We get a lot of questions about what knives should be considered for carry and personal defense. Please understand the knives we are discussing below are not the knives you should be pulling out to open boxes, envelopes or to give yourself a manicure. These knives are carried for one reason, personal defense. They should be kept sharp, dust/lint free and clean. In other words ready for action in the event you need it. If you need a utility knife to open things, cool, that is a different application though. Keep that knife in a bag, purse, or in your pocket for those times you need a knife to open things with.
Also, you should get training with your knife, and then continue to practice with what you learn in that training. The biggest thing you want to make sure of is that your training is in “context” for your intended use. Just like repelling from a helicopter with a slinged rifle is not plausible use for a law abiding citizen who carries a gun for personal defense we wouldn’t want to focus our knife training on “context’s” that we most likely wont find our selves in.
What is plausible use of a knife in a personal defense context?
-Carry Location on Body
-Access to Blade
-Knife methodologies for your mode of carry
-“IFWA” In Fight Weapons Access” a term coined I believe by Craig Douglas, a.k.a. SouthNarc of Shivworks
-Using the knife to create distance to access your gun.
-Using the knife against a bigger/stronger/ or more skilled adversary to end or separate in an entangled fight.
Below are knifes that we think are 100% considerable if the above applications are something that you have considered. By no means is it a full list, but they are knifes that we can, with out a doubt, recommend without hesitation. We also have listed a few websites that offer upgrades to the products listed. Just because a knife is not on this list does not mean that it should not be considered. This is also a fluid list, as new knifes enter the market we may add or in some cases subtract from this list.
Craig Douglas of Shivworks, A.K.A. SouthNarc http://shivworks.com/
Chris Fry of MDTS Training http://www.mdtstraining.com/
Cecil Burch of IA Combatives http://www.iacombatives.com/
Personal Defense Network http://www.personaldefensenetwork.com
TAD Shivworks Clinch Pick
UPGRADES TO THE “China Pick” I.E. The TAD Version
PHLSTER Makes some custom sheaths for the live blade and the trainer.
Dark Star Gear offers and makes some custom sheath options for the china pick as well.
Watson knives offers some upgrades to the blade itself as well as the micarta handles and the kydex sheaths. https://watson-knives.com/products/shivworks-cp-mods
Paul Moore BoB “Clinch Pick Copy
Ban Tang Clinch Pick or other SD Knives (Pikal and double edge pkal)
Spencer Keeper who makes the best AIWB holster in the world offers a custom sheath for the Ban Tang Clinch Pick model. http://keepersconcealment.com/product/clinch-pick-sheath/
Spyderco Fred Perrin Street Beat (FB15P)
Laci Szabo’s Designs “Felony Stop” Made by TOPS Knives
Spyderco Delica w/ Emerson Wave Opener
Spyderco Endura w/ Emerson Wave Opener
Spyderco Yojimbo 2
Blackhawk Crucible II Folder