Knives for Personal Protection: Introducing Pikal (Reverse Grip Edge In)
Knives for Personal Protection: Introducing Pikal (Reverse Grip Edge In) by Terry Trahan for The Organic Prepper
Author’s preface: This article was written several years ago, and represents just one aspect of the total package of self-defense. I still believe in the efficiency of this method, but do not want to give the impression that this is the one answer to edged weapons conflict. That being said, please enjoy this article, as not much is written on this particular subject. This will be the first in a series of articles on the subject of knife use in personal protection. – Terry
In this article, I will be discussing the use of the knife in “Pikal” or reverse grip, primarily with the edge facing in, as opposed to facing out.
Before discussing the actual usage, methodology, and reasons, here’s a little background information on this method may be in order.
The first widely examined use of the knife with edge-in was done by Master at Arms James Keating on his 3 volume Drawpoint series of instructional videos. In Drawpoint Vol. 1, he teaches the thrust from a forward of the hip waist carry, with the edge facing inward. He then flows into rotary picking, and in subsequent volumes, expands it into slash & thrust and Palasut drills, taken from Filipino Martial Arts.
So, now that we have some background, the why’s need to be answered.
Note from Daisy: The excellent information in this article is a starting point for learning to use a knife for self-defense. I strongly advise readers to seek professional training before you rely on an unfamiliar weapon or technique in a life-or-death situation.
Why would you hold the knife with the edge toward you?
The first question always asked is why do you hold the knife with the edge toward you and not the enemy?