Bonowi 20" Steel Smartlock Baton:
Bonowi Batons are known as being the wold's best expandable baton.These batons have exceptional strength and are among the easiest police batons to retract. Bonowi Batons feature a patented Smartlock push button closure. Bonowi batons retract by pressing a button on the end cap, and pushing the tip downwards back into the handle of the baton. Unlike other push button closing batons, this baton does not wobble in the extended or retracted position.
Bonowi is a worldwide leader in high quality police products. The Bonowi baton is made with high quality materials and unmatched workmanship. The Bonowi baton is sure to impress. They feature a push button closing mechanism. They are closed by depressing the button on the end of the handle and pushing the shafts back together by hand. Expansion is like that of all other expandable batons. These expand by swinging the baton or by pulling the tip out by hand.
This by far is the smoothest baton I have. The ASP Talon and Monadnock HG antilock don’t even come close to opening and closing.
I can’t fault the baton for my stupidity. I should have measured out before I ordered it. The quality is excellent and Baton Warehouse had that thing mailed out and in my hands within 3 days
To compare this to another well-known button-lock type baton:
1. Lock-up of the Bonowi is solid, with no looseness or rattle at the joints, unlike other button-lock batons.
2. The balance is more tip-forward for better power, without being too much so; it’s still agile and doesn’t swing like a bat but it definitely has a tip-heavy balance to it.
3. The rubber handle has an almost tacky feel that gives a better grip than others. Seems like it will be more durable than foam grips as well.
Durability with repeated use and training remains to be seen, but initial impressions are very good. From what I can tell the company (in Germany) doesn’t focus on making money selling spare parts (grips, cams, o-rings, etc.) so hopefully they just plan for the thing to work for a long time without the user needing to repair internal operating mechanisms.
Watch the tests on YouTube that compare the metal strength of Bonowi v it's competitors. It's German engineered and one of the most widely used by all countries in the world. The 21" and it's case where it snaps in and safety ring make an unbeatable combination.
Birthday gift for my favorite policeman..my son...he absolutely loves it!