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I've seen a lot of knife fights, and I've been on the losing end of one.
From personal experience and observations...
1) People are scared of guns, not knives. The VAST majority of what I've SEEN, is the knife wielding person brandishes the knife to scare off attackers, look cool, scare people etc... This usually happens in bigger brawls, where there are a group of people, or a guy pulls a knife to defend from multiple attackers. 99% of the fights I've seen, knife or not, involve a great deal of smack talking, posturing, threats, and chest bumping before any violence starts...if it even does. Someone usually pulls a knife during this initial stage, for the stated reasons. The flow of violence works around that person, the crowd will not be intimidated by the knife, and the crowd of people now focus on the knife holder. This person usually gets hit by a sucker punch from the side, or a solid object to the back of the head.
2) Usually, the attacker doesn't really want to kill anyone, and will "slash" at people to drive them back, and cut them, to make a point, but not a direct stab like motion.
3) I've NEVER seen anyone use an overhand stab like the movies. Only slashes and a few thrusts.
4) As stated by people on here, a lot of people don't know who stabbed them and don't even know they've been stabbed until someone points it out...I was stabbed in my heart, and felt my feet were wet from the blood loss before I felt that I had been stabbed... Actually, I felt my lung collapse, and I don't think I ever even felt the actual stab, Even though I knew I'd been stabbed, because I watched the dude stab me.
I've seen a guy stabbed up at a bar, walking around, screaming "Who stabbed me?!"
My friend in highschool pulled a Kbar out on a guy downtown. The guy backed into my friends knife, getting stuck in the kidney (didn't go deep enough to actually hit his kidney). He turned around screaming, "Who the **** stabbed me?!" He felt it, but didn't know how or who.
I've seen a guy who was stabbed downtown, and someone had to point out that he'd been stabbed (My dad actually treated him), he'd been stabbed in the arm, stomach, and face, and didn't know he'd been stabbed.
I've seen and been a part of more, but you get the idea.
5) I know it happens, but I've never seen a straight up "I'm going to murder you, prison style stabbing." Where the guy has actual intent, walks up, blade concealed and starts shanking a dude rapidly, to kill them. But off of what I've seen, and what I've been through with my stabbing... I'd be willing to bet that you could stab someone quickly over 10 times before they even realized you were attacking them. Because getting stabbed isn't getting punched. It feels like one of your buddies walking up and play tapping you...then you feel wet, and lightheaded.
The point of this is... If you walk up to a guy, start stabbing him like he owes you 5 smokes in San Quinten, then NO, he's probably not going to disarm you, Jacki Chan style. He's probably going to put his hands up in an instinctive defensive posture, not even realizing whats happening, and gets his hands sliced up in the process. Good luck grappling covered in blood.
If you pull a knife and stick someone in a mele, and keep walking, theres a high probability that no one will notice, not even the victim.
If you pull a knife and play tough guy, bring attention to yourself, use it to threaten people, then you'll probably get smashed across the head with a bat, bar stool, q ball or whatever.
Just my experience...
America has fought wars across the globe, because we kept our firearms while others let dictators take theirs...
Last edited by Mosin; 01-29-2013 at 04:17 PM.