The Back-Up Knife
Reader Sir James sent me the following e-mail:
I was laying on the couch watching Hurt Locker and there is a scene where one solider is sitting on top of another in the mount and the one on the bottom pulls out a knife. This caused me to pull out my knife (Lone Wolf T2) which has a point down orientation and required a fair bit of manipularion to open from my prone position.
Now I know that a point up orientation is better for self-defence from when I used to carry a regular Spyderco Endura, and that got me to thinking about my newer Spyderco Waved Endura. A folding knife with a Waved feature opens (with a slight bit of practice) as you draw the knife out of your pocket because the hook catches onto the corner of the pocket. If not done right, it can lead to an open but not locked knife but that is where the practice comes in.
So for a folding knife to use from being on the ground I’d recommend a knife with a Waved feature.
In order of speed:
1. A fixed blade in a no-snap kydex sheath.
2. A locking folder with a Waved feature.
3. A locking (one handed) folder with a blade up orientation.
4. A locking (one handed) folder with a blade down orientation [This being the least desireable.]
In reviewing the latest Dog Brothers video many fighters carry a back-up knife that they pull after the opponent has closed. In my correspondence with reader Tommy, we are both in agreement that the back-up knife is a serious option for the long stick stylist.
The question is, do you want to surprise a closing, grappling opponent with your blade, or should you make your blade visible to deter him from closing?
In my opinion, the real purpose of the knife in the espada y daga method is to keep the opponent from closing. The old “grab the stick” technique employed by so many masters becomes harder when a knife is involved. Rushing somebody with a stick and a knife no longer sounds like such a good idea.