A knife can serve numerous purposes in everyday life, but because this is a martial arts magazine, let’s focus on personal defense. In that vein, the knife can be a stand-alone weapon, as well as a retention aid designed to discourage or stop an attacker from grabbing your gun. A blade sometimes can be possessed in places where you cannot legally carry a handgun.
None of this should be interpreted to mean the edged weapon is always Plan B. There are situations in which a blade is the better response. Remember that you should always have alternatives for self-defense. The continuum of force, which begins with verbal commands and proceeds to deadly force, demands this. ponent. Even with a training weapon, there’s always an element of danger, but it’s controllable and, for most martial artists, acceptable.
Consider acquiring a training blade that’s nearly identical (weight, size, mechanism, etc.) to your carry knife but different enough (blunt edge, a