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safety first


d*s reader, dana passed on this innovative jewelry designed to give women an extra line of defense against assualt and attackers. the "subtle safety" defensive ring is meant to be, "an expression of confidence". the description from the maker, redstart design, is as follows:

"Orange whistles are garish and weapons can easily be turned against you. The Subtle Safety ring is meant to act as a better solution to the recommended practice of a woman placing her keys between her fingers as she walks alone. When expanded over three fingers, the ring gives the wearer confidence on a dark walk home. [women] can now carry their keys and be ready to open the door to their home or car quickly and safely. With an open palm they are still effective fending off an attacker."
i think the ring is a really great idea. as a woman who walked home late nights from the art studio through my college's dark woods (the only path back from the art studio to my dorm), i often walked with my keys between my fingers in case of an attack (they were all too common on my campus). i think ideas like this are a perfect example of design used to create both a beautifu object and one that serves a (really great) purpose. more info right here [thanks so much, dana!]





Anonymous Anonymous said...

These rings are cool!

Important note - don't do the keys between fingers trick, ladies - it's really easy to use against you as well - all the attacker has to do is squeeze those keys together and your fingers get crushed - try it and you'll see how painful it can be.

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for posting this link! I check this website pretty often, and I love it. I saw this ring in an advertisement over the summer, and thought it was interesting, but completely forgot the maker's name. Once again, thanks.

7:51 PM  
Blogger M. Patrizio said...

I love this! I am definitely consider buying one!

10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sick. If this were a gun or a knife, how would you be touting it? How is it any different than any other concealed weapon?

12:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

^I agree, best bet is to avoid violence. You only make things worse.

4:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

could you wear this on an airplane? collapsed I guess no one could tell, but that's a little scary too. I like it, but I don't.

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If your being attacked this is too fiddly to unpack, go for ya gat !

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just sent this link to my son as a suggestion for a present for his girlfriend who lives in NYC. My only concern is Will we see muggers sporting these rings as well?

As for those who think this is sick or violent, do they not think it's okay to defend oneself if necessary? I agree it's best to give a mugger what he wants, but if you find yourself being attacked, you have to fight back.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Jaxopolitan said...

This seems like a wondeful idea. I wish my parents could've given me this ring my freshman year in college, instead of the pepper spray that never fit into any of my tiny purses.

I doubt that we'd see a mugger or aggressor using something like this as a weapon, anymore than they use pepper spray. It doesn't look like it's intended to cause real harm, just to hurt enough to throw an attacker off guard.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this ring is a great idea. You could wear it collapsed all night and then right before the walk home expand it. Anyone who thinks this is sick is crazy, it is not promoting violence just self defense.

6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this ring is a great idea. You could wear it collapsed all night and then right before the walk home expand it. Anyone who thinks this is sick is crazy, it is not promoting violence. Purely for self defense.

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LIke a handgun, mace etc... Its just self defence !

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would like to buy one of these rings for my girlfriend where can i get one and would they export it to Scotland

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just don't use it for punching! You'll break/cut your fingers.
I only see this working trying to cut the agressor with swirling fists.

Have fun :rolleyes:

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a woman living in NYC that has previously been attacked, I think this small confidence builder is a big plus. It doesn't appear to be that sharp or like it could do a lot of damage...therefore if a robber/person bringing it on a plane tried to victimize someone with it, they would not get the end result they would be hoping for. As for a woman using this while an attacker is trying to steal her purse or do something worse...I think this will be enough to take the attacker by surprise and they will
back off.

EXCELLENT ITEM! I'm impressed

5:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

were do you buy them from

3:52 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

folllow the link, please.


4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too am a NYC woman that was previously attacked. To me this is just a vote of confidence for when a woman must travel down a lonely road in a neighborhood she feels unsafe in. What is the worst that could happen? She takes the guy by surprise as he tries to attack her and buys herself an extra second to get away? It seems somewhat unsharp and difficult to use against the owner. As for me, I plan to buy one and add some cushioning to the inside so that if it did press too hard onmy fingers, it would do less damage. It is not the most conveniant thing in the world, unless you have it spread across the 3 fingers before the attack takes place, therefore awareness is key. I really like this concept and feel so happy that someone out there is thinking about women's issues like this. Sure it isn't perfect, but it is an awesome start. I hear they are considering putting a product on the market that grabs onto a man's penis when he goes to rape a woman. That appears more dangerous to me and like it will do the woman more harm if she uses it than if she doesn't Angering your attacker and not being able to get away is never a good idea, but this ring seems less harsh!

All in all...I love it

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brass Knuckles(EXACTLY WHAT THESE ARE) are not the key to self deffense. If you don't feel safe take some actual Self Deffense classes. This item will not keep you safe, if you use it to cut it will do nothing more that scratch and agrivate, and if you try punching you will break your fingers. Not to mention you have a concealed wepon on you at all times, this turns you into being the safty hazard.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like the idea of this, but I prefer the all sterling silver version. however, the only one i can find online is the acrylic red one. is there somewhere I can get the all sterling one that I have missed?

3:31 PM  

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