richP wrote:Great comic, fodder for endless additional discussion. My random thoughts:
* bringing a knife to a knife fight might not even be optimal. I recall reading an old martial arts book years ago that suggested if you are proficient in hand to hand combat, have a knife available, and are facing an opponent who is unskilled in knife fighting, you should give them the knife, since that will actually hinder their attack. No clue if the author bled to death in a knife fight.
If you are facing an enemy that is unskilled in knife fighting, why would you assume that they are skilled without a knife, or whatever they had? There are two basic ways to "knife fight".
Something out of "West Side Story", which you might expect between two knife fighters.
"Stabstabstabstabstabstab", which will work in all other situations.
I doubt many unarmed specialists are quite ready for the second option. I think that was "fourth degree black belt level" according to largely fading memory of my karate teacher (who was 4th degree after 20 some years of practice, although I don't know how long he had held the rank).
By "give them the weapon" you mean "throw it at them and hit them when they duck" you might have a point. But even a closed folding knife would make your punches vastly more effective, and simply opening it would allow a lot more attacks (and prevent more defences/blocks, probably much more critical). I really don't think that is remotely serious advice.
Finally, don't think you can simply bring a gun to a knife fight. If your gun is in a holster when somebody starts stabbing you, you will be fatally stabbed before you get the gun out. Don't even ask if it is a shoulder holster. If you made the knife wielder bring a knife to a gun fight, you win. If you bring a gun to a knife fight, you lose (especially if he started stabbing you since he knew you had a gun).