Thursday, July 15, 2010
Alpha Innovations Single Finger Nuck and Letter Opener. (or "A fistful of plastic dynamite!")
I've been familiar with Alpha Innovations for awhile now. They are generally regarded as the best makers of polymer kubatons in the USA. They've only been around since 2006, but have quickly built a reputation for innovation. They really do innovate, and have a large number of inexpensive and tough self defense items available on alphainnovationsselfdefense.com
I recently ordered a couple of things from them just for fun. Their stuff is USA Made and very inexpensive, I would recommend products like their kubatons for people who don't feel comfortable packing heat, or are nervous about knives. The original KuBOTAN, was designed by Tak Kubota, in Japan as a moderate force equalizer for cops. Since then, the name has been adopted and spelled "kubaton", "kubiton" or other ways. It makes sense because they really are keychain sized batons.
The Knuck is 1/4" thick x 2" wide x 2-3/4" long and weighs in at a light 3/10ths of an ounce. It's a cool olive drab color, and can easily be put on a keychain or worn in the coin pocket of your jeans. You could even walk around with it on your middle finger in high risk areas, and it would be pretty much invisible until you had to throw down. The slightly pointed tip concentrates the force of your punch into that one little spot, and would be devastating to the temple or used in conjunction with a checking or blocking hand on your assailants weapon hand or arm. Most of Alpha's products are "sterile", meaning they don't have any markings tying them to a specific country of origin or manufacturer. Items considered sterile are valued in the Special operations community for the fact that if they get left behind, it doesn't implicate anybody directly.
The Letter Opener is even lighter than the Nuck, @ 1/8" thick x 1-3/4" wide x 3" long. It weighs 2/10ths of an ounce. It's a mega-light push dagger/letter opener, which is almost priced so that it's disposable if need be, at an incredibly reasonable $5 USD. You can afford to order them for buddies, wives, grandmas, whatever!
Alpha offers some awesome stuff, taking lightweight defense tools in a new direction from aluminum made in Taiwan kubatons. There really aren't many companies out there that manufacture in-house and sell their wares so affordably, even their shipping is reasonable through the Postal Service, since their items tend to be light and small.
Jeff Farrand, the owner of Alpha Innovations seems like a good guy, I emailed them to apologize for picking the wrong shipping option. I wasn't paying attention, and selected International Shipping, making my order a few dollars more. Jeff offered to send me their safety whistle to compensate for my blunder. Pretty cool indeed!
Anyhow, you should go to Alpha Innovations right now....go. Go buy some cool non-metallic personal defense items for those you care about. They even have a pink kubaton for the ladies, or guys who are comfortable in their masculinity.