How many of you think "outside the box" when it comes to unusual ways to defend your home and family? Here are a few of the unconventional items that I can use, if need be. Not all will cause fatal wounds but can be disabling. The metal yardstick is there for 2 reasons - so you can see the sizes of the items AND as a defensive tool. Granted, hitting somebody with the broad, flat face will only bend the yardstick and sting somewhat. But, hitting them across the forearm from the elbow down may break bones or stun their arm and cause them to drop their weapon. Next is an old umbrella that I carefully removed all the unneeded metal parts and made it into a spike. While the shaft is hollow and will be bent if I whack somebody with it, the metal point has been slightly sharpened and could pierce a body once or twice before bending. The 3' piece of garden hose is self-explanatory. Nonfatal but hurts like "H". The next item is half of a set of "loppers" used to trim tree branches. The curved hook of the other half broke and I removed the bolt holding them together and sharpened the blade. I don't know how well it work to stab or puncture but imagine the slashing power of that 2.5" blade at the end of the 26" handle. Do you think it would be good enough to take out the jugular in the neck? Lastly is a heavy chef's knife that I keep handy in the kitchen. It doesn't get used for food prep as it is too big for the prep I do, but - - -. Now let me know what strange "tools" you keep around and what gave you the idea to "repurpose" them !