as a defensive and offensive weapon, brass knuckles are hardcore fighting tools
designed to improve the punching power of the wearer's fist. In a typical
fight, participants form a fist by drawing the fingers across the palm and
pressing the thumb against the forefinger. The flat portion between the knuckles
and the first finger joints form a fairly solid weapon for striking an opponent.
The problem is that the fingers are often jammed into the
fleshy part of the palm upon impact and the puncher loses most of the power
behind the blow. Brute strength may still win the fight, but there's usually
some serious damage to the puncher's hand.
Enter brass knuckles. A typical set of brass knuckles is
formed from one solid piece of metal- either aluminum, brass or another alloy.
One end is formed into four open loops which fit loosely around the fingers. The
other end forms a curve which fits squarely into the closed palm. When a fighter
puts his fingers through the loops and allows the curved end to nestle into his
palm, the result is a much tighter fist. The fingers cannot be driven into the
palm, and the metal grip provides additional weight. This is a distinct
advantage against an unarmed opponent.
a punch while wearing brass knuckles requires a different style than the
standard forward strike. Fingers could be broken if the punch connects directly.
Fighters using Brass Knuckles often use a rolling punch with a glancing blow.
This protects the fingers and causes more damage to the opponent. Contrary to
popular belief, the brass knuckles themselves only cause secondary damage. The
idea is to increase punching power to the fist, not be a weapon in and of
Brass knuckles were actually developed as the handles for
knuckle knives. Spies and other special forces carried knives which had
finger holes in the grip. This feature gave added strength to a thrusting motion
with the blade. If hand-to-hand combat became necessary, the handle doubled as a
form of brass knuckles.
When striking with brass
knuckles the best places to hit are hard places, i.e. the outside of
the forearm, elbows, knees, shins and the head. Hitting someone in
the stomach with them is not using them to their full effectiveness.
Ideally no skin should touch the top and inside of the knuckles, and
the pinky should not be touching the sides of its slot.
All you need is one good solid punch, and the fight could be over!
A hit from someone using metal knuckles is usually extremely
painful. A hard enough hit to the skull, sternum or spine can cause
severe injury, if not death. It is for this reason that brass
knuckles are considered to be one of the most effective hand-to-hand
weapons that exists to date. If one were to believe in a 'fair
fight' then brass knuckles would be the last weapon that is
considered in a respectable and fair combat between two individuals
on the street as it is not a proof of strength; rather it is an
enhancement of the punch. However in saying this, the idea of a fair
fight on the street is ridiculed by many and for this reason brass
knuckles are regarded as being legitimate for carrying by many
Brass knuckles have appeared in various movies and TV shows as well.
Some recent appearances include a normal pair of brass knuckles
wielded on D-Day in Band of Brothers. Professional wrestler
William Regal uses brass knucks on occasion and calls the move "The
Power of the Punch".
They are popular in the Hardcore music culture, due to the "tough
guy" nature of the listeners.
During World War I, brass knuckles were used in hand-to-hand combat
in trench raiding operations, and were incorporated into the handle
of some trench knives.
On an episode of WWE RAW, Eric Bischoff handed Chris Jericho
brass knuckles during Jericho's "You're Fired" match with John Cena.
John Cena also occasionally uses brass knuckles; his are engraved
with "WORD LIFE".
There are even some martial arts employing this weapon.
In the film Constantine, the main character,
John Constantine, uses
a pair of
holy brass knuckles with crosses etched into them in his fight
with Balthazar, and even
knows how to kick some major ass with her brass knuckles in the movie Wanted.
Besides the obvious uses, our customers have
found many different great reasons to own "paperweights". Email us with your ideas. and we'll
add them to this section of our website. Got pictures? E-mail them and
we'll post them for all to see!
Brass knuckles are very popular luxury
apparel among elite and
fashionable Gangsters, Hustlers, Pimps, Players and other socialites. The Brass,
and Chrome come with studs that screw in to make belt buckles. It's also popular
among certain groups (or "gangs") to wear them on a necklace or as a four finger
Auto / Motorcycle Ornaments: Custom Car Owners like to use these reproductions as
auto ornaments with their cars. There are different colors and styles to
match your scheme. They can simply be hung from the rear-view mirror or
used as hood ornaments. You place them next to the make and model emblems, use
as door handles, mount on the steering wheel, replace the brake release or hood
release handles, use as brake, clutch, or accelerator pedals, and motorcyclists
like to use them for custom handle grips.
Production Props: Entertainers and Theater Departments will find a million uses
as interesting props. Magicians, M.C.s, Comedians, Public Speakers,
Actors, Musicians. Give it a try and be creative.
Executives and Salesman have found the rich, exotic
reproductions to be great conversation pieces or ice breakers. This site has all
kinds of interesting information that you can talk about while getting the ball
rolling on negotiations and sales.
Also has many uses:
Check out our
Brass Knuckles Blog
and read our article about
Brass Knuckles 2,700 Years Ago and there is another article about
knuckle knives. And also if you are interested you might want to read about
Brass Knuckles History.