When it comes to using a blade for the gravest extreme, personal defense, the folding knife and fixed blade are like a handgun and a long gun. We carry handguns and folding knives, not because they are the best tools for the job, but because they are the most convenient for daily discreet carry. For serious work, if given the opportunity, we use a long gun or a fixed-blade knife.

Should you be pressed into a life-or-death fight, your goal is to stop the attacker and prevent them from harming you. The same goes with a knife or gun. Shooting an attacker through in a non-vital area with a .25 ACP might cause them to bleed to death eventually, but that doesn’t prevent them from killing you. They very same concept applies to using a blade for defense. Jabbing at an attacker and poking them full of holes like the proverbial pin cushion may eventually cause bleeding to the point of unconsciousness, but that takes precious time. In the time it takes for the attacker to pass out, they just might do enough harm to kill you in turn.

For this reason I prefer to target large muscle groups and the corresponding tendons and nerve centers. This method is referred to as the “mobility kill.” Prime targets include the brachioradiais (interior arm), tricep brachi (upper, outer arm), bicep brachi (inner, upper arm) 1uadarep (exterior, upper leg) and gastrocnemius (lower, rear leg). Cutting or severing these muscle targets and their corresponding tendons and flexors, you either greatly diminish your attacker’s ability to use the limb or, if you’re fortunate, “kill” the ability altogether. This type of defense stops the attacker as close to immediately as possible.

Considering the Seek knife closely, it is unique, but not strange looking. The entire package is no-nonsense, utilitarian and practical, and as Steve predicted, the knife-edge did indeed cut like a “rabid chainsaw.” Certainly, the Seek offers the cutting power of other larger and heavier knives.

With its total weight, sheath included, amounting to less than eight ounces, the Seek should prove easy to carry regularly. To learn more about the knife and its maker, Johnson Adventure Blades, visit

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