I will put this here in order to keep the TDI Last Defence stuff in one thread. If doing so is contrary to the OP's (Whackpack7) desires
then I gladly yield the floor, wishing no offence.
I had a few minutes to kill (hadn't had a lunchbreak yet), I was in Midvale, there was room to park the 8 tonne rigid I was driving and there was a sign that said AREA 51(% OFF SALE).
A little glum that my new playmate The Scrapyard Dogfather had not turned up yet and sulking because it looked like my Leatherman Kick was not only lost but discontinued I thought, "What the hell" and entered one of my favourite places...http://www.kitbag.com.au/
...After a chat with the pleasant and very well informed gentleman behind the counter I walked out with this...
^Yeah yeah, I know - It's Coyote and yeah yeah I know I was gonna wait and get a black non-serrated one in from the states but what ya gonna do?[DISCLAIMER:]
I live in Australia, Western Australia to be specific and it's important to understand something.
I was sold this knife for civillian use because of it's utility as a skinner and sinew saw. Look at the picture below and you will see that I am not unfamiliar with skinning knives and such. The fact that it's "liek all tacticool and shit" is just a fun plus.
For academic purposes I have at times occassionally enjoyed the practice of varying forms of iajutsu ("fast draw") at various levels of participation as well as traditional japanese knife or traditional phillipino stick fighting and also enjoy talking shit on the internet about guns, knives, maritial arts and the hardware (gear) and software (philosophy) involved in combining those three things. Often these discussions involve imaginary zombies and ways to combat them. For fun.
That being said, one of those pieces of software or philosphies in recent times has turned to the use of specialty knives to augment pistolcraft. Anything discussed below is for academic purposes for these same sort of discussions and any training is implied to be of a "hobby" type pursuit.
To illustrate my mindset and intent in these matters while I was engaged in what what I am about to recount my dog began barking to alert me to some noise out the front of my house. Before I went to investigate I unhooked the little knife and put it down on the bench.
It should also be noted that after a discussion with the pleasant and very well informed gentleman behind the counter and after looking through a catalogue together he determined that he would soon be getting some of the black unserrated TDI's in due to their being moreso suited to civillian use as a skinner.
And with that done, so to my journey of discovery with the Last Defence.
I must admit to some buyer's remorse initially. It felt like it was too small for my big paw, I couldn't index it to what I felt was supposed to be "correct" and so on.
Prepared to give it the benefit of the doubt I clipped it to the left/weak hand side of my belt at nine o'clock where I thought it should be and challenged the back of an old door to a fight.
I was dreadful.
Couldn't index the thing the same way twice, felt that my thumb and middle knuckle were too involved and were "leading with their chins".
Sure I could draw and stab a balloon in around the sametime as the trainees in the TDI video but it was sloppy, the guy in the TDI said to, "get real deep on it" or something like that. Probably tried about fifty presentations like that.
Then I turned the sheath around but kept it mounted at nine o'clock and tried the reverse grip version of the draw for another fifty presentations or so.
Worse. Couldn't maintain a regular index, wasn't fluent, couldn't "get in deep" without sacrificing speed and form.
Was I being hard on myself I decided after a coffee break? I switched to the right/strong hand side at three o'clock.
Still trying to "get in deep" I wasn't much better, around 0.08 vs 0.10+ faster maybe but nothing stunning. Probably did about another fifty or so presentations like that.
These aren't pictures from that session but should illustrate what I'm rabbiting on about (also I wasn't wearing gloves during that session)...
^Sabre Grip "In Deep"
^Reverse Grip "In Deep"
Now feel free to school me here, as I'm a self admitted n00b to this style of knife but is that a correct grip for the "fast draw" side of this knife's agenda?Was I "doing it wrong"?
With that I left proper technique to the wind and just went for speed with my strong hand, I quickly ended up with a three fingered grip that indexed the thumb to the jimping and the trigger finger to that groove in the handle...
^This was a revelation. This was an iajutsu wet dream. This was fucking fast. Like sub 0.05 fast.
I did a lot of presentations like that. My inner mallninja was loose.
Then I reversed the sheath. I quickly came across indexing the heel of my hand to the same jimping I'd indexed my thumb before.
With the handle cranked against the heel of the hand like so...
...it seemed to really focus the force of body blow type hits to areas such as the armpit, rib and under rib. Fast hard repetive blows were easy and powerful.
We know the saying,"don't bring a knife to a gunfight" just as we know the response, "then try not to bring a gun to a stabbing" - well this felt like bringing a knife to a stabbing. The design and science behind this thing suddenly made sense. Which of course is going to make me sound all "my style" and teh stoopid if "I'm doing it wrong".Again, I happily and respectfully request schooling/feedback in this matter.
^Heavy metal proof of the three fingered nature of the grip I'm asking about.
And just to take the piss out of myself a little further I will admit to being reminded of this from COD4 : MW2 while I was playing around with this thing...^clicky pic lol.
(though I think that might actually be a BlackHawk!!! Tatangalog or something or other).
Is this bad?
Prerequisite compulsory HOrN Pr0n Hero Mallninja Tacticool forum pic to finish...