Introduction: Anti-Rape Gloves

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The idea for this intructable came about through the urge to protect my sister. She is a small, sweet, lovely woman and works in the bad part of town. I often worry about her as she travels home by herself in the early hours of the morning. I have regularly thought of ideas of things that she could have on her to protect her, however there are many problems with self-defence items because of obvious reasons.

I did some research on anti-rape devices and there are many but a lot are after the fact items. I wanted to prevent, not cure. No woman wants to say "well it happened but at least they got hurt." I want women to say "Well he tried" Or even better, in a perfect world, "That does not happen ever".

My design criteria had to be:

Something that was able to be carried that you didn't have to think about or be on the alert

Something that was preventative rather then after-the-assault effective

Something that is hard to be used by the attacker against the victim

Something that was convenient and compact that women would wear.

I wanted to see how women fought in fights. I have seen women fight in martial arts but they are trained. So where do you find raw fights? Jerry springer? Nooo, YouTube. I watched heaps of women fighting in all sorts of situations and noticed a few things. Women tend to slap and go for the face, they grapple, pull and push as opposed to direct punching or kicking people. So the idea was born. Introducing the anti-rape gloves.

P.s. These might not always stop a rape from happening, but they will leave evidence on the attacker and can cause some serious injury. They WILL hurt the attacker or even be fatal!! If you are going to make these, I take no responsibility for what you do to anyone with them. Nice little disclaimer :)

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Step 1: Things You Will Need.

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Here are some tools you need for this project.

From left to right.

M5 Stainless screws 40mm

M5 tap

4.5mm Drill bit

5.5mm Drill bit

Permanet marker

Automatic centerpunch

2 pieces of marine grade stainless 12mm wide (half inch) 120mm long (about 5 inch) 2mm Thick (5/64 inch)

(Marine grade is important because it resists rust from sweat and will last the distance.)

Vernier Calipers

Also you will need

Angle gringer

Belt sander or files

Dremel tool

A set of gloves. I chose these women's cycling gloves because they were made well and have lots of padding, are tight-fitting and hard to take on and off and have a velcro strap as opposed to button-on, making them hug tight to the hand.

Step 2: Measure Gloves

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Here you want to measure your gloves and where you want your plates to go. I kept in mind when the hand is closed, the small blades sit between the index and second finger and the third and pinky fingers. It just makes it a bit more comfy for the wearer.

Step 3: Marking Out Steel.

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Once you have your measurement in my case 50mm (2inch) you will need to mark that from each end. I am marking out one plate and will drill both together. The hole marks are about 12mm in from each end but will depend on your personal project.

I chose to do only 2 blades to ensure the pressure of pressing on an arm say is only spread between two points, meaning they will go in.

Next I set my vernier to half the width of the plate (roughly) and used the vernier to scribe the plate from both sides to give me two small centrelines. Now you have a dot and you know where to centerpunch on the centre.

Step 4: Automatic Centerpunch.

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An automatic centerpunch has a spring and a release that activates when a certain amount of pressure is applied to it. This motion fires a hardened steel pin into the steel leaving a small dent. The small dent allows your drill to stay in place upon starting and not slide all over the steel. This is especially important in my case when I don't have a drill press and my drill chuck is loose.

I then taped the two pieces of steel together before drilling.

Step 5: Drilling the Steel

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Now it's time to drill. If you don't have a drill press, placing a piece of timber underneath your steel will help when your drill drops through. I used a quick clamp to hold this down. I'm using the 4.5mm drill here and this will be drilled through both plates.

My plates skewed a bit which wasn't optimal, but hey, thats how you learn. Next time, I might use a better clamp.

As a general rule with steel you want a high amount of pressure downwards and low rpm. A cutting lubricant also helps. I used wd 40. Kerosene would also work.

Step 6: Tapping the First Plate

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Metal taps are used to create a thread in a piece of steel. They have a hardened piece of tool steel with a thread that has scollops cut out of the side. The scollops allow the edge of the hardened thread to act as a cutting edge to remove steel. They are also tapered ever so slightly to ease into the thread as it cuts.

To use the tap, wind it downwards in a clockwise direction with a lot of pressure holding it as vertical as possible. As soon as it bites, turn it a full rotation. You will feel the tap start to seize up - stoooooooop! Reverse a half a turn and continue in the same fashion. If you keep turning a tap one direction it will break. Its a horrible thing a broken tap because it's very hard to remove.

Check to see if all your bolts will screw in when done.

Note: Only one plate is threaded.

Step 7: Drilling the Second Plate

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Next is drilling your second plate. Simply drill your 4.5mm holes out to 5.5mm. Use cutting lubricant, it should be easy cutting with a new bit. I deburred all holes on both plates by sanding the plates after this.

Step 8: Cutting the Plates

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You now have two plates. One has a hole that the bolt can freely go through and the other is threaded.

Bolt these together and cut them off at the 50mm mark with the angle grinder. I prefer to use Pferd 1mm discs for stainless steel. They are thin, fast cutting and don't explode like cheap discs.

Step 9: Cleaning Up the Plates.

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Now it's time to spend a while with the sander cleaning up the edges and making everything look nice. Sand away and be creative.

Step 10: Cut the Bolts

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If your local supply shop did not have the bolts in the right size like mine, then you will have to cut them. I cut mine about 12mm long (half inch).

You can now see what they will sorta look like.

Step 11: Grinding Your Blades

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I thought about the design of the blades quite a bit, taking in mind when something as awful as rape happens your average person is not thinking straight. Having points would hurt but not cause to much damage and having straight spikes or blades assume direct angles are involved. The american eagle came to mind (seriously it did, and I'm Australian!) and also the velociraptor claw out of jurassic park that the weird guy carries around. A curved claw is that way for a reason. It hooks in with minimal effort and if any movement is applied, it works its way in. Nature is genius by design.

First thing I did was to flat grind the screw tips shown in the first pic. Next I used the dremel to hollow grind the mid section. This will ensure maximum slicing effect once the points are in. Wow this is gore.. "but hey they deserve it. :)"

Next round the front of the screw downwards to make it more claw-like.

Step 12: Finishing the Blades

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For finishing the blades I clamped the screws into a set of vice grips and rounded the tops and made sure the front part of the claw shape had a small flat section to increase point sharpness. Why? "Because that's the point".

Step 13: Finishing Plates

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Now it's time to pull apart the plates and deburr all edges, including all edges that touch the glove. You don't want the steel to cut the leather.

Sit them on the gloves and have a look.

Step 14: Fitting the Plates

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I put the plates on the gloves and decided where they were to sit. Remember to place those blades in between fingers.

Make a mark through one of your plates and use a 5mm punch to make the holes with a pice of leather or similar to protect the back of the glove.

Now put your blades through and tighten them up.

Step 15: Finish

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Now you can see what they look like.

Although the bolt heads weren't rounded, I had a few women try these on and they didn't complain about the hex head bolts, however in future I would probably use a torx-style dome head screw for even more comfort. I would also leave a little more thread on the screws to help with fixing them onto the gloves. They gave me a bit of trouble when fixing the plates together.

Seeing her face light up when I pulled them out made my day - she said she immediately felt safer having them on.

Thanks Bene for modelling the gloves. I hope you enjoy them!

Comments

KenW5 (author)2016-09-25

I love your idea and how you are creating this to protect your sister, but wouldn't the blades have a good chance of cutting your sister by accident before she even gets raped? Just something you should know :)

Perhaps design a lever or something that would bring the blades to a cutting angle by the action of slapping someone? :)

emets31 (author)2015-06-19

Hello PowellMade, great Instructable! I have two increasingly independent daughters (15, & 12) and my wife, of course, who I plan on making these for. I also have a younger daughter and son (8 & 6, respectively), but I'm not quite sure I will make them a pair. I was thinking about maybe dulling the spikes out quite a bit to be more like small nubs to prevent themselves from hurting themselves or others needlessly. But then I questioned whether to make them for them or not, being that they're so young. They are supervised as much as possible, but there is always an off chance that something could happen. What do you guys think?

Also, I was thinking that you should change the name to Anti-Attack Gloves, or something like that. Anti-Rape Gloves is definitely to the point and a good name, but I would think that these would be affective for any type of attack where the victim has no choice but to defend themselves. Just my opinion, though. Again, great job!

chaitanyak (author)2015-05-27

brilliantly simple.. i have a set of those gloves lying around.. must try this.

although.. the problem with posting instructables of weapons is that an attacker could make their own pair now :)

Still these gloves are better than the victim carrying a weapon that can be taken away from her and used on her.

AntonioMDC (author)2015-05-20

these gloves are almost the same as ninja hand claws, I think they are called shuko. though those aren't full gloves, just straps, I think they would work about the same. anyone making these (or who doesn’t want to make their own) might look at those and how they are used in grappling to get some idea how to use these: not just raking/slashing, but also pulling, and even blocking a blade attack. it's great that either version would be hard for an attacker to take away, but the defender still needs to be practiced in their use. also the originals have a more significant curve or angle, to help you get a purchase on an opponent's clothes (or skin). harder to make (actually close to a 90º bend) but much more effective.
to everyone thinking of electrifing these: the wearer is apt to get the shock. they would need to be designed from scratch with that function in mind: no metal bar; full fingers might be best, with the glove fabric something electrically insulative; and the spikes/contacts may need to be finer (I suspect spikes this thick would require a prohibitively large and dangerous power source) so they wouldn't be stout enough to grapple with and would be subject to breakage during everyday wear. also where would you put the power source so it doesn’t interfere with hand and arm movement? it would need a lot of testing before relying on them in an actual situation. and I’m not even going to speculate on the legalities of any sort of homemade tasers.

mweatherill (author)2015-01-22

Avoidance is always better. If a lady in the circumstances described really was worried about being attacked, she should simply not put herself in danger in the first place. Carrying an offensive weapon and going equipped for trouble is not reasonable. And it's fantasy to expect carrying a knife or a gun or some home made 'self defence' weapon is the end of an encounter. It might only escalate things. Who knows? Don't get into troublesome situations in the first place. I think a better Instructable would be 'how to run away'.

Daniel003 (author)mweatherill2015-02-10

Being aware of your surroundings, not letting people get within reach, as well as planning for trouble is smart. No, being armed, legally, is not likely to "escalate" things. The idea you are better off not able to defend your self when needed is a dangerous fantasy.

jlondon4 (author)Daniel0032015-05-10

YES AGREED

That was the most ignorant thing I've read in a long time

one of the most amazing women ive ever met was stolen from me a few months ago. Someone stalked her for weeks, when she found out She contacted the police. Then she thought she was safe. A few days later, it was a Friday morning, he broke into her home strangled her, slammed her head into a mirror because she was fighting back, then her killed her and did other things that I'd rather not say. So tell me Mr. AllKnowing, how could that situation have been avoided? Seriously...I would love to know so we can make sure we don't have to inconvenience psychopaths from now on

lynowens (author)mweatherill2015-02-05

So, HOW does one avoid circumstances, "not put herself in danger", or not "get into troublesome situations in the first place" when a large number of rapes occur in the victims' OWN home?! (google "raped in own home" for news reports on this). I would like to know how to keep myself safe....

aoutlawstar (author)lynowens2015-02-14

Quite a few women are actually dumb enough to open the door to their attackers, so for starters don't open the door for strangers....ever and question all service and utility people who show up that are not requested by you. Ask for id, company information and phone numbers and then contact that services office and find out if that person is supposed to be there and if they have problems with this call the police. Make sure your home is secure as possible, things like quality locks and door hardware, alarms window locks. you can hire professionals to evaluate the security of your home and provide info on how better to secure your home. Be aware of your surroundings as you enter or exit your home as these are vulnerable times that someone could use to follow you in or push you back in. Keep an eye out for strange activity around your house and neighborhood and look out for things that might be out of place in your yard like a patio chair that is moved next to a window or wall. These things are a start do as much research as you can because knowledge is your best defense against pretty much everything.

Vyger (author)aoutlawstar2015-02-28

I spent a number of years working for the US Census Bureau and sometimes people not answering the doors caused a lot of problems. It meant extra trips, hundreds of miles of driving at taxpayers expense and escalating my efforts to get ahold of them including the sending of Fed Ex letters (once the address was verified) with official notices that they were required by law to respond to surveys. I had a photo ID, a government bag with a government notebook with a giant sticker taking up the entire top. Being to paranoid can cause a lot of problems sometimes. I did have some people call the local police which was just fine with me because they would verify my ID check my cars registration and then tell the people they needed to comply with my efforts.

Actually I was in more peril than the people I was calling on. I was required to work alone because of confidentiality requirements. I went into all neighborhoods at whatever time people were willing to meet with me and I was not allowed to carry any kind of anything that could be construed as a weapon of any sort. Not even bear spray which was a problem in the more mountainous areas. I was threatened several times and did inform the people that if anything was done to me the next ones to appear at their house would be FBI since its a federal offense to threaten federal workers.

I did not need to come into a persons house and in fact preferred to talk with them with an open door. That was safe for both me and them.

So being cautious is great but being overly paranoid is a problem. There are official people out there just trying to do their jobs.

mjones9410 (author)mweatherill2015-02-21

avoidance is not always present. a good friend of mine was attacked in a seemingly safe area. if not for her being able to fight back she would have been worse off than she was.

SlythySophia (author)mweatherill2015-01-22

The circumstances described were "My sister is a physically vulnerable person because of her size and gender and she works in a bad part of town." What do you suggest the author's sister do, not go to her job? When your very gender makes strangers on the street feel like they have a right to comment on your looks or touch your butt on the bus, and you constantly hear about people of your gender suffering horrible violence like rape, the whole world can seem like a dangerous place. Some women I've known react to this by avoiding public transportation and unfamiliar places altogether. Others choose to not let being female get in the way of living their lives. And still others have no choice, have to go to particularly unsafe places, perhaps because that's the only neighborhood in which they can afford rent, or because, like the author's sister, they work there. These women have a right to go wherever they want/need to go, and they have a right to have a way to defend themselves within the limits of the law. Telling women "Don't get into troublesome situations in the first place", and "She should not put herself in danger in the first place" comes off as very out of touch and reveals thinking that could lead to women feeling like they can't live their lives fully and, after rape has happened, could lead to victim blaming. Women and other vulnerable people have just as much a right to walk through this world as men- it's the rapists and thugs that put us in danger, not our own carelessness. The most conservative statistics suggest that at least 1 in 6 women will be the victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime. Either 1 in 6 women are careless, or rape is a lot harder to avoid than you seem to think.

J9nKidz (author)SlythySophia2015-02-05

Agreed. There is no way to 100% protect ourselves--no matter the gender. the clothing, the scenario, the size, ... This way of thinking frustrates me, & my teenage child! You put your words so well Sophia. Thank you as i am not as articulate. Give the girl an a plus for making a product that makes her feel better.... MANY Other realities are: Majority of rapes are by "friends or family members of victims" --then what? What do we tell our daughters, sisters, cousins, then?

Wow. very nicely said Sophia!

What's the difference between an offensive and defensive weapon exactly? Also it sounds like you're making the same argument as "just don't wear revealing clothing if you don't want to be raped" People have the right to walk down the street and protect themselves while they do it. Whether it be from rape, robbery, assault, whatever.

Jack Rodgers (author)mweatherill2015-01-22

Sounds good but is out of touch with reality. A friend was grabbed by a man hiding behind a shrub, dragged into an alley and raped.

That kind of thinking blames the victim rather than the assailant.

Things happen to people everywhere so circumstances aren't to blame, the attacker is to be blamed.

Too often the courts forget that the bad guy is a bad guy and try to equate their rights to the good guys rights. I think the bad guy gave them up when he violated the other guys rights.

Amen

harmonious1 (author)mweatherill2015-01-27

It kind of bugs me that a woman walking home from work is "putting herself in danger" and therefore would be asking for trouble? Walking home from WORK?? Because we should all stay home and hide under the bed? NO! One commenter was assaulted in her own neighborhood! Where is this safe place of which you speaK?? As Liz Lemon said on numerous occasions, "I want to go to there".

Amen

I guess she's supposed to stop working or move?

harmonious1 (author)mweatherill2015-01-27

That kind of talk is also the reason a lot of rapes go unreported. Who wants to tell when you feel sure you'll be asked why you were where you were or wearing what you were wearing or whatever. You aren't the only one though. This comment thread had a lot of similar comments.

Catley (author)mweatherill2015-01-22

Yes, mweatherill, I can agree that it would be good to have instructions on how to run away, and I would not want to be carrying an offensive weapon around at any time. Unfortunately, however, merely fighting back with one's bare hands or kicking (as I would definitely do, can also escalate things). But that can't be helped, as the alternative would be to just let oneself be raped.

Your advice not to get into troublesome situations is also good, but it does appear that in the case of PowellMade's sister, that would probably involve looking for a new job in a safer area--a luxury/risk many of us cannot afford to go after.

i agree! except that most people in the U.S. are so overweight they can no longer run.

zeroaxe (author)mweatherill2015-01-22

Sorry to say, but I agree with Mweatherill.

I DO understand that it is not 100% avoidable, but surely walking home at late or early hours in a bad neighborhood does not SOUND safe?

The problem is with this world we live in. The criminal does have more rights than the innocent. And that in general is NOT going to change anytime soon :(

Jack Rodgers (author)zeroaxe2015-01-22

People live where they can avoid the rent. No one wants to live in a bad neighborhood but watch how people paying $2000 a month on their mortgage complain when those on financial aid move in next door.

marcusfuk (author)mweatherill2015-01-22

So she should just stay home? You sound like the kind of guy feminists really can't stand.

jlondon4 (author)2015-05-10

HOW DO I GET A PAIR?

John_the_Builder (author)2015-04-26

Neat idea, but awkward to wear daily. What if you make a Ring, with a sharp barb, something you can twist around on your finger when needed? That way you can wear it all the time. You could get really creative and put a stone or some kind of a design to cover the barb, that could be twisted off easily to expose the sharp point? Just some thoughts on how to make this more practical for daily use.
Also, awareness of your surroundings, and avoiding walking alone in strange places are also good ideas.

Rhetorical_Save (author)2015-04-23

Thank you for the Idea I'm gonna make them for my little sis...
(And I might modify them, if you don't mind, to make them electrocute on contact I'm just really paranoid and worried)

artworker (author)2015-04-15

Good to have! This product is a little tougher to snatch from the lady and use it on them related to the other products in the market. NINJAAA GIRL!

Garagebrand (author)2015-02-22

mweatherill, i think that you have no idea how quickly these things can happen, Im sure that many of the women that are attacked tried to avoid it...

Have you ever been in a fight? Im a man and I've never met anyone who has been raped but I've been in a few fights before and i know that its most often too late to run.

I advise thinking out replies in the future. This great device is not intended as an attack but rather as a last resort. I doubt that a woman wearing one of these is going to wait for the rapist so that they can take them on!

JennaWrites (author)2015-02-06

I have to say I think these are rather brilliant, and will nicely take care of several issues I've been trying to figure my way around recently (normally, my weird concept of fun is problem solving from brain teasers to metal work and everything between and beyond - but I'm in the midst of selling my home, my mother in law's home, getting into the new house, getting, gulp, her moved in as well after she has been in hers for 40+ years, taking on her care in addition to a half dozen side jobs I already had... and safe to say? My brain? Left the county. Possibly the state. So anything that solves problems for me the direct route at the moment? Bless you and may you never run out of tools, materials, chocolate and coffee!) and this weekend I'm taking a break from packing/unpacking and digging out the tools needed to make myself a pair of these. The issue beyond the titled use for the gloves is almost as important to me at the moment as the original use - I've slid, slipped, tripped and even gone straight under my Jeep a time or five because of the massive amounts of snow and ice we've been hit with in my part of the world. (could be worse, we only have 14 inches and today got up about -2, just an hour further north it's almost double the snow) While I have cleats for my boots, I've been in rather dire need for something similar for my hands. Holding onto a rail is fine in the fall, but when the rail is coated in solid ice and rotting leaves? Little help without some massive grip. Something that I can use to get a handle on a stair when I slid on the steps is in need too, and with a bit of fiddling, I think these might just be the answer to a frozen gal's prayers.

That said... um. I'm gonna dance around this a touch because I see in the comments the whole issue can be tetchy for folks. You are an amazing brother and the idea is a solid one. It's not even an issue of size - rape and physical danger is a fact of life for women (and a lot of men) these days. I'm 6'2, look like I could be cast as '2nd Valkyrie from the right in a production of the Ring of the Nibelung' and pretty fit. Dad's a retired Marine and FBI agent, I have an older brother and loads of both blood related and just blessed to be picked uncles and brothers who all believed in trying to teach me to be safe and how to fight. I even have, from time to time worked security and helped as a bouncer at events. I'm careful, aware of my surroundings and try hard to take care of myself and others. I

And I'm still able to, sadly, state I'm a rape survivor. For all the things I have going for me, for all the safety features I had given to me that should by rights have given me a headstart on being safe? Doesn't change the fact I got dragged into an alley, had my head cracked in with a brick by someone I refuse to refer to as a 'man'. (I know too many, love too many, am proud to be called sister/daughter/friend by too many who earn the title. Men are awesome and amazing. Rapists are pond scum who just happen to carry their wedding tackle on the outside of their bodies. Not ever worthy of being called men.) Will these gloves totally prevent it from happening to someone wearing them? Unfortunately, no. Sick sacks of crap will be sick sacks of crap. But these WILL give many pause. Bullies (not calling rapists bullies here, just to be clear. But there are issues beyond rape and attempted murder to guard against) can sometimes be brought up sharp by the sight of their own blood. And even better, gloves like these can be a 2nd type of safety feature, one that matters as much as actual weaponry - they can give the wearer a bit of comfort (ditto their loved ones who know they will be wearing them). They can be another piece of the armor. Adding to a charged cell phone, someone knowing when to expect you, where you are coming from/thru, keeping the gas tank full, a pair of comfy shoes, keeping your earphones OUT of your ears and staying alert - these can be another piece of the puzzle. A tiny bit more help in keeping your heartrate normal, your face calm, your shoulders straight, your head up. Anything that helps project the fact you aren't a victim and you aren't someone who will go down quietly and without gaining attention is huge. The peace of mind of knowing you have options, you aren't totally vulnerable is vital in managing dangerous and stressful situations.

Well done you. On the idea, the brotherly concern, the effort and the final creation.

Sometimes you can't run away. And sadly, sometimes you can't stop a horrible situation. But you can decide ahead of time what you are willing to do, what you are willing to live with, where you draw your line and how far are you willing to go to maintain that - and everything you can do ahead of time to make those choices keeps you safer in the long run.

I was in a good part of town. It wasn't dark out. A local friendly neighborhood. Trained. A tall strong gal. I tried to run. Didn't stop it from happening. And while these gloves might not stop it from happening again, I survived before, and things like this help me believe I can survive whatever comes next, and that is a pretty awesome thing. If I could send you a lifetime supply of chocolate and your sister a tshirt that says "I have an awesome brother, just ask me why!" it would already be in the mail - so I'll have to just say thanks for posting this, sorry for nattering but it felt important, and huge 'well done!'

steve58 (author)JennaWrites2015-02-10

You sound like an awesome person, Jenna. Absolutely awesome.

RayJN (author)2015-01-24

You need to know the law where you intend to carry anything for self defense. It appears that many places go after victims more zealously than the criminals. The previous poster is right about the UK. I read an article about how UK prosecutors were encouraging criminals to sue their victims for injuries.

kidharris (author)RayJN2015-02-10

Which would you prefer, being sued by the criminal you messed up, or being messed up or killed by the criminal?

rhkramer (author)RayJN2015-01-27

I sure would like to see a link to that article (I know I could try googling for it, but I think I'm too busy atm (but am probably lazy)) ;-)

RayJN (author)rhkramer2015-02-02

I couldn't find the article It was 2 or more years ago, the search engines come up with too many listing that have one or none to the keywords.

A man was attacked by 3 thugs on a subway in England, London maybe, he fought them off with his umbrella, the prosecutor encouraged the thugs to sue the victim for their injuries.

rhkramer (author)RayJN2015-02-03

Thanks for the reply. I presume the prosecutor was prosecuting the 3 thugs--if so, it seems really weird that he encouraged them to sue the victim, but, I guess stranger things have happened.

RayJN (author)rhkramer2015-02-04

If I were making it I would add a third bolt to the middle and turn them 90 degrees so they are parallel to the fingers. Also I would use stainless steel wing nuts, less work and 2 blades per bolt, you could also heat and hammer the wings if you wanted to elongate them.

Vox Dracanis (author)RayJN2015-01-25

Agreed! The law in California may be different than that of Arkansas, etc. And knowing what is legally acceptable in your area is a must. That does not take away from the usefulness of the indestructible. I am sure that none of you can argue the need of something like this in the world we live in today. Yes the police can not be everywhere all the time and the ability to protect one self is the important part. Something like this could make the difference between years of therapy (at best) and and something much worse.

JR Tyner (author)Vox Dracanis2015-01-26

I know Washington DC is one of the areas where carrying this will get you arrested.

kidharris (author)2015-02-10

Some long thumbtacks stuck through from inside would be easier/quicker, moving the bolts to the bottom of the palm would be a more effective striking blow capable of serious damage. Instead of studying how girls fight you should study how rapist/men grab women to gain control. It seems to me that, at some point, they usually grab the womans forearm above the wrist to control the arms, so, some sharp tacks embedded in a covering over the forearm would make him let go.

Seriously, if you are going to carry a weapon, carry one that will incapacitate him (and train with it), not just make him mad. Looks like everything you touch is going to have scratches.:) These gloves are probably illegal in a lot of localities as most martial arts weapons are, kinda like sewing razor blades/knives in your shoes. Moving or finding another way home or another job would all be safer solutions.

JimmyJester (author)2015-02-09

At First i thought it was a tazer then i realized it was more badass

paqrat (author)2015-02-07

I think trevmust has the right idea. What you have is something that will mark and cause pain but unless you get him in the eyes which is less likely, because men tend to fight with hands upraised to protect the face, have not incapacitated the would be rapist. What you have done is anger the attacker which will probably make it more likely he will cause more harm to his victim. Oh. and if you mark him doesn't that give him more incentive to leave his victim in no position to testify? I think a young woman would be better off with a can of pepper spray and a stun gun than these.

a206h (author)2015-02-03

Neat-o. I can comb my cat with them too!

puggirl415 (author)2015-01-27

It's pretty sad that any intent to truly defend against attack that requires forethought and possibly preparation can be considered illegal. I've thought about this a lot and many friends have given me weapons to protect me at work as I am often alone in the shop and vulnerable to anyone entering and robbing or assaulting me. Tactical reciprocating baton (a no no) Golf club you were practicing putting with and happened to have in your hand (maybe:)

Personally when I'm walking about I keep aware and I project my intent and ability to hurt anyone who tries to mess with me. I don't have anything like those gloves, but I keep my game face on and I keep a fist held at my waist and pointed outward. I swing a metal bottle full of water around cos that would hurt anyone who dared to enter the zone too close to me in desolate surroundings. A metal water bottle is something that we all carry around and can't be proved to be pre-meditated? I don't know what's right but I'm less worried about being sued by a criminal than being hurt irrevocably by one.

The one thing I know is to never let anyone keep you from living your life.

PS there are several simple hold breaking techniques anyone can learn if you are grabbed from behind. The trick is to practice them often and to make them second nature.

gravityisweak (author)puggirl4152015-02-03

Knives are plenty legal to carry. Especially if you work in some type of shop. If you have one of the models with a ring in it, its especially difficult to have it taken from you as well. I think the most important factor here is where you live, and being familiar with your local laws.

trevmust (author)2015-01-22

hook a couple of 9 volts to the gloves. that'll stop him lol

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