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Small Knives for Self Defense

Small Knives for Self Defense

*Please note, it is YOUR responsibility to know and understand the laws regarding carrying a knife. This post and video are for information purposes only.


Small Knives for Self Defense video with considerations for utilizing smaller edged weapons for self defense.




Small Knives for Self Defense


The goal of any defensive knife usage is to effect disengagement by the attacker as quickly as possible; to get an attacker(s) off you and keep them away. To STOP the threat.


What can be accomplished with a 6 plus inch field knife is different than what can be accomplished with a 3-4 inch small fixed blade or folder. Larger blades have more mass and weight thus requiring less power to inflict fight stopping wounds. The small knife, while dangerous, requires more power due to its reduced weight and blade length.


Other factors may inhibit its effectiveness in a defensive situation to include heavy clothing, subject drug usage, movement, aggression and determination of attacker. Small knife techniques when applying power to thrusts, slashes and hacks will closely resemble empty hand boxing. The small knife simply acts as a sharpened, pointed, extension of the hand.


Once knife mechanics have been learned techniques are practiced with speed and power to effective target areas and then integrated with tactics.


See also Defensive Knives and Stopping The Threat




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