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iPhone Knuckle Case: trendy accessory or weapon?

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Knuckle Cases are so trendy even Rihanna uses one. It's a unique iPhone case with an added benefit: it could come in handy if you ever have to knuckle up.

Their designer, Pancho Soekoro, showed me how you hold the iPhone by putting your fingers through the holes, just like you would with brass knuckles. But these are made out of lightweight aluminum. He holds a patent on the design. He says he came up with the idea while riding the subway.

Pancho says they're very popular with professional women because there's a sense of security in knowing you can't easily either drop your iPhone or have it snatched from your hand. They're made in upstate New York and retail for about $150. They're available on his website, knucklecase.com and at stores here and around the world.

He says he doesn't recommend using it as a weapon; indeed he says you'd probably hurt your wrist.

The NYPD says the cases are legal as long as they're not used in a crime. But you might want to think twice before carrying one, says Bill Stanton, a former NYPD officer.

As with any hot trend the bootleggers have already been selling counterfeit copies, usually made of plastic. And there's no limit to how bold they are, even taking Pancho's picture off his website and putting it on their bogus boxes.

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