Sunday, November 15, 2015
NUKO TOOLS review by Wmpyr
Nuko Tools review by Wmpyr
On October of 2012 I received a Nuko Tools Punch Ring from Norman, owner of Nuko Tools. That was about 3 years ago, here I am to revisit Nuko Tools and update my review.
Whether it's the Punch Ring or the Nuko Head, Nuko Tools is designed to go with your keys. From a self-defense point of view that makes total sense because it will most likely be in your hands right when you need it, rather than be tucked away somewhere that requires some fumbling around to get to. It's also perfectly normal to be walking about in public with your keys in your hand, however if you had a tactical flashlight in your hand at the grocery store, you would look out of place.
Can you punch hard with this thing without hurting your hand? This is the most frequently asked question I get about Nuko Tools. The answer is no, you can't, you will hurt your hand. This is not designed to maximize your brawling ability. If you really want something that will let you punch something as hard as you can, you will need a padded glove like a Boxer.
Instead Nuko Tools are designed for you to do quick light strikes to cause enough pain, to distract the enemy so that you can runaway. In self-defense, why would a college girl trying to stop a rapist repeatedly throw big haymaker punches? Instead she can do a quick flick towards the eyes and nose, create distance and get away.
Some people say that something like this has no stopping power therefore is useless. This argument is actually silly because there is not a single Boxer in the world that doesn't practice the jab. The jab is a weaker quick strike which can be used to keep the distance and wear down (discourage) your opponent.
Nuko Tools can also be used as a flail where you fling the keys into the attacker's eyes. You can also hold onto your keys and fling the Nuko Tool into the attacker's eyes as well.
The original reason I contacted Norman was because I was making videos on a poor man's Karambit. This is where you get an ordinary knife and put a keyring into the lanyard hole at the bottom of the handle. Now you can flip the knife around as if it were a Karambit. The problem is that unlike a real Karambit the keyring can't be used for striking.
When I saw the Nuko Tools Punch Ring, I thought maybe this would work! I contacted Norman, he was nice enough to send me the black G10 Punch Ring, and just as I suspected, it worked! You can use it to convert your plain knife into an improvised Karambit. Just like a real Karambit you will be able to strike with the ring, and the ring will actually be situated correctly for more realistic flipping.
I have a Kubotan but I really like how Nuko Tools provide an alternative style of self-defense keychain. So, be sure to practice those jabs with your Nuko Tool! You can also slash and if you cut them in the face, it will only make it easier for the cops to identify the bad guy.
Click here to read my older NUKO TOOLS reviews