…will say the tactical guy, hero of many Call of Duty and Medal of Honor battles.
Even worse, you sometimes hear that coming out of the mouth of people that actually get paid to train others.
The truth is that within contact distance up to a 3 yard radius, it doesn’t matter if you have a gun, bazooka or bear trap, if the other guy has a knife, like it or not you’re in a knife fight and odds are not in your favor. And if the blade is already drawn, you are in a world of trouble. The Tueller Drill extends that range to 7 yards, so within 3 yards you have almost no chance. Most likely, you’ll get cut, and if you have poor training or none at all, you’ll get killed.
So the “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight” gets flushed down the toilet pretty quickly.
Today in Buenos Aires, two senior citizens got stabbed to death during a home invasion. Yesterday a women got killed with a knife too by an assistant of hers that was robbing her belongings.
It may be a surprise to some, but knife attacks are usually more lethal than gun shot wounds. I’ve read on several places that they are 20% more lethal than handguns.
Mind you, just like with guns, not all knives are created equal.
Stab me with a small table steak knife instead of a big butcher knife any day of the week.
In my book I wrote extensively about knives and the best way to use them but in a nutshell you want a long and thick blade, with a good piercing tip. This is very much the description of most big kitchen knives or butcher knives.
I’m not saying that knives are better weapons than handguns, remember we want to stop our attackers, mortality rates alone won’t help us much on self defense. The gun also gives you range, and you want to be as far away as you can from your attacker.
But we can’t ignore the fact that in most cases, fights and attacks occur well within the typical 7 yard range. Today you have to talk about “sidewalk” ranges. Guy walking down right the middle? Even if you get used to walking as far away as possible form others you’re talking about a couple yards alone at best on the widest sidewalks.
Ranges are close, too close, both on the street and indoors. Carry your gun, carry your knife, learn to use both and understand the potential lethality of such an simple, widely available tool.
You may think you are unarmed at home. If you have a big Chef’s knife you may want to rethink that.
PS: This is a knife I bought yesterday. At first I thought it was a Bowie but its more of a Facon. The blade is 14” long, 5mm thick, it was made using an old Sheffield (England) blade, dated 1867 . Maybe from a larger knife of some sort.
Unlike other more ornamented models, this one is purely functional with a bone handle and brass cross piece.
Here's another Facon, this one was made a few years ago, made using an old Collins made in USA machete blade, silver cross, piece, handle and other detials.