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Do you Hold the Knife Ice-Pick Style?
While Staring Down the Enemy: A Man Question from PR

PR August 12, 2017 2:45 PM UTC

Do you hold the knife ice-pick style while you're waiting for them to approach?

PR, in the encounter you refer to Under The Green Umbrella I had a folding knife clipped inside my front pocket and was luckily able to open it, as I have a lot of trouble using thump posts to open a folder and would need two hands to open an old style folder.

For concealment and retention, the ice-pick grip is the best. However, with only one hand free, it is crucial that I minimize knife handling and keep it in the grip I opened it in. I do not want to drop it or have my actions seen by a passing motorists, as self-defense is against the law in the People's Republic of Maryland.

I only use an ice-pick grip when drawing the skinning knife from its inverted sheath, a weapon I did not have on me.

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LaManoAugust 15, 2017 10:56 AM UTC

The "unconstrained by legalities" question sort of has two levels.

1) The first is "What are the consequences of carrying Weapon X even if you don't use it?" Will it "entice" you into getting into conflicts you would otherwise avoid, in the name of dispensing justice? Might it be "legal" to carry, but in the environment you're in, might it get you into trouble if the police found you with it and harassed you as a result to their OWN legal boundary, which might be unpleasant for you?

2) Assuming the above is all positive about carrying it, what's the response if you USE it? Are you absolved "legally" from the consequences in any case? Must you prove that it was a clear case of self-defense? Will you ALWAYS be in the wrong in your local legal system if you use it, even to defend your life? (Depending what color you are and the predator is, YOUR life may not matter to the system).

Be interesting to see what the answer is. I know what the answer is for ME, but it might not be the optimum one ....
LynnAugust 14, 2017 4:17 PM UTC

If you were unconstrained by legalities, what weapon would you carry?