-How quick can you get the knife open and in your hand?
-Can you open the knife with one hand?
-Can you reach the knife with either hand?
-Can you deploy the knife if someone grabs you from behind and pins both of your arms to your sides?
-Can the blade shape and edge profile snag in flesh or thick clothing?
-Does the blade have a highly visible reflective finish on it?
-Does it have a balance between concealment capabilities and accessibility?
-Is the locking mechanism on it solid? (If its a folder)
-How loud is it when you take the blade out of its sheath or unfold it?
-Does it have markings or writing on it that identify it as only a weapon (like tactical, skulls or a dragon with a ninja riding it)
-Can you maintain it out in the field without any special tools?
-Can you afford to lose it in case you need to dump it?
-Do you have a training version of the rig or folder you plan to carry? (Very important)
-Are you willing to invest in edged weapons training and not just carry a knife like some sort of amulet to ward off danger?
-Are you prepared to maim or kill someone with it if the need arises?
These are just a few of many questions you need to ask yourself before you decide on carrying anything with the intention of using it as a weapon.
Author – Ed is a security specialist and combatives instructor with over 10 years experience in public safety along the northern border area of Mexico. He runs seminars and private training specific to anti-abduction, escapology, free hand and unconventional edged weapons work. He is also director of Libre Fighting Systems in Mexico.
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