Sometimes, self-defense calls for more than a non-lethal incapacitation, and it comes down to a fight for your life. When that time comes, you want to be prepared for anything.
There are many lethal self-defense methods, but some are better than others – depending on the situation you’re in and depending on how much money you want to spend.
First, we have the common pocket knife. Pocket knives are available everywhere in the US and on Amazon. You can find them being sold at gas stations, Walmart, sporting goods stores, etc.
These can really fluctuate in price, but unless you’re collecting, you won’t need to spend more than $30 on a good pocket knife. Your pocket knife should be simple, and from an easily recognizable brand.
Smith and Wesson makes wonderful knives, available on Amazon for about $13. If you want to get a pocket knife with some extra versatility, you can also get a Leatherman tool for roughly $50.
The Leatherman Wingman is a wonderful example, as it has tons of tools – including a knife, screwdrivers, can openers, pliers, etc. You should make sure you check the laws of your state or country regarding how long the knife can be for you to carry it without some form of permit.
In some states it can be 3” or less, so if you were found to be carrying a 5” knife without a permit there, you could face a fine. Next are the fixed blade knives. These knives are often larger, but more reliable in an extended survival situation.
The big danger with fixed blade knives is falling for the flashy, gimmicky knives. You should always stay away from knives that are based on gimmicks. These things often overuse the word tactical, can be “zombie themed” by wrapping green paracord around the handle, and are poorly built.
For example, you may have seen a “survival hammer tactical hiking staff” for sale at almost $90. This is no doubt just a poorly built version of an obsolete weapon that will not help you in a survival or self-defense situation.
Other offenders include most katanas, swords, and machetes, unless the latter is from a trusted brand such as KA-BAR or SOG. A wonderful knife is the KA-BAR USMC knife. It’s well known for being one of the toughest knives around, serving US soldiers during WWII.
They’re a little pricey, but it’s well worth it. As with the pocket knives, you should be wary of the length of blade you can legally carry in your state or country, as most fixed blade knives are longer.
Finally, you can carry a gun on you. You’ll have to get a concealed carry license and follow the laws of your state or country, but it’s a very effective method of self-defense. I would recommend going to a gun show some time, walking around and talking to vendors about your first purchase.
If you’re going to conceal carry, you’ll want a compact handgun that you can fit in a small holster, so it’s not obvious that you’re carrying a firearm. In addition, you can go to a gun store and ask the people working there about what you’re looking for, and they will be happy to help.
The thing you need to know, regardless of your weapon of choice, is that lethal self defense requires a weapon, a determined mindset, and knowledge of the laws. Make sure you get training with your weapon of choice to find out how to properly eliminate an attacker in a survival situation.