The STAFF. Multipurpose, Self-defence, Survival Tool (Scottish History and Myth)--Video

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The STAFF. Multipurpose, Self-defence, Survival Tool (Scottish History and Myth)--Video

Postby Harper » Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:43 am

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Here is an interesting presentation on the multipurpose use of the staff:




I personally prefer something that is smooth and of uniform diameter for self defense use. Waxwood was traditionally used in China for weapons and Ash in Europe.

There are many other uses for a staff than are shown in the video. Here are some illustrations from various Boy Scout (when they were still the Boy Scouts) manuals:

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Re: The STAFF. Multipurpose, Self-defence, Survival Tool (Scottish History and Myth)--Video

Postby Iodo » Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:42 pm

WOW Well, there's a lot of superstition in that video, and some real good advice, thanks for the link :P

And those pics, someone has given serious thought into making something as simple as a stick as useful as possible. As a result of UK weapon laws the only thing I carry is a good stick, (mines short though - I'm length limited by what fits across the back of my car) The only thing I'd add is in the "rangering" application leave the bark on, a stripped staff shows up too well in the woods. I have a hand strap and patterns and stuff carved onto it, although unlike him there's no system, I've just done it when bored
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Re: The STAFF. Multipurpose, Self-defence, Survival Tool (Scottish History and Myth)--Video

Postby Harper » Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:38 am

I've heard about the UK laws. Many people here want us to be like that, too.

Can you bring a handaxe if you are out in the field?

I've been training in the use of sticks of all lengths since I was a kid. Right now, I'm training in the use of the cane. There is a great deal of overlap, but the crook (curved) portion lends an additional dynamic. Since I'm still many years (decades, hopefully) from needing one, I look a little funny out in public unless I affect a limp.

I try to train for such things years before I need to. I started to learn Tai Chi in my 20s as a side thing.

Here in America, the cane is an intesting subject. It is considered a "Medical Device." They can't prohibit you from taking it into a courtroom or on a plane under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). They technically can't even ask you why you need it.

There are specially made "Self Defense Canes" which have a wider crook, a sharpened point at the horn (terminus of the crook), cane shafts with angled edges and "sharks teeth" portions for raking.





You can often get these kind of canes for a fraction of the price on eBay from other vendors.

Of course, if you carry a cane, the bad guys will naturally assume that your mobility is hampered and it may make you a more attractive target. But, if you really do need one or you can't carry any other kind of weapon, it is good to know how to use it.
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Re: The STAFF. Multipurpose, Self-defence, Survival Tool (Scottish History and Myth)--Video

Postby Iodo » Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:26 am

Harper wrote:I've heard about the UK laws. Many people here want us to be like that, too.

Can you bring a handaxe if you are out in the field?

I've been training in the use of sticks of all lengths since I was a kid. Right now, I'm training in the use of the cane. There is a great deal of overlap, but the crook (curved) portion lends an additional dynamic. Since I'm still many years (decades, hopefully) from needing one, I look a little funny out in public unless I affect a limp.

I try to train for such things years before I need to. I started to learn Tai Chi in my 20s as a side thing.

Here in America, the cane is an intesting subject. It is considered a "Medical Device." They can't prohibit you from taking it into a courtroom or on a plane under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). They technically can't even ask you why you need it.

There are specially made "Self Defense Canes" which have a wider crook, a sharpened point at the horn (terminus of the crook), cane shafts with angled edges and "sharks teeth" portions for raking.





You can often get these kind of canes for a fraction of the price on eBay from other vendors.

Of course, if you carry a cane, the bad guys will naturally assume that your mobility is hampered and it may make you a more attractive target. But, if you really do need one or you can't carry any other kind of weapon, it is good to know how to use it.


Yes, I can carry a hatchet/knife if I out in the field and am going to use it (at the moment - there's been a lot of hype in the media about knife crime and I've got a feeling laws are about to change), I just can't get away with sword/bow or anything, A walking staff is my best bet, plenty of people carry those and no one ever thinks of it as a potential weapon
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Re: The STAFF. Multipurpose, Self-defence, Survival Tool (Scottish History and Myth)--Video

Postby Elleth » Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:40 am

knife cr...

idgits would make you leave your teeth at the police station and check them out at dinner time if they could figure out how. :/
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Re: The STAFF. Multipurpose, Self-defence, Survival Tool (Scottish History and Myth)--Video

Postby Iodo » Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:40 pm

Elleth wrote:knife cr...

idgits would make you leave your teeth at the police station and check them out at dinner time if they could figure out how. :/

I know the feeling, It's the looks you get when you get out a tiny pocket knife at a picnic site to cut up an apple :mrgreen:
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Re: The STAFF. Multipurpose, Self-defence, Survival Tool (Scottish History and Myth)--Video

Postby Peter Remling » Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:24 pm

Elleth wrote:knife cr...

idgits would make you leave your teeth at the police station and check them out at dinner time if they could figure out how. :/


The Mandatory Denture Act ? :P

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