If you’ve bought your everyday carry Kershaw spring assisted folding knife and feel like you’re ready to protect yourself or simply use your knife effectively out on the trail, you might be missing out a very important step: correct deployment.
Correct deployment not only improves your draw time, but it also reduces the likelihood of a failed draw, which could cost you valuable time in a critical situation.
A slow or failed draw puts you in additional danger when you’re under attack, and it can eat up valuable time on a hunting trip or just out on the trail. Furthermore, you might not be drawing your folding knife in a position that puts you ready to use it. In that case, you’ll spend even more time adjusting your grip, again slowing you down when it might matter most.
When to Deploy
In reality, the last thing you want is to get caught in a knife fight. Real knife fights are violent, bloody affairs and, even if you can injure your opponent, there is a good chance you will come out wounded, or worse, from the incident.
There are situations when you may need to use your knife for self-defense, particularly if you are out with your family and it is your only means to protect them.
That’s why you should have a personal defense strategy, and practice it, so that should the time come you will be prepared.
Reactive or Proactive Deployment
These are the two categories which broadly define any occasion when you’ll use your knife for self-defense.
Reactive Deployment – This is essentially a situation where an attacker is upon you, and you need to quickly draw your knife to protect yourself. Remember that no attacker is going to want to give you time to react, so practicing or at least thinking through what you can do is very important.
Proactive Deployment – When you aren’t directly under threat but recognize potential risks around you, it can be an effective tactic to draw your knife while keeping it concealed. This will save you time in the case that a situation develops. In some cases, merely drawing a knife will defuse the situation and make an attacker go elsewhere.
There’s a secret to drawing your knife quickly, and it’s the same whether you have a Kershaw spring assisted folding knife, a fixed blade or an 18th Century saber: practice. Nothing will make more difference than knowing how to draw your knife properly.
Practice an action that releases your blade quickly, and ends with your hand in a position ready for use. Practice it hundreds of times, with both hands, and make sure you’re ready when it counts.