Martial Blade Concepts, developed by Michael Janich, combines Filipino martial arts, self-defense and knifes to stop attackers quickly and effectively during a knife fight.
You can have the best knife money can buy, but if you can’t draw it quickly in a dangerous situation, it is really that effective? An easy way to carry a knife around in day-to-day situation is with a clip. You can either buy a clip for the knife you have or get one that comes with it attached. Michael suggests the Spyderco Delica because the clip can be attached to either side of the handle, depending on how you pull out your knife during a knife fight.
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Michael’s draw stroke preference is a technique called hub carrying. This method has the clip attached at the butt end of the handle so the tip of the blade that is closed faces up. This way, when you draw it from your pocket your thumb will already be positioned to open it quickly.
If you are walking to your car and need to draw your knife out in self-defense, Michael says you need to be aware, wary and avoiding. What you want to do is prep your draw, just in case you need it so that it is ready to go. To do so, simply hook your thumb in the pocket with your knife so it looks casual. That way you’re ready without drawing unnecessary attention to yourself.
If a dangerous situation develops, quickly bringing the knife into play can make all the difference.
Check out the transcript below to hear it from Michael Janich himself.
Dan: How do you train folks to have that awareness of having it out and ready or ready to be ready when they need it?
Michael: One of the things that Spyderco pioneered, Sal Glesser, the founder of Spyderco, back in 1980, ’81, he actually came up with the idea of putting a clip on a knife so if you go back prior to that time, back to the 70s when I started carrying knives, there were no clips on knives so everything that we take for granted for now, clip carry, one hand opening, the option to get serrations on a blade, all that stuff was pioneered by Sal Glesser at that point.
The clip really revolutionized knife carry, especially when it comes to defensive knives and the ability to get the knife into action quickly because instead of carrying the knife down inside a pocket or carrying it in a belt sheaf where you have to really dig for it or go through a bunch of different options to be able to get your hand on the blade or on the knife itself, by clipping it to the pocket, it rides right on top of the pocket and is easily accessible.
It’s easy to get to and doesn’t get jangled up with anything else you might have down inside your pocket.
Dan: Got it. You like to if at all possible, if you have a knife that’s of a model that’s fitable there, if you can, maybe when you’re going to and from your building or when you’re in an area where there’s any remote sense of potentially needing to use a knife for self defense, having the clip pocket is a useful slot and spot to keep the knife in your perspective for the day-to-day guy.
Michael: Exactly. One of the beauties of that Spyderco Delica, it’s one of the knives Spyderco offers that has a [11:13 inaudible] clip. What I mean by that is if you look at the knife itself, the clip can be attached to either side of the handle and at either end of the handle so it can be at the blade end or the butt end of the handle.
What this allows you to do is to configure the knife any way you want so that when you start working the mechanics of your draw stroke, you can have it prepositioned in your pocket so that when you grab the knife, it immediately comes out and is positioned in your hand to a one-hand opening. My preference is what’s called tip hub carrying.
What that means is that the clip of the knife is attached to the butt end of the handle and when the knife is placed in your pocket, the tip of the blade that is closed faces up. What that means is when you reach in, you dig your thumb in deep in to the clip on the knife. As it comes out, it’s going to be already in a normal using grip in your hand and your thumb is going to be positioned right near the hole in the blade to be able to open it quickly.
Dan: Got it, so you prefer that as a quick draw sort of positioning in the pant pocket anyway.
Michael: Exactly. What it also allows you to do is when you think of, the scenario you were describing, walking to your car or something like that, obviously in self defense, you want to be aware, you want to be wary, you want to be avoiding. If you see something that doesn’t look quite right, the quickest draw is going to be the one that takes the action of getting your hand to the weapon out of the equation.
What I mean by that is you can take your thumb and very naturally hook it in your pocket just like you’re hanging out, your thumb is hooked in your pocket and you look very casual. What you’ve done is you’ve just prepped your draw. You’ve actually put your thumb on the knife. You have it ready to go.
Literally if trouble does develop from there and the situation warrants to drawing the knife and bringing the knife into play, you’ve substantially reduced the amount of time it’s going to take to get your hand on the weapon.
Dan: Got it, that’s useful as well. Obviously it sounds like it’s pretty applicable with the model that you had spoken to.