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post #16 of 22
For various reasons, folding knives just aren't very good defensive weapons. They're difficult to deploy, lose to almost everything, and come with a nasty set of legal issues.

I'd also disagree with the training bit. With a few pointers, even untrained amateurs can be deadly with a knife and can 'tie' with more skilled opponents on a depressingly regular basis. This is one of the things that makes knife fighting such a nasty prospect for self defense.

Under almost all circumstances, chemical sprays, submission, or escaping and evading will be better options than facing your opponent down with a knife.
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by marvin View Post
Under almost all circumstances, chemical sprays, submission, or escaping and evading will be better options than facing your opponent down with a knife.
You are correct.
Using a knife is THE VERY LAST RESORT!
If you can run or get away that should always be done first.
Puling out a knife is only done when you have absolutely no option left, and then it should be used without prejudice!
post #18 of 22
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I'd also disagree with the training bit. With a few pointers, even untrained amateurs can be deadly with a knife and can 'tie' with more skilled opponents on a depressingly regular basis.
99% of people holding a knife to a mugger would in reality be useless, they'll be shaking, and not prepared or willing to actually stab someone knowing full well what that means. To defend yourself in the first place in that situation you've got to be a bit of a pyscho. As said lock knife is useless, they'll see that coming a mile off. Also if you act first probably be done for manslaughter charge.

Better to either run, or spray pepper spray in there face. With your hands in your pocket with finger on spray button split second from spray it in his face.
post #19 of 22
Here is a good article by Sang H. Kim

First, read the intent of your enemy.
In civilian life, you must read your attackers intentions.
Assess what he wants from you: your money, your car, your pride, your honor, your life - assailants have many motives for attacking their victims. If you can buy your way out of a situation, whether through material possessions or your wits, this is your best option. Do not hesitate to give the attacker what he wants if it means he will spare you injury.

Second, assess the intensity of his hostility. Try to determine if your attacker means to hurt you or to kill you; if he will be satisfied by getting what he wants or if he is bent on violence for the sake of violence. Many times you might find yourself faced with an assailant that has no mercy and is bent on inflicting pain no matter how you respond to his demands. If you cannot escape and your attacker is intent on hurting you, you have no choice but to fight back with all your might.

Third, acknowledge that you will get hurt. Once you commit to a defense against a knife-wielding attacker, you must accept that you will get hurt. Without overcoming this psychological hurdle, you cannot hope to survive. Accepting that you will get hurt, allows you let go of the notion that you must defend yourself perfectly. There is no perfect defense against a knife. Things will not go as you planned or practiced. You must be prepared to respond without prejudice or preconceptions, something you cannot due if you cling to the notion of a perfect defense.

Fourth, do not try to intercept the knife. Focusing on the knife is the most deadly mistake you can make. The knife is simply an inanimate object. You place your focus on the stopping your attacker, not the inanimate object in his hand.

Here is the full article.

Knife Self-defense: Combat's Cardinal Rule
post #20 of 22
nevermind.
post #21 of 22
double post
post #22 of 22
Edit: Oh, wrong thread.
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