In the spirit of the Flashbang holster for firearms, I present to you the Just In Case Bra by Booby Trap Bras. Whereas the Flashbang hides a handgun inside a brassiere, the Just in Case Bra conceals a knife. Here’s a pic:
In the same way athletic apparel adapted to the rise of cell phones, music devices, fitness trackers and portable water storage, the Just In Case Bra makes carrying a knife as simple as slipping one into the built-in sheath.
This innovative bra received quite a bit of attention when it debuted. Here’s a piece from CBS Channel 11 News out of Dallas.
4 Things to Keep in Mind When Depicting This Bra in Fiction
Although clever knife sheaths are nothing new, this style is worth noting for writing fictional characters with a stealthy streak. Here are four things to keep in mind.
First up, that sheath isn’t exactly spacious. Smaller knives are a must. Most of the knives I saw in examples of the Just In Case Bra were “neck knives.” This specific style of knife is small and meant to be worn inside a sheath attached to a lanyard. So if you’re looking to pair this bra with a knife for one of your characters, look up neck knives. The CRKT Minimalist is a good example of one.
If you’re stuck on whether a knife is a good fit, Booby Trap Bras sells its own. It’s a classic neck knife design.
Second, I wouldn’t worry about the knife cutting through the sheath material and unintentionally injuring the character. Were that an issue, there wouldn’t be a product in the first place. Remember that people kept knives in leather sheaths for centuries. This isn’t all that different.
Next, don’t feel limited to just knives. This bra is a last-ditch, do-or-die accessory. That sheath could hold a knife, pepper spray, a spare magazine for a character’s pistol, cash or secret documents. It’s up to you.
Finally, I can’t speak to whether a similar sheath could be used in non-athletic brassieres. The material used in the Just In Case Bra is supportive and durable. That may not describe your character’s apparel. I can say, however, that a little creative license would be able to slip a blade safely inside any brassiere, given the sheath remains in place. If you prefer to keep it simpler, neck knives on a lanyard or chain can’t be beat.
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The Writer’s Guide to Weapons: A Practical Reference for Using Firearms and Knives in Fiction (Writer’s Digest Books) distills complex weapons topics into easy-to-understand concepts for fiction writers. Pick up a print or digital copy from these fine retailers: