After several years of karate, years more of police tactics, and military experience; I can say the answer is ignore your hands and get a real weapon."...but I don't want my EDC one to look like a weapon."
While I do understand this and agree with it, some of us have more than a few years of Karate etc. behind us. What should we do with our hands?
Therein lies the best advice: stay in safe places.Something like an ICBM? That might actually go over their heads, the local law enforcement is paranoic about weapons. So a real weapon is not really an option and to tell the truth not needed if some discretion is used when and where one goes but there is that.
Is that the one with an axehead for a handle? Not sure you would get away with something like that as every day carry, but I do have several walking sticks with pointed antler handles, one of which proved handy in breaking through my door when I accidentally locked myself out once.I have been two times in a seminar with kubotan demonstrated, neither did convince me. Which does not mean that it is useless but but ... At my age it would not be odd to have a walking stick, the Hungarians took that to the extreme with their 'fokos' or 'kiss fokos', the slavic speakers in the area know it as 'ciupaga'. That is a walking stick.
This joke does not really translate but visually.
There is a self defence art called Karate then there is a bettered version called Karata. ('Karata' means to run away in Finnish.)