Earlier I wrote on the tire knocker as a semi-impromptu weapon. Remember a semi-impromptu weapon is a weapon that you have planned ahead of time to use. This is not the same as an impromptu or an emergency weapon which I pick up at the spur of the moment, say like picking up a tray or grabbing a mop at a McDonald’s when trouble breaks out. Amo Guro Blackgrave mentioned that he keeps a tire knocker in his car, together with other semi-impromptu weapons he has stashed ahead of time.
I had wondered if a tire knocker was a legitimate tool or was just an excuse to carry a club. Well, today when I returned a rented van the U-Haul office had a tire knocker behind the desk. The guy at the desk explained to me that they do in fact use it to check tire pressure. If a tire struck with the tire knocker gives off a thump, it is properly inflated, but if it rings, it is low on air. If I worked at that U-Haul office, a tire knocker would be a perfect semi-impromptu weapon, and I would have several of them placed strategically –out of sight, yet accessible.
In addition to the element of planning, a semi-impromptu weapon must fit into your environment. The tire knocker “fits” in the U-Haul office. Suppose you have a hot dog cart. An 8 inch bayonet or a bolo would stick out like a sore thumb and cry out for the cops’ attention. But you might need a knife to open hot dog packages, and you could select a very sturdy knife with defensive capabilities. An ice pick is better than a bolo or a bayonet (as far as being an innocuous tool and not an exotic weapon), but if you have sodas on ice, then your ice pick makes sense. And with careful planning, you can buy the sturdiest ice pick or even have one made to your specifications.
I’m reminded of the old guy with a bad foot who pedals around his tricycle in Cebu City, selling block ice to the various karaokes and street vendors. He carries an ice pick that must have a 12 inch blade on it, and he could kill you deader than a doornail with it in an instant, because the guy has used it constantly, day in and day out for Lord-knows how many years. Yet who is going to stop him? The ice pick is a necessary tool for his job. If I were that guy, I’d put away the bolos and the rattan sticks and train like crazy with an ice pick.