12 or 16 grips? In the heat of battle, the grip is what you can grab and use the knife as a defensive means to end the situation as soon as you can.. Personally, I prefer the saber grip if I am using my bowie or my randall 14.. I have a custom miniature Kukri that works better in the reverse grip than it works for the straight or hammer grip.. I use it with the panatukan aspects of what I teach, similar use as a karambit. But it is something that I am playing with now so if feels comfortable.. As far as the other grips, they are personal preference depending on how you are trained in the use of the knife.. Since my blade of preference is a bowie or similar blade design that is what works for me at present.