How many usually carry a knife for self defense as well as your pistol? I see a lot of knives with a clip usually carried in the right pocket and wonder what kind. So for discussion, do you carry a knife for self defense? If so, fixed blade or folder or as is becoming more popular, an automatic (switch blade)? What kind, brand and more importantly, what training have you had for a knife? What kind of training? As an example, for the last year I've been studying Kali, which places a great deal of emphasis on blades. Just like SIRT training and dry firing will help improve your firearm skills, you have to send live rounds down range to really develop firearms shooting competency. To learn using a knife for self defense (both offensively and defensively) you have to spend a lot of time training, and yes, you'll get bruises and possibly a few scabs (rubber knives are pretty firm and blunt metal knives hurt), but this is the only way you'll develop skill, at least in my opinion.