I think the notion of carrying a knife for protection is rather silly, not that it cna't be used for protection however I would venture to bet 99% of people who carry a knife and think it's protection have no idea how to properly handle a knife or use a knife in a self defense situation. Alot of knives people carry for "self defense" are more slashing weapons than stabbing but I bet most people would try to stab and probably wind up cutting their own hand up more than the offender they are going after.

One toher thing I would recommen not carrying a knife out drinking. We dont always have the best judgemetn or make the best decisions and oftentimes a situatin that could just be a fistfight turns into a murder or assault with a deadly weapon and even if you are in the right if your drunk you'll probably be said to have been aggressive, not in the rigth frame of mind, etc.

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yeah unless you know how to properly use a knife, carrying one for defense is rather silly. I do carry a small folding Case knife, but not for self defense. Its just good to use for cutting and opening boxes, rope etc. But if you want one for self defense get a fixed blade knife, that way it wont fold into your hand accidentally

There is an old joke in fencing: What do you call the guy that gets brought into the emergency room after a knife fight? 

The winner. 

I carry a pocket knife as a tool but it probably is not one my top ten weapons options. 

Other than fighting, I always lock my blade open before using my pocket knife, cut away from myself, don't carry it open, hand it to other people handle first, never touch the edge,  keep it sharp and polished.  Isn't that the proper way to use a pocket knife? 

*taking notes*

I was carving the turkey last Thursday and my 16 year old walked up to me and said "Make sure your carving away from yourself".  Made me proud that did.

I've had knives pulled on me a number of times in my life and I've seen people do some really dumb sh*7 with them.  A few got cut with their own knives and ended up getting stitches themselves, I took a few away, and the others I was able to talk my way out of the situation.  So, in my opinion, you're correct about most people not knowing how to handle knives in a fight.  Personally I wouldn't use a knife in a fight unless very hard pressed and nothing else, not even a rock, was available and I was tied up.

Jeez I feel like such a pussy. I've never seen anyone threaten anyone else with anything greater than a fist. The only time anyone has directed anything remotely resembling violence at me was a drunk guy who drunkenly tried to take off all my clothes at a wedding reception back in 1987.

I've been threatened with fists, clubs, pipes, rocks, knives, guns.  I've never been threatened with a disrobing.

Ah yes, the exploits of my non-manly youth.


I think I'd stop.

There was no threat of it; he just did it.

Closest I've been to being buck naked in a very public setting.

Most of the fights I have seen people getting stabbed in, involved them going down to a colossal barrage of fists and feet, and then a knife was stuck in them while they were at their most vulnerable.


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