Friday, February 5, 2010

Defending against a Knife Attack, 3

Continued from "Defending against a Knife Attack, 2"

Now I want to address the first part of Stephen's remarks:

For some time I have been of the opinion that knives are rarely practical for self defense. If I were in a self defense situation, I would much rather have a cane or some object longer than a knife to battle an assailant with.

I also came to this conclusion some time ago. Here are my reasons:
  1. Longer reach, as Stephen said;
  2. A cane or similar object will already be in your hand -- no need to retrieve a weapon in the midst of an attack.
Think in terms of the improvised weapons video I posted here last month. What can you carry that will in your hand that will serve as a weapon in defense against a knife? A cane? A book? A rolled-up magazine?

Begin thinking about this. I will share some more of my thoughts, soon.

To be continued


The Warrior said...

But does a 21yo carry a cane? Hmm...

Gravelbelly said...

Keep thinking.

The Warrior said...


The Warrior said...

Or do you mean just keep on thinking at all times/I'll find something?

Gravelbelly said...

I originally meant to keep thinking on the topic of what you might carry in your hand to use as a weapon against a knife.

"Baton" is good, as long as it's legal to carry one around. Any other ideas?

The concept of thinking at all times & improvising weapons on the spot (the MacGyver mindset) is also good, if you can manage it.

The Warrior said...

Gotcha. That's what I thought you meant (see my third comment). Many times I've sat in a room and--no joke--looked around and thought about what objects in it I could use for such a purpose.