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Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by kali13, Mar 5, 2011.

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  1. kali13

    kali13 Member

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    What's your favorite? I'm thinking 10-12" blade or longer. Can you see any practical use for it as a self defense weapon in today's world?
     
  2. Carl Levitian

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    Sure, there's always a use for a large bladed tool around. If push comes to shove, and it's there, where a firearm may not be, a nice sharp machete is a wonderful thing. I love the Ontario machetes in both the 18 and 12 inch sizes. A bit thicker and heavier than the lighter stuff from south of the border, like the Tramontina and other brands. Plus if it's nice and beat up, with smears of sap and dirt on the blade, it looks like a garden or landscape tool rather than a weapon. Gives some of what the gov'ment calls plausible deniability or whatever it's called.

    There's some places even here in America that firearms are not available.

    The machete, panga, parrang, gollock, or bolo, is still a viable tool/weapon in some parts of the world, whatever it's called.

    Carl.
     
  3. 451 Detonics

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    seems to work for Machete....

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  4. Carl Levitian

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    Yeah, Danny's the man!

    A TSA guards worst nightmare.:D

    Carl.
     
  5. GENTLEMAN OF THE CHARCOAL

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    Damn good picture. Seriously thinking about printing it off and buying a frame for it at WalMart's the next time I go into town and hanging it on my damn wall. I'm serious as a heart attack. I'll tell you one thing. If I met you on a dark part of this pararie I would either shoot your ass out of hand or turn around and run! Maybe do both..That is a damn good picture....
     
  6. doctorxring

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    The Big Knife

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    A big bowie can be carried concealed effectively. Lynn Thompson, Mike Sastre, and other big knife pros carry them in a proper kydex sheath.

    A knife is always considered a last chance defense, but it beats the heck
    out of throwing fists.

    If I was to get involved with a knife in a fight, this would be the one I
    would like to have in my hand at the time. I'm working on a kydex sheath
    for mine and will see if it is practical for me in certain circumstances. I
    carry a Kahr PM9 and a Benchmade Nitrous Stryker most of the time.


    CS Natchez Bowie --

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRk93Vlrd48
     
  7. hso

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    You're going to have to define your terms in much more detail before any meaningful response can be made.

    If you're talking about SD at home, as big a blade as you can use within the confines of your residence is advisable, but why limit yourself to a blade when a firearm is allowed.

    If you're talking about SD away from home, you're limited only by the laws of your jurisdiction limiting carry blade length. Then you have to decide to break the law and face the consequences or perhaps carry a blade within the legal limits (5.5, 5, 4, 3.5 inches), or perhaps get a carry permit for a gun.

    If you can't carry a gun, or a cop, and you are permitted to carry a bladed weapon, then the bigger the better.
     
  8. mdauben

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    I have to admit to a guilty liking for the Fairbairn Smatchet.

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    A hefty, 10-inch, double-edged blade originally designed by famous WWII close quarter combat guru William E. Fairbairn. Honestly, though, I would probably feel just as happy with a similarly sized bowie-style knife.

    In a way I can, but really most uses of knives for self defense for civilians in the real world involve concealed carry, which isn't really practical with such large fixed blade knives, aside from the fact that there are few places in the US where it would be legal to carry one.
     
  9. JShirley

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    I find large blades to be extremely effective for producing damage at close range, but only carry them when the environment calls for it: camping, hiking*, or hunting. If I can't reasonably excuse why I am carrying a 7" or longer blade, I don't carry it.

    *in more overgrown areas, not on trails hundreds of people walk through daily.
     
  10. 451 Detonics

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    It would be tough to explain why I was carrying this Cold Steel 18 inch bowie machete around with me while downtown but if I had to pick a knife to get into a fight with it is the one I would pick.

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  11. Deltaboy1984

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    It seems so sad to think I can not legally carry a Bowie in the State where Jim Bowie died to make it free! But the same state government will let me CCW a gun. I carry a Gerber Gator or a Buck 110 Folding Hunter and that as close to the legal line as I can to go. If the Law got changed I would by a combat grade Ka-bar or other quality 10-14 inch Bowie. At CW shows the Bowie I got I can showed the Bowies cutting power to the uneducated.
     
  12. JShirley

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    There are two great advantages of the firearm for defense:

    ease of use
    distance


    In general, if you can stop a threat before it's in bad breath range, this is a Very Good Thing. Blades, even large blades, require closer distance to a threat.
     
  13. Deltaboy1984

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    Yes sir your correct but I still love the heft of razor sharp cold steel!
     
  14. Gordon

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    Stephan Fowler made me the 13" Dagger too pretty to carry. It is a scary weapon however.
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    Now I can carry the 11" Bowie he made me a couple years ago, his forged knives are featherlight for their size BTW
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  15. Gordon

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    The top 10" knife Is an Mad Dog Sitka. It is pretty light but I use it for a "field knife" in the outdoors. The 2nd knife down is an MD Rezine 9" that has dispatched quite a few domestic sheep, goats and pigs in the last 10 years. It is my favored sticking knife obviously and is kept razor sharp. The 3rd down knife is a 7.25" Mad Dog Voodoo Hound 3/16" fighter. It is very light and is all razor sharp everywhere! I USED a Randall #1-8 and later a 7.25" Randall model 14 fighter in the Nam, the Mad Dog VooDoo hound is a better fighter in every respect IMHO. His Panther 10" is even better but gets into the big bowie format which is not really EDC IMHO. The big 10" up knives certainly can sever hands and limbs and are preferred if you actually had to face off an opponent. The 7.5" class knives can be EDC in uniform (or outdoors in the field) and are possibly the best size for sentry removal in moves from the rear . Just My $.02
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  16. 230therapy

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    Knives are good for self-defense if you know what you are doing. I use them to compliment my handgun. While a large knife is intimidating, they're also difficult to carry. Even a 4" fixed blade knife is quite large overall. Folders are great for concealed carry, but require some training and practice to deploy quickly and under pressure.

    What's great about knives is that a short blade is as dangerous as a long blade in the hands of a trained user. A little two inch long "clinch pick" is a great little surprise for the criminal. The fixed blade excels when there is very close in contact because no extra step is required to deploy the weapon.
     
  17. JShirley

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    This is not actually true. Both may still be deadly, but a larger blade will do more damage in less time.
     
  18. SpaceFrank

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    Just like handguns, if you intend to carry one as a weapon, you should probably get some training. I carry a 3" Benchmade folder every day and everywhere, but in my hands it's only a tool. If I had to use it as a weapon, things would be very bad.
     
  19. RONSERESURPLUS

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    I like my Blades but in Most situations, i will use a Firearm first: But that said, one of my Sets of carry Blades:

    Spyderco 'Police Model" Combat Folder
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    CRTT Copy of A.G. Russels STING 1A Boot Knife, Nice small consealed carry Knife many times on my hip next to my CCW pistol
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    Damascus Tanto knife custom made with Leather sheath
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    Camilus BK-7 Combat Knife with Sheath
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  20. kamagong

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    This one remains next to my nightstand at all times.

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  21. 451 Detonics

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    Nothing wrong with a nice Khukuri... Operation Enduring Freedom from Khukuri House...

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  22. WaltonS

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    I know we frown upon discussions of the walking dead but all the same...
    http://www.zombietools.net/

    Got to handle a few. Damn fine craftsmanship and some very unique styles and finishes.
     
  23. Claymore1500

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    Although I don't carry it much, this is the biggest one I own.
     
  24. Deltaboy1984

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    Dang nothing like a Ole School Claymore!
     
  25. scotjute

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    A 10-12" blade would give you a distinct advantage over most other knives. They would only be practical, however, if you cannot carry a gun. My std. carry when hiking is a 5"
    blade as the state regulations limit it to 5.5".
     
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