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The items we choose to carry on our person make all the difference. These EDC loadouts almost always include a self-defense option and one that is available to everyone is the pocket knife.
The market for these EDC knives is ever growing. There are many options out there and people have taken to carrying knives that are just as practical as they are protective. This move to carry an EDC knife for self-defense brings some things to mind.
There are a lot of things to consider if you go down this path. Let’s explore some of those ideas below.
Keeping it Sharp
If your EDC is for the implicit use of self-defense, you will want a razor sharp blade. That blade could be the difference between you walking away from an attack or not. Many people don’t use their EDC blade for menial tasks and also carry a box cutter for opening packages and jobs like this.
Knowing Where to Strike
While this is a little bit of a morbid topic, you need to understand the human body and where to strike with a knife. There are some parts of the body that bleed a lot when cut. There are some parts of the body that can kill in moments when struck.
It should be a fundamental skill to understand the layout of the human body and which types of injuries can be deadly. This helps from a first aid perspective, as well.
Knowing When to Run
Even if you have the coolest, most tactical and sharpest knife on the market, your best bet is always to avoid physical conflict when possible. There are consequences to stabbing someone. There are also repercussions for pulling a knife in a fight. It could be taken from you!
Your EDC knife could one day save your life but take some time to understand the full landscape.
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.