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[This article is part of a series.  If you’re interested in protecting your preparations, that’s GREAT, but please do not start with knives!  Start with keeping quiet, planning to share, or passive defense options.]

I would really hate to actually have to defend my preparations (or even defend my own life) with a knife.  I would rather use almost anything else, actually, for a variety of reasons.  But, we don’t always choose what situations we’re presented with, and if you’re defending your preparations or your life, you may be grateful to have something to use.  Most people already have knives readily available around their homes (particularly in their kitchens), so, faced with a situation where you find yourself needing a weapon, you may think to grab a knife

Why Knives are ONLY Used in Close Combat

You can forget about throwing knives across a room to defend yourself, because a knife would have to hit someone at precisely the right angle for you to injure anyone, and it’s much more likely that you’ll miss.  Then, your situation will go from bad to worse, because then you will have tossed a weapon to your assailant! So, unless you have already practiced throwing knives and the person you’re defending against is standing still, don’t bother trying to throw knives.

You may be successful in defending yourself with a knife if the person you’re defending against is in very close proximity (probably within a few feet from you) and they don’t realize you have a knife.  In this case, you may be able to puncture a lung and cause it to collapse.

What Happens When You Defend Yourself With a Knife

In most cases, even if you do injure someone with a knife, they will live.  They may be stunned, or they may not, and there is a good chance that they will be able to run away and seek help or medical attention.  If society has not completely broken down, someone with a knife wound will also seek a lawyer, and since it will be your word against theirs, you’ll more than likely be charged with a very serious crime.

If you reveal that you are armed with a knife and the other person has a gun, you may be asking for even more trouble.  Unless you are very well trained in close-combat fighting (and probably even then), knives are a poor match for guns.

In most cases, a knife is probably not your best option for defending your preparations.

However, many people choose to include knives as part of their emergency preparedness, and they do so for several good reasons.

Why You Want a Knife (or Knives) Anyway

In an emergency, a knife may make the difference between whether you survive or not, because they can be useful in many different situations. A good knife can be used to cut firewood (or cut wood to build a simple shelter), to process game meat, or even to cut the plastic ties holding your eFoods Direct cases closed.

What Kind of Knife Should You Buy?

There are many different options for knives that can be used in an emergency.  If you want, you can just remember your kitchen knives when you’re actually faced with an emergency.  Or, maybe you have a pocket knive or multi-tool.  Or, you may choose to buy something that is specifically engineered for an emergency use.

As you’re choosing a knife, consider these things:
– Do you want the knife to be for a specific purpose?  If you’re only planning to cut wood, you’ll probably want a different knife than you would if you’re only planning to cut meat.
– Do you care to have a personalized or stylish knife?  Even though this does not affect the actual usage of the knife, there are a wide variety of options for different knives–handles can be made out of fancy types of wood, or cheap plastic, and you can even have them engraved if you would like.
– What type of blade do you want?  How long and how thick should it be?
– Do you want a knife that folds, or one that doesn’t?  Knives that fold are easier to carry safely, but the folding part weakens the knife.
– Which knife accessories do you need?  Do you need a sheath to keep yourself safe?  How will you keep the blade sharp?
– How much do you want to spend?  Cheap knives are available for under $10.  Fancy knives may cost $100 or more.

Honestly, as my husband and I developed our plans for emergency preparedness and for defending our preparations, knives do not play an important role.  This could be because we’re not hunters.  I have used my kitchen knives to process chickens and a turkey, though, and I keep our knives sharp.  We usually just rely upon scissors for cutting things, or saws for cutting bigger things.  I do remember one time using my Swiss Army knife to trim the bottom of a Christmas tree.  It worked very well, considering that I didn’t have any other kind of saw at the time, but it took forever.

Readers, are you choosing to include a good knife (or more than one good knife) as part of your preparedness?  I can see how this could make a good tool to include in an emergency kit intended for evacuation.  Please, feel free to share any thoughts about this in the comments!

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