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I wear leggings pretty much 90% of the time. The rest is jeans that lack any sort of usable pockets and dresses. So my “pocket dump” would be a lie since it is pretty much nonexistent. I have to work around it as well as shoot for what is slim…. So here you go, my edc knives, depending on the day and mood, non pocket, pocket dump…
1) Pieces of Fox Knife trainer courtesy of my 10 year old son he “found” in the laundry room- In reality this is a dupe for the fox knife trainer. You can buy the real one for 119$ of you can buy the Andux for 20$... I bought the real actual knife, this trainer is awesome and has definitely held up…. Until my son. This is actually the second one bought because the first one that I trained with so much finally gave out when the clip snapped. I bought this one, switched the parts and then kept the old one in working order for sentimental reasons. Good trainer.
2) Fox Folding Karambit FX-599- So this has been my go to ever since my coach Aaron introduced it to me. I have trained with it, sliced myself as well as ruined many clothes while screwing around with it. It looks cool when you open it to show your friends. I am a huge retention ring person (argue away but never once has my finger even remotely come close to being stripped when FAFO screwing around with it). This knife is slim, conceals nicely and I may or may not have gotten it through security in concerts with metal wands by flashing a smile. Take that as you will….. also I have a couple decent dupes for this knife as well….
Fox 599 G10 Black Emerson Wave Folding Karambit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F931FXQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_N411JRGDNNH20FE6TX3N
3) Dupe for Bastinelli Picoeur Fighting Scalpel- (legit don’t ask me how to pronounce it, hence why I am not doing a video on it) Okay so this may become my new go to carry… I have no issues with the dupe, I am not out in the woods using this to cut down bamboo trees for a house, I need it to extend the belly button of the bad guy so not really all that concerned about the steel… its plenty sharp and outside of an occasional amazon box and my fingers when screwing around with it there isn’t much I am doing to make it lose its edge. It does its job, its 17$ on amazon, I have been messing with it, and truly it is amazing. It removes the variable of the folder not fully opening under stress, it has a retention ring, it is slim, the clip holds to leggings well through a draw, though I plan on attaching Discreet Carry Concepts Clip (will add link below), the Kydex sheath is solid (I have shook it around a bit) it fits nicely in small hands, and can do some damage. I actually bought this one to see if I would even want the real one. I do, it’s in my cart. I will post that link too, but this is a good dupe.
There is no trainer out there for this one…. if anyone knows of someone who can make one for me please message me!
4) Toor Marlin Spike- This thing is just plain fun. My friend Adolfo recommended this for a backpack carry and the only issue I have with it is it’s a real pain in the a$$ to remove from my strap to put in my suitcase when flying. This knife/spike is useful AF and harkens me back to karate days of training with a ywara stick, only this one will go through bad guys ear/brain/neck as if sliding through spam. I carry it on my left strap easy go to for icepick grip, Adolfo carry’s his on his strap in a kydex sheath upside down for easy pull similar to a clinch pick, sky’s the limit for what you need. I have also dropped this thing multiple times and the tiny pointy end hasn’t bent so for all you bougie metal heads out there I am sure you can use it for survival when you need to plant seeds or remove a squirrel eyeball. Also it comes in turquoise so woot woot!
5) Shivworks El Nino- I have spoken of this knife several times. It is a phenomenal go to and one I recommend to women all the time. It is versatile and extremely easy to pull and execute under stress with little training from both standing and sitting. I mean, still train, but you get what I am saying. I posted a video of me pulling it left-handed and stabbing a guy during an evolution somewhere on here… that was 100% not a testament to any skill I might possess, but to the knife itself. This one is for stab-punching someone while entangled when you want to feel like Wolverine but a unicorn at the same time. Once it gets in hand it’s pretty hard to remove from hand. I do not have a dupe for this because I love Craig and refuse to look for one. Buy it here:
6) El Nino Trainer- Useful AF. Only complaint? Doesn’t come in Tourquise or Tye Dye…. https://shivworkspg.com/product/shivworks-el-nino-trainer/
Discreet Carry Concepts Clip- this sucker is amazing and sticks to leggings like a lover. Buy for any knives with a sheath if you are wearing waistband or thighband to FAFO.
I also have a nice dupe I found from wish.com for the SOCP….bought two, tried to bend it in a clamp and it held up pretty nice… The sheath is complete crap so I didn’t post it on here.. also, honestly I have the real one and it’s not my favorite for what I need in terms of how I carry…
Link in bio for all of this if the links don’t work through Instagram. Much love to you all!!
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This weekend I was biased. This weekend I forgot the root of why I started Healthy Buffalo in the first place. This weekend that reason was reminded to me gently by a gentleman, but not so gentle man. This weekend I felt shame. This weekend the lesson I learned will not be forgotten nor ever repeated due to the now seared brand on my brain.
My EIR’s (Ego Injury Reports) started out as a joke towards AAR (After Action Reports). Tactical-ish describes me better and I am constantly getting my ego trashed in the combatives world. Normally it hovers on the physical side, this weekend was no different. I could write ten other articles on how many different ways I fudged up a drill or evolution, however I want to point out that even when you think you do, you never seem to quite have it in the bag. Basically something I thought I knew and knew well, I managed to fail miserably and let my irritation take over.
I started Healthy Buffalo because I wanted to meet people where they are at, women especially. I understand how intimidating it can be to just take a self-defense course or walk into a gym to learn. I want to bridge that gap. I want to bring awareness to the need/priority of personal protection, and I want to be an encouragement to start training and to keep going.
Saturday I forgot. I was wrapped up in my own goals for the weekend. I saw only what I wanted to accomplish, and I failed to take in just how alarming these courses can be to those who haven’t attended anything like this before. What was worse is that it was also geared in bias.
ECQC is literally a pistol fighting course. You learn how to draw, retain, talk, and fight your way out of a potentially dangerous situation. It is three days of drinking from a firehose mentally and physically. I am a fairly active person and yet I still found myself on Saturday afternoon having to take a break for a round because I was feeling my beef jerky trying to work its way back up my esophagus. I work out four days a week, three of those days are in some form of combatives/boxing/punching and kicky things coming at your face and this course still had me winded and tired. It was, like most, heavily male laden and I made an assumption that would later need correction. Women are not the only ones intimidated.
I have watched countless scenario drills being ran in many classes and it’s the same for everyone; when you put in real world context, everyone gets amped up. I watched a man capable of a 20-mile ruck get gassed inside of 2 minutes during his evolution. If you have never done this before, your anxiety will totally get the better of you. Your body can’t throw another punch. The helmet feels suffocating, hell it is hard to just put the damn thing on. When you are in scene it can feel real, people are watching. You have seen the others get physical. You are wondering if you can hack it. The violence is essentially pushed directly in your face and the weight of carrying that pistol and your own ability to survive is thrust like a neon sign to the forefront of your psyche exposed for all of Thunderdome to see.
Craig is the master of MUC/Managing Unknown Contacts. He created it. When I run my clinics it is a female version of this geared more towards a woman’s perspective, but the foundation of MUC is very much there. This course I was taking notes leaning more towards improvement of how I teach. I wanted to bring back and trim down my own curriculum and you don’t really get a better example of that than Craig; that is not just me fangirling. What I was able to witness more in depth was his ability to read students and apply the correct pressure accordingly. He wants you uncomfortable; he purposefully creates drills for this. I unfortunately focused on someone’s inability to do the drills at the correct intensity, never mind that they had never actually drilled, at all. The correct level of fervor could not be understood or applied. Then when you throw that in with their adrenaline rolling all weekend, you get quite the cocktail that is hard for any person to overcome. Sadly, because this person was a man, I held him to a different standard. I would not have thought twice had he been a woman. I would have talked to her and explained what was going on if she asked a question.
Now to be fair, I dance on a razorblade in the tactical world. I cannot tell you how times I have been in a class, the directions have been given for a drill, we all partner up, only to have a man explain it to me as if I wasn’t there for the instruction. I try to brush it off because I know of the biases that permeate this industry and their heart is usually in the right spot. They see the women in their lives through me and just want to help, but it can get frustrating. Sometimes I let self-control get the better of me and I just shut it down with, “Please don’t coach me.” That usually ends with their ego slightly bruised and they likely will not follow Healthy Buffalo later on…. #razorbladedancing
During the debrief everyone was given a chance to speak about what they absorbed from the course and three men said they were “scared $h*tless” before and during the weekend. I hated that I was floored. The day before when I had let my frustration get the better of me and I whined to Craig not so subtly, he basically told me I wasn’t reading the situation correctly. It was humbling. I knew better than to pop off, hell I just got done writing a blog on something similar a few months back. I needed to give grace as a fellow human being who had been there before. I needed to be understanding and my first reaction was anything but. That was my deficit, it was shaming.
I have seen large and in charge, ego driven men “from the Tactical Local Yokal,” (Craig’s words) who quit this class because they couldn’t hack it. They let their pride get in the way of a stellar education. The men in my course didn’t, they absorbed. I normally write from a female’s perspective and this time I am trying to level out my head correctly. These guys had seen videos online, were way out of their comfort zone, paid a good amount of money, brought their ammo and guns, checked their ego at the door, and never once quit. They never stopped hustling. I am humbled by them. They had good attitudes, persisted, and didn’t whine which, sadly, I myself cannot say of the weekend. These are the types of men that are driven to make themselves and those around them safer. They are putting in the time and effort and emotions to become better and I was privileged to be a fellow student with them.
My ego was successfully injured and in true fashion I wrote it up for you to read. I am sure I will do some sort of video poking at myself as well. To the men and women who have persevered through these classes and those that will take them; you are a small percentage of people that will take this step. You have beaten the odds by signing up. You are doing what most will not by pushing through and you will walk away safer for it; your family will be that much safer for it. You are an inspiration, and I am privileged to be counted in the same category as you.
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Author- Christun Erwin
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