We’ve done a few EDC articles in the past where we covered the basics. Those basics typically included: a knife, handgun, and light. In this article we’re going to discuss the importance of always carrying a blade, knowing how to strike with the blade, and where to strike. Again, as with most things EDC, the blade carried will differ from person to person. Some carry tactical folding blades, some carry the simple swiss army knife, and there are those who carry a concealed fixed blade.

Folding knife or fixed blade?

The folding knife is by far the most popular. They come in many different designs and sizes. Growing up my dad always had his Swiss Army Executive knife on him whether he was wearing a suit or pair of jeans. He used it for everything from opening envelopes and boxes, to stripping the insulation off wires when working on electronics, and occasionally picking locks using one of the available blades on the knife that he modified. When I was in the Marine Corps, I always had my Gerber Gator folding knife on my belt and used it for anything and everything while out in the field, or on deployments. Now as a civilian, I’ve been using Emerson Knives for the past several years. For a long time, it’s been the Emerson CQC-7.

The fixed-blade has some key advantages over the folding knife. First and foremost, you don’t have to worry about deploying the blade so it’s always ready. Secondly, with a solid full tang fixed blade, there is no worry of a lock failure, or the knife closing on your hand. On occasion, I carry a concealed fixed blade inside the waistband. The fixed blade I find myself carrying when I decide to, is the Half Face Blades Omega Dagger.

Another option you have is a combination of the two. You could carry a concealed fixed blade for defensive use only and have a smaller folding knife in your pocket for the day-to-day tasks. In an office environment pulling out a fixed blade can be intimidating to those around you, so having that folding knife as your go-to knife for daily tasks may be the way to go.

How to strike with a blade and where to strike

In the book, ‘100 Deadly Skills‘, Clint Emerson discusses the importance of knowing how to use a knife as a weapon. Many people carry knives for everyday carry and as a defensive weapon, but don’t have the necessary training and skills to effectively employ it as a weapon. Clint Emerson gives us a quick down and dirty lesson covering the knife grip, angles of attack, and most effective cut points. These three principles all remain the same whether you’re using a folding knife or fixed blade.

Everyday Carry: Always Have a Blade
Winning a knife fight (Image courtesy of ‘100 Deadly Skills’ by Clint Emerson).

One of my favorite movies is, ‘The Hunted‘. In that movie, one of the main characters is a former Special Operations soldier who now lives and survives in the wilderness using only a blade. One of the scenes in the movie covers the knife training he goes through in order to learn how to most effectively defeat any adversary quickly and quietly. Enjoy.