KnightoftheRoc wrote:mzmadmike wrote:Definitely baton over a knife. Reach.
Plus, it's pretty tough to break an attacker's arm with a pocket knife. You shatter the arm, tho, and they're pretty much done holding a knife with that hand. Completely shifts their focus, lol.squinty wrote:Generally I'd agree. But what about up close or in a clinch where you couldn't swing a baton?
Have you trained with a knife? Or a baton? For close-in fighting, if you can use one, you can likely use the other. Swinging a baton does not HAVE to involve a lot of arm motion, especially if you've practiced, and have gotten the wrist work down. The only time I'd say the baton would lose over the knife, would be if the knife wielder managed to grapple in close, sort of a hug type of movement, like when boxers get in a 'clinch'- there, the advantage goes to the stabby-stabby motion of the knife wielder.
I was thinking of the defender using a knife when pinned or clinched by an attacker. A situation that I think women being sexually assaulted might find themselves in. Of course it's hard to access a knife in a clinch, but it's hard to access any type of weapon in those circumstances.
Now, in a 'fight' or fencing match, if I had to pick one and give my attacker the other, and there was room to move, then the baton would be the better defensive weapon and I'd happily deploy it against the knife wielder's fingers, wrist and forearm, while staying just outside of blade range.