Tactical World - - Buyer's Guide -

Emer­son main­tains that a blade shorter than 4 inches in length is ideal, and his patented wave-shaped open­ing de­vice en­ables a fold­ing knife to de­ploy while be­ing drawn from the pocket. He does main­tain that there is an ad­van­tage to a fixed blade.

“A fixed blade is al­ways stronger than a folder,” he said. “But it has to be the right sized fixed blade.”

The key to choos­ing a de­fen­sive knife comes down to porta­bil­ity, Emer­son said.

“One thing gov­erns all choices about the knife you se­lect for self-de­fense,” he said. “It has to be a knife that you will carry, one of a size and type that you will have with you 100 per­cent of the time be­cause vi­o­lence does not care where you are, what you are wear­ing or what you are doing. It will strike al­most al­ways in an op­por­tune time; op­por­tune for the at­tacker, not op­por­tune for you. Own­ing a big bowie knife sit­ting home on the shelf while you are at the movies does no good, ex­cept for the at­tacker.”

As for style of blade, it seems mostly a mat­ter of per­sonal pref­er­ence. Tanto points are ideal for stab­bing be­cause they pro­vide good pen­e­tra­tion. "Foren­sic ev­i­dence clearly shows that a stab­bing wound to a vital area is much more likely to cause death than a slash­ing at­tack,” Emer­son said. “How­ever, his­tor­i­cal data shows that the ma­jor­ity of fa­tal at­tacks were ac­com­plished with slash­ing and chop­ping blows rather than stab­bing."

When it goes to ground, the fight does not au­to­mat­i­cally be­long to who is on top or who is on bot­tom. It's all about who is bet­ter.

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