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Self-Defense Tip #87 — Using Edged Weapons: Straight Razor and Bicycle Spoke

This tip continues the topic of edged weapons most often used in street attacks.

Today, straight razors and sharpened bicycle spokes.

Straight razor: This weapon slashes and is obviously not suitable for stabbing. In skilled hands, a straight razor can disable a knifer because a very light contact with flesh, say a knifer’s forearm, cuts deeply — a touch and press is usually enough. The drawback of straight razors is their relative brittleness (see Self-Defense Tip #63 — Learned opinion on the superiority of a knife over a straight razor). Skilled users grip a straight razor in ways that minimize this weakness, as shown in the videos below.

In skilled hands, the razor may not be visible until it cuts — for ideas see this video:

Bicycle spoke: Lethal as a stabbing weapon, a bicycle spoke can also be used to whip or slash with its tip, so its use is similar to that of a foil. It is set in a small grip, usually a wooden cylinder. A bottle cork may be stuck on the sharpened tip for safety while carrying. This is a weapon familiar to the French underworld and also reportedly “the most common weapon used for murder in China.” In South Africa it is used to inflict paralysis.

I know of no mass attack in which razors or spokes were used — perhaps because both those weapons require being very close to the victim and a different mind-set than that of a rampaging slasher and stabber.

Applying any of the techniques mentioned above is your sole responsibility.

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Self-defense tip from Thomas Kurz, co-author of Basic Instincts of Self-Defense and author of Science of Sports Training, Stretching Scientifically, and Flexibility Express.

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