If you viewed the video in my Self-Defense Tip #58 — Tactical Pen vs. an Ordinary Pencil, or “Pay More for Less,” you noticed a peculiar grip I used in the demo. That grip turned an ordinary pencil from a mere bloody annoyance into a decisive lethal weapon. Here you can see this grip applied with knives.
Note that one can grip a knife in a different way without losing much effectiveness — a sharp blade is more forgiving than a dull pencil. But generally, the narrower the base of the handle, the better to grip the weapon between the third and fourth fingers.
Below are videos demonstrating use of knives, specifically push daggers, with that grip:
Cold Steel Boot Knife (best demo of stab mechanics)
Cold Steel Neck Knife (tiny blade, huge wounds)
The push dagger doesn’t have to be made by a high-tech knife maker to be effective. But the lower-tech it is, the more important it is to grip the weapon optimally, as shown below:
Homemade push dagger
For your defense moves to work under stress they must be based on your natural, instinctive reactions, require little strength and limited range of motion, and be proven in fighting experience.
To learn how your natural reactions can instantly defeat any unarmed attack, see the video Basic Instincts of Self-Defense.
Defend Against Weapons
To defend against weapons you have to know how they are used. Also—every stick has two ends … the weapon of attack may become a weapon of defense in your hand …
To learn how the typical street weapons (club, knife, razor) are used by an experienced streetfighter and how to practice with them, see the video Self-Defense: Tools of attack—Club, Hatchet, Blackjack, Knife, Straight Razor.
Staying cool under pressure is more important for self-defense than being physically fit and technically skilled. If you can’t control your mind what can you control?
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