most people would agree that the majority of spontaneous
attacks are going to require you to defend yourself
open handed, at least initially, I would like to add
that you should not over look using whatever you happen
to have in your hand to enhance your counter attack.
You don't have to stick with the tool in your
hand if you are carrying something else but it may just
get you to the first down and allow you to upgrade to
a knife or pistol if the situation requires.
I have always recommended carrying a decent pen in your
hand your hand during the day and flashlight at night.
For me the problem with a pen has always been that when
carried in positions where they are readily accessible
can ruin a lot of clothes when they leak.
Our uniform shirts are gray and I have lost several
over the years to the ink monster. That is one thing
but losing a good dress shirt or pair of trousers is
Innovations has just introduced the Stylus.
It is a in the shape of a pen and made out of the same
polymer as their Kubatons
and the Jaw Jacker.
The fact that everyone these days seems to carry a Blackberry
or another PDA makes this thing a necessity that attracts
no undue attention.
At first look it appears to be just a pen. As a matter
of fact I have seen several people pick one up and try
to twist it to make the pen come out.
Don't get me wrong I love Kubatons
but the majority of the world knows exactly what they
are. The other problem is that I personally don't
like to carry my keys on one since it lends itself to
the tool itself being stuck in the waistband or at the
bottom of a purse.
Since receiving my AI Stylus
I have made a habit of carrying it in my strong side
front pocket as pictured. If I draw it by putting my
thumb behind it I get a hammer grip. If my thumb goes
in front of it I get the Saber grip which goes right
into my favorite grip the lobster claw.
When it comes to hands I am a germaphobe,
I have gotten into the habit of drawing my Stylus
as soon as I get out of my car and using it to hook
doors to open them, use the ATM and even keep it in
my hand when doing business with money in my hand. This
common use builds neuropath ways that you are not going
to be able to achieve with your knife or gun in this
fashion. If you stop at 7-11 and walk in with your knife
or gun in your hand there are going to be some problems.
The concentration of force on a small surface area of
the AI Stylus
is massive and hurtful. As soon as I got mine I gave
myself a good shot to the back of my hand from about
an inch away. It gave me an electrical shock, hurt like
hell and made my whole arm go numb.
Recently while teaching a class that included pocket
stick / flashlight I took the smallest female in the
class and told her that I was going to put her in a
very tight rear bear hug and that I wanted her to use
on the back of my hand and I was going to try not to
let go. She did, and made fun of the noise I made when
I let her go like I hade been electrocuted.
The AI Stylus
should have a place in everyone's personal protection
program. And it should be right after mindset and awareness.
Something effective in the hand that does not require
strength to be effective. It may very well give you
just enough room to get a way or create time and space
to employ a more appropriate tool.
Below are pictures of another carry postion in the shirt,
is easily deployed from the startle response.
Out of everything that Alpha
Innovations makes the Stylus
is the one tool that is a no brainer for anyone no matter
his or her environment or skill level.