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Subtle Safety Defensive Ring – on sale

:: Thursday, December 2nd, 2004 @ 1:46:07 am

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A month and a half ago, I wrote about Mandy, RedStart Design, my sister, and a very cool ring. That ring, the Subtle Safety Defensive Ring, is now available for online purchase! I don’t have one yet, but I totally want one.

Support Mandy and buy one for a loved one for Christmas! They’re hand-made, and are beautiful. RedStart makes a a few other collections as well. My favorite is the Stream series. The silver pendant on my neck is an early Stream series prototype. :)

| Oakland, CA | link | trackback | Dec 2, 2004 01:46:07
  • http://www.reefpix.org James Wiseman

    Pretty cool – it’s beautiful brass knuckles.

  • Jo

    Hey Eric. Your friend’s designs are beautiful. Since the first time you posted about this, I’ve been thinking that if I ever get around to taking a self-defense class, which I should have done years ago, I deserve to buy the subtle safety ring. :)

  • vinh

    this was discussed last time, but the whole purpose of the ring is not as an actual weapon… it’s more symbolic… a reminder to be aware of what’s going on around you i guess.

    that said, if you get it because you want brass knuckles… it’s not clear how effective it is for that purpose. and given that it is not intended as a weapon, there is no such thing as “deserving” to buy it.

    if you like it for its looks, or what it stands for, go ahead an get it. frankly, i think it looks awesome regardless of any potentially practical uses. it’s got a very engineered look to it i think. i can imagine it being part of a goth ensemble too. :)

  • http://admansblog.blogspot.com Adman

    The page seems a little self-contradictory to me.

    First, it presents figures about violence against women. No problem there.

    Then, it sells a ring that undeniably resembles brass knuckles (as evidenced by the above comments). I have to think that numbers of people would buy the ring with the intention of using it as a weapon if needed.

    Then, the disclaimer (tricky little disclaimers, eh?) says that the ring is not intended to be used as a weapon, but instead is a “subtle tool for self defense”, whatever that means.

    It all just seems a little muddled to me. I’d hate for people to buy it and have a FALSE sense of security.

    Maybe a singular opinion, but there it is.

  • Jo

    Actually, I think I would deserve to spend 75 bucks on myself for a piece of jewelry that I find aesthetically attractive and symbolic. I’m not into weapons and I don’t go looking for trouble, but I certainly don’t think there is anything wrong with women empowering themselves to have at least a little knowledge of how to stand up for themselves. And, on the rare occasion that I have to walk across a parking lot late at night, I keep my keys and cell phone handy, even though I’ve never thought I would have to use the keys.

  • http://eric-ng.net gen3ric

    I told a few friends about this when you posted and they totally want one. Maybe for christmas!

  • vinh

    from what i had gathered from the discussion in the original post, the intent behind this ring is to remind people to do exactly as Jo has done:

    “And, on the rare occasion that I have to walk across a parking lot late at night, I keep my keys and cell phone handy, even though I’ve never thought I would have to use the keys.”

    the ring is supposed to be kind of like a string tied around your finger… that little reminder to be safe, to make safe decisions, etc… it doesn’t hurt that it looks cool and would make a nice conversation piece. :)

  • rosa

    happy birthday sweetie!

  • M. mellow

    I like it, actually. Yes, it’s not especially functional as a weapon, but it makes an interesting statement. And even if you wanted to argue for it as being a serviceable weapon,there would be real problems with marketing and selling it as such, partly because of the ridiculous weapons laws that abound in the several states. Apparently people fight very hard over the Amendment #2 right to bear arms but sticks, penknives, and nunchuks are just far too friggin’ deadly to let people carry around compared to, say, a Glock. And you can’t get a license to bear nunchuks. So whatever the motivation behind the marketing copy, it’s hardly an easy issue to come up with an acceptable phrasing for it in almost any direction you’d look. And, provided that you know how to throw a real punch, it looks decidedly better than keys or loose change. (But then, that’s the thing, isn’t it? I don’t know anyone who would buy a set of brass knuckles and feel safer carrying it around without really knowing how to throw a punch first.)

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