Home Defensive Knives, which do you use?????

Mar 19, 1999
hey people, i was just interested, the home is probably a good place an armed assailant will most likely try and rob you or attack you, which knives do you have for home pretection, mine are as follows. I always sleep with and have by my side a Next Gen. KABAR, with leather sheath for a silent withdraw. And no matter where i am in my household, i always carry my g-10 civilian, and if that is not enough, i can always count on my SIG P226, and my remington 12 gauge.
Right next to my bed is a Ontario Bowie Machete. It is sharp as a razor!!Since concealment isn't an issue I figure that size has it's advantages.
Hmmm... My home defense knives are a Glock 23 .40 caliber and a Remington 870 12 gauge.


Deo Vindice

Well.....I have my 28" Japanese Katana next to my bed and my Glock 22 (40 cal) with Glazer silvers to punctuate my intent.

I have a TOPS storm rider in the bedstand. With a 3 year old son, the guns have to stay in the safe. i can have one out in about 20 seconds, but the knife is right at hand. I can't imagine the dogs letting soemone sneak in, but you just never know.
For those of you who are thinking of using a Machette or a sword STOP!

Although it sounds good try to swing it in your house or close quarters and you will find yourself in a very bad situation hitting walls and the ceiling.

For home defense try a knife no longer than about 12"-14". An 18" Machette is about the limit or reasonable use.

My soon to be home defense knife will be a Busse Battle Mistress.

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[This message has been edited by Mike Turber (edited 25 April 1999).]
I've never kept any guns in my house, but I do keep a fixed blade under the bed and a couple of long throwers within easy reach.


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A knife for home defense?

If anyone gets past 2 very large ( 275 lbs. combined ), very unfriendly dogs and then can get past a Glock 27 (.40 cal.),I figure that I'll have to slice and dice them with one of my handmade bowies.
Hopefully, this scenario will never happen because I can just imagine the paperwork afterwards.

C.O.'s-"It takes balls to work behind the walls "
My guard dogs greeted an apartment maintenance guy with wagging tails and glee. Last time I get an attack chihuahua or a junkyard Boston Terrier.

Seriously though, my home defense knives are 5 rounds of 00 Buck coming out of Benelli 12 guage. If that doesn't stop them, the AR-15 should.

I'm a firm believer in the "Stay in the bedroom and shoot whoever comes through the door" doctrine these days. Maybe when I have kids, I'll do house clearing, but it won't be with a knife.


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I have a Katz Alley Kat on my bedside table. I'm not sure why, though, as you could steal my mattress and I wouldn't wake up. I also have a non-firing replica of a Colt Navy revolver, on the premise that any imaginary thingies that come in the night should logically be affected by a toy gun


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Mike my machete is the short blade bowie style...but visions of slicing up my walls and ceiling are quite funny.
Primarily a stainless Taurus 85CH snubnose loaded with .38 Spl 125-gr JHP +P rounds; backed-up by a Philippine made fighter-survival knife with 8" ball bearing steel blade, hardwood handle and brass guard and pommel; my new serrated 440V Military; and, my trusty Endura II.

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Next to the bed:

- 16" blade hunting knife.

- All my BM's.

- Remington 870 Home Defense 18" barrel and 3 shot extension tube.

- 155 rounds of 000 Buck Shot.

- 4 D Maglite.
- Intelligent men, unfortunately, learn from fools, more often than fools learn from intelligent men.

[This message has been edited by Jackyl (edited 26 April 1999).]
Ah, finally, somebody mentions a flashlight. It seems the rest of you are planning to take the proverbial shot (or thrust as the case may be) in the dark.

And just how many of you have a cell phone in the bedroom too? Oh, and, "I always take my portable with me into the bedroom when I turn in," doesn't cut it. The one time you forget and leave it out in the car will be the time you need it.

And how many of us have a set of house keys with a big, red, reflective thing attached to them that we can throw out the window so that arriving police don't have to break down the front door?


[This message has been edited by Gollnick (edited 26 April 1999).]
I always have a Cold Steel mini tanto next to my bed, and a 14" camp knife in a nearby

I also have a 80 pound rednose American Pit Bull Terrier, though extremely menacing in
appearance he is only capable of licking someone into submission.
I have a CS Kobun and an ASP-style baton stashed safely yet accessibly in the downstairs of my house, and always sleep with a fixed blade within arm's reach of me. However I do remember seeing a cheap knife from United called the Shark Hunter which I thought would be perfect for home or auto defense. It had a double edged, fully serrated blade about 12 inches long that came to a spear point. It just looked nasty!
well next to my bed is a "hell's belle"
bagwell bowie and it should work fine
if the s#@! hit the fan i have a browning
high power with balck talon ammo.to clear
the point.
if you cant wait two years for a bagwell
take a look at ontario bagwell bowies,
they look and feel just like the original
and are almost as goog[good stuff].
check it out.
I love threads like these...I guess I can say that all my home defense knives go "BANG!!" as well...

I have a few kitchen knives that would work well in a pinch too...

An old english made machete from the 60's or early 70's is resting on a shelf, ready to bite. And a 6D maglite next to my bed.

Tea drinker and hellraiser from Northern Sweden, above the arctic circle.

I'll add my name to the list of people who opt for things that go BANG.

S&W .38 special next to the bed. An AFCK on the dresser (though I don't see myself actually collecting that if the dog is telling me someone is in the house). A flashlight also lives on the nightstand (24-7), and the cell phone sleeps on the dresser with the AFCK.

I must admit I like the idea of the key-drop...never thought of that. But anyway, if the cops break down my front door, it's ugly anyway. *shrug*


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