Being able to defend yourself in a SHTF situation is a vital skill that any prepper should be well versed in. That is why it’s no surprise that many preppers choose to use a knife as a compact and effective self defense weapon.
However there is a huge difference in owning a knife and knowing how to use it effectively.
Do you know exactly where are the 3 deadliest places to land your knife on your attacker?
Rather than second guessing, learn these 3 deadliest places to land your knife on your attacker and never have to worry when you are faced with an attacker when SHTF.
3 Deadliest Places To Land Your Knife On Your Attacker
1.The Spinal Cord
Stabbing the back of the neck at the base of the skull. The intended goal of striking this area with a knife is to sever the spinal cord/brain stem. Once the spinal cord is severed, all body function ceases.
This may seem to cause immediate death, as it will leave the person completely incapacitated. Unable to speak or anything, death will follow very shortly afterwards.This type of knife injury will produce virtually instant death.
Sounds simple enough, yes? Well, actually, it’s more difficult than it sounds. Oh sure, in the movies the hero grasps the bad guy by the forehead and shoves a knife or ice pick into the bad guys neck or skull,and wiggles it around and that’s it, bad guy is dead. Let’s take a look at reality.
The spinal cord is encased within the vertebrae (bones that make up the spinal column). Between these vertebrae are the intervertebral discs. These discs are tough, spongy material that cushions the joint between the vertebrae. So when you insert the knife, you have to cut BETWEEN the vertebrae and cut through the disc in order to get to the spinal cord.
To do it, hold the knife with the blade held flat and the sharp edge towards the spine. Stab deeply and firmly into the back of the neck,with the blade point angled toward the front center.Thenfirmly yank the knife towards the spine.
Many of you are hunters, and probably have cut a deer’s throat to hang it and bleed it to help get the game taste from the meat, so you know just how tough that cartilage in the throat is.
Due to the toughness of that cartilage in the throat, your knife must be extremely sharp to cut deeply enough to sever the carotid artery. So making that happen with a quick slash isn’t likely (I don’t care what the movies show).
With the blade flat and the cutting edge facing away from the larynx, thrust the knife in with the point angled towards the center back of the neck (this ensures you are behind the carotid artery and jugular vein).
Now yank the blade sideways, away from the larynx. If you have a really sharp knife, it should exit the neck and cleanly sever both the carotid artery and the jugular vein.
You always see the movies talk about cutting the jugular; well, the jugular is a vein and is low pressure. To cause rapid loss of blood pressure, you want to hit the arteries. In this case, the carotid artery is the target. The carotid artery supplies blood to the brain, and once it is severed the brain will be dead shortly after.
3.Heart and Lungs
Any deer hunter knows that when you shoot a deer, you aim for the heart and lungs. The reason why is that even if you do not get a direct hit on the heart, the lungs hold nearly one tenth of the total volume of blood in your body. There are also a few large arteries that deliver blood to the lungs. A knife strike to the heart can cause rapid or even instant death.
Wounding the lungs causes them to fill with blood, and in effect, the victim drowns in their own blood. When President Ronald Regan was shot, he was hit in one of his lungs with a .22. He nearly died, even with excellent medical care because his lungs were filling with blood.
If the lungs fill with any fluid they cannot perform their function of gas exchange for respiration, i.e. you don’t get any oxygen to the cells, and you die…
By holding the knife blade flat so that it will slide easily between the ribs, you can enter the lungs easily.
When someone has been stabbed in the lungs they cannot yell or scream in warning to others. If you are trying to take out a sentry, the lungs make a good primary target to allow you to set up a second strike.
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