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It is also there that a number of weapons to meet the needs of special operations personnel were designed. The smatchet was a heavy-bladed fighting knife designed by William Ewart Fairbairn. He based his teaching, and the weapons he designed, on experience gained while serving with the Shanghai Municipal Police. The heavy pommel could be used to deliver a smashing blow.
It was originally single-edged. Later models were double-edged. The grips were made of wood walnut, oak, teak, mahogany , rubber, or bakelite, and the pommels were either brass, heavy alloy, aluminum, or iron. Scabbards were manufactured from canvas with vulcanized rubber, nylon, black and brown leather, and leather-covered wood. The smatchet quickly proved popular among the British special operations forces.
Anecdotal accounts from raids in Norway , for instance, have individuals claiming that the smatchet was more efficient in killing Germans than their firearms. Part of the reason was that close-quarters combat, particularly house-to-house fighting, better lent itself to knife fighting, where something like the smatchet with its thrust, cut, and club capability would give the wielder an advantage over someone wielding a rifle in those confined spaces.
Some accounts credit Fairbairn with the design of the smatchet. But the most reliable accounts credit him for redesigning it as the Fair-Sword variant for the Office of Strategic Services OSS during his tenure there. Street fighting during raids on Norway was where anecdotal accounts about the effectiveness of the smatchet originated from.
Imperial War Museum photo The smatchet quickly proved popular among the British special operations forces. In his manual about unarmed and knife fighting, Get Tough, Fairbairn devotes a section to the smatchet, complete with drawings depicting its use.
It is hoped that it will soon be adopted by the United States Army. A possible reason for that is suggested by Michael W. Sharing Options:.
The Fairbairn Manual Of Knife Fighting
It is also there that a number of weapons to meet the needs of special operations personnel were designed. The smatchet was a heavy-bladed fighting knife designed by William Ewart Fairbairn. He based his teaching, and the weapons he designed, on experience gained while serving with the Shanghai Municipal Police. The heavy pommel could be used to deliver a smashing blow. It was originally single-edged. Later models were double-edged.
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At all other times, the knife is mainly held by the fore-finger and thumb, with the fingers only maintaining a loose grip. Note - This closing an relaxing of the grip will become automatic after a very little practice. The manner in which edged weapons are initially grasped by the wielder governs the manner in which they are carried and withdrawn, and influences both weapon design and the dynamics of initial maneuver. We therefore observe that the foundation of every knife fighting technique is grip. The knife is controlled by the thumb and forefinger. The former provides power and the latter precision.
FAIRBAIRN MANUAL KNIFE FIGHTING PDF
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