DE­FEN­SIVE KNIFE CON­SID­ER­A­TIONS

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FIXED-BL ADE K NIV ES

Fixed-blade knives are the most re­li­able and quick­est knives to de­ploy, since they’re solid and re­quire no ma­nip­u­la­tion to open. Con­ceal­a­bil­ity can be com­pro­mised, but when prac­ti­cal, a fixed-blade can’t be beat. The Mi­crotech SOCOM Al­pha is a good ex­am­ple of a re­li­able fixed-blade that can be car­ried on kit for rapid de­ploy­ment.

TACTICA L FOLD­ING K NIVES

Tac­ti­cal fold­ers are prob­a­bly the weapon of choice for most due to their con­ceal­a­bil­ity and ac­ces­si­bil­ity. A good folder should have a pocket clip and, at min­i­mum, a flip­per or thumb-open­ing mech­a­nism for one-handed de­ploy­ment. With a pocket-open­ing fea­ture like the Emer­son Wave, a folder can be de­ployed al­most as quickly as a fixed-blade.

OUT-THE-FRONT (OTF) K NIV ES

Out-the-front au­to­matic knifes like the Mi­crotech Com­bat Troodon of­fer the same con­ceal­ment ad­van­tages as the tac­ti­cal folder, while the lo­ca­tion and op­er­a­tion of the thumb slide al­lows the user to open the knife with­out chang­ing their grip. An added ad­van­tage is that OTF knives can be dou­ble-edged. The down­side is blade de­ploy­ment can be in­ter­rupted if it hits some­thing dur­ing open­ing.

PIS TOL-GRIP K NIV ES

Pis­tol-grip knives like the ColonelBlades LowVz and the K A-BAR TDI pro­vide the same ad­van­tages as fixed­blade knives with the added ben­e­fits of con­ceal­a­bil­ity and fa­mil­iar han­dle er­gonomics. De­signed to mimic the draw­stroke of the pis­tol, th­ese knives are ver y in­tu­itive for those al­ready trained in the use of firearms.

RING-HAN­DLE K NIVES

Ring-han­dle knives like the Fox 599 of­fer dis­tinct re­ten­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The fin­ger ring as­sists with draw­ing and han­dling the weapon un­der stress, and is es­pe­cially ben­e­fi­cial when us­ing the non-dom­i­nant hand, which fre­quently lacks the dex ter­ity and con­trol of the dom­i­nant hand. The re­ten­tion ring is also handy when tran­si­tion­ing to a firearm, where two-handed op­er­a­tions be­come nec­es­sar y.

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