Nice! Definitely consider a Blur. I love mine!
Basic knife drills (2015):
Basic 8 Angles of Attack for Knives (2018):
To remedy this I use the ulticlip 3.3 slim.
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I believe in carrying a big stick- I mean knife..... https://imgur.com/a/G8kdmJz
All kidding aside there is a lot of good stuff here, a good knife really is a special thing!!!!
Texas law had long been quite favorable to single-edged knives, up to 5.5” in blade length. A few years ago, the legislature made things better, removing “dagger” from the list of prohibited weapons, and allowing blades over 5.5” to be generally carried, except in specified restricted locations. My response was to buy several RMJ Tactical Raider daggers, which have blades just under 5.5”, and gradually add some bigger knives.
A particular recent favorite is the Spartan Blades Les George V-14, a dagger with a blade just under 7”. This one combines features from several WW2 fighting knives, with the “V” being an obvious nod to the V-42, but the V-14 is not a replica of the V-42.
My right hand, thumb, and wrist have not aged well, but, I can still hold a dagger handle securely, so the plan is to transition my primary handgun carry position to the left side, while a blade becomes my right-side default weapon. My recent retirement from police service makes this a good time to do this. I was born a natural left-hander, but I naturally throw righty, and use most large tools righty. I found the then-mandated DA revolvers to be amenable to ambidextrous handling, during the police academy, in 1983 and early 1984, and I knew I would be patrolling alone, so would be better able to reach my right hip while seated in a patrol car, so I chose to carry “primary” at 0300.
An added benefit of shooting “primary” with my “dumber” right hand is that I was always VERY good at swiftly inserting pistol magazines.
My left hand, which was largely spared the pounding of Magnum recoil, can handle the lion’s share of future shooting, and is also better able to use reverse grip, if I reach across the body, to pull the blade in that manner. (This future shooting will be done with gentler-recoiling weapons, to better preserve my one healthy hand.)
If there is anything about the relationship between today’s troubled times, and my relatively new emphasis on carry of larger blades, it is that I really do NOT want to shoot anyone, in these times. The new DA was elected during the “blue wave,” and would love to throw a retired LEO under the bus, for political points. A thug being cut or stabbed is not very newsworthy, in comparison to a shooting.
In the past, I did enroll in some extracurricular, on-my-dime blade training, largely to learn to survive against a blade attack, in the LE context, but part of such training is taking turns being the bad guy. So, I am certainly no expert, but am quite far ahead of the typical dance-around-and-slash attacks that most street thugs do, with blades. I am thrust-oriented, with my “live” hand being an integral part of the equation.
BTW, a well-designed Indonesian-type karambit is actually quite “stabby.” There were/are very few such karambits, on the market, that have ever been well-designed.
A problem with a fixed-blade karambit is that the curved blade has to removed from its sheath along a curved path, rather than a linear path, so is not the quickest blade to bring into action. Plus, karambits are fairly small, so, not necessarily the best blade weapon to use to keep an opponent at distance. If I lived in an environment where I could not have any handgun, I might well want to carry a fixed-blade karambit, regularly, as a back-up blade.
Have Colts, will travel
Can you give/show examples/sources?
The Steve Tarani design, sold through 5.11 stores, is of the Indonesian type. When held in the hand, with the ring on one’s index finger, and the blade extending from the pinkie-finder side of the hand, the point is aligned for hooking and thrusting, with movement that is aligned with the forearm bones. The Emerson karambits are an example of a totally different design philosophy, and seemingly, totally different techniques.
I am not saying which design philosophy, or set of techniques, is “better.” I am better-acquainted with the Indonesian techniques, but not to the extent of being “advanced,” much less any kind of expert.
Have Colts, will travel
Have Colts, will travel
I mostly attended some amount of blade training in the 2003 to 2005 time frame, to learn how to better survive long enough to get to my pistol, or create the distance to keep using the pistol. I can legally carry handguns more places than I can carry a serious blade weapon.
In my LE days, I had the experience of shooting an opponent who was attacking me with a knife in one hand, and, in the other hand, a heavy SL-20 light, just-snatched from a fellow officer. Close range. One step away from contact distance. Yes, that drove me to seek some extracurricular training, as I knew that the next such experience might not end with one shot.
Have Colts, will travel
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I carry a Kobun over my sun visor in my Jeep.
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NRA Certified Instructor - Pistol / Personal Protection Inside the Home
Ordered a Link, and a Navy marked Ka-bar Mark II from SMKW. Looking around at the Cold Steel SRK in San Mai offerings, I thought my eyes were deceiving me on Amazon. $100 and change, and their #3 selling fixed blade knife. Ordered that. My Gen 5 Glock G22 money has gone for knives. Expected delivery Wednesday just in case....
Steve Tarani just came to my agency for a two day training a couple of months ago. Great training and great guy!
Rexter, thank you.
Just bought one.
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NRA Certified Firearms Instructor
The Ka-Bar and SRK are two of my all-time favorites. Let us know which you like best.
Should elberettas and other folks are following this closely, Amazon's Cold Steel prices are dropping; standard SRK is now like $35 with some vendors. The San Mai is now $92, almost 10% change with Amazon; one vendor a $1 less. Delivery for me is now today, vice Wednesday even with free shipping.
ETA: SRK San Mai arrived. First impression; much more robust than the SRK-C, scary sharp, excellent heft and balance, great grip. I may have to get another.This message has been edited. Last edited by: rat2306,
Thank you Benner - was lamenting this very issue on my just purchased CS-Kobun blade - clip is enroute to me now!
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I’m glad I could help!
Thanks! Picked up an SRK to keep in the truck.
So this thread had been a slippery slope for me.
First the Koban was purchased, and then a Spyderco belt clip to allow me better carrying options with the sheath that came with the Koban.
Next a Cold Steel OSS was ordered, and last was the Cold Steel "Tai-Pan".
More blessed than I deserve.
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