A covertly equipped handcuff key for a foreigner abroad is the smallest part of their gear but potentially the most important.
“Gear to survive or endure dangerous and hazardous scenarios are valuable but gear to avoid them is invaluable.” – JOHN V CAIN (Founder of VINJABOND)
Specialized handcuff keys and other escape tools have been a part of my everyday carry equipment for my professional life for years but have found them to be just as useful in civilian life, especially while traveling.
It’s my nature to be drawn to danger and unstable situations so don’t take it from me but from the experience of an ordinary traveler on holiday…
While packing up to leave a hostel in Bangkok, I met Alex. A Canadian pre-med student on his gap year interested in my strange gear. We got to talking and I gave him a TIHK handcuff key and showed him how to use it.
Then I headed north towards Vietnam, he headed south towards the Thai islands, where his story begins.
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