I wouldn't want to stab an animal or human for that matter either. I carry a small knife in case of a gun grab attempt, but hope to never use it. <--- just as I hope to never have to shoot anyone. But yeah, the thought of stabbing living flesh gives me the willies too. My prior post about the bangstick was humor only, but a good collapsible baton might do the trick if you didn't have a clear shot with your pistol.