Sabre Defence ID 19ml Defence Spray / Criminal Marker


The Sabre Defence ID 19ml spray is a new pocket sized product that is perfect to deter and mark a potential attacker.

DEFENCE ID will mark the attacker with a visible purple dye and an invisible UV marking dye.

The purple dye alerts others to stay away and notify the police. The purple dye and invisible UV tracer together help the police identify the suspect.

If not washed off immediately, the purple dye can last on the subject’s skin for up to 48 hours.

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official_defence_id_logoThe release of the solution can disorientate the offender allowing you a few vital seconds in which to escape or restrain the offender.

If the marker unit is used then the offender is “Tagged” and can be easily identified by police.

Small  in size, it can easily be carried in a small pocket or purse to be with you at all times.

When sprayed directly into the face, the purple liquid dye may startle the attacker and temporarily disrupts the attack.

The purple dye hits the attackers face with force and will likely cause the attackers eyes to close.

The Defence ID Spray contains no harmful chemicals, is non-toxic, biodegradable and is not flammable.

  • Fires a ballistic stream of bright purple dye to identify offenders
  • UV dye marks the offender for later identification
  • Long range – accurate over 3 metres
  • Easy to use canister with integral safety features
  • Eye safe formula designed to cause no physical injury
  • Features a clip to allow easy fixing to a pocket
  • Height 100 mm. Width 23 mm

Click to see the Sabre Defence ID in use

Sabre Defence ID Operation

How is the spray delivered?

Defence ID Defence Sprays should normally be used at distances of between 1 and 3.5 metres (3 ft – 10 ft) from the offender.

At distances closer than 1 meter (3 ft) there is a possibility that the stream of solution could cause minor discomfort to the eyes.

At distances greater than 3.5 metres (10 ft) accuracy is lost and the spray is less effective, particularly in windy weather conditions.

When the spray is used initially, it produces a fine spray for less than a second as the tube fills, thereafter it produces a stream of liquid.

Defence ID is delivered from a pressurized canister. The design of the canister and degree of pressure affect the amount of the solution discharged and the range and degree of coverage.

The propellant is nitrogen and is not flammable.

The stream type spray was chosen for its accuracy over greater distances, this greatly reduces cross contamination. Where possible, users should attempt to spray downwind.

Spraying upwind may cause a blowback that could affect the user or members of the public (cross-contamination).

It is advisable to shake the dispenser at the start of each day and if possible prior to each use.

The spray should be aimed directly at the subject’s face.

In still air: Users should spray two half-second bursts, with a recommended spraying distance of 1.5m to 2m (4 to 6 feet).

They should repeat this technique if the first application is unsuccessful. If the desired effect has not been obtained by then the user should consider other means of dealing with the situation.

In moving air: A one-second burst may be necessary. When facing more than one-aggressor the user should spray from side to side, at face level with a continuous burst.


The use of a Liquid Spray should not be viewed as having the ability to solve all problems and it will not be effective in all cases.

Studies from other countries show that sprays do not always produce the desired effects. Limited effect has been noted on three categories of subject:

  1. People with serious mental disorders.
  2. People under the influence of drink or drugs.
  3. People with a positive mental mind set/goal.

CAUTION: Users must not rely on sprays to the exclusion of other control tactics. It is possible that some subjects become more aggressive following the use of the spray. Under such circumstances operators may be required to use other defensive tactics, to establish control and secure the subject.

Warning : This product is only for use in self-defence and should be used solely as a last resort and at all times in accordance with the law. Improper use and/or possession of this product may result in civil and/or criminal liability for the user. Eight Rivers Security accept no liability for improper use or possession of this product.

Note: Criminal Marker Sprays (Defence Sprays) are an aid to personal security and protection. Although extremely reliable, as with all products including personal alarms, they can fail from time to time. Never rely on any product or device to ensure your safety. We recommend testing your spray to check it is in a working state by discharging a small amount periodically. Check the spray discharges correctly and the nozzle is not blocked.

What do we think? A quick review …….

The Sabre Defence ID is our favourite defence spray.

It is a quality product that comes in a choice of two sizes. Unlike other sprays, the Defence ID range offers both a staining gel (purple in this case) and also the invisible dye.

So, what sets this apart from it’s nearest competitor, TIW Farb Gel?

The UV dye could prove to be an important factor in the prosecution of an offender.

As explained on our Defence Sprays page, the offender may still be coated in the invisible dye, even after they have had a clean up of the obvious gel. They can’t clean what they can’t see can they?

We also love the quality of the canisters. Presented in a no nonsense black design, these sprays mean business!

The 19ml canister is the slimmest we have come across and is taller than the standard Farb Gel sized spray. Even so, it will easily fit in most pockets.

A great feature is the twist lock to prevent accidental discharge. Before you can activate the 19ml version, you must first twist the top to allow the press down button to become active. This is perfect to stop any accidents if you happen to keep one in your trouser pocket.

The 66ml canister is also of a great design. This is the largest spray that we are aware of but could still be carried on a daily basis if required. Although Sabre say it is pocket sized, I would have to disagree unless you have abnormally large pockets! It would just about fit but would be very noticeable.

The 66ml also has a mechanism to prevent accidental discharge.

This time, rather than a twist lock, the canister has a flip top. This means that your thumb fits under a spring loaded top that pushes the cap up. Once the cap is up, the spray can be discharged by pressing the button down. This mechanism will stop accidentally firing the spray should it be placed in tight clothing (or just clumsy users!).

To be honest, the spray fires and operates much like any other. The difference being the increased contents and range of the 66ml and the colour of the gel.

What sets the two Defence ID variants apart is the quality of the canisters.

Having been designed in the USA, they were always going to be of a good design. The USA has many years of self defence products experience and will have become expert in their manufacture.

As with other defence sprays, the item is time degradable. Check the expiry date on the side of the canister to make sure you get a least a couple of years use out of your purchase.

The only down side to Sabre products may be the slightly high price.

You can expect to pay up to three times the price than that of a Farb Gel but you are getting the finest UK legal defence spray for your money.

If I had had to choose between all three, I would personally go for the 19ml Defence ID.

I just love it’s size. It feels just about right and is priced just about right.


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