We’ve almost always got a knife of some kind in our pocket, and knives are very useful tools. They open letters, cut cordage, dig out splinters, disassemble cardboard boxes, and even let us open up those infernal blister packs. As Clay’s Question Of The Day illustrated, we use our knives all the friggin’ time. But how often are knives actually used in self-defense?
A colleague of mine once ended a beatdown by holding a Cold Steel push-dagger in front of his face as he was being pummeled. His attacker got a severe hand laceration (separating two of his knuckles) as he punched the blade instead of my colleague’s face.
That DKU was the end of the fight, but my friend never reported it to the police because he wasn’t sure what a DA would think of using a knife against an ‘unarmed man’ even if the unarmed man was straddling him in a pre-UFC version of ‘Ground And Pound.’
If you click on the title picture, it will link you to one of the few bona-fide DKU’s (Defensive Knife Uses) that I could dig up with my Google-Fu. As you can tell, this defensive knife use hardly qualifies as breaking news; it happened more than two years ago. Justice was clearly served in that case, which resulted in criminal charges only for the gang of attackers and not their (luckily) armed victim.
If you learn of other DKUs, you will earn my eternal gratitude if you forward them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. They can be your own stories or published reports from media outlets.
DKUs are vastly under-reported, so let’s get the news out there. Thanks in advance.