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.
There is an old joke in fencing: What do you call the guy that gets brought into the emergency room after a knife fight?
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?
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.
Boy Scouts taught me how to use a knife pretty safely. Cut away from yourself. Likewise, if using a knife for personal defense, cut away from your self. Oh, and for the love of whatever you believe in, slice don't stab. Stabbing will only get you hurt, or it will lose you your knife.
In my opinion, if you are looking for a self defense weapon, you should get a expandable steel baton. The chances of you hurting yourself with one is very slim, and its an amazing self defense tool. You can disable the agressor in a few hits and you will only hurt your opponent for good if you really want to.
Agreed. An expandable baton (where legally viable) is a good option. Likewise a good tactical flashlight - disorienting/blinding + striking options. Not to mention awareness and signalling - all good.
And yes, if you are using a knife and not well trained to it - slice don't stab.
They're illegal in a lot of States.
I know you can't carry one in Texas under any circumstances. Here, its easier to legally carry a handgun. Knives under 5.5" are entirely unregulated (except switchblades or throwing knives). But, a retractable baton, blackjack or nightstick will land you in jail.