Want to carry a kubotan, but are worried (and with good reason), that an actual kubotan looks too much like a weapon (it is) and might get you in trouble legally, either because they are illegal to carry where you are living (or travelling), or because you might get in trouble after having defended yourself successfully with one? Try a flashlight.
In my last post, I wrote about ordinary pens as kubotan-like defensive weapons, and I recommended the inexpensive but very sturdy Jin Hao pen. A small flashlight can be even more effective as a palm stick defensive weapon than a pen, particularly because of the added thickness. Even in highly restricted areas like New York City, or perhaps even boarding a plane (although I don’t know for sure about how it might pass through airport security or not), a small handheld flashlight is not likely to raise attention. It serves a very good ordinary purpose…seeing in the dark. Flashlights are quite useful. Even in a modern building, sometimes electricity goes out. It’s a very good idea, in general, to have a flashlight near by.
But for self-defense, a flashlight can be an excellent defensive tool, like any other palm stick. My flashlight of choice for this purpose is the Mini-Maglite, like the one pictured at the top of this post. They are the perfect palm stick. I almost always have my Mini-Maglite with me. Although I have never used the Mini-Maglite in a defensive situation, I have used it in emergency situations (hurricane), and in other less-serious situations (storms and such knocking out electricity), many, many times.
One of the beauties of palm sticks is they offer a non-lethal defense option–even as they can be used lethally. The nice thing about pens or flashlights is that they can function as ordinary tools for writing and lighting, and yet, they are ready at hand as deadly, or also non-lethal, defensive weapons, that will be far less likely to get you in trouble in court—–provided the situation truly was in self-defense or in defense of others, and not premeditated assault—than your defensive weapon that was made for attack or defense as its main purpose. Such lights, like my trusty Mini-Maglite, are an extremely low profile way to carry a defensive tool on your person, that will be allowed entry in most places. My store, available on this page, has a number of options for palm sticks—both those intended primarily as palm sticks, as well as pens and flashlights.