Beware of the Slash: What It Takes to Protect Yourself From More Than Bullets

Self-defense incidents are complicated and dynamic. They often unfold quickly, change unexpectedly and end violently. If you’re the type of person who regularly enters potentially dangerous situations, whether that be as a first responder (like an EMT or a police officer) or a regular civilian, you need to be prepared for the unexpected. The absolute best thing that you can do to protect yourself is to be prepared with high-quality body armor.

Consumers be warned, not all protective gear is created equally. What you choose to use can make a huge difference in your ability to get back home to the people you care about most. Although products labeled “bulletproof “or “bullet-resistant armor” may seem like they’d provide the highest level of protection, that isn’t always the case. To cover all of your bases, you also need to consider the various types of weapons that can be used against you. This may include weapons of opportunity that inflict blunt-force-trauma or bladed tools that pierce, puncture, stab and slash.

How Lethal Is a Knife Attack?

It comes as no surprise that for many criminals, a knife is far easier to obtain than a gun. With these objects being standard items in most households and easily purchased at stores, the potential for a slash related incident is very real. Generally described as a cut made with a wide, sweeping stroke by any weapon with a blade, a slash is equally as dangerous as a gun if you’re not properly equipped. Most often, those deploying this type of weapon will be aiming to neutralize your defensive abilities by targeting specific parts of the body like your center-mass area, tendons and vascular regions.

That’s why our IIIA+ body armor is slash and stab rated by the NIJ (Level 1 up to 36 Joules of force) to protect you from more than brute force and bullets … but we’ll dive into that later. First, let’s take a look at why bladed weapons are so dangerous.

A Hidden Secret

The element of surprise can make a huge difference in a life or death scenario because the greatest threat is always the one you don’t see coming. In addition to being easy to carry and even easier to conceal, it’s why knives and blades are the weapon of choice for many. Guns go bang, but knives are silent. There have been cases where individuals who were stabbed or slashed didn’t realize the damage that had been done until after the ordeal had ended. Plus, with limited punishment for carrying blades compared to other weapons, they’re essentially a no brainer for those looking to break the law.

Too Close for Comfort

Knives are close-range weapons. It’s because these types of attacks happen fast and where there’s direct physical contact with an assailant that they’re so dangerous. If you’ve ever heard of the Tueller Drill, then you’re probably familiar with the “21-Foot Rule” also. This rule concluded that if a bad guy armed with a knife was within 21 feet of you, you could reasonably assume that you were within a danger zone. Here’s the kicker, that 21-foot distance can be closed in about 1.5 seconds (before you could draw your handgun and neutralize the threat).

The Double-Edged Sword

Because bladed weapons come in various shapes and sizes, they have a high probability of hitting key arteries or vital organs that could quickly end your life. They can also be inserted at many different angles, so if you’re dealing with an individual who knows what pathways to take through the skin, you’re at an even greater disadvantage. If that weren’t enough, you also run a risk of infection after being penetrated by a dirty, rusty or tainted blade.

No Practice Needed, Zero Skill Required

Certain weapons, like guns, require basic education, training and skill development to operate. You must know how to load, aim and fire to hit the intended target. A knife, however, is something most people are already familiar with handling. Although blade use against another individual comes with a higher probability of self-injury, there is really no training needed to wield one. Combine nearly non-existent preparation with an individual who’s ready to sacrifice their life and the ability to inflict up to five wounds in a single second ... and you’ve got the perfect storm for a deadly-force incident.

Best in Class Body Armor for All Circumstances

It takes more than a bulletproof vest to protect yourself. If you’re looking to be covered in a variety of defensive situations, adding a specialized Safe Life Defense vest to your personal protection arsenal is a great next step. Our Concealable Enhanced Multi-Threat Vest Level IIIA+ is not just bullet resistant but also slash, stab and punch resistant. 

We’ve even proved just how much force this vest can withstand by putting our own products through the Ice Pick Test. If you’re ready to upgrade your gear and ensure you have the best protection possible, consider Safe Life Defense gear for the job.

And don’t worry, if you’re looking for extra savings in the process, we’ve got you covered there too. Simply check out our Body Armor Bundles today. 

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