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    I like hoganbeg's post, Because as a backup (Just for EXTREME) a stainless steel pen can be used as a kubotan or knife/spike depending on the circumstances as well.
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    You need a knife with which to cut the bonds of the beautiful maiden you just rescued from a fait worse than death.
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    Take a self defense class like Krav Maga and you will see how formidable a knife can be as a self defense tool in a close combat situation. I would rather deal with someone with a gun in a CQB than a knife. YMMV.

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    I've finally gotten around to reading "Little Black Book of Violence." (I think ATCTimmy recommended it.) The author claims 70% of males carry a knife.

    A knife is a very very effective and terrifying weapon to face, even if you have a gun. Even if you have two guns. Only the most drunk, drug crazed and insane will stick around for a knife fight.

    You've got to get away or disarm. Without a baton or cane or similar, and some pretty good reflexes, you'll get badly hurt. Its not much of a victory if you put a .45 in the chest and simultaneously he buries a 5 incher in yours.
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    Because I have carried one every day for over 20 years. That habit is not getting broken any time soon. I have moved from the old timer pocket knife to the Gerber FAST though.

    I just bought my wife a Spyderco Dragonfly. She absolutely loves it. The main purpose for that knife is as a last ditch weapon. She asked for it, so I assume and believe she is willing to use it. She can't carry a gun most days, and we don't have one she wants to carry right now. She has pepper spray too but felt the need to get a good knife. We are working on getting a handgun she can comfortably carry. But even then, she will not be able to take it some places. So a knife it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    The BUG vs a knife is totally up to the percieved needs of the user.personally I prefer the utility versatility of a knife rather than putting all my eggs in one basket.

    Bullets just don't work well for all things.
    Why can't one carry both a knife and a 2nd gun?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DontTreadOnI View Post
    Good lord, this question. Aside from the fact that I use it for many things daily as a tool, it is only five inches long and fits nicely in my pocket and has no felt weight. It is there IF I EVER NEED IT. Simple as that, end of story. Hell yes I am reaching for my gun in a situation, but why would I not carry something that can be a last ditch weapon and has a bazillion uses and causes no fatigue to carry?
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    I've carried a knife of one type or another for 59 or 60 years, or longer! Back when I went to school, a knife was a tool that just about every boy carried in his jeans pocket and nobody thought anything of it! Now, some schools won't even let kids have plastic "silverware" knives in their lunch boxes! Heck of a "nanny state" world we now live in! But anyway, as others have said, I can carry a knife places where I can't carry a gun, I use it for multiple purposes, and it is just another of several self defence tools I have available to me. I feel more "naked" without a knife than I do without a gun! And a lot of times I'm carrying more than one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDE101 View Post
    I've carried a knife of one type or another for 59 or 60 years, or longer! Back when I went to school, a knife was a tool that just about every boy carried in his jeans pocket and nobody thought anything of it! Now, some schools won't even let kids have plastic "silverware" knives in their lunch boxes! Heck of a "nanny state" world we now live in! But anyway, as others have said, I can carry a knife places where I can't carry a gun, I use it for multiple purposes, and it is just another of several self defence tools I have available to me. I feel more "naked" without a knife than I do without a gun! And a lot of times I'm carrying more than one.
    And with the teachers sort of looking the other way we'd go across the street to a vacant lot and throw them. It is so different today and I am not happy about it.
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    To cut things or BG's if needed...
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    Ever man around here carries a knife, just cause we carry a knife, kinda like a shirt pocket....guessing if i had to use it as a weapon i could, but might be difficult to load in the barrel.....
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    Unless you're some kind of superhero, you're not going to be able to outdraw someone who has the drop on you, especially if they're trying to grab your gun, or they're attacking you with some sort of contact weapon. In contact distance, a knife is almost always a better alternative to a gun.
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    +1 on all the good reasons above and let me add, if not stated, if you go somewhere where a gun is not permitted you still have your knife. in a situation where a gun is not needed a knife can be used for restricting the mobility of the attacker, i.e. forearm cuts, tricep cuts and so on. Check out Mike Janich's MBC for more info.

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    This is my first post here in a thread, this seems like a good place to start.

    Just like anything else, what can be done with a knife is dependent on the skill level of the user. As stated before knives are good for carry in NPE's and as backups to a pistol. A folder can be drawn, opened and palmed covertly. If there is a need, the knife is already in the hand and ready to use. If not, the knife can be returned to the pocket with nobody the wiser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a__l__a__n View Post
    Why would I ever choose to use the knife instead of the gun?
    Looking at the bold part of your question, since it is the key part of your concern, my answer would have to be:

    You might choose the knife instead of a gun because the knife could be -
    Quieter
    More easily concealed
    Able to be carried where a gun might not

    But the other answer might be -

    I would not carry a knife instead of a gun....I'd carry both!
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