Knife Attack

A drawn knife is an intention to kill.

What to do.

  1. If you realise what is going on, run away as FAST as you can! Why?
    Because distance between you and them saves you getting cut!
  2. If you can’t run FAST, put something substantial between you and them. Why?
    • At best to stop them getting to you,
    • And possibly hurting them so bad with it they won’t want to continue.
    • To delay getting cut
  3. If the attacker is far enough away and you have a firearm, USE IT!
    What is far enough away?
    A person running at you will cover the polices favourite safety distance of 21 feet in about 1.5 to 2 seconds. Less than that if enraged or super fit.
    That’s too close to call if you’ll have time to draw, ready, aim and fire.
    Your immediate action on seeing a knife should be to draw and make ready even if they aren’t an immediate threat.
    It will save you time by having the weapon in your hand, ready, with the safety off.
    How much time? About 1.5 to 2 seconds if you’ve been training hard.

What you don’t do.

  1. Give up and start praying.
    Attackers don’t generally want to engage with someone willing to fight back even if you are the intended target.
  2. Phone the police.
    Total waste of time unless you are safe as they’ll arrive too late, as usual.
  3. Fight fairly.
    Whatever it takes you do. Does that sound a bit glib?
    Yep, it probably is! BUT hurt them enough and they will stop.
    As said, a drawn knife is an intention to kill.
    From that realisation must come total aggression from you at them.

What, you thought I was going to get all clever?
All Kung foo’ey, use some exotic martial art trick, or military fighting scheme?


Against a knife only two things really matter.
♦ Stop them cutting you (using distance and/or barriers) and
♦ Stopping them (anyway you can).

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9 Responses to Knife Attack

  1. Grade “A”…Great info, re-blogged on our humble site:

  2. equippedcat says:

    Can a person in the UK legally carry a locking blade pocket knife? I have one which I regularly practice drawing and opening with one hand. Because I’m always holding the package I need to open in the other hand. 🙂

    If you can’t run and don’t have any obstacles, use what you have or can scrounge to attack their weapon hand. Gives you reach on the attacker, since your target is a couple of feet closer to you than their target is to them.

    • Basic UK laws on knives
      It is illegal to:

      • Sell a knife to anyone under 18 (16 to 18 year olds in Scotland can buy cutlery and kitchen knives) unless it’s a knife with a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less, eg a Swiss Army knife
      • carry a knife in public without good reason – unless it’s a knife with a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less
      • carry, buy or sell any type of banned knife
      • use any knife in a threatening way (even a legal knife, such as a Swiss Army knife)

      Lock knives (knives with blades that can be locked when unfolded) are not folding knives, and are illegal to carry in public without good reason.
      Self Defence is not a good reason.
      The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is 4 years in prison and a fine of £5,000.

      Distance is your defence against a knife.
      I’ve used a trash can lid, a push bike once, and not forgetting the one off, nearly got charged by the police, full on swing of my old style 1.5 kg of watchman’s clock that put a nasty little yob in A&E.

      What I’ve never heard of personally is someone going mano e mano, knife against a knife, and coming off best i.e. without getting cut.

  3. Lorra B. says:

    Great info and advice!! 👍

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