Another week has passed and it is time for another instalment of the TTAK Friday Film Fest. This week’s videos are brought to you by the letter “T”.
For tricks, the above video is an overly elaborate yet lightening fast way to draw and open a Spyderco Endura. I own one, and I do not consider it particularly difficult to open with a standard flip. But there is no doubt that this guy is fast.
Transformation covers this next video which is the first instalment of “Woodcraft on a Budget” making a rudimentary fixed blade knife from an old file with minimal equipment. There are some makers who turn out some pretty beautiful creations from repurposed files. This video is taking a different tack and is focusing on making a purely functional blade in a preparedness scenario.
For troubles, we bring you this Home Shopping blooper. I don’t know any serious lamnaphile who would look to a sub-$50 sword from a television shopping channel to be a quality blade, but this one fails with a very moderate impact. It was apparently enough to injure the demonstrator as he is whining like a mule offscreen, though unfortunately any injury is never actually shown.
That brings us to our final video on training. In this case I am referring to LEO training in the use of deadly force. Surprisingly given the media’s reprehensible treatment of the Ferguson situation, this very balanced video comes from CNN. It deals with both the Brown and Powell shootings and demonstrates just how fast a perpetrator can close and potentially injure an officer from up to 20 feet away. As I have mentioned, I am not sure what the right balance is as far as exercising restraint as opposed to deadly force. But the video clearly shows how quickly a situation can deteriorate into a life and death struggle, even when only the officer has a gun. It also covers taser use as well.
I am not trying to throw a wet towel on the usually more frivolous and upbeat TTAK FFF feature, but the pros and cons the whole idea of Police shooting knife-wielding suspects has been bouncing around in my head lately for obvious reasons. They don’t do it in England, and they have not had an officer fatality in this last year at least. But on the other hand, an officer in Atlanta was stabbed just yesterday, leading to the perpetrator’s being shot and killed. I honestly don’t know what the answer is, but it is always proper for civilians to speak up about police procedures, especially when it involves the State taking the life of a citizen, justified or not.
Ok…I don’t want to end on such a down note. So here is a bonus video. It has nothing to do with knives, and is a shameless example of self-promotion, but I hope you enjoy it anyway. I made this video a couple of years back to promote my fly-fishing guide service. It is a tribute to one of my favorite Smoky Mountain streams – the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River, known locally as Greenbrier. I am guiding there in the morning, so it popped into my mind just now. (if you get bored at the beginning, jump to the 2:37 mark. It picks up).
Have a great weekend folks.