sungame has hit the nail right on the head!!! Even if you are Steven Seagal, and you get in a knife fight, your going to be sliced and diced. It won't matter how good you are, because some druggie swinging a blade is going to connect, no matter what you do. You can take a hit from a fist and still go, but a hot from a knife is not going to be shrugged off. All you need is that one puncture wound in the wrong place, and your down and dying in the street. You run like hell from a knife, or at least put some solid object between you and it. Beer pitcher, bar stool, fire extinguisher, pool stick, walking stick, trashcan lid, jack handle, piece of broom handle, lamp, anything. I know I've told it here before, but in september of 1969, while stationed at Ft. Lenard Wood Missouri, I witnessed a knife fight between two young soldiers. One had sold a lid of pot to the other, and it was light. They got in an argument and one pulled a Buck knife. In those days, every swinging richard had the black pouch on the belt. Well the other guy pulled his and they set to it. When it was over, one had died, the other was in very critical condition, but lived after a month in the hospital. He was then court martialed and sent to Ft. Levenworth for a very long time. But what was the life altering event for me was, how they had to bring in a water truck to hose down the blood soaked pavement afterward. I never knew the human body had that much blood in it. I carry a small pocket knife because a cutting tool is sometimes needed. In January of 1991, I had to cut a seat belt of lady stuck in a her wrecked Datun 210 because the belt was jammed. A knife is just needed to cut things, sometimes. But I will never, never in this lifetime use a knife as a weapon after I saw one real knife fight. Using a knife in a fight is a loose-loose situation.