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KNIVES: Spyderco Manix 2 

Posted on: September 2nd, 2016 by admin No Comments

A little look at an excellent every day carry knife for self defense or utility.

KNIVES: I'm liking the #spyderco manix2 for #EDC – the G10 handle and aggressive thumb, choil and handle jimping make it comfortable and secure in a variety of grips. Here I'm utilizing a modified Saber, sometimes called the Foil or Pinch Grip during a quick mirco-practice session (10min). This grip places the thumb on the side of the blade and with this knife I'm utilizing the patented spyder-hole. In this grip the blade is almost oriented horizontally in the hand, with the edge traditionally facing left. A very secure grip with small knives, especially ones with short handles, the pinching force between the thumb and index finger (hooked into the knife choil) isolates any movement of the blade when applying force to the edge. Inward slashing and especially thrusting are facilitated with this grip, though backhand slashing may be limited depending on the flexibility of the user. Perhaps this grip’s strongest attribute is the ability it offers the user to pick up and strongly thrust any small knife or pointed object such as a pen, a key or a micro-knife. #picoftheday #mdtstraining #mdts #practicalsmallknifeskills #foldingknife #defensiveknife #training #manix2

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Optimizing the EDC Folding Knife

Posted on: February 9th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Most who come to one of our Small Knife Skills classes show up with a folding knife. There’s nothing wrong with that and there are a number of excellent folding knife options available today. I prefer and advocate the carry of a small fixed blade for a number of reasons which, if you have been to one of our knife classes, you have heard. Regardless, the run of the mill folding knife can be improved for Every Day Carry (EDC) in a number of ways. I wrote this article for the personal defense network in 2011. Since I have been doing so many knife classes over the last couple months I thought I would re-post this for anyone who hasn’t seen it. I hope you find something useful in it. – Chris


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NY/NJ/PA State Knife Laws

Posted on: November 4th, 2013 by admin 1 Comment

Some pretty decent info on NYS knife laws from KnifeUp online magazine.


“The determination of whether a person intended to use a knife against another may be left up to a jury, and a person still arrested and charged with crime, even though he or she did not intend to use the weapon unlawfully. In People v. Richards, the Court found that because Mr. Richards had not brandished the knife he was carrying, nor had he threatened to use it for any unlawful purpose, but told the arresting officer he had the knife for self-defense, he could not be said to have the intention of unlawfully using the knife. Because self-defense is a justifiable reason to use a weapon, it is therefore not an unlawful one, and Mr. Richards conviction for criminal possession of a weapon was reversed.”


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