You’d think it’s simple and obvious advice, but sometimes you can’t help yourself.
Using names isn’t very elegant, lets just say a certain guy nicknamed “FerF**” was planning on taking a knife, baton, and H2H self defense class this Saturday and needed an expandable baton.
His instructor told him “Don’t buy crap”
His buddy Nomad over at Minion’s told him “Don’t buy crap”
What does the guy do? Being as stubborn as a mule, he buys crap.
Come on, it was only 5 bucks.
I knew it was crap, but 5 bucks was so cheap, vs. the 80 USD the ASP baton costs.
Looks like the ASP, but its a chinese copy
To be honest, I told myself “You still have one day left”, so I was planning on getting the quality thing but I first wanted to try out the cheapo baton. Good thing I did that.
“Trying out” consisted on giving it to my son.
I could hand over a M1 Abraham Battle Tank to Tommy, my 6 year old boy, and I know for certain five minutes later he will come back to me and say “Dad, I broke it… can you fix it?”.
He played a bit with it but soon it was supper time.
When we finished supper he left the baton on the table and rushed into his room, came back with a 4 foot steel pipe and attached me.
The pipe once had a short life as a stick horse toy.
My wife thought it was cute.
It took my son about 30 seconds to discover it was much more fun to remove the horse head and hit daddy with the cloth wrapped tube instead.
So here comes my insane kid, wildly bashing with this tube completely unaware he can probably brake my fingers with it.
I expanded the baton and blocked a couple blows, and after stopping 4 or 5 it broke, the smallest segment just detached and flew away.
“My sword it stronger than you baton daddy”
And he was right, how pathetic is that?
Imagine using that thing on a real fight.
You’d think it would take a serious idiot to trust in a 5 dollar weapon, but someone is obviously buying them, and it sure looked sturdy at first.
I’m 5 bucks poorer but I learned that lesson yet again.
Do not buy crap, specially when it comes to important gear and supplies.
At least tomorrow I’ll get a serious tool for the class.
Who wants to bet that this Saturday there’s going to be more than a few guys showing up to class with a similar cheapo baton?
Your knife, your gun, the ammo you load it with, you food and other essential supplies, don’t go chap on all that.
Do lots of research, but most of the time, you have to pay a reasonable price for good stuff. There are some bargains out there, but most of the time you get what you pay for.
There’s other ways to cut expenses, don’t go cheap on tools that you plan on using to protect your life. It’s just stupid.