I’ve written a lot of self-defense, and I’ve written on Aikido, and related martial arts. But the styles with which I’m most familiar (most years training), are styles of Chinese Kung Fu. I’ve even written a highly popular book on the topic, Secrets of Kung Fu Mastery: The Fundamentals, which is available both in electronic format from Kindle, and also in paperback. I’ve also been writing posts on self-defense knives, including my most recent post on what to know about carrying knives for self-defense. In this brief post, I want to combine these themes and discuss the little known Kung Fu weapon, known as the double daggers, or twin daggers, or double ring daggers, or some combination.
Double ring daggers, like those pictured to the left, are a little-known Kung Fu weapon that were ideal for deadly use in life-threatening self-defense situations, or close-quarters combat, where it was essential to have a concealed weapon. The ring at the bottom could be used as a blunt object. These daggers could even be used like kubotans. If you check out my most popular book, Palm Stick Self-Defense Guide, which is available both in electronic format from Kindle, and also in paperback, you’ll discover that many different objects could function like kubotans. The blunt ring end of these knives can function like kubotans for lethal (but not messy) and non-lethal strikes as well as pressure points. Traditionally, the blades were not sharpened (with the exception of the sharp tip)–since these were primarily stabbing knives (like ice picks) and not slashing knives (with some exceptions), and thus they could even be used for chin na grappling techniques, and could be employed like kubotans for joint manipulation and come along techniques.
One benefit of these traditional blades for practice, is that they are non-sharpened, and metal, so you are not likely to cut yourself in solo practice….although I have seen people get cut when stabbed by accident in training sessions…even though unsharpened, the tips are still pretty pointy.
Cold Steel has come out with a variety of self-defense options, which are ideal for law enforcement, military special operators, etc. Less ideal for average citizens, but if your laws permit them to be carried (especially concealed), at this length, and you train regularly with unsharpened ones, then they might be a good option for you.
You can see one of the popular versions of these Cold Steel knives to the left. I highly recommend them. The danger is that these blades are razor sharp, all the way around, so in many of the traditional Kung Fu techniques, you are in serious danger of injuring yourself in very bloodly ways. You must exercise extreme caution. Furthermore, traditional ring daggers are smaller in size, so I’d recommend constructing something yourself to help practice with these, or using a larger practice blade first. Even though it’s not ideal for this (since it’s not the same model), you might want to try Cold Steel’s rubber Black Bear training knife, because of its length, you might be able to modify it and add a ring. Not ideal.
Cold Steel has come out with a number of models of these, but they’re sold individually, so you’ll either want to order two, or just use a single. There’s the Cold Steel Shanghai Shadow Knife with Secure-Ex Sheath for $29.99, which is a steal! This is the model I would get myself. There’s also the Cold Steel Shanghai Warrior Fixed Blade for $29.88. There’s the Cold Steel Shanghai Shadow Knife for $34.28. There’s also the Cold Steel Shanghai Shadow with new guard and S.E. sheath for $43.46. All of these are fine options.
If you enjoyed this, don’t forget to take a look at my two most popular resources, Secrets of Kung Fu Mastery, and Palm Stick Self-Defense Guide! And stay tuned for more martial arts and self-defense posts, as well as knife reviews!