Individuals should always choose what works best for them when looking at EDC (every day carry) choices. Knives, firearms, knuckledusters, saps, billy clubs and more can be carried for purposes of self defense.
Around the world restrictions on self defense and tools to be carried, are put in place regularly by the mobs in control. If you care about what they say or what their enforcers may say, this can be a major stumbling block in effective self defense. After all, most humans simply do not have the willpower or time necessary to invest in long term empty hands training.
Women are especially predicated towards using knives. The natural responses of women when threatened is to swipe with their hands, place a blade in those hands and you have loss of blood and another woman safe. Remember, this is not a bad thing, embrace the idea that you need to defend or consider defending yourself. No one else can do it for you, not every second of every day!
Liberty Practical Training has a wonderful program that takes less then a week to understand and through regular practice individually or with others can be easily mastered. Now, the knives themselves are amazing tools for self defense. No one likes to be cut, stabbed or otherwise hurt with a knife. A word of warning before continuing, knives used in combat are not pretty. The wounds affected by these tools are almost always grotesque and when applied precisely quite deadly.
Pocket knives can be carried almost everywhere in the world, depending on length and type. For myself the Benchmade cqc7 Emerson designed folder with a partially serrated edge is amazing. CRKT or Columbia River Knife and Tool company makes a wonderful series that is considerably smaller then the Benchmade cqc7 however, it is a strong, well made knife regardless. This series is the M16 series.
Either of these two knives is always on my person and sometimes both. They work for basic projects, food preperation and defense. Sharpened well these knives retain their edge and generally only need an occassional light tune up or session with a strop and rouge. Over a decade I have used and sometimes abused the Benchmade and it has taken all I throw at it and never complained. The CRKT is rapidly closing with it as a solid stand in.
The only con I see with either is the serrations, for people who do not know how to properly sharpen a blade, serrations are a wonderful thing to have. However, I have over the years found them more hassel than benefit sadly. I much prefer a straight well sharpened edge now as it will almost always work better for more in the long run.
I live in the high desert of Arizona, cutting tough wood, making firesticks, ropes and simply dirt itself has not stopped either of the above two knives. Additionally if you care for them well, using Ballistol to clean and lubricate them regularly they will continue to function for many years. The Opinel series is also quite well made. I have yet to break one though I have not abused them fully yet.
Now, my suggestions, I have occassionally recommended certain Gerber tools, however, after extensive testing their in house knives are really not worth buying. They have substandard steels compared to similarly priced knives from CRKT or even Kershaw. Additionally their attention to detail has become quite ridiculous, especially in folding knives. The only product I still back of theirs is the Machete, however, it is actually a Fiskar blade which lends to its insanely long lasting and extreme cutting ability. However, it is pocket or EDC knives of which I speak.
If you can carry a decent non folding blade do so, I prefer carrying a few of those so wont get into this as again folding knives, pocket knives are what I want to talk about. I would say based solely on my experience that the following knife companies are worth looking at as builders for carry knives. Ontario knife works, CRKT, Kershaw, Benchmade, Schrade, Buck and Opinel.
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