As I wrote last week, weapons like that savage Cyclone spiral knife are designed with a very specific function in mind: to intimidate. But despite the effectiveness of say, the threat of a getting brained with a spiked pommel or filleted with stainless steel, it’s often inappropriate to wander the sleepy streets of your hometown with a deadly weapon swinging from your hip. So how do you protect yourself without scaring the bejesus out of innocent bystanders at the same time?
A man of the world owns many tools for many purposes, but today’s knives are mostly engineered for cooking. A classic chef’s knife will make you competent and composed in the kitchen; a carving knife will establish your role as the man of the house at Thanksgiving; and a hunting knife can help you get right to the heart of, uh, whatever it is you’re working on.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone
When it comes to gun safety in the home, there are smart ways to protect your loved ones and then are other ways that are less so. If your go-to weapon for home-defense is a .44 Magnum that you keep in your bedside table, you might want to rethink that. Know your target and what lies beyond it, right? If you’re trying to stop a bad guy from doing you harm, you can probably get the job done by using a smaller caliber weapon. You really don’t need a hand cannon that can punch through walls.