a kid growing up I can remember a blackjack hanging
behind the kitchen door of my grandmother's house.
It was black basket weave with lead head. My grandmother
said that it belonged to my grandfather and that he
carried it in the Army.
My grandfather died when I was three but I knew all
about him. He quit school in his early teens to help
out on the truck down at the dock in New York with his
father and from all accounts liked to fight.
I assumed the blackjack was just insurance to protect
a soldier's meager paycheck. The blackjack did
accomplish one thing, like all other weapons it prompted
Not long ago a very good fried of mine from the forums
Russell A Natkin better known as BoerBoelGuy turned
me onto Scott
Foster known affectionately on the forums as the Foster
makes saps and Scott
makes blackjacks. BoerBoelGuy arranged for me to have
an example of each of their work.
Before long a heavy little box showed up at the steps
of my home. First I will discuss Todd's sap. The
first thing that struck me about both Todd and Scott's
work is that they scream “handmade”. The
word that comes to mind after that is classic.
The leather is a rich beautiful brown with black accents
running through it with tooling along the seam. This
sap is filled with 10 ounces of lead shot packed loosely
so as to slightly disperse upon impact.
Again this classic looks like it should be dropped into
the back pocket of a 1930's detective as he puts
on his fedora with his other hand.
When picking up Todd's Black
& Blue blackjack for the first time all I could
think about was how bad it would suck to get hit with
it. The Black & Blue called such because of the
black and blue leather making up its handle encases
a 10-ounce lead head molded directly to the spring forming
All the leather used to create this masterpiece including
the Convoy style strap permeates the immediate air with
the smell of fine leather. The Black & Blue begs
to be stuffed in the waistband of an old time beat cop
or dropped discreetly in the rear jack pocket of any
officer whose agency stills allows the right tools for
the right job.
himself an officer tells me that for him and Todd
this is a labor of love. Whenever it seems that making
saps and jacks becomes more of a job than a pastime
the Brothers Foster sit back a bit and relax.
The best way to contact them is on the forums, Scott
goes by Disector and Todd
is cleverly known as TODD1. Besides custom orders they
will post when they have specimens for sale.
Only when I do a class do I realize how much stuff I
have in my collection from Kubatons
to knuckles. I also get a fair amount of toys in for
T&E. Seldom do these items end up in my EDC and
if they do it is because they are so good that they
replace something else.
The Foster Brothers creations are the first tools that
I ever really added. I also have to admit that a lot
of it has to do with nostalgia and wondering what was
going through my grandfather's mind when he slid
his jack into his pocket. Or maybe one just like it
rode in the pocket of my Great Great Grandfather Francis
McGrail who came on the job with the Elizabeth New Jersey
Police Department in 1894.
fashion I had to come up with SCDU plans for the
sap and blackjack. For carry options the three I
decided on in order of preference are-
side back pocket
cross draw position
carry about the same position as strong side back
Deployment options and use all started
with my strong side pinkie finger being used to index
the tools to facilitate the draw. The initial strike
from the IWB cross draw position is an angle #6 backhand.
Drawing from strong side rear I like the first strike
to come out of the pocket and then up and under kind
of like the same motion as pitching a horse shoe. The
chin is the target but the rest of the head may present
itself as your attacker hollows out to avoid a suspected
Saps and jacks being impact weapons
seek bone targets. When striking care should be given
not to drive through the target but to strike with more
of a whipping action to fully utilize the fluid shock
generated by the weighted head. Like with all strikes
this also has the benefit of stopping you from over
extending your arm and allows you to better redirect
during the strike.
If you believe your personal protection plan can benefit
from one of the Foster Brothers fine tools, then contact
and see what they have available.