“If you present a fighting stance with a sharp blade in your hand pointed at the bad guy, you have immediately raised his risk profile. In short, this means that instead of you just standing there petrified and defenseless, you now have a spear point in his face. Nobody, not even bad guys, want to get cut with a knife. In fact, most would rather be shot than cut.” – Steve Tarani in Shooting Illustrated.
The title of the article is actually “Is carrying a knife for self-defense a good idea?”. A valid question, but the article doesn’t talk about the legal ramifications, wounds you will suffer yourself, or other similar considerations.
What the article does do a very good job of covering is the ins and outs of selecting a self-defense knife. It also covers the importance of training, clothing selection and its role in expeditious deployment of an edged weapon. Read the whole thing.
The article also inspires this question of the day…
Is self-defense a primary consideration in your selection of your EDC?
Or is it a secondary/last-ditch consideration? Either with or without a firearm as an option.
Or are you like me? I carry a practical EDC in my pocket, and a defensive fixed blade inside my waistband.
You might also be interested in this earlier Question of the Day:
I wrote that several years ago before I started taking Krav Maga myself. I am now preparing to test for Green Belt. It has been an interesting journey.