I never claimed to get come away unharmed, infact, in the case of the death waltz with my own son I specifically remember stating I would take the same ambulance to the Hospital, he for mental evaluation and me for various cuts and slashes. Fear can get in the way of a persons training, an out of portional fear can really interfere and possibly death. I think you may be in one of those classifications. Am I afraid of a knife? No, but I am aware of the injury it can cause. Am I afraid of the knife wielder? Yes, to a degree, the human factor is, after all the most unpredicable. But most of all I am confident of my own abilities and learned my disarming techniques from using slow motion and mock weapons and working up over time to real knifes in real time. Makes a big difference because you're not overloading your skill development until one level is perfected and then moving to the second. The difference in my success, and your lack of it, I would wager, is in the method and length of our training. Besides, if you doubt yourself, if you don't believe your training is sufficient to over come the threat, if you think you're going to get hurt, chances are you're correct, you will get hurt and possibly killed.
I am not trying to belittle your overall skill in the arts of self defense, but I do know that the pupils ability to learn is directly affected by the sansei's ability to impart his own knowledge and if the sansei lacks knowledge in some area, his students will too.
I was not taught by an "expert" in the oriental arts of self defense, I was taught by an expert of American Indian fighting techniques who killed Japanese soldiers during WWII with his bare hands, when necessary, and with knife, gun, etc. That's also where I learned my knife fighting skill and the defensive techniques in disarming a person of either knife or gun.
I guess what seems easy to one person can seem hard to another. I do have to question your degree of training if you still get "stabbed" so many times with a magic marker even by the untrained. I think you have your teaching technigue backwards. You need to learn to knife fight before you learn to disarm another person of one. I use a stance that most martial arts students don't learn until they're usually well past 1st degree black belt called the "Horse" by various oriental modalities, but is the basic stance in American Indian close combat fighting. I've had persons who've bragged of being blackbelts back down before any confrontation after seeing the stance I use. They demand to know what degree blackbelt I am, and they won't believe me when I say the only belt I've ever had is the leather one that holds up my pants.
In knife fighting I prefer the "hook and lure" technique of the 2 handed knife figther. The small knife to catch and hold the eye and parry the opponents knife while using the larger 2nd knife as the hook to gut him from crotch to sternum. And believe me when I say, if I had to face a person who displayed the same knife fighting techniques (either 1 or 2 knives) I have, I would shoot first and ask questions later.
What you seem to be getting steamed up about is that you've over looked the fact that I've never said I wouldn't shoot somebody with a knife, just the opposite, but that whether I did or not would depend upon my assessment of the persons skill and danger level. I survived my 1st knife fight when I was a sophmore in high school. When you survive a confrontation like that, at that age, you have a tendency to develop great faith in your physical skill, your fighting knowledge, and the techniques taught to you by your instructor.
Suffice it to say that in a face to face boxing match, I would loose because I just don't have the skill level required in that fighting technique, just a basic knowledge. Or as they often say, "I know just enough to get myself killed."
BTW, don't you find it interesting, that in states where CCWs are legal, the degree of training for a private citizen to obtain a CCW is greater than the amount of weapons training most of the police officers recieve?