You can defend yourself with almost anything!

You can defend yourself with almost anything!

You can defend yourself with almost anything! Weapons for Self-defense are everywhere. You never know when an attack could happen, you may be outside, or in your own home, but either way, with a little thought you can be ready for the unexpected, no matter where it may occur.

While violence often strikes when you least expect it, to counter violent attacks, you need to be fast and furious. Everyday objects that could be turned into weapons are all around you. Should you find yourself facing a violent threat, be ready to grab something and win the fight.

Having some sort of defensive weapon—be it a firearm, knife, or spray—as part of your defensive plan is never a bad idea, but sometimes you don’t have one on you (like when you’re in an area that prohibits weapons), your attacker has taken or knocked your weapon away, or you’re in a position that makes drawing your weapon hard to do.

Thankfully, you’re constantly surrounded by potential weapons that can be quickly accessed to counter violent attacks. To find and employ them, you just need to hone the most important weapon in your arsenal—your mind!


Every lady (or guy) should not only carry a flashlight but know how to use it in defensive situation from attack. Not only can it help you find stuff in the dark and act as a deterrent to would-be attackers, it can also be used as a weapon. Maglite Heavy Duty D Cell flashlights make for a great makeshift club, and many specialized tactical flashlights end with a serrated or toothed bezel that can be used as an improvised striking device during an attack.

After you’ve shined the bright light of a high-powered flashlight in your attacker’s eyes and disoriented him, strike his face with the toothed bezel as hard as you can. The motion should be like forcefully stamping him with a giant rubber stamp. Do not hold back, your life may be in danger! Here are a few items that make great weapons for Self-defense, both inside and outside the home.


Today’s cellphones have been designed to take a beating; consequently, they can be used to give a beating. Tightly grasp your cellphone in your hand and slam the edge and corners of it into vulnerable parts of the body like the eyes, nose, and neck.

You could also put your phone in a sock or other piece of clothing to make an improvised sap—a weighted impact weapon.

Hornet / Insect spray

Hornet spray is pepper spray on steroids. The former can usually shoot up to 20 feet and provides a much more directed stream than you find with the latter. What’s more, the chemical used in hornet spray is much more potent than pepper spray and can potentially permanently blind an attacker.

Keep in mind, that due to the possible maiming effects of hornet spray, one should only use it in life-threatening situations (like during a home invasion). Using hornet spray as an everyday self-defense tool is illegal in most jurisdictions.


If you’re wearing a leather belt, you already have one of the most versatile tools available with you. The best thing about it is it can also be used as a weapon and a restraint.

A belt with a big and heavy buckle (like rodeo buckles) can cause wounds, but any heavy-duty belt will do and leave at least stinging bruises. Wrap your belt around your hand and leave 6 – 12 inches of the buckled end and use it like a flail. Don’t leave out too much and be mindful of your swing—it’s just as easy to hit yourself if you’re not careful.

You can also use your belt to choke your attacker if the opportunity presents itself. Utilize your belt on your enemy after neutralizing them as an immobilizing or restraining device until help arrives.


When your attacker is up close and personal, sometimes, you need to use improvised self-defense weapons.

We know that it’s frightening to have to look at an attacker when they’re just feet away from your face. However, try to see this as an opportunity to do the maximum amount of damage.

Believe it or not, a pen can do some serious damage when used the right way. Though your best-case scenario would be to get a hold of a tactical pen, but that’s not always possible. A suggestion would be that you carry a penknife on your person whenever possible.

A standard pen can still work well — especially if you can grab one made from a heavier material like stainless steel. When you hold it, make sure that you use an overhand grip to allow you to maximize force.

You should aim for the eyes or other parts of the face. You can also jab the inside of an attacker’s arm with your pen. Grab their hand or wrist and pull it to a right angle. Then, jab the inside of their forearm.


Turn your metal wristwatch into a quick and easy knuckleduster by holding the bracelet inside your fist and positioning its face across your middle knuckles.

Keep in mind that the impact of this move will likely break your timepiece. But you can write off the destruction of your watch, if it was that expensive. Losing your wristwatch will be a small price to pay if it saves your life. A watch can be replaced, your life cannot.

Car keys

Need another good reason not to keep misplacing your keys all the time?

Remember that they make awesome improvised self-defense weapons. In addition to having these keys with you at home, remember that they also make for good self-defense tools while you’re out jogging.

Somewhat as with the wristwatch, the goal here is to place the keys between your fingers. Then, you’ll have what amounts to a short, stubby knife that you can use to defend yourself.

Unfortunately, the length of the key means that you’ll only be able to use it to defend yourself against attackers that are extremely close to you.

Go for the legs, the inner forearms, and the eyes or face. The most important thing for you to remember is that you need to keep as tight of a grip on your keys as is possible. Anything that you use as a weapon, if seized by your attacker, can be used against you.

Always make sure you have a keyring you can slip between your fingers and grip with a chain. We also suggest investing in a keychain knife — especially if you run late at night or get a bad feeling when you head to the parking lot after work.

Even just having it on your person will make you feel much safer when you’re out at night.

Rolled-Up Newspapers

You can get them almost anywhere, take them anywhere, and transform them into a weapon in less than a minute.

Take a newspaper, open it and roll it top-to-bottom as tight as you can. After that’s done, fold it in half. You now have a weapon! Used in a stabbing motion against the tender parts of the body, this improvised weapon can deliver serious pain on your attacker and provide you a window for escape.

There are many variations to the this. It will take a bit more time, but you can put coins inside before you roll it to make it heavier and use it like a club. You can also add water to it after folding to make it heavier and denser or combine the two methods (the coins and water) for a paper brick that really packs a punch.


If you’re sitting on a chair, you can quickly use it to protect yourself. Lift the chair, its seat against your body and the legs pointed towards your attacker. This provides some distance between you and your attacker and at the same time you’re protecting most of your upper body.

The key to using this method is a stable stance so you won’t trip and get pinned by your own weapon. Spread your legs farther apart, with one slightly to the rear, and move your body weight slightly forward. You can push the chair against the enemy and pin them down with the legs, deflect their weapon, or throw it at them.

One of the biggest disadvantages to using this item as a weapon, depending on the kind of chair that you’re using, is the weight. It will tire you down quickly, so disable your attacker as soon as you can or keep them from hitting you until you can make your escape.

Glass Bottles

A glass bottle to the head or other vital body part can cause a concussion, cuts or fractured bones. Glass bottles are one of the most common improvised weapons used, resulting in numerous injuries yearly.

If you have a tall and heavy bottle nearby, you can use it as a melee club with its liquid content adding to its mass. If there are enough bottles around, you can throw them at your attacker to deter them from closing the gap between you. Just remember to not throw everything away and save one as your melee weapon in case the aggressor keeps up with their attack.

While it’s common practice in the movies, breaking the bottle right away to make a shank isn’t recommended because glass bottles break in unpredictable ways— while it can look intimidating, it’s easy for you to cut yourself, or the resulting piece is too small as to be useless.

Kitchen Utensils

Whether you know it or not, your kitchen contains the most viable weapons for Self-defense instruments in your home. Whilst forks and knives are usually your first thought when it comes to defending yourself in the kitchen, you shouldn’t discount the other bits of cutlery and crockery you have lying around.

Mugs, bowls, and plates can cause a lot of damage if shattered against your attacker, especially if the glass or ceramic shards manage to break the skin. Your pots and pans also make excellent bludgeoning tools.

They’re heavy, easily handled, and can knock out an assailant if aimed at the right part of their body. The best place to aim for when using a pot or pan is the back of the head or the face and buy you enough time to escape and call for help.


You can use an umbrella to attack or distract your assailant in times of need. Opening the umbrella provides the distraction you need as it obscures their view and can trip them up as they’re approaching you, thus buying you time to escape or grab onto something that’s better to defend yourself with.

However, if you’re not interested in using it as a distraction, an umbrella can be swung like most other long, solid objects to deliver a painful blow to your attacker.

Loose Change and Water Bottles

These two items might seem odd to use in a confrontation, but they’re actually the most useful in guaranteeing you’re able to get yourself out of a dangerous situation. The aim for these weapons for Self-defense is to flee rather than fight, which is arguably a much safer option for you. Throwing loose change into your assailant’s face gives you a small window of opportunity to run whilst he’s bewildered or stunned. However, this doesn’t last long, which is why using a water bottle is a much better option.
The plastic bottle itself can’t do much, but the water inside it can. Splashing it into your assailant’s face stuns him and temporarily blinds him until he wipes the water out of his eyes, thus giving you a much larger opportunity to escape than by using a handful of coins. Remember, you only need a few seconds to escape.
Knowing how to defend yourself using the common household items you take for granted is a crucial skill in protecting yourself, your family, and your home from those who would do you harm. The next time you’re walking through your home, take a look around and consider the things that you could use in such a situation to stay safe.


If you find yourself attacked, you need to come up with a defense quickly. Unless you have overwhelming odds on your side, escape should be your priority. There’s really no way to accurately predict how a fight will turn out, and there are many things that could go wrong against you. But if running is not an option and you’re forced to square off against your attacker barehanded, it’s reassuring to have a defensive tool to back you up. Weapons for Self-defense are very important for this reason.

What you just read, are just some of the most common items that can be you used as weapons for Self-defense to protect yourself in the event of an attack, but with enough creativity, there are a lot more that you can use if an assault against you does happen and you’re caught unprepared. So remember, you can defend yourself with almost anything!

Author: Nigel Taylor

I`m Nigel Taylor – originally from England – owner of The Backyard Gym in Round Rock Texas. We specialize in personal training, kickboxing cardio and self-defense. With over 25 years experience as a personal trainer, I know what works! From weight loss to bulking up to toning up, I can help you get your desired look and achieve your fitness goals. I can also offer you the privacy of a 100% private personal training studio in which to enjoy and get the most out of your workouts.