Knife1 wrote: ↑
Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:28 pm
I'll definitely look into the issuance of CCWs right now.
Pepper spray seems like a good option, my concern though is the multiple reports of blowback where the mace ends up disabling the victim rather than the attacker.
Between a Yojimbo and a Civilian, which would be a better choice? Is a Yojimbo more for people trained in edge combat?
If you’re afraid of pepper spray blowing back on you, imagine cutting yourself with your own knife or having it taken away and used against you.
But less drastically, let’s talk about what it would look like for an untrained person to use a knife in self defense.
The first consideration is distance. Absolute best case scenario: someone is far away and you somehow know they’re coming for you (not usually the case), you take it out, manage not to fumble getting it deployed even though your fingers are shaking, they see it and run off.
Or they take out their gun and shoot you.
Now let’s get more realistic: in the majority of cases, you won’t know you need to defend yourself until somebody is within arms reach or has their hands on you.
You try to take the knife from your pocket. You now only have one hand in the fight and your attention is divided while they’re pummeling you with both hands. Or stabbing you with their own knife. Even an experienced practitioner would likely choose not to reach for their knife and instead use empty hand technique to create distance.
Let’s say you manage to get it out of your pocket... honestly not likely mid-attack. Now you’re trying to get a decent grip on it and open it, WHILE SOMEONE IS ACTIVELY ATTACKING YOU. Maybe with their fists, maybe with a weapon. Good luck.
If your end-goal is to get killed and look like an idiot on the news, buy a knife for self defense. I guess a big one because the only scenario in which it will possibly be useful is as a deterrent.
Or do the smart thing and invest some time and energy into serious self-defense training with a competent instructor.