Lately, I've been thinking about the good-old kubotan! You remember - Tak Kubota's modern remake of the ancient Japanese yawara stick. I've loved this as a self-defense weapon for years, though anything like this has plusses and minusses.
A while back, Dojo Rat suggested an unsharpened carpenter's pencil as an option instead of a kubotan because of the un-likelihood of it being recognized as a weapon. I like that idea but the carpenter's pencil does not have as good a feel in the hand as I'd like. Recently I thought, "Boy, I wish I could get an un-breakable Sharpie marker - that would be the perfect size for a kubotan, plus you could always keep it in the same orientation and location in your pocket (like a clip-on knife), making it faster and easier to access. Well, voila! Check out the "Sharkie."
Anyone interested in buying one of these (super-cheap and reliable-looking) pens, playing with it and posting a review here to let me what you think?
Alternately, if you want to splurge, you might like the Sharpie brand name marker in stainless steel. If so, let me know what you think.
Patrick Parker, is a Christian, husband, father, judo and aikido teacher, Program Director for a Cardiac Rehab, and a Ph.D. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 601.248.7282
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