Welcome back, I hope you have been looking forward to the third installment of The Five Pillars of Safety and Self-Preservation series. In this installment I will discuss intermediate tools and edged weapons.
3. Intermediate Tools
[Check your local laws and customs.] Do you spend much time outdoors? Could you open carry a staff or walking stick? I carry a Rungu stick gifted to me by some of the Kenya Defense Forces troops I trained to deploy to Somalia strapped to my daily back pack. It is a decisive tool that has warded off several evil men before. Other intermediate tools available to you might be: pepper spray, kubotans and stun guns. Study some of these options and see if you could adapt them to your security needs.
4. Edged Weapons
[Again, check your local laws and customs.] When travelling in the wilderness, I usually carry a Kukri as not all predators move on four legs. When a Kukri is inappropriate, I prefer a Karambit style edged weapon but have also been known to carry a folding knife that clips into my pocket. As with Intermediate Tools, if you elect to carry then you should train with them regularly and prepare yourself mentally not only to use it; but, for the potential legal, mental and emotional consequences.
Next week I will discuss the Fifth and final Pillar of the Five Pillars of Safety and Self-Preservation.
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