DEFENSIVE KNIFE CONSIDERATIONS
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.