Pioneer Chicken Jitsu
Years ago I was a fry cook at Pioneer Chicken in Madera, California. The franchise was right across the street from the county jail, and the first thing many inmates did after being released was to come to Pioneer Chicken.
One night we did have a lady at her table talking out loud to herself, and occasionally when I went out back at night I would be startled by bums rummaging through the dumpster. I suppose I’m lucky there were never any problems.
But as I look back I remember we used to stir the deep fryers with an axe handle. Every so often we stirred up the fryers with an ax handle and skimmed the cracklings that sank to the bottom, because if you didn’t remove them they would burn and taint the oil. So an example of a semi-impromptu weapon would be an ax handle.
As I have thought about it, I find that real impromptu weapons tend to be clubs (like an ax handle) or stabbing weapons, like an ice pick or a pencil. True knives are less common –for instance a pair of scissors can stab, but really won’t cut like a knife.
And of all of the improvised/emergency weapons you’re likely to find, almost nothing resembles a 28 inch rattan stick. Another implication of these facts is that your knife system should reflect more thrusting than cutting.