Small Impact Tool Self Defense Options

Small Impact Tool Self Defense Options
By Chris Fry

Small Impact Tool Self Defense Options
Small Impact Tool Self Defense Options
Modern Defensive Training Systems
Modern Defensive Training Systems

Utica, NY –-( For years I have carried one form or another of small impact tool as part of my Every Day Carry Gear.

Small impact tools (SIT) offer a force multiplier and option for carry of a tool in non-permissive environments such as municipal facilities, hospitals and airports. Utilization and SIT training integrates well with and shares common movements with many practical empty hand combative skills and point driven edged weapon applications.

Small impact tools also provide another force option that can be utilized depending upon the circumstances of the situation.

Remember, pulling a folding knife out of your pocket and striking with the closed folder is a viable application of non-lethal force but in many jurisdictions it will still be construed as you pulling a knife.

Some ladies whom I’ve worked with were not comfortable carrying or the thought of deploying an edged weapon but took to the suggestion of a small hand-held impact tool rapidly, without hesitation.

Some Small Impact Tool Considerations:

  • Whatever tool you choose to EDC it must be readily available. Like pepper spray or OC, a “keychain” kubotan is of no use buried at the bottom of a purse or backpack.
  • Many traditional kubotans, palm sticks and keychain devices are VERY overt in my humble opinion. These types of SIT could possibly draw unwanted attention from friends and co-workers or provide information about your possible level of preparedness to potential assailants.
  • Some commonplace SIT’s seen today include the newest trend and flood of Tactical Pens” and tactical flashlights into the market. Both offer excellent dual purpose applications.
  • While pens and flashlights are applicable consider that TSA and commercial security companies are more aware than ever of these items and their potential uses; be aware of this and plan accordingly. A standard sharpie marker, firm metal pen, wooden stylus or letter opener stowed in your carry-on serves the purpose without giving away your situational preparedness or holding you up. Although I like collecting gear and tactical items I do my best to not carry them openly when traveling and attempt to blend in as best I can. The highly visible pocket clips found on folding knives, tactical flashlights and tactical pens can be a target indicator to some.
  • If traveling or working in a non-permissive environment, consider carrying a SIT in the same location or general area as your primary EDC personal protection tools (firearm, folding knife or fixed blade knife). This will facilitate easier access and deployment of the SIT without having to add another motor skills to be trained such as accessing from an off body location or breast pocket etc.. Carrying the SIT in the same pocket as your folding knife for example provides commonality of movement when accessing and drawing either tool.

A tool is better than no tool when it comes to personal protection. Criminals do not hesitate to use any items they can to commit their intended crimes. Research and consider integrating a small impact tool into your own or a loved ones personal defense profile.

Remember that any tool requires the proper software and an understanding of justifiable use and proper, effective application, so get some training.

About Chris:
Chris Fry is the owner and director of training and curriculum development for Modern Defensive Training Systems in Utica, N.Y. where he conducts courses in reality driven practical combative skills, extreme close quarters physical defense, tactical folding knife and edged weapon combative and combative pistol, carbine and shotgun skills. MDTS offers a variety of courses for responsible citizens, corporations, law enforcement and the U.S. Military with a singular goal of providing up to date, realistic and practical personal protection training. Visit: