Kubotan, Survival Card, and a Knife: Everyday Carry Pocket Dump of the Day

This pocket dump comes to us from Juan Robles who listed his location as Puerto Rico. The holstered item is actually a Mace Strobe Light Pepper Spray Gun. What I find interesting is the Readyman Hostage Escape Survival Card although the kubotan is a close second.

Anyone here carry a kubotan or pepper spray?



  1. avatar Jim B says:

    I wouldn’t bother carrying a ridiculous kubotan. Years ago I had a class where they demonstrated them. It didn’t work on me at all. Not a bit. The instructor said it doesn’t work on some people. Well there were 20 people in the class and it didn’t work on another person. i would call that pretty bad odds. Worthless really. 10% failure rate if you can even deploy it which isn’t that easy. You can have it.

    1. avatar Just Sayin says:

      Wow. What was the background of the trainer?
      I have bought one for each child of mine (all adults) and trained them on it’s use.
      (And yes, trained in firearms also; but you can’t carry on university property here.)
      You need to think Krav Maga, dog-eat-dog, etc.
      Think John Wick, or The Joker (Heath Ledger) and a pencil.
      THAT is how to use a kubotan.
      Hell, I’ve bought/carried a pair of drumsticks when outa town on business in a crap area in a commie state and couldn’t CC. (Get the tiny arrow tip wood heads, like a J6 or B11.)
      Then brought them home via TSA/airlines and put them in rotation w/ my other drum gear.

      Whatcha think a drum stick shoved behind/through the larynx would feel like?
      You need to build a new paradigm. And a new instructor.

      1. avatar Jim B says:

        It was nothing to do with the trainer. The thing doesn’t work on some people. On most people there it worked and they buckled over in pain. Not on me. I thought maybe there was something wrong with me until another guy was immune to it too. It is BS.

        1. avatar Cloudbuster says:

          Sounds like the instructor was trying to do some fancy “pressure point” BS. I am not surprised it didn’t work.

          Think of it instead as what it is at its most basic: a hard metal object that allows you to concentrate the entire force of your punch on a very small point, and which allows you to punch as hard as you possibly can without breaking your hand. Similar to brass knuckles.

          You can do some serious damage, but there’s little finesse to it. It’s not going to “work” in any sense as some silly pressure point capitulation tool.

          Take one and learn to slam it into a board as hard as you can. Then apply the same to particularly vulnerable parts of the human anatomy.

          It’s kind be of a poor substitute for a real weapon, but it’s better than bare hands.

        2. avatar Jim B says:

          @ Cloudbuster Well then a knife would be better with the use you describe. Why have that stupid little stick? It was meant as a control device and works for maybe 90% of people. It’s the 10% that I would worry about. It is useless as far as I’m concerned but go ahead and carry one. The odds are you will never use it anyway and you can feel good about carrying it.

        3. avatar Cloudbuster says:

          @ Cloudbuster Well then a knife would be better with the use you describe. Why have that stupid little stick?

          Oh, I agree. I don’t carry one. But there are places where they may be all you can get away with. I don’t much go to those places anymore.

        4. avatar Cloudbuster says:

          Oh, also to add: “It was meant as a control device and works for maybe 90% of people. It’s the 10% that I would worry about. It is useless as far as I’m concerned but go ahead and carry one.”

          What I would suggest, also, is that the 10% that it doesn’t work against are likely to be highly over-represented in the sort of people who would perpetrate criminal violence against you. Great, so it works against soccer moms, accountants, Sierra Club members and vegans. The kind of person it probably doesn’t work against is Jamal who committed five violent felonies before he was 18. He’s been in fights since he was five years old and is used to pain.

          That’s why I say it’s only good as something to punch hard with. And, yes, a knife is better.

    2. avatar B.D. says:

      I agree. Bullets are pretty Universal. they tend to work on everybody.

  2. avatar el Possum Guapo Standartenfuher " they think we're making pizza's Oberst von Burn says:

    No gun no problem. Thank goodness he has a pocket watch complete with straps for attaching to your wrist.

  3. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    Dump the dump,return the Daily Digest.

    1. avatar el Possum Guapo ect. says:

      Boycott the Dump? I like the Dump.

    2. avatar B.D. says:

      Dude. Get over it. Go back to Facebook. Nobody’s forcing you to look at this shit or comment about it.

  4. avatar Geoff "Mess with the Bull, get the Horns" PR says:

    I carry pepper as a dog-b-gone device…

  5. avatar La pochita de la esposa del "possum guapo" who thinks he German says:

    That a lot of gear papo!

  6. Tactical Pens with a slight point might be a better choice. Some of my family members have “Sharpshoot keychains πŸ”‘”. Which appear to be effective. Since they turn 10 or more keys into a “flail/morning glory” attached to a 550 paracord with a small metal handle and cord locks. Making it retractable. It will smash a coconut no problem. I like my rather extensive cutlery collection. I’m rather partial to CRKTs Carnafax, hootenanny, fossil, Ruger plus p, Deviation, etc. Also like my cheap Taylor brand–Smith and Wesson non-assist folders like my large Boarder guard 2018 4.5 inch blade , M&P 2017 with 3.9inch blade, etc. Or My Kershaws or Scharade brand folders.

  7. avatar Cloudbuster says:

    I thought this was The Truth About GUNS, not The Truth About A Whole Bunch of Crap I Carry Instead of a Gun.

  8. avatar steve says:

    I don’t mind seeing a few posts without guns. I think pepper spray can be effective if you cannot carry a gun. I think it was here that I read a story about a few teens who accosted an old man in a MacDonalds in NYC and proceeded to beat him up. Pepper spray might have helped him escape from them.

    1. avatar Cloudbuster says:

      A gun might also have helped him escape from them.

    2. avatar B.D. says:

      Wrong. If the state he was in was not infringing his 2A rights, he could have stopped them however he felt necessary.

  9. avatar B.D. says:

    I’ll carry bear spray. But that’s only cuz I’ve lived in states that allow me to carry a gun. I have no sympathy for people who want to stay in states that don’t allow you to defend yourself however you feel necessary. Puerto Rico? Well, I guess he does what he can over there…

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