Hat Pins for Tough Guys (and Tough Ladies)

5 inches of pointy steel never looked so charming.  (Of course, you're not going to carry it anywhere it's likely to be seen.)

There was a time when gentlemen carried walking sticks and ladies wore hat pins, and both accessories doubled as fashion statements and self defense implements.

The concept of a hat pin is still valid, even for tough guys, tough women and people who don't wear hats:

  • About 5 inches of pointy, stiff steel
  • Easy to grip
  • Options to balance concealability and grip
  • Inexpensive, ditchable and deniable ("Do I look like I would have been carrying something that looks like that?")
  • Much lower magnetic signature than a knife
  • Simple carry - no sheath required
  • Easy to stage and access... behind a lapel, on a bag/strap, in a book as a bookmark, in the lining of pants, stuck deep into the seat of a car or chair, pinned to the outside of soft luggage as a tool until you can prep other tools, etc.

A hat pin isn't a pistol or a stout knife, but it can poke a hole deep into anyone that needs a hole put in them.

Our variations are based on size, not color (if you have a preference, call it out in the order notes and we'll try to accommodate).  Each set comes with 4 pins: one large head, one medium head, one small head (round) and one small head (cigar shaped).  This covers all your bases for concealment and grip options.  Bigger heads are easier to grip (along the lines of a push dagger), smaller heads are easier to conceal.  The length of the needles is the same for all, but their overall length varies based on how deep the needles sit in the beads.

We make these ourselves in the CPG WorQshop.  "Real" hat pins on the market are much thinner and flex easily.  These are sewing needles used for heavy upholstery and materials - stiff and pointy.  We heat the eye of the needle, slide it inside the plastic bead and twist it so that the eye fuses with the bead.  We then drip epoxy down the hole in the top of the bead so that the area above the needle is as solid as the rest of the bead.  If you are going to make your own, don't skip the epoxy step, or the needle can get pushed out the back of the bead when the tip hits something.

You won't be seeing us carrying these around... but we are carrying them.  

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