First of all, thanks for the cool thread. It's great to see such lively discussion on the MBC forum.
Secondly, I think it's important to note that everyone who responded here is an actual player who trains in knifework. As such, you are all truly entitled to your opinions. Many Internet forums are plagued by guys whose idea of "training" is sitting in front of a keyboard in their underwear sipping a beer and pretending to be an expert. I've personally trained with Bram, Joe Talmadge, and Stanley White, have met and talked at length with Rex G, and have been a fan of Ken and both Jims' posts for some time. When you truly walk the walk, it means something when you talk the talk.
When I teach MBC, I identify three criteria for a defensive knife: 1) It must be strong 2) It must do what knives are supposed to do, i.e. cut AND puncture, and 3) It must be easily carried so you can have it when you need it. With these criteria in mind, both the Ronin and the Gunting qualify completely. The kerambit, because of its limited thrusting capability, comes up short (in my opinion).
For a novice MBCer interested in learning basic skills, either the Ronin or the Gunting would do well. Since the Gunting already has a trainer available, if you had to buy right now, it would get the nod. Hopefully a Ronin trainer and matching sheath will be available soon (hint, hint).
With regard to the Gunting and its specialized capabilities, the only thing you need to keep in mind is that a specialized weapon requires specialized training (or at least diligent study) to realize its full potential. As Bram rightfully pointed out, an open Gunting is a truly devastating weapon when used with conventional MBC tactics. Even if you never mess with the kinetic opening of its less-lethal striking potential, it is a great MBC knife. Since the other capabilities of the Gunting are unique to its design, anyone wanting to master those tactics should make the appropriate commitment to the necessary training and should sort out their personal needs when it comes to carrying a Gunting regularly.
In proper hands, the kerambit is also a good weapon, however, it requires even more training than the Gunting to realize its full potential. In my opinion, any single-edged folding kerambit is a poor second to a double-edged, fixed-blade version and therefore cannot offer the full potential of the kerambit design.
To use a gun analogy, the Ronin is a Glock, the Gunting is a 1911, and the kerambit is an IPSC race gun. The Glock is basic and functional with basic skills. The 1911 offers a lighter, single-action trigger, but requires additional training and practice to learn to manipulate the safety and realize its full potential. The race gun is highly specialized and not really intended for everyday carry.
Ultimately, it's the man that makes the difference. Weapons are just tools powered and guided by our will to survive and remain safe.
Again, thanks for the cool thread.
Edited by - Michael Janich on 8/27/2003 4:50:07 PM
Edited by - Michael Janich on 8/27/2003 4:51:05 PM