“Yes I have the OC spray with me, but what if someone throws me to the ground? I have no chance to do anything with a guy’s weight on top of me”
Felt nice to hear my wife’s explanation to her best friend, regarding why she now carried a knife.
Times change and smart people adapt. 8 years ago my wife wouldn’t have even carried OC spray.
When she told me she wanted a knife to go along with her spray, I took a look at my knife collection. She wanted something small, and given her small hands a big knife just didn’t fit well.
We tried these, and I believe they are good choices for someone with small hands.
Left to right:
Gerber’s Guardian: Designed by legendary Bob Loveless. Very much a downsized classic fighting knife, the tension adjustable plastic sheath is as good as the knife, and that’s a compliment.
This knife? Yep, for stabbing the living hell out your attacker. The narrow tipped blade sinks easily into soft tissue.
Poliwog knockoff: A knockoff of the Spyderco Poliwog. I wanted to have a general idea and take a look at the unique locking system. Overall good small blade, the steel in my DX Knockoff was actually good and sharpened up well. The design with finger groves allows a firm grip. The blade is short but thick, so it would make nice bleeding wounds when stabbing (looks almost like a large broadhead hunting arrow). Mrs. FerFAL didn’t care for it, but worth checking for people looking for a small blade with big blade type of grip.
Gripping the Poliwog knockoff. Notice the small yet wide blade. This model offers good weapon retention thanks to the deep figer groves. On my desk: Vault Dweller Bobblehead, just because I love the little lunatic.
Cold Steel Voyager (small): This was my first Cold Steel many moons ago, and it’s the knife my wife liked the most, the one that she now claimed for herself and carries it on daily basis.
Clip point blade, would stab with little force and also cuts very well for slashes. The grip is ok and the blade locks tight.
For a knife you’ll be using for defense, ALWAYS buy quality. If my wife had liked the Poliwog I would have bought a Spyderco for her, never let he go around with a $ 6 blade for defensive purposes. The quality of that tool may as well be the difference between life and death one day, literally speaking.
Mrs. FerFAL gripping her Cold Steel Voyager. "As if a sociopath is attached to it, impaled and twisting like a fish out of the water” as I explained to her.
Cold Steel Defender II push knife (discontinued?): This one is a bit too big for my wife, and maybe a bit too small for an average man’s hand. I can't find it at Amazon or Cold Steel's website, closest thing I found is the Urban Pal. I used to have one of these but gave it away to a friend that used to get into trouble often for some reason. A few months later I came by him again, and he couldn't stop saying enough nice things about it.
I liked thE Defender II for her because it allows excellent weapon retention, something that may be an issue for people, specially women that get overpowered by a male attacker. Of course this type of knife is used mostly in a similar manner as punching, sometimes that requires a bit more skill I suppose. Still, the blade is thick and wide, a wound with this little guy would be worth 4 or 5 stabs will the Voyager. The Voyager has a longer blade though, and may reach internal organs, while this push dagger would make wounds that have a greater chance of bleeding more.
You want the guy to be leaking like a busted radiator, bleeding freely and immediately wanting to care for his wound or risk bleeding until he passes out/dies, so the thicker and wider the blade, the better it will work.