Re: Melissa's RFI re Chakrams
- Dear Melissa:
I share your instinct that chakrams should be useful. About three years
ago, it occurred to me also that the chakram could allow one to defend him
or herself with a thrower without the difficulty of throwing knives at
different distances. (Since we are in the Thrower group, let's not even ask
why a sane person would have the slightest concern about defending him or
herself with a throwing weapon.)
My thought, probably much like yours, was that since Chakram's throw like
Frisbee's, anyone adept with a Frisbee (myself and most other people born
between 1945 and 1955) should be able to deploy a Chakram with deadly
accuracy from day one. Pursuring that thought, two years ago, I ordered
several Chakrams from Atlanta Cutlery.
What I found was that our instinct is correct. You can hit reliably and
VERY hard with one of these things from day one. They throw accurately with
the ease of a Frisbee, and to achieve that you don't have to practice very
much, you have to throw them HARDER, because they're so much heavier. To
me, this definitely beats figuring out, in a street confrontation, whether
your opponent is 3 or 2 1/2 knife turns away, while preparing to bounce the
handle of a large Hibben off his jacket and start a real fight.
Yet I have not relied upon my Chakrams for anything. Why? Well, for one
thing they come from Atlanta Cutlery without an edge on them. I don't like
dull edged weapons. True, I could have brought them to a
knife sharpener who would easily have put a decent edge on them with his
machinery, even with the round blade. But I didn't.
My sense is that the Atlanta Cutlery chakram is an excellent and practical
weapon that is never used because it doesn't fit our preconceived notions of
an effective self defense weapon. I am quite sure that if a strong young
male attacker was first noticed by a normally coordinated woman 30 feet
away, so she had the time to get her hand on a sharpened Chakrams as the
attacker closed the distance, the Chakram would stop him cold. I mean COLD,
with huge energy transfer and a ferocious bleedout (if I may speak freely in
I find Jim Keating's thought valuable (www.combattech.com). Jim is
talended, open-minded, and creative, and therefore often points out defense
value where others miss it. Mr. Keating calls chakrams "Frisbees from
Hell," and I think that is apt. A very accurate Frisbee throw is simple
automatic for many of us. One with a chance to deploy a sharpened Atlanta
Cutlery chakram in a self-defense situation would probably find that it had
saved his or her life. Yet I doubt that more than a handful of people in
the country include the chakram in their defense strategy.
Should you try the chakram, let us know what you think of it. Having read
your message and written this reply, I'm going to get mine out of storage
and take another serious look at them.
John St. John
"Mine is a high art..."
On 29 May 2000 09:05:26 -0000, email@example.com wrote:
> Message: 1
> Date: Sun, 28 May 2000 13:32:38 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Melissa <goaliegirl1986_2000@...>
> Subject: chakrams
> Dear everyone,
> I am new with the sport of throwing, and I find the
> concepts of chakrams fascinating. Does anyone have
> information or tips on throwing them or the name of a
> good dealer? Thanks.
> Melissa Coats
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