You want to talk to a knife man, talk to Brownie on here..The man is deadly with a blade and trained for years with one of the best in the world, Mr. James Keating.
Thanks for the compliment sir. Along with Jim Keating, I've trained some over the years with Mike Janich as well. Both men are readily capable of imparting serious SD skills with a blade [ folder or straight ].
Effective defensive edged weapons skills are something that takes dedication to that tool over a few years under guidance of one who knows his way around the blades.
That doesn't mean you can't be effective without putting the time in, but I've always preferred to think of my present skills as insurance in the event I run into someone that knows as much or more than myself about how to work a blade effectively.
You are right, a man with a knife at 10 feet that has ill will toward you and isn't afraid to stick it to you is very dangerous indeed. When I was the adjunct instructor defensive edged weapons instructor for S+W's training division, the impetus for the first day of the three days students were with me was spent solely on unarmed against a knife skills. The second day covered getting their own folder/straight blade out, available and ready to defend with along with some skills that would get them there, the third day was FoF with what they had learned in the two previous days, putting it all together sorta speak.
When I lived back east, folders were a necessity as straights weren't legal to carry. I developed an opening method for the folders [ I carried one clipped to each of my front pockets and could access them together or seperately ] thats become known as the "Brownie Pop".
For a look at this opening method, try this link:
Since moving to a free state, I now carry a small 5" bowie/utility on my waist everyday on the off side of the firearm. I'm trained in the use of double knives
so use of a blade in either hand is comfortable and neither side is weaker than the other where skills are concerned [ that could become very important one day when you least expect it ].
The knife I've carried for the last four years is this one, handmade custom from Rob Patton. I've trained with Rob on several of Keatings "Riddle of Steel" camps [ anywhere from three to 7 days long ] on numerous occasions and that how I came to have this knife made to my own specifications by Rob Patton. It's made of tool steel with Arizona Desert Ironwood for the handle material. It's no worse for wear than the day I took delivery. Price on this one was 650.00 some 7-8 years ago now
Members may want to also read this link, as the information within is one of the misunderstood secrets to effective unarmed against a knife skills as taught by Mr. Keating.