Guns and knives are, in many ways, the best self-defense tools.
However - as police academies across the United States teach - a bad guy with a knife can charge and kill a good guy armed with a handgun if they're 21 feet apart or less.
In other words, before you have time to draw aim and fire your gun, you may get fatally stabbed.
In addition, if you live in New York, California or another state which makes it hard to carry concealed guns and knives - or you work in the financial services, legal or other professional setting where weapons are frowned upon - you might not be able to carry a gun or knife with you during your normal work day. (And many people don't understand the Second Amendment).
In my state, for example, it's illegal to carry switchblades or even assisted-opening knives. And none of the manual "one-handed opening knives" I've tried work as advertised.
Any weapon which you don't already have in your hands may be limited in its real-world usefulness. And you obviously can't walk around brandishing your gun and knife for no good reason.
What to do?
Find an every day object which is legal anywhere in the world, in any city or state, in any work environment ... and which you can hold in your hands at all times. The best self-defense weapon is one (1) you can carry with you anywhere and (2) which is an innocuous, every day item.
Self-defense expert Thomas Kurz - a judo instructor, trained in boxing and Kyokushin karate, who knows how to kill a man with an everyday pencil or pen - has designed a weapon you can carry anywhere, and which will keep you dry when it rains: the Unbreakable Umbrella.
Several top martial artists - such as stick-fighting expert Marc "Crafty Dog" Denny - have endorsed the Unbreakable Umbrella.
Because a picture is worth a thousand words, you've got to see the videos below to get why this is such a good self-defense weapon ...
But first let me briefly describe my experience with the Unbreakable Umbrella.
Normal umbrellas break in a strong wind or after accidentally hitting something. I've gone through scores of umbrellas over the years, and it's frustrating.
But I hit my heavy punching bag as hard as I could with the (1) tip, (2) handle and (3) side of the Unbreakable Umbrella, and it did absolutely no damage to the umbrella.
These videos show how strong this umbrella is, and how anyone can use it for defense ... without any training:
These videos show advanced applications of a weaponized umbrella:
Indeed - with training - the umbrella can successfully defend against knife attacks (which are notoriously hard to defend):
The umbrella is actually a fairly well-known gentleman's self-defense system. If you think about it, you might remember seeing it on tv and in movies ... for example Sherlock Holmes or The Avengers:
Women can use it as well:
The Premium Unbreakable Umbrella is a BIFL (buy it for life) item, which comes with a lifetime warranty. Buy one, and you'll never have to buy another umbrella (you may have to replace the fabric if you get in a fight, but the rest of the umbrella will still be solid, reliable and undamaged. Kurz sells replacement fabric kits).
The Telescopic Unbreakable Umbrella is small enough to fit in laptop cases or bags, briefcases, daypacks, book bags, etc. (You can also stuff it in a pocket, although it's a little bulky for that.) With the flick-of-the-wrist telescoping action Kurz demonstrate in his videos, this could be ideal to surprise would-be attackers with the extra reach. Specifically, an attacker might think that they are out of your reach ... but with a quick telescopic opening, you could reach them.
While not cheap, having a weapon that is indestructible - so that you know you can actually use to defend your life - is invaluable. The Unbreakable Umbrella is undoubtedly the best self-defense umbrella in the world ... as well as a fantastic way to keep the rain off you, even in the strongest winds.
Note: I haven’t received a cent for writing this review. Kurz simply provided me review copies of the Premium and Telescopic Unbreakable Umbrellas.