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--- Quote from: Heinrich on May 19, 2021, 10:25:49 AM ---What training have you two had to learn to deploy and use your knives?

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Back when Scouting was a good thing, I earned and maintained my Totin' Chip diligently.

My knife is a tool, not a weapon.

I never see it as a weapon and I would never use it as such.

If I am every in such a position to feel compelled to use it that way, I'd have used a screwdriver or a roll of pennies as weapon in the same situation.

People who see pocket knives primarily as weapons tend to be making a grave mistake that can get them into a lot of trouble or hurt.


--- Quote ---Have you ever been in lethal H2H combat before?
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That is a messed up question.

This is a discussion about pocket knives, including SAKs, traditionals, and other knives marketed for every day use.

I was very close to carrying a Stockman (examples of this pattern) before going with a modern design because it would be more useful and convenient in every day life.

My knife is a weapon only to the extent that the pen I carry is. Using them as a weapon was never a consideration and still isn't.

This topic is in the Arts and Leisure subforum for a reason.

Never had any training with knives. I always wanted to go for a knife fighting class, although I primarily use my knives as tools for hunting and fishing.


I am thinking about this one. Just wondering how hard a recurve is to sharpen.


--- Quote from: Melkor on May 19, 2021, 12:18:41 PM ---I always wanted to go for a knife fighting class,

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The legal and moral realities of "knife fighting" means it is assassination, not "self defense" or any sort of moral action. The times in real self-defense where it would be legally or morally justified wouldn't be "fighting".

Violence aside, as a tools, if you want to use a knife for any critical purpose though, do not get a flipper at the very least: they require ideal circumstances to work.

This is why I stopped using framelocks and flippers: they tend to cause issues when you really need it to work, which is rarely an ideal circumstance. In my case, it is with occupied hands, dirty or wet hands, etc. It is all fine and dandy flipping away for fun, but when real work needs to be done, you have a knife that tends to fail to lock up or even fail to deploy at all (ie, grip on the frame lock).

They are nice designs, but treat them like a stiff slipjoint knife for actual use. The flipping action and lock up tend to be less reliable when the situation is when you'd actually need it to work. And the blades tend to be a liability when they are not locked and not in the detent, as they flop around.

The primary way and least reliable way of deploying a flipper is by flipping it. The secondary and most reliable way is by grabbing the top of the blade with the other hand and manually putting it in position and testing the lock. It is, in practice, like a locking blade that sometimes becomes a terrible slipjoint.


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