We have all heard of never bring a knife to a gunfight. True, but depending on the situation knives do have the advantage over guns in short range fights. Knives do have their disadvantages as well, nothing is perfect.
Having a knife as a backup to your pistol should be a part of your every day carry. Sometimes, getting to your pistol isn’t always that easy when you’re caught in close quarter and have to do some hand-to-hand and getting the knife out was easier.
If you decide to carry a knife with the intent of using it to defend yourself or your family then be prepared for the harsh reality of a knife fight.
Here are some things to consider when getting a self defense EDC knife. You want to weigh these factors: concealable, ease of use, and legality.
The school of thought is if you want the knife concealed then position it out of sight out of mind. What we get is people clipping their folded knife to their pockets for the world to see.
The other thing is common sense, hiding a three inch folding knife is easier than a full size 6 inch blade Kabar. There are some sentiments that people say you should hide the knife until the exact moment you strike them with it. Thats up to you.
Ease of Use & Carry Position
This covers a cross between having a knife in your pocket or clipped inside at the appendix or anywhere on the pants or garment. So which position is the best for you to access?
Think of economy of motion, how many layers of clothing will you need to peel in order to get your knife out. We’re not going to go deep into this, because its all about choosing a position to store that knife. Then, run it through some hand-to-hand drills and see if you can get to your knife quickly. Thats going to be your answer. We can go on and on why the appendix is the best to go with. But, what if you attire is a 3 piece suit and its what you wear at your corporate job.
The other part to this section is the ease of use of the knife once drawn. You don’t want to have a butterfly knife and do the flashy opens. The grip on the knife has to be sturdy and not slippery. Some people are keen on the weight of the knife as well.
There are two types of knife that you can carry for your EDC. You can choose a folding knife or a fixed blade.
Folding knives are easier to conceal, but fixed blade knives are easier to use. Fixed blade knives tend to be stronger, but that has nothing to do in a knife fight.
You might want to familiarize yourself with the laws of your state. Some places frown upon folding pocket knives, but will allow a small size (3 inch) fixed blade.
There are many good knives out on the market. Are you looking to slice and dice or just power stabs? Whatever your filet is have a look at these knives, we’ve broken it down to folding knives and fixed blade, this is not the complete list.
Best Folding Knives
Folding knives win out in the concealability department, though it may take an extra moment to unfold them.
This is because the blade hides within the handle.
Because they have to pivot (most of the time), folding blades are technically weaker than fixed blade knives.
But you won’t be batoning wood with these blades, you’ll be defending yourself, so that’s not important.
Best Fixed Blade Knives
Fixed blade knives are harder to conceal than folding blades, but are easier to use and are stronger. There’s no fiddling about to unfold the blade, just unsheathe and go. They may also be longer than their folding cousins, though this is not always the case.
Any of these knives will serve you well as a self-defense knife.
Choosing one doesn’t have to be an obstacle to negotiate.
If money is not a problem and the laws in your state does not prohibit then carry a medium to higher end knife. Get a knife that can pack lots of punch and deploys as quick as a gunshot.
So if you’re on a budget or just plain cheap. There are some well reasonably priced along with good quality like the Ghost Strike. The choice is yours to play with.