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Thread: what is it with simple looking, expensive "defensive" knifes

  1. #31
    Quote Originally Posted by BigD View Post
    I think the sheath separates it from the mass produced knives.
    Bingo. And the hook (“punyo”) on the end of the handle to help in the draw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Williams View Post
    Bingo. And the hook (“punyo”) on the end of the handle to help in the draw.
    That hook also looks like it would prevent an edge-in reverse grip with the thumb over the pommel. That makes it a no-go for a defensive blade for me. Also, that point is too delicate with a single edge grind and is something I wouldn’t personally carry.

    And this is what frustrates me. Knives are simple things like our Canadian friend mentions, but there there are so many small details that I would change on so many production and customs that I have a hard time spending over $100 bucks on something that I would be compelled to take to grinder to make it how I want it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caballoflaco View Post
    That hook also looks like it would prevent an edge-in reverse grip with the thumb over the pommel.
    Yeah it’s not designed for that grip.

  4. #34
    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Williams View Post
    Bingo. And the hook (“punyo”) on the end of the handle to help in the draw.
    Has that been a big problem? Before you bought the Northman, were you missing your draw because your handle didn't have the hook?

  5. #35
    Quote Originally Posted by BigD View Post
    Has that been a big problem? Before you bought the Northman, were you missing your draw because your handle didn't have the hook?
    The sheath for the Northman is designed for pocket carry. So, though I don't own one, I can see how, in THAT carry position, having that hook on the end could help with the draw.

  6. #36
    Quote Originally Posted by 43Under View Post
    The sheath for the Northman is designed for pocket carry. So, though I don't own one, I can see how, in THAT carry position, having that hook on the end could help with the draw.
    Yes the hook is important due to the sheath design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 43Under View Post
    The sheath for the Northman is designed for pocket carry. So, though I don't own one, I can see how, in THAT carry position, having that hook on the end could help with the draw.
    I think it helped me at a recent FoF class. I was in a FUT and was able to spontaneously pluck a Northman training blade from the role player's pocket and start imitating the afore mentioned monkey.

    That's not a slam on the design - I like the knife. But it's a non starter for me because carrying a concealed fixed blade knife in my jurisdiction is a felony.

    As an aside, that's the second time I've used an opponent's knife against him in FoF. I think that speaks to the value of having one's defensive tools well concealed.

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