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In the “Street Smarts” column for the March 2014 issue of Tactical Knives, self-defense expert Michael Janich explored several draw strategies to help maintain an advantage during a self-defense scenario.

According to Janich, “The easiest and most natural form of surreptitious draw isn’t really a draw per se, but a means of eliminating the slowest part of the typical draw—the movement of your hand to your knife.” Janich then detailed several tactics that could be used to drawn a clip-on folder from one’s pocket without detection. “The most difficult part of this tactic is not revealing your intent. Hooking your thumb in your pocket should be a natural, unconscious movement,” added Janich.

Another tactic Janich detailed was how to mute your folder’s lock for a truly stealthy draw. “When you have your knife in hand and hidden behind your leg, you have two basic options,” Janich said, “open it normally and accept any noise that comes with it, or adjust your technique to ‘mute’ the sound of the lock.”

For the full column, check out the March 2014 issue of Tactical Knives, available on newsstands and digitally November 19, 2013. To subscribe, go to https://www.personaldefenseworld.com/subscribe/.

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