I had the pleasure of attending a one-day Tactical Knife
& Stick Seminar put on by Nick Hughes. During the
knife part Nick touched on something that I had been
thinking about a lot lately.
That was the fact that if you are forced to defend yourself
with a knife it would be much easier to defend your
actions in court if you were not wielding the Ninja
Death Dealer 2000 Tactical Folder buy Killco. In the
litigious world we live in you can bet this will become
About a month ago a very good friend of mine for an
unknown reason decided to send me a Spyderco Rescue
Jr. At first even though I admired the heft and ergonomics
common to all Spyderco products, I really had no idea
what void in my EDC the little knife would fill. After
some thought and realizing just how vicious the all
serrated blade was I figured it out.
Most of us who carry for personal protection do so on our body.
Many of us spend a substantial amount of time behind
the wheel of a car. This can inhibit the drawing of
all weapons. Especially those requiring further manipulation
to open such as folding knives.
It would make sense to have a good blade positioned
in the open where it is easy to access. This however
can lend itself to a whole new problem. What happens
when you are stopped by the police?
That is where I decided the Spyderco Rescue Jr would
excel. My recommendation at least for right-handed folks
would be to have the Rescue Jr clipped to the junction
of the lap and shoulder belts. This is a very normal
place for the hand to ride and it does not impair use
of the belt.
If you had the occasion to be stopped buy the police
and an officer saw this, I can't see many of my
brethren being alarmed as they would seeing some other
more tactical folders. Mine is in Stainless Steel, more
economical and friendlier would be one with the FRN
Most officers will recognize it as a rescue tool right
away and will leave it at that. If you are asked about
it and tell the uneducated officer the name and purpose
of the tool, I doubt you will have any problems. I mean
it is a rescue tool clipped to a seatbelt.
Something else I have I have been working on is static
cording the Rescue in the open position in a Kydex sheath
made by Phil@greenlighttactical.com.
The problem is for right handers is that if you are
attacked in the car and defend with your right hand
then it will be hard to get to the gearshift.
A better option may be to static cord the Rescue on
the visor so that it can be accessed with either hand.
Plus a fixed blade is faster into action then a folder.
My personal idea about fighting with a knife is based
on a saying that I got from Rob Ross of tacticalone.com
and that is “any cut is a good cut.” That
said I prefer to cut/slash only to work my way in for
Most people who study combatives have found that the
most common spontaneous reaction to an attack is a swinging/flailing
motion. Put a knife in your hand and you have slashes
and cuts. Using the Rescue knife this will produce extremely
While sitting in a car stabbing someone at your door
can be quite hard to say the least. But one good rake
across the back of they hand they are grabbing you with
or across the face may just give you enough time to
access a more dedicated blade or firearm to control
In closing I would just ask that you give the Spyderco
Rescue family a look. Who knows, one day you may have
to cut a seatbelt with it.