The Unbreakable Umbrella
We have written in the past (see the November and December 2006 issues of ÆGIS) of the virtues of a cane for self-defense. While the cane is an appropriate emergency safety tool for people of a certain age, it is unlikely that many under 50 will choose to carry a cane.
We recently became aware of another option: The Unbreakable Umbrella, which we obtained from Thomas Kurtz of Real Self Defense. While not cheap at $179.95 for either the crooked or straight version, it is certainly not the most expensive umbrella we have seen on the market.
The umbrella weighs less than two pounds, and is as strong as they claim. Besides being an excellent impact weapon, it is also an excellent umbrella. Ours, by chance, arrived on a day when there was a strong wind advisory and we were not able to make it turn inside out in spite of our best efforts.
If you need to carry an impact weapon, but are not in a position to carry either a baton or a cane, we strongly recommend the Unbreakable Umbrella. If you are merely looking for one of the best umbrellas available, we strongly recommend the Unbreakable Umbrella.