To overcome an adversary, it is often taught that you need to use Speed, Surprise and Violence of Action. As a civilian keeping your weapon a surprise until the moment you need it is crucial, other wise letting the bad guy know you have a weapon could compromise your ability to gain the element of surprise and label you as a threat that needs to be taken care of early, potentially before you have a chance to gain an advantage and protect yourself.
There is a delicate balance between speed and surprise when concealing a weapon and in many jurisdictions a fixed blade is not permissible. As it relates to a folding knife for selfdefense a folder is slower than a fixed blade, but to quote Michael Janich "know your laws so you don't start with a felony in your pocket". As good guys/gals we follow the law. I love fixed blades but they are not legal to carry everywhere I frequent or travel. Undoubtedly a fixed blade is faster than a folder because you don't have to open it. Unquestionably opening a blade is slower than drawing a knife that is already to go.
A slow draw when your life depends on it is not desirable. A slow draw regardless of the weapon could be a missed opportunity to gain surprise through speed. Enter the 5x5 Combate Solutions "Pickpocket" (for the Spyderco Yojimbo 2). The 5x5 Combate Solutions "Pickpocket" is a "Wave" like accessory that aids in one hand opening of one of the most iconic and popular selfdefense folders on the market the Spyderco Yojimbo 2. The Pickpocket is a "hook" like feature that attaches to the back of the blade, as you pull the knife out of your pocket it hooks onto your pants and opens the blade instantly.
As a knife enthusiast and instructor I have developed a high level of skill in various opening methods using a variety of options, to the point that for fun I challenge my friends to test my deployment speed. I can repeatedly open a folder with no assist as fast (in most cases faster) as they can with an automatic or otherwise assisted opening knife, however I can't beat the Pickpocket even against those with no training as the knife literally opens it's self as soon as it leaves the pocket. Aside from the speed I love the idea of being able to simply pull a knife out of my pocket with no regards to thinking how to open. I see this as especially beneficial in a life or death situation.
There are only two downsides to the Pickpocket that I can find. First in order to draw the knife and deploy it you need to pull your arm backwards so that the hook snags. In a situation where your back is against a wall or pinned to the ground you might not be able to hook and pull to open the knife and will need to open the blade another way (all opening methods are still options with the Pickpocket installed). Additionally because the hook snags on your pants it chews up the pant material of the pocket much faster. All that being said, I think the advantage of a fast opening knife far outweighs these things.
The added advantages of a knife opening up as you deploy it using the Pickpocket speaks for itself. With very little practice anyone can deploy a folder with a Pickpocket accessory at impressive speeds. It levels the playing field and is especially beneficial to those with limited hand strength and mobility.
Everything considered, I would highly recommend the 5x5 Combate Solutions Pickpocket!
-Simple to use
-Great for those who don't have a lot of time to dedicate to training.
-Great for those with mobility issues, arthritis, poor strength etc.
-Easy and quick to install with provided tools.
-Works for left or right side carry.
-As with any "wave" like knife, because it snags on your pocket to aid in opening the blade, it wears out your pants pocket faster.
-Draw stroke requires a backwards pull for deployment. Back against a wall or pinned to the ground might require the use of a different opening method.
Price: MSRP $32.95 (free shipping and free installation).
Where to buy: can be purchased at https://5x5combatsolutions.com
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