am in the process of getting my lesson plan together
for my Introduction to the Tactical Folder seminar at
the Chesapeake Show in DEC. I had considered doing something
about fixed blades but decided against it due to fixed
blades being generally illegal for CCW here in the Peoples
Republic of Maryland.
A lot of time is spent talking about what to do with
the folder once you get it out, but deployment techniques
are only glanced over. Face it, during a flash attack
chances are you will have to perform some sort of an
open hand technique to create distance before you can
deploy a folder. So now you have distance and reach
for the knife.
How close is the attacker now and what is his demeanor?
Do you think that under combat stress and with the loss
of tactile sensation you would be able to reach down
with two or more fingers, draw the folder, positively
deploy the blade and come out to the side or up before
delivering a cut?
Or do you think that with your eyes focused on the readvancing
attacker you will get your hand lost in your pocket,
hear clinkity-clink on the ground or only realize half
way through the cut that your blade did not deploy?
I know many of us being Emerson Wave fans are thinking
this is not an issue with a Waved knife. However this
is not the case. You must hit an object (normally your
pants pocket) to trip the Wave. Anyone else ever make
an ass out of themselves (c'mon just once) showing
someone how cool the Wave is and have the blade not
deploy? For me I have found that I do this when going
I teach impact before edged. Not under all circumstances
of course. Common sense must be used just like anything
else. All knives can be impact weapons but not vice
versa. If you are carrying a folder as your primary
personal protection hardware I encourage you to try this with
With the folder in your pocket and your attacker at
seven yards, have them rush you about half a dozen times
or so. Three times attempt to draw and deploy your blade
as they come at you.
The last three times draw your folder closed into a
hammer fist grip with your thumb on top and simulate
a strike about the head and shoulders of your attacker.
Like painting, reapply as needed.
If he retreats, you just slip the
folder back into your pocket. If not, you simply deploy
the blade in a traditional manner as you would in any
other situation and get to work with it.
My two absolute favorites for this technique are the
Emerson CQC 8 and the Benchmade AFCK. Their sleek lines
and curves lend themselves to it. I like about 1 to
1.5 inches exposed from the bottom of the fist.