I carried the Bugout for a year or so, very nice knife. I like the lock, reminds me of the old Blackie Collins Bolt Action. Easy to manipulate with either hand, being a lefty that's important.Minimal carry is a Benchmade Bugout.
Bassbob, you are correct in your assessment. In the class we did spar with training knifes which left some pretty good bruising. The goal here was to learn traps, deflections and counter strikes. Also guarding the vital areas from strikes. The instructor really focused on stealth movement to the target. He told us that the bad guys were almost always armed with a AK 47 that was slung. This meant that one or both hands were on the rifle leaving the neck and torso unprotected. Crazy stuff. Here is a photo of some of the preferred knives for these take downs.Knife fighting.
Okay, specialized training like Honorman is describing aside, anyone who believes they can be trained to win knife fights against other opponents armed with knives with any degree of reliability believes in a fairy tale.
I'm not taking about surprising a guard from behind, I'm talking about squaring off with a bad guy armed with a knife in any other realistic situation anyone here on this board could find themselves in. I'm also not talking about training to minimize damage. Because I don't care what SPECOPS group you trained with, there WILL be damage and it very well could be fatal regardless of your training.
Of course we have had this discussion here before and you really don't have to take my word for it.
As far as EDC, I have multiple and what I am carrying depends on what I am doing and what job I expect my knife to be doing.
What a beauty, Bob Loveless design totally classic.View attachment 32356View attachment 32357View attachment 32358I just received this from a buddy of mine in Missouri. We met working together at a steel mill. This won’t be an EDC.
Loveless style drop point
CPM 154 Mirror Polished
Hollow ground blade
416 Stainless Guard and Hardware
Australian Mountain Ash Handle
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I have to ask, in what situation would you be that deploying your knife fast was such acritical factor the fractions of a second counted?My choice for an EDC knife has been and always will be an Emerson with the Wave feature. No other folder can deploy as quickly.
My Emerson CQC-7BW
I make a habit of carrying my knife on my left side and my gun on my right so that if someone reaches for my gun I can stab their hand with the knife to get them off.If I'm carrying a knife for defensive purposes, and I think that fractions of a second of deployment may matter, I'm not going to carry any folder, period. Fixed blade for the win, every time.
I carry folders more often in public than anything else. Mostly convience sake for nornal cuttibg uses. The choice of lock varies but, my main pocket knife will never have a Walker lock, now most often called a liner lock, or a frame type lock.
The reason is that they are simply not (in my opinion) safe for a left hander. Grasping one in the saber style grip can put the pads of the fingers in contact with the lock and upon normal compression can cause it to unlock. The reason is the direction of the pads movement in the unlocking direction.I found this out the hard way by getting almost cut by a Benchmade AFCK when the blade unlocked and folded. A light mark due to my quick release but it made me aware there was an issue.
Since that time I did research and my own testing and have found this to be a known issue, hence the creation of the LAWKS, by Lake and Walker and used by CRKT.
Does this mean that those two types of locks WILL fail, no, it means they CAN fail. And being left handed I prefer a lock I feel is safer for left hand use like the Blackie Collins bolt action, the Axis lock and various other.
Being a knife maker myself I do not make folders. I had a discussion once with a gentleman I met from the state who was into making folders. I told him a fairly decent niche market might be making left handed liner locks. He had never considered it before and I now wonder if he ever did something with it.