Jones Brothers are Twin Knifemakers! They make tough folders and fixed blades.
They also make interesting little items and have experimented with making
effective fistloads that resemble Okinawan Tekko. And they have been making some
very cool Fighting Rings. This is not the only one, they have been experimenting
and making some prototypes of others as well.
Jones told me on the phone that they call it, “The Engagement Ring” because
you “engage” people with it, pretty neat, huh? I think so!
Ring really piqued my interest when I first saw it. The only Hojojutsu-style
Rings I was familiar with were Sterling Silver ones on certain websites. Silver
is quite soft, this Ring is Titanium.
you might already know, Titanium is an incredibly tough metal. It is lighter
than steel and arguably stronger. Even though I was very interested in this
Ring, I thought to myself, “This would only have a limited application, how
would you drive with this thing without taking away the covert nature of it by
turning the ring around and telling the whole world you were wearing a
is not the sort of thing that someone wants to keep on their gun hand if they
have a concealed handgun permit, but for some people who do not or cannot carry,
this is just another neat little device that can help them make it home. It may
interfere with the grasp and draw of handgun, knife or baton, so you have to
figure out precisely where this fits into your own, personal, security chain.
But it definitely has some merit.
possibility is to have it in your pocket and when you exit your place of
business or your home, etc., especially if you are in a bad neighborhood, you
slip it on the index or middle finger.
Buddy Ray Smith let me borrow one of his Japanese videotapes that covered
Kusarifundo and Shuriken, near the end; they had some rather oddball Japanese
hand weapons on it. This proved to be quite interesting. There were simple Kata
for a Ring similar to this. Very simple Kata, the sort of thing you could teach
your Wife or Girlfriend in an hour. This is a picture from the videotape that
shows the Ring they were using.
of the movements in the Kata were forehand and backhand, raking slaps with the
fingers clenched together as if you were going to execute the te-gatana, the
edge of hand blow. Very simple. Cool to practice with it in the beginning in a
rigid manner like this to get the feel for it. Then you can create whatever you
is a picture of my lovely Wife’s hand formed into a claw, this is also a
viable way of dealing with some thug.
wait until the last moment and launch that famous World War Two Chin-Jab or
Tiger Claw, tear them to pieces. With one of these rings, you can slap, rake,
tear, claw and in general, rip someone up who is stupid enough to attack you.
It’s a fight, always remember that
reality. Forget all of the training vehicles that you have used when it happens
on the street, forget to remember and your body will take over. Just
is a part of all Combat and so it is with effective Self-defense, keep the hand
with the ring concealed until the last possible moment whenever possible.
Because street muggers might be interested in your jewelry, they might just look
directly down at the Ring, allowing you the opening shot in extreme close
so maybe the situation does not warrant you going after their face with palm
slaps/rakes with a Fighting Ring on. What else can you do?
not a big believer in “Pain Compliance Techniques” because if you get your
hands on someone who has a high pain tolerance, emotionally disturbed or out of
their mind on drugs, by the time you figure that out – that something is not
working – there is a very real possibility you will already be swallowing some
of your teeth. Or possibly something far worse will happen to you.
can grab people with this Ring and it is going to hurt like hell. Loose areas of
skin like under the upper arms, the waistline, groin and inside of thighs…this
will get their attention.
could also lock into flesh for some nasty jointlocking controls as well.
Gordon Liddy, huh? What the hell?
does not matter what you think of George Gordon Battle Liddy, known
affectionately as “The G-Man” or “G. Gordon.” You may disagree with him
politically and think him simply a one-time FBI Agent gone bad or a bungling
burglar. This does not matter. Find his book “Will” and purchase it, enjoy
it. Not only is it an excellent and interesting read, you might find out how to
turn yourself into one Bad Dude,
should that be your goal in life, to be a badass.
Lots of people think they’re a badass
but seldom deliver. Liddy is still a badass
and he’s an old man now.
was sentenced to “Big Boy” Prison,
unlike most people in Government who screw up, he did not get sent to a Country
Club. Liberals think he is crazy and they
despise him, which is a stellar endorsement if you ask me.
what does G. Gordon Liddy have to do with this neat, Titanium Fighting Ring made
by The Jones Brothers? Well, read Liddy’s book “Will,” become a badass
and find out why!
OK, here is a teaser for you, you ready? Gun Guru Massad Ayoob wrote an absolutely excellent book on Self-defense way back about 20 years ago called “The Truth About Self-Protection.” Here is an excerpt from the Ayoob book, which anyone who is serious about Self-defense should find, purchase and study:
“…The man landed a relatively feeble punch to Liddy’s forehead, and to his horror and surprise, Liddy was instantly half blinded as a flood of blood poured into his eyes. The fight was broken up before either man was seriously injured, but Liddy still couldn’t believe he had been gashed that badly by such a puny blow. Another con[vict] provided the answer: ‘fighting rings.’”
This was Ayoob commenting on Liddy’s book, “Will.” Buy both books, didn’t I already say that?
The general idea in Ayoob’s book is to buy a couple gnarly Biker’s rings, like a Viking Head and a Wolf Head and carry them in your front pockets if they would be to gaudy where you work or in your social circles. A light punch can lacerate; a moderate punch might send someone to the hospital for sutures.
The Jones Brothers Engagement Ring might be even more insidious because it just looks like a ring on the outside of the hand, there is no “Biker” or “Goth” look to it. And you don’t have to punch with it, you can slap, rake and claw with it. That might be even more devastating. It could be a segue into drawing your knife or a baton. Whatever you are using.
remember that you might be maiming someone when you strike them like this so
make sure the situation warrants the use of a weapon.
to Barry Jones of Jones Brothers Knives for making this Engagement Ring and
thanks to Ray Smith for giving me a glimpse into some Classical movements from
Japanese Arts to add to my trickbag.
thanks to Liddy and Ayoob for giving me ideas over the years, forming mindset
and tactics. Thanks for writing the entertaining and informative books
is a link to The Jones
Brothers, if you like The Engagement Ring, you can drop
them an E-mail
and tell them you heard about it here and they will take care of
are a couple more of the interesting hand weapons in the aforementioned Japanese
video and another shot of the Engagement Ring.
what I said earlier; don’t use these things on people unless you fear for your
life. You’re going to scar them.
don’t be E-mailing me and asking me if THIS is the “thing” to carry
onboard Commercial Airliners for Self-defense! Don’t carry weapons onboard
Commercial Airliners unless you smile when you get a prostate exam at your
Doctor’s Office because that’s going to be the result when they are done
with you if you try to take this onboard.
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