A Kubotan Keychain is an easily accessible, extremely durable and highly effective
self defense tool. It can be used for stabilizing your fist, applying pressure
to sensitive parts of an assailant's body, or gaining leverage on an assailant's
wrist or fingers.
These Kubotans are made of aluminum and come in four different colors and
have either tapered or flat tips.
The grooves on the Kubotan are for added grip and there is a key ring on
one end to hold your keys. The Kubotan keychain is 5 1/2 inches long and approximately
1/2 inch in diameter and comes with either a round tapered or flat tip. They are
made of aluminum so that they are strong, light and easy to carry. Common
methods of use include striking, swinging and joint pressure techniques such as
finger and wrist locks. It is considered by police officers, who have had the opportunity
to use them, to be extremely effective in controlling unruly suspects. Because of
this the Kubotan has been dubbed the Instrument of Attitude Adjustment.
Popularity of the Kubotan began in the 1970s when the LAPD began instructing
police officers in its applications. Because of the benefits of this stick's many
uses, it was originally intended to be an easy to carry yet effective replacement
for the awkward to carry night stick. The Kubotan keychain was later developed
so that it would be available to anyone who needed a small, light, durable, easy
to carry and readily available item to assist in self defense. The keychain design
also gives it the added benifit of being used with a swinging motion.
Pocket stick is the term used to classify rod shaped hand weapons like the Kubotan.
And even though they are marketed as Kubotans, they aren't really and are classified
under the generic name Self-Defense Keychain Sticks. The simple design makes it
difficult for the laws to classify Kubotans as weapons, it's just a key ring ornament
that has this particular design. Popularity of the Kubotan keychain has doubled in
the last five years and it has earned a reputation for it's versatility
and as a self defense tool that is legal to own and carry in all 50 states.