Engaging in a knife fight regardless your level of skill ensures one thing, you will get cut. You will bleed, quite a bit. A knife fight is about survival, it is not about winning or engaging in hollywood special affects. You will need to use your head have solid balance and be capable of precise strikes with the knife you have.
There are hundreds of laws in every state in the United States and every country, just make sure you understand the laws if that sort of thing matters to you. For some understanding these laws is essential especially in places like New York City where the badged bullies can grab you for walking down the street and frisk you. In cases like this a knife like an Opinel which locks shut is your best bet as it does not allow quick opening of the blade. If you are someone like myself I will avoid cops at all costs. Of course this doesnt mean I never engage with them. However, where I live there are very few rules regarding knives and in fact most police never flinch if someone is carrying one be it on the belt or in the pocket. After all if someone is carrying a knife they likely also have a firearm and for most police the firearm is the more dangerous of the two.
Do not throw your knife, always maintain a solid grip on it. The butt of the handle should be solidly against the palm of your hand for several reasons. First when stabbing or slashing it is quite easy to lose control of the knife especially when your adrenaline is up and you potentially are dealing with loss of blood which can quickly cause a loss of traction and grip on the handle. However, we are getting ahead of ourselves.
The real question is can you draw and have your weapon ready in time to defend yourself using it? Is it necessary to use it? If it is necessary to use it are you capable of doing so both emotionally and physically? Have you trained to use it and do you understand the affects of a knife on the human body?
A knife is best used to slice through skin especially when one has not trained effectively, causing rapid exsanguination (loss of blood) and eventually death. Some knives are better used as stabbing implements, and when used with precision can cause a much greater concern for the receiver. Obviously, if the other person is armed there are the additional issues that can be caused of course.
The basics are simple really.
- Avoid a fight at all costs
- Carry what can be concealed and understand the local laws.
- Train with others using rubber knives, one martial art I highly recommend is escrima.
- Stay alert, always alert, be aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Understand you will get cut, likely you will need stitches.
- Understand there will be blood, quite a bit.
- Train in avoidance, blocking with the outside of your arms and locking the other persons weapon.
- Control your weapon, a solid grip with the butt firmly in the palm allows a solid position.
- Never underestimate another individual, no one is perfect.
Train, think and always be alert!
Free the mind and the body will follow