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RGEI provides an extremely powerful set of body mechanics

Reverse-grip edge-in (RGEI) positions the knife in an “icepick” grip with the cutting edge facing back toward the user. The icepick grip capitalizes on the body’s ability to generate power with instinctive, gross-motor-skill motions.

However, the RGEI approach focuses on overall lethality and stopping the attacker’s weapon by stopping his entire body. This not only takes considerably longer but can also make it much more difficult to justify your actions legally.

Read all about this powerful tactic in our Defense column by Michael Janich in the upcoming print issue of Knives Illustrated, on newsstands Sept. 3. Check out Karambit Maker Studio on Facebook, the maker of the ChiCom P’kal shown above.