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THE NEED FOR SPEED

GAIN THE EDGE BY USING INERTIA TO OPEN FOLDING KNIVES.
Left photo: Brandon Green/ Evergreen Images

Carrying a folding knife for personal defense is a calculated compromise. While clearly more convenient and typically more legally permissible than a fixed-blade—because it folds—it is undeniably slower to get into action when you need it most.

Practically all folding knives suitable for defensive use have features that allow them to be opened with one hand. These include traditional blade holes, thumb studs—and disks—for manual thumb openings and flippers for index-finger-style deployment.

Although all of these work well, they require a specific grip on the knife and a fair amount of fine motor skill. And while devices such as Emerson Openers and assisted-opening mechanisms can simplify the deployment process, they are not available on many folders—let alone the matching training knives necessary for real defensive skill development.

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