My advice on knives may seem paradoxical but I hope will make sense in the explanation.
- never carry a knife.
- learn to use one.
If that seems to make no sense at at all consider this; in the UK the law is very clear on the use of knives and other offensive weapons. If you are stopped by the police and have in your possession anything other than the tiniest of blades – forget 3 inches or anything else you may have been told – you will probably be arrested for possession of an offensive weapon.
There is loads of wonderful nonsense on the internet and elsewhere which seems to suggest that police officers are so dumb that if you well them you have a Stanley knife in your jeans pocket because you are carpet layer and you “forgot to leave it behind” they will pat you on the head and send you on your way. Please believe me when I say that the police are not in the habit of employing the incredibly gullible or stupid and you will spend the night in the cells. The same applies to screwdrivers and a host of other tools that some writers have claimed could be passed off as legitimate tools.
So why learn to use one then?
The answer is simple – firstly because the law does permit, up to a point, reasonable defence so if you are attacked you can use the attackers blade against them, believe it or not you will probably end up in court, but better court than a cemetery and some skill with a knife could stop a nasty situation turning lethal.
Secondly because skill with a blade will translate to skill with edged potential weapons and is part of the greater skill set you need to develop when defending yourself with improvised weapons is allowed. Where blades are concerned learning to attack with non lethal strikes could make the difference between the court agreeing you were acting in self defence and a charge of manslaughter.