Self-defense with a cane/umbrella (Unbreakable Umbrella, Ka-Bar TDI Cane)
So here's the deal. I am going to South Carolina in a couple weeks for my younger sister's basic training graduation. From what I gather, Columbia is probably not the greatest town in the world. I went to Ft. Benning instead of Ft. Jackson, but Lord knows Columbus, Georgia, is also not the greatest town in the world.
So ordinarily I would just pack my gun. But South Carolina does not recognize the MN carry permit, and they also do not recognize nonresident permits or allow open carry, so there's no legal way for me to carry there.
I have acquired an Unbreakable Umbrella and a Ka-Bar TDI Cane.
I am no martial arts expert, and will be relying on some limited cane/stick hapkido experience and pugil stick/bayonet military training.
Anyway, the question at hand is- which to take? The cane is more sturdy and better allows for using the haft of the cane for strikes from the double guard, and while it is covered under the ACAA and the ADA, I am not disabled, and the cane itself is black metal with a sharp crook and knurling along the cane shaft in places that only a martial artist would ever grip a cane. I am concerned that some TSA person who is ignorant of the legalities will decide that it's a weapon and confiscate it anyway.
The umbrella is extremely sturdy, and will raise no eyebrows because it doesn't look any different than any other reasonably nice umbrella. You just lessen the usefulness of the strike with the shaft from double guard because of the fabric and frame of the umbrella absorbing some of the impact. Most of the striking usefulness is with the point and crook.
Taking both would be even more conspicuous, and also kind of a pain.
Also, if anyone has any experience with either product, it'd be nice to hear about it.