I can understand your dislike for the fan, but for a women it can be a bit more practical as you can carry one in your purse. I am actually learning fan and it is very practical. I mean for one thing it isn't paper, it's metal with fabric for the actual fan part, you can close it up and use it just as you would a stick in kali, plus it is heavier too. Also, back in the day the tips of the fan would have blades on it and be hidden by the fabric. Women would carry these around as a means of self protection. (I would like to have this eventually but I would most likely need a concealed weapons permit.) If it is made out of a metal it can be used to trap blades such as swords. Anyway there are a lot of uses for a fan, even now.
Also, the 3ss is a very dangerous weapon if you know how to use it right, same as nunchucks. Although these aren't very practical now adays (becasue who carries that with them everywhere) it would be quite difficult to get in on someone who has a 3ss or nunchucks and was swinging that at you. (probably you could even make it work if you didn't know how to properly use it. :icon_smur