Fixed-blade back-up knives
By Ralph Mroz
Most officers, whether they are in uniform or plain clothes, carry a folding knife while on duty and many also carry a folder while off-duty for self-defense. The ability to use a folder for any kind of self-defense, though, is limited by its access and opening mechanics. One of the few things that all knife experts agree on is that a fixed-blade knife is far superior to a folder for any kind of hard-use or fast-into-action application. Self defense is certainly the latter, and can often be the former.