There is no “bluffing” in a knife fight!
When the knife comes out, you have to assume that it’s “go” time.
But how your attacker HOLDS his knife can give you insight into his mind…and how to plan your attack!
First, understand that this is NOT a “be all — end all” assumption of how an edged weapon attack goes down. There’s no such thing as a scientific response to any attack and especially so when it comes to defending against a knife.
But after reviewing hours of real street fight edged weapon attacks, I’ve discovered some common characteristics in HOW men attack based simply upon how they’re holding the knife.
I break these down into 3 different categories:
1. The “Show-er” — This knife grip, where it’s held with the point up or facing out with the thumb forward, is the common grip of the street punk who wants to “show” the weapon and threated, but typically isn’t looking for blood.
The hope is that just by showing you the knife, you’ll comply with his wishes and hand over your wallet. Do so and keep your distance.
2. The “Hider” — This grip can either be with the point up or down but is most often held close to the body as a way of hiding the weapon, both from you (maybe) or bystanders (definitely).
This is a more dangerous position because this most often reveals that he’s ready to attack if needed, but it’s more of a “wait and see” mode. Your reaction may determine whether or not he attacks.
Diffuse the situation as best as possible and be even more ready to defend yourself should he attack and not accept your apology or submission.
Finall, there’s the most dangerous…
3. The “Psycho” — This is the grip where the point of the knife is facing down as the hand is held out in front…the typical overhead stab position!
The only reason for this grip is to draw blood and as humans, we instinctively know this yields us the most force and hits the most vital targets: the head and neck.
If someone is holding the knife like this, be fully prepared to not be able to talk your way out of it.
Look for an “equalizer” such as a chair, branch, etc. that will allow you to keep them at bay and plan your escape!