5 Best Non-Lethal Self-Defense Weapons For 2023
When it comes to self-defense, there are many weapons and techniques one can use to preserve themselves or their loved ones from an imminent threat. The most effective form of self-defense is the one that will immobilize an attacker and allow you the space to escape, yet not cause fatal or excessive harm to the attacker.
Self-defense can all too quickly turn to manslaughter. Especially if you're using lethal weapons such as firearms or knives. The psychological toll of killing someone can be immense, and there are, of course, potential legal consequences that can further wreak havoc on your life. Therefore it is imperative that we think deeply about how we go about choosing to defend ourselves and what tools we use to go about that.
And while lethal weapons, of course, have their place, they're not always optional for people because of their illegality. This is where non-lethal self-defense weapons—like pepper spray, an expandable baton, a stun gun, or even a self-defense keychain—come into play. These are weapons designed to disable an attacker while reducing the chances of causing fatal harm to them. So, if you do not want to kill someone but still have the ability to defend yourself, non-lethal weapons are certainly a viable option.Here are five of the best non-lethal self-defense weapons available that will allow you to accomplish just that.
1. PDK 12 New Full Brass EDC KNUCK
Brass knuckles are supremely simple yet effective melee weapons. They are pieces of material (made from brass, metal, plastic, or carbon fibers, etc) shaped to fit around the knuckles and fists. This weapon concentrates the force of a punch by directing it into a smaller and harder contact point. In this way, it acts as a force multiplier, giving someone who may not have the necessary power to injure someone acquire that power. It also helps protect your fist and fingers from injury as it spreads the force of your punch through your entire hand and arm.
This weapon can be a great equalizer when attacked by multiple assailants. But perhaps the best thing about this type of weapon is its compact size and weight, which makes transportation and concealment no issue. Also referred to as an EDC knife, the characteristics this weapon offers make it perfect for adding to your EDC (every-day-carry).
This set of brass knuckles is made of full H59 Brass. Despite a light weight of 439g, it's solid enough to deal damage while protecting your fingers. All edges are treated with great care and precision, ensuring a quality and comfortable grip. The surface also features an anti-slip pattern. With a size of 113mm x 74mm x 13mm, you'll be able to conceal and carry with ease!
2. Acala Full Stainless Steel Self-Defense Beads Bracelet
Weapon jewelry are items that are worn mainly for fashion but can also be turned into a weapon should the need arise. This self-defense bracelet, in particular, can be worn as a necklace, bracelet, or even a car or home decoration. The beauty of this item is that it is perfectly legal, can be carried anywhere, and does not look like a weapon.
Every bead is made of 316s stainless steel, with three larger beads that can move across the bracket of smaller beads freely. This allows you to use the bracelet in different ways, such as a glass breaker, a self-defense whip, or even a shield of sorts.The uses are only limited by your imagination.
Each component of this bracelet is durable, robust, and solid, from the beads themselves to the threading rope as well as clip. It should be noted that the bracelet is quite heavy, though. Keep that into consideration.
- Small bead diameter: 10mm
- Small bead weight: 3g
- Big bead diameter: 26mm
- Big bead weight:46g
- Length A(for wrist circumference <16cm) full weight: 514g
- Length B(for wrist circumference between 16 cm to 17cm) full weight: 523g
- Length C(for wrist circumference >17cm) full weight: 532g.
3. Self Defense Tactical Whip With Stainless Steel Hammer Head
Whips are a great non-lethal weapon choice because of their ease of use and ability to generate power. The self-defense whips we are referring to, however, are probably not the whip you are imagining in your mind, like a long bullwhip that Indiana Jones might use. Those would not likely be the best in a self-defense scenario, for it could all too easily be tangled up and caught.
Rather, the whip we have here, for example, is much shorter, stronger, and compact, resembling almost a club or mace. Attached to the end of the seven-core 8mm diameter Steel Cable is a devastating hammerhead that can deal much damage. This whip comes in lengths of 12.6, 11.8, or 11.0 inches. Not too long or short, this weapon length is perfect for swinging.
It is based on an old Chinese design and features an anti-slip handle which will help you maintain a proper grip. While it is a good intermediate weapon regarding force,it can also be used lethally if the user does require the extra stopping power. The hammer head is very hard and can crack skulls or windows if needed.
4. Full 304 Stainless Steel Keychain Defense Baby Tonfa Kubotan
The Kubota, named after its creator, Takayuki Kubotan, is a very versatile and effective weapon. Similar to brass knuckles, it gives smaller people the ability to generate tremendous amounts of power. Though they come in many variants, typically, they are in the form of a 5-6 inch stick made out of durable material like steel, wood, or hard plastics. It was originally developed for training female police officers. Used effectively for control and compliance techniques, some even refer to it as an "instrument of attitude adjustment."
This weapon is especially effective when used for striking soft tissue pressure points and bony areas of the body, such as the sternum, temple, eyes, neck, groin, and hands. But it can also be used in other ways, like restraining or anchoring onto someone. The limits are only in your imagination. There are numerous ways to grip it, too, with each grip suiting specific techniques.
It is a simple, intuitive weapon and does not require much training to become skilled with. Its small compact size means you can carry it anywhere with ease and deploy it very quickly. This Kubota is made from full 304 stainless steel, and is very solid and sturdy,yet is also super light and easy to carry. It features a long spike that can help you deal additional damage if needed and can be assembled or disassembled at any time. CNC processing ensures the body is precise. The surface is polished smooth and will have a noticeable sheen.
- Full Length: 130mm
- Diameter: 22mm
- Spike Length: 60mm
- Weight: 315g
5. Tactical Everyday Carry EDC Emergency Whistle
This is an essential item for your EDC. Whistles are often overlooked when it comes to self-defense. When threatened, blowing this whistle will attract anyone in your vicinity.Your attacker might be deterred just by the loudness of it, as they will be thinking who else could have potentially heard it and come render assistance. Even just a moment of hesitation by your attacker could give you the necessary time and space to gain distance and separate yourself from them.
It's also very useful if you're lost or in some other emergency situation. Whether out camping, hiking, on a run, or traveling anywhere alone, it is a great tool to have in your kit. It takes up virtually no room, is almost weightless, and is quick and easy to use.
This whistle is made of full T6 Aluminium. The material and stonewash finish makes it wear-resistant, and rust-resistant and gives it anti-scrape qualities. It's super durable and can be used in very adverse conditions. It also comes with a necklace chain, allowing you to wear it daily with comfort. The penetrating 120 DB sound that this whistle generates is more than enough to cause panic in an attacker and attract bystanders in a wide radius.
- Weight: 4g
- Size: 2 1/3" x 1 1/10"
- Material: Aero Class Aluminum
It's important to note that though we just went over non-lethal self-defense weapons, they can still potentially be lethal if that's a user's intent. And if the user is simply ignorant of how to properly operate it, they may end up killing someone when all they really wanted to do was disable them.
That's why the best self-defense weapon, whether lethal or non-lethal, is the one that you are trained in. Different weapons have different learning curves, so think about how much time you want to dedicate to weapon training before choosing your preferred tool.The best self-defense weapon is also the one you have on you. As the saying goes, "It's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it." Fortunately, the options we just gave in this article are all of a type that makes them very EDC-friendly. Carry them with you wherever you go, and have the assurance that you can protect yourself and others should the need arise.