Training Knives and Why You Should Use One

two men using training knives

To be proficient in anything, much practice is required. Proper and effective use of a weapon, such as a knife, isn’t any different.

People seek to know how to handle knives for various reasons. Some occupations such as law enforcement and security are required to know how to properly use a knife and how to avoid getting injured by a knife in a scuffle. Many individuals see knives as an additional tool with which to protect themselves should they get attacked.

The Importance of Knife Practice

Knives can be fascinating to some and, thus, the eagerness leads to the wrong kind of knife being purchased and insufficient practice. These kinds of knives are bought and then sit without being used.

Consistent and proper knife training is also necessary in keeping you safe should you need to use it.

A knife that just sits around and with which you don’t know how to use is useless in protecting you in a confrontation or attack. In fact, your inability to use it can increase your risk of greater injury.

Practice, therefore, gives you the confidence, comfort and sense satisfaction you were originally seeking when you bought your knife.

How to Properly Practice

Similar to anything you want to be good at, proper knife handling requires much, consistent practice. Time must be devoted to getting yourself comfortable with your knife, how to most effectively and safely use it and discover its full potential.

There are many knife training resources out there: you can take lessons, research information online and watch practice videos. The kind of practice you’ll need will depend on the type of knife you have and the intensity of training you want to commit to.

Having the time and knowing the right training techniques for your knife is pointless if you don’t have a training knife.

It is not suggested that you practice with your real knife because of the potential for serious injury. For this reason, there are practice, or training knives.

Not any training knife will work for your practice. You need to purchase a training knife that is preferably the same size, style and weight as your real knife.

This is important because, believe it or not, certain muscles in your hands, wrists and forearms are exercised and if consistent practice is done, your muscle memory will be automatically activated when you handle your knife.

The material the practice knife is made of also is important. When it comes to training knives, don’t sacrifice quality for price. To get a good feel of your real knife, you’ll need a training knife that it is made of material that is comparable to what your knife is made of.

Most training knives have blades made of steel, polymer, rubber, aluminum, glass cloth, epoxy resin, carbon fiber and wood. Handles are usually made of parachute cord, tire tread (rubber), plastic, cork, cork hybrid (cork mixed with resin), and aluminum.

This will help you get familiar with the weight and feel of your real knife. Knowing how your knife feels will help you better and more safely use it.

Whether your job is requiring you to be proficient in handling a knife or you want to be confident in defending yourself with a knife, it is important to first know what type of knife you’ll want to handle and then get an appropriate training knife.

Then, practice, practice, practice.

If you’re not sure what kind of knife you want to be comfortably handling, contact us at Kiehberg and we’ll be glad to assist you in finding the best knife for our wants and needs.