Alfredo Rico photos Choosing a weapon for self-defense can be…

Alfredo Rico photos

Choosing a weapon for self-defense can be a real challenge. Ideally, you want something that offers both lethal and non-lethal capability, allows you to fight at a distance, is easy to carry, inexpensive, and is innocuous enough to be legal to carry virtually everywhere. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not. The weapon I’m referring to is the cane, and it’s one of the best-kept secrets in self-defense.

In addition to serving as a mobility aid, the cane can be a very potent personal-defense tool. Best of all, it is a weapon that you will invariably have “in hand” when the fight starts, so weapon deployment is never an issue.
While most sturdy canes can be used for self-defense, some are purpose-designed to maximize their potential as defensive weapons. Let’s take a look at two examples that take the humble cane to new combative heights.

TDI’s Heavy Metal
Unlike typical gun-centric schools, TDI (Tactical Defense Institute) focuses heavily on non-firearm defensive skills and is perhaps best known for its groundbreaking TDI/KA-BAR Knife, a weapon-retention tool that has found great favor with law enforcement officers. Recently TDI President and Chief Instructor, John Benner teamed up with KA-BAR again to offer another unique less-lethal weapon: the TDI Cane.

The shaft of the TDI Cane is constructed of 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum tubing with a 1/8-inch wall thickness permanently mated to a solid aluminum crook. The end of the crook is finished to provide an angled—but not too sharp—edge that focuses the energy of the crook’s tip without turning the cane into a fisherman’s gaff. Two sections of machine knurling on the cane’s shaft, one near the crook and one a few inches up from the tip, offer a secure grip without being too aggressive or abrasive to the user’s hands.

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