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Great for the price
on October 12, 2005
For the price you can't beat this knife. I have several, and they work just fine, my main complaint being that the heavy butt's taper is so thick that it tends to force your grip up toward the guard. Other than that it works great for what it's intended to do.
I have lots of rubber knives from various makers that I use for knife practice. The ones from Cold Steel are also excellent since you can get several nicely made models.
One tip for you kali, escrima, and knife defense enthusiasts out there, try doing your combinations and drills with both the regular and reverse grip. You'll find that the standard 5 or 8 or 12 angles of attack, whatever you use in your system, change quite a bit, especially for the defanging the snake drills. If you're trying to defang using the reverse grip, and your partner is using the regular grip, you'll notice the angle and the technique has to change a bit, and also if you're both in reverse grip. Also try your combinations with the checking hand with the opponent in the reverse grip and see how much harder they are to get right.
In some ways, the reverse grip is more versatile and powerful defending against the regular grip, because of the useful hooking and tip parries that can be done, especially since the tip down lower wing block is a weak block because of the position of the wrist. On the other hand, it's easier in many ways to defang the snake if you're defending in the regular grip and the opponent is in the reverse grip.
Anyway, just a few tips for you knife enthusiasts out there. I am a kali/escrima instructor myself with black belts in karate and kung fu also, and have been teaching and training in the martial arts for over 40 years.