
TITANIUM FIRE PISTONS
The beauty behind the fire piston concept is its absolute simplicity in design and, ultimately with practice, the simplicity of its functionality. An idea that is literally centuries old, the fire piston is a marvel of compression and combustion that creates fire without flint or matches. Once one gets used to the technique, the fire piston becomes fun to use and is practical as well.
A fire piston is used to make fire. It works the same way a diesel engine does. Air is compressed in the tube to a point where the air gets hot enough to ignite a piece of tinder that’s placed inside the rod. It is a very reliable fire starting method in that it can get wet and still work and it has no moving parts that can break or fail. The only replaceable part in these is the o-ring.
My Titanium Fire Pistons come with extra o-rings, char cloth, a piece of chaga mushroom, a piece of fat wood, and a length of jute cord. I only recommend using natural materials like char cloth or chaga mushroom as fuel.
Piston Body: 85 mm x 15 mm (3 mm thick walls)
Piston Rod: 97 mm x 8 mm (solid Titanium)
Weight: 4.5 oz.
Price: $125 plain finish, +$20 for anodized, polished, sandblasted, or stone washed finish or +$30 for a combination of any two, +$10 for glow rings.