I'm curious about what everyone thinks about kubotans. I am semi-experienced with knives, but have never had any experience with kubotans, in large part because I generally carry a knife around for self defence. However, lately people who have discovered in one way or another that I carry a knife tend to get put off, so I'm considering switching it out for a kubotan. I checked the forum search bar regarding this, but most of the things that came up started to focus on legal issues, which is not really my concern (I know the laws well enough for this area, and while I know that I could get in trouble if I elected to use a knife, I would only do it if I had no other choice. My main question is: is it worth replacing my knife with a kubotan? Can they be as effective, and would I need specific training in them, or would generalized weapon training be sufficient for self defence?