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Yes I carry a folder, but not for tactical reasons. To me it’s just a tool; I just want to prepare lunch, use it for cooking, open a letter or box, carve a stick, etc. If I would ever come in a close combat situation I would most probably not use my knife as defensive weapon, if that option would even comes to mind. Yes they can be effective, even if untrained, but you’ll never know the skills of your opponent. I’m not trained in knife fighting, so just swinging it around I could hurt myself or loose it in the fight and get my own knife used against me.
Then what’s the chance you’ll ever need a weapon in a self-defense situation? It depends of course on the area you’re in, and on the street it’s probably more likely you encounter a situation than in your own house. But what is really the chance, aren’t we just blinding ourselves from the truth thinking that we live in a badass world with gangsters on every street corner that wants to kill us for the 1$ bill in our pocket and rape our girl? Yup there are plenty of crazy creeps around and definitely some neighborhoods you should avoid. But running anxious around with having a weapon close by does that really make our life (and world) more safe? I hope my neighbor isn’t too trigger-happy when I want to deliver a package at his door, which I accepted earlier during the day for him.
So how many of us here (without being on duty as cop etc) did actually need a weapon for self-defense? (Yup I know there are some examples in the news of people saving their ass because they had a weapon for self-defense, but are those situations not just exceptions.)