Most of us know that edged weapons are common enough
with the criminal element of society. Edged weapons
are much more likely to be encountered because of their
availability and low or no cost. Some of the edged weapons
I see are the low end commonly available street types
with screwdrivers and box cutters.
If you work in an industrial setting or local box cutters
and screw drivers are tools of the trade and will often
not garner a second look from non LEO and security personnel.
How ever they can and are deadly when used as a weapon.
The next most common thing I see is steak knives either
taken from home or restaurants. Another growing source
for low end edged weapons is the large amounts of cheap
one hand opening and fixed bladed combat type knives
for sale at dollar stores and on line.
This means that you can expect more and more often to
encounter persons armed with edged tools along with
the fact that penalties for possession and committing
crimes with an edged tool as opposed to a firearm are
generally less severe and the bad guys know it.
More and more I find people carrying more than one knife.
I often find one in each hip pocket or hidden on another
part of their person. The bad guys are not carrying
theses weapons solely to use against police but also
for self protection against enemies, competition, and
other threats real or perceived (See below)
Then there are people who for one reason or another
live in what is considered a bad area who carry these
edged tools for self protection against the same bad
guys we are looking for/at but who may come into contact
Last year I arrested a guy who had several warrants.
When I took him back to booking to strip him I discovered
that he carried a cheap 2-inch folder under his foot
and inside his sock. He said it was not to use on the
police but for other people that he may encounter in
a holding cell.
While on patrol recently doing some traffic stops I
stopped a Bronco with husband and wife occupants in
a known drug area. A K-9 scan was conducted with a positive
alert so we got them out. The male had a cheap spring
assisted opening in his front right pocket. He also
had a cheap fixed blade dive/fantasy knife in a kydex
sheath around his neck.
That was the first time that I have ever seen that in
the street. He said it was for protection since he lived
in a bad area. I reminded him that he probably also
had to go to bad areas to buy his crack. The fixed blade
Just remember that edged weapons are out their and that
it's not the cost or the manufacture that make
them deadly. It is the person holding them and our complacency.
“You can't tap out on the street.”