Interesting to find this exhibited at MoMA.
A product that is intended to …
provide its wearer with confidence
and a subtle tool for self-defense
"When not used for defense, the ring folds in on itself, taking the form of an elegant stack of
three shapes. By Amanda Knox, Kim Hoffmann and Sara Shaughnessy."
The Subtle Safetyâ„¢ Defensive Ring (patent pending)*
*> The Subtle Safetyâ„¢ Defensive Ring Disclaimer
Our Subtle Safetyâ„¢ jewelry is not intended to be used as a weapon or as an aggressive device; rather it is meant to provide its wearer with confidence and a subtle tool for self-defense. Any other use of our Subtle Safetyâ„¢ jewelry is not recommended and can cause harm to its wearer or any third-party. RedStart Design LLC disclaims all other warranties and will not be liable for any injuries or damages resulting from improper use of our Subtle Safetyâ„¢ jewelry. By purchasing our products, you agree to these limitations.
Call them what you like; by any other name they are still Brass Knuckles. and are patently (no pun intended) illegal. And if by “subtle tool”, the implication is that they are not visibly, or obviously, a weapon, then the are considered a concealed weapon.
The marketing of this product is misleading in that, by itself, this ‘ring’ is not going to ward off an attack unless the wearer is properly trained to respond to one, may (as disclaimed) actually injure the wearer, and more dangerously, may instill a false sense of secuity.
While this product is well-intentioned, and would seem to have some merit with regard to added personal safety (for women), these designers have unwittingly set up their themselves, a manufacturer, and all subsequent purchasers of this product to break the law.
In the State of California, the manufacture, and sale of “metal knuckles” is illegal.
State of California
- (a) Any person in this state who does > any of the following
is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year
or in the state prison:
(1) Manufactures or causes to be manufactured, imports into the
state, keeps for sale, or offers or exposes for sale, or who gives,
lends, or possesses any cane gun or wallet gun, any undetectable
firearm, any firearm which is not immediately recognizable as a
firearm, any camouflaging firearm container, any ammunition which
contains or consists of any flechette dart, any bullet containing or
carrying an explosive agent, any ballistic knife, any multiburst
trigger activator, any nunchaku, any short-barreled shotgun, any
short-barreled rifle, > any metal knuckles > …