Defensive Knife Use of the Day: Mother’s Day Messermeister Edition

OK, it probably wasn’t a Messermeister that multi-syllabically monikered Tennyson Salopek Jacobson used on Sunday to save her husband, but that alliteration was just too good to pass up. She definitely used a blade, though. Really. Ms. Jacobson was enjoying her first Mother’s Day when, according to, “The harrowing struggle began at 1.40 a.m. when Tennyson Salopek Jacobson and her husband Kyle Jacobson went to check on their barking dogs and were confronted by a man in his 30s or 40s standing in their darkened hallway.” That’s when hubby Kyle jumped into action . . .

But it was the North Bend, Washington mom who ended it.

‘When the husband was fighting with the intruder, the wife was the one that went and got the knife, and stabbed the intruder, trying to help her husband out,’ said (Sgt. Cindi) West.

It was a helluva weekend for Mrs. Jacobson. She’d already been robbed about twelve hours earlier.

Sgt. West said that the unidentified man entered the house through an unlocked door around 1.10 p.m. on Sunday when the wife was with her daughter and mother in the home in the Cascades foothills, about 30 miles east of Seattle. The robber assaulted her and got away with cash.

By the time Tennyson finished ventilating the dood wresting with her husband, he was as dead as disco. Police believe he was the same intruder who’d broken in and robbed her earlier. Neither Jacobson was seriously hurt. Another Tennyson once said that ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do and die. The Jacobsons did all the doing and, thankfully, the home invader did all the dying. [h/t Tyler Kee]


  1. Aharon says:

    “Another Tennyson once said that ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do and die.”

    — The “Charge of the Light Brigade” is a great poem if one wants to romanticize war and imperialism. I prefer Kipling’s poem “The Last of the Light Brigade” a sarcastic reflection depicting how the British Empire and public should financially support their struggling veteran survivors (the once young men who fought and were maimed for them) of the Crimean War in old age.

  2. Mr. Lighter says:

    I think it’s time for the Jacobsons to invest in a home defense gun.

    1. Duncan Idaho says:

      I think that an advantage of a blade is that they’re more useful if you’re intervening with two persons grappling, like the woman was. That could’ve ended poorly had a gun been involved.

      But yes, guns are nice.

      1. jwm says:

        I think it’s time for them to buy a gun and to fix their house so it ain’t so easy to break into. I would much rather the badguy looks for an easier target than have to gunfight or knife fight in the hallway with him.

  3. Sam L. says:

    Messermeister is such an appropriate name for a knife that messed up the meister.

  4. Randy Drescher says:

    Good job lady. We had a lady in Milwaukee that was about to be raped years ago & she took the guys knife away & stabbed him in the heart. I guess no really meant no, Randy

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