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PostSubject: The Left Hand Knife   Wed 18 Nov 2015, 11:08

THE LEFT HAND KNIFE

The use of an edged weapon in the support side hand [the left hand, for most people, as a complement to the primary weapon, is far from new. The Main-gauche dagger was an important concept in Renaissance sword fighting:



I was introduced to the modern concept by members of the South African Police, who used the knife in support of the pistol for house-penetration work:


[Den teaching the pistol/knife concept]


[This is the position used for choke-points. Note how the two weapons are on separate vertical/horizontal planes]



[In more open areas, the hands are brought together, offerinmg stability to longer range shots, while still allowing knife deployment]

As you can see, the concept was designed around the Tactical Folding Knife [TFK], and this raises a couple of immediate points. Firstly, the knife must be carried in a way which allows access with the support hand. Secondly, the operator must train for dexterity with that “weaker” hand, in order to access, and fight with, the knife.
With this in mind, there may be better options than the TFK; a compact fixed blade is much easier to access to a fighting grip than any folder. Two notable example would be the TDI Knife which is designed specifically for this task.
The other option, is the Hideaway Knife. Both the TDI and the HAK will provide great utility as a left hand knife. For me, an additional bonus with the HAK is the ability to have the knife in the hand, and still be able to use that hand to operate a flashlight, reload the weapon, open doors etc


[Glock, HAK and Surefire flashlight in mutual support]


[SIG, HAK and Flashlight]

With the poroper equipment selection, and the requisite training, the left hand knife is a valuable addition to the protective package.

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PostSubject: Re: The Left Hand Knife   Fri 21 Oct 2016, 10:17

More on the Weapon-retention knife in this thread

Another great choice for a left hand knife would be the Strider DB:



..... sturdy, easy to access, wickedly sharp.

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