I have been looking for a good defensive hand weapon. I have ultimately decided on a blunt weapon for its lack of maintenance required and its ease of use. I'd never have to worry about a blade dulling or chipping or rusting, and I'd never have to worry about the angle of cut, or cutting myself in use. I don't planning on becoming a hand-to-hand combat master or anything, and probably won't do more than basic stuff to just work on my aim and wrist strength (like hitting thrown balls from different angles, both with swings and thrusts, and other simple things). So, that said, this is most likely what I'd get: African Walking Stick : Cold Steel All the reviews are great (including youtube ones). As most know, their polypropylene material is extreme rugged. I like that it has a super long reach compared to my current selection of hand weapons (the longest of which is a simple 20" steel tube with one end wrapped in rope for grip and padding; the shortest of which is a ~14" hatchet). This would give me a large advantage against an aggressive animal or perhaps someone with a knife (if, for whatever reason, my pistol was unavailable). It is light weight, but with much of its weight concentrated in one spot on the end of a long shaft, still seems very effective. This would likely be something I sheath across my back under a pack, or perhaps on my belt, when in the outdoors (or during the zombie apocalypse). It is available for probably $30 shipped from various vendors. Do you guys think it would be a worthwhile defensive tool to keep around / on me?