Okay, its been 48 hours or so since the great showdown at the bagel store. In that time, there's been a lot going through my head. People are always saying a knife should be felt before seen. Maybe so, in some cases. But I've been thinking about that. Twice in the last year and a half I've been in a jam, and both times a knife in the open right there in my hand made the other people back off. The other day it was daddy the barbarian. Last year it was a couple of street punks who wanted my wallet and cell phone. Yelled at me to give it up. My blackthorn stick was in the car because I was picking up a Tiffiney lamp from a repair place, and knowing my hands would be full carrying Karen's antique lamp, I left the cane in the car. All I had was a Buck Hartsook. Yes, a tiny Buck Hartsook. I was so mad at myself for being caught like that flat footed, I got a bit irate and pulled out he Hartsook and used some very harsh language on the young punks. Told them on no uncertain terms I was going to cut their blankety blank throats if they didn't get out of my way. They hesitated, then ran off. maybe thought the old man was crazy. Now I wonder. Isn't the best fight to win, the one where there is no fight? If a fight can be avoided by showing that your ready to defend yourself, really ready, would that work most of the time? Kind of like the MAD principle that kept the USSR and us from attacking each other. It's betting on the fact that most people don't want a fight, they just want your money, to bully you, or something. But if they know it means getting cut or stabbed, how solid is their resolve? I also wonder if these kind of bully/strong arm incidents are more prevalent in non-ccw states, where the criminal can pretty safely presume that you are unarmed. Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, California, and a few other states don't permit ccw. I've always loved a nice piece of hardwood, but maybe my faith is a little shaken. At my current age, I know I'm no match for a much larger stronger attacker if I use a blunt force tool. But a really sharp knife doesn't need much to cut or stab deep. I remember a case where this little lady was being beat up by her husband when he came home form work. He was a big guy too. Well I guess she got tired of being beaten. The neighbors call the police one night to say they hear her screaming, and he's beating her again. Cops get there, and the guys laying on the floor with a cheap serrated bread knife shoved into his belly almost all the way to the handle. He lived, and she got off on justified self defense. She also left him. But this gal was all of 5 foot 2 or 3, and if she weighted in more than 115 to 120 soaking wet with a roll of quarters in each pocket, I'd be surprised. I know they say a knife should not be pulled out for intimidation, but I wonder. Yes, if I lived in a ccw state, I'd have a ccw handgun, but I don't. Neither do most other people around here. Or in 12 of the other states of the union. Even the street criminals do a lot of their mugging and robbery with strong arm or a cheap kitchen knife. And a cheap kitchen knife is just what one of the two punks last year had. One had a knife, the other was a lookout. They both backed off from a yelling old man with a tiny Buck Hartsook in his hand. So; if it stops a fight before it happens, whats wrong with showing a knife and letting him know your ready and willing to use it, just leave me alone. Go away. I'm thinking from a senior citizen standpoint. If you let him get too close, and all of a sudden you get rushed, you won't have time to get that knife out, let alone open it. They make a big deal about the 20 foot rule with a man armed with a knife can rush a cop with a holstered gun, and get him. Well then what does that say about not having any weapon out and ready? If the situation looks like something is going to happen, why not have your knife out before you need to grab it in your pocket? Take into account a senior citizen is a little slower on the move. I'm open to ideas, exploring options.