01 January 2013

On fixed and folders for self-defense

If I was forced into a cage to face a man with a knife, I would choose a stick over a knife. If I had to use a knife I would prefer a fixed blade.

For the most part I only carry a fixed blade when for some reason I am not carrying a pistol. Most of this is when I go out and plan on drinking. I still want to have a legitimate deadly force option to deal with contact distance threats, but may not be in any shape to use something that could hurt people outside of my reach. Depending on the severity of the laws where I happen to be I might just find it more prudent to carry a folder.

Like many of you, I have an extreme love of any and all weapons, especially knives. But pretty much my one and only go to fixed blade is my Polkowski Bodyguard. I was very close to Al before he passed and he made it just for me. He also made me a trainer for it, the one and only trainer he ever made for anyone.

IMHO variety is the spice of life, just not when it comes to tools you bet your life on. I train only with what I carry.

Lots of folks who carry knives, even if they won't admit it, have the idea in the back of their head that they will use their knife to defend themselves if they need to. Many do, and most of the time it is in the form of showing someone they have it. They are afforded that opportunity because the person was not attacking them. Cases of someone actually using a knife to defend themselves are far and few between.

People that carry different knives or guns all the time are usually not very serious about their defensive use. To be serious about using a knife for defensive purposes which IMHO the most likely scenario would be someone on top of you bashing your head into the ground, and you needed to cut them off of you, you need to train. That is going to require a trainer. This means either the company or maker produces a trainer or you have one made. And the rub with fixed blades is that most of the trainers that are not copies of live blades, and even with they are, do not work in the same sheath system. And not unlike the folder, using a fixed blade is easy if you know when and how to deploy it. That is why I carry my bodyguard.

My advice is that instead of carrying different knives, decide which one works best for you, have a trainer made that works in the same sheath system, and seek training.

My biggest pet peeve is people telling someone to carry this or that for self-defense, when I know damn well (usually based on their post history) that not only do they not have a trainer for the knife they are recommending, but they have little to know training.

1 comment:

  1. Greetings Mr Matheis.

    I agree, against a knife I would want something that gives me an advantage in distance and stopping power. Other than a handgun or shotgun, a hefty stick is that weapon. a stick is also pretty much foolproof as far as weapons go.

    I own and carry a variety of knives. For "defensive" purposes, I find myself carrying rescue knifes with glass breakers on the handle. Mostly because of my lack of edged weapons training; I know that if I can get the knife out of my pocket, I can deliver a good amount of force and create space between myself and an assailant. Then I can run or deploy the blade as needed. I work as an armed guard at a hospital, and find that the rescue knife performs a variety of functions there as well; it's a useful tool for things other than self defense.