My apologies. This is going to be a loaded OP,
please just do your best to answer what you can and any advise will be appreciated.
Im a police officer and decided i want to do some research and buy a fixed blade to place on my belt as a last ditch effort if all goes wrong. The only scenario i can think of, this early in my career, where i would us a knife on someone (instead of the other tools/weapons on my belt) would be with an attacker on top of me, my empty hand skills have/are failing me and im unable to get to my other weapons. With that in mind, iv been on the hunt for a blade to fulfill this need. However, since i am a knife enthusiast and enjoy martial arts, iv gone down some rabbit trails and have learned that the flat edged knives tend to cut the best (read, most efficient/optimal blade geometry for cutting), which in my application is the most important to me. That lead me to stumbled upon the yojimbo and ronin knives. Then i learned about Michael Janich and his knife fighting style with FGEO. Then i learned about Southnarc and his RGEI fight style which turned me on to the Reverse. Now im journeying down which fight styles i prefer since i will be learning more and more martial arts. I must say i LOVE combat techniques that revolve around gross motor skills and i cant imagine using a knife outside of extreme close quarters, so consequently RGEI is very appealing to me. So now i have more problems than i started with
because i want a knife that i can evolve with and take me in any combat direction as i learn and train more.
Based on your experiences and knowledge, which blade geometry cuts better? Which knife is more comfortable to hold in different knife grips? Any pics of a size comparison? Hollow vs Flat ground (i have a soft spot for hollow grind, but in a combat situation?)? Which is easier to sharpen (i currently use a lanksy sharpening system and dont want to have buy round hones)?
Off the bat, it looks like the Reverse should be the best pick for the handle swapability alone, but, does it cut as well? Both stabbing and slicing (we know Janich's yojimbo/ronin knives do!). Is it harder for an average joe to sharpen? The utility of the wharncliffe is also hard to deny if i decide to edc this one day. Are there any other knives iv overlooked?
i thought about breaking this up into multiple threads, one about he martial arts side of things and one about which knife cuts better, but it's all so interrelated i decide to just puke it all here
Thanks for any help guys
Which knife would cut better?
Can the Ronin 2 be used in RGEI?