Part 3: The 5 Pillars of Safety & Self-Preservation

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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  1. I am somewhat skeptical with regards to the effectiveness of karambit in the regions where people wear layers of clothing during the larger part of the year. Naturally, I’d rather have it on disposal than nothing,but not exactly my go-to EDC choice.

    And I’m loving the series, gotta say that 🙂

    1. Dragan – Glad to here you enjoy the series! There will be more to come shortly and we have several big things planned as soon as we can move forward from our quarantine issues. I also understand the skepticism on Karambits. When your situation gets tough… and it’s really, really bad you probably won’t go wrong with a solid fixed blade with a full tang. During my last overseas deployment one of the edged weapons I carried was a relatively inexpensive Gerber Ghoststrike in a Kydex sheath. After sharpening it to my satisfaction, it was always in my kit. Stay safe!