The Edged Weapons topic covers news, tips, tactics and equipment officers need to defend against blade attacks. Whether it’s a butcher knife, a machete, an axe, or a pocket knife, police officers face the threat of an edged weapon attack exponentially more often than a firearm.
Betsy Brantner-Smith sits down to speak with Michael Janich of Spyderco about defending yourself in the case of an edged weapon attack. Michael explains that "knifers" are going to attack you in the way they find the most convenient for them. He has looked at the counterknife tactics of other cultures to come up with advice for both uniformed and correctional officers.
Betsy Brantner-Smith talks with Michael Janich, Special Project Coordinator at Spyderco. Michael explains how to use the knife as a utility tool but also as a viable weapon when applying defensive tactics. He emphasizes the need for departments to properly train their officers to use edged weapons safely and responsibly.