A company called Alpha Innovations LCC came up with
a new Kubatons. They are made from
polymer, or, as some people wrongly call it, plastic.
So what, do you think? Well, read on.
These Kubatons are light. Very light.
If you are used to steel kubotans, or even aluminum
ones, you will appreciate the difference immediatelly,
and even more so after a few days of carry.
Thanks to machined grooves with rounded edges, they
offer a good grip that doesn't hurt the holding hand
during strikes. They have an eye-pleasing matte finish
that hides scratches well and further improves owner's
Alpha Innovations Kubatons come in two lenghts,
1⁄4 and 4
3⁄4 inches long. The longer is better for
people with larger hands as it allows striking with
both ends, the shorter is best suited for thumbcapping
the flat end and striking with the tip.
Both are well suited for concealment, because of almost
no weight and a non-glare finish.
When I saw the Kubaton's tip, my first thought
was "nasty“. It is steep enough to drive
deep, and rounded enough to really hurt without actual
tissue penetration. I poked myself several times and
what I found out exceeded my expectations, pain-wise.
Full power strike into a bony area would definitely
take somebody out of fight. The relatively small impact
area makes pokes and jabs into mucle groups unpleasant,
too... very much so.
I hit a pine board with this Kubatons, and made a deep dent.
Several strikes after, the board cracked. Kubatons has no scuff whatsoever...
not even after I hammered it through another board,
to find out if the Alpha Innovations claim that their
kubotans will survive such treatment is true. It is.
The only thing that was able to damage (gouge) the Kubatons tip was a full-power
strike into a rough concrete wall. I tried brick before
that, and the Kubatons was just taking chips
out of it!
I don't believe that it it possible to destroy this
thing with any normal means. Sure, a saw or a blowtorch
can manage it, but strikes? No way.
These Kubatons are light, strong,
totally impervious to elements, effective, and cheap.
Do I need to say more? Get one, if only to try it out.
Alpha Innovations also plans to make 6
inch kubotans and Koppo Sticks. That's right, polymer
koppos for affordable prices!
With the set standard of quality, they will be undoubtedly
great. Look out, metal kubotan makers... here comes