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Rowan McDirk

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Knife fighting books - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 5:28 AM ( #1 )
Which knife fighting books do you recommend. I think I have most of the classics but are there any hidden gems I should add to my collection and study?
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Re:Knife fighting books - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4:34 PM ( #2 )
Good question. I think good knife fighting books are almost as hard to find as buried pirate chests of gold coins and jewels. 

Of the ones I have, the Dwight C. McLemore series comes to mind ("Bowie and Big Knife Fighting System" and "Advanced Bowie Techniques"). I was also impressed with "Medieval and Renaissance Dagger Combat" by Jason Vail. Hank Reinhardt's "Book of Knives" was good as an intro with some good discussion, but it's not really a knife fighting book. Other than those, I'm hard pressed to think of any that I'd recommend. I've got a bunch of others that were too basic and not very helpful. 

I've only been a knife knut for about four years now, so maybe there are others of which I'm not aware. What are those "classics" that you're thinking of? Are there any really good ones that are available through amazon?
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Re:Knife fighting books - Thursday, May 18, 2017 12:26 PM ( #3 )
I think "Put him down take him out " by Don Pentecost to be very realistic and pragmatic.
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Re:Knife fighting books - Friday, May 19, 2017 3:49 AM ( #4 )
Modern Knife Combat: The Training of a Knife Fighter by Greg Walker
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Re:Knife fighting books - Saturday, May 20, 2017 6:26 AM ( #5 )
"Modern Knife Combat: The Training a Knife Fighter" by Greg Walker is a bad joke. From limited personal interactions with the author I think he is way more smoke than fire, even though he was SF. Mostly an egotistical self-promoter.
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Re:Knife fighting books - Monday, September 11, 2017 12:32 PM ( #6 )
The ones that I think have some value are: - Styers Cold Steel - Cassidy's complete book of knife fighting. -McLemore's books on Bowie knife. Bloody Brazilian knife ighting isn't bad either.
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Re:Knife fighting books - Tuesday, September 12, 2017 12:33 PM ( #7 )
I will second Mike's comments, and add a caveat of my own (garnered from years of personal experience) - having earned a US Army "Special Forces" tab does not make somebody a bad@$$ or a combatives genius.

I used to consistently and routinely outperform (with mock blades, BTW) folks who are now SF O-6s and E-9s and, if you met me on the street, you would never consider me a bad@$$ or "combat/fighting expert."  You would probably say, correctly, "hmm, he's nothing special."  
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Re:Knife fighting books - Monday, September 18, 2017 4:59 PM ( #8 )
There's no particular body type that would indicate a "combat/fighting expert", but most good boxers or real martial arts experts look pretty much like average guys. If you're really perceptive, you might see some tell-tale signs like knuckle enlargement and callouses, forearm development, heavily calloused feet. I kind of think that large size or heavy musculature isn't conducive to being a good knife fighter. Aside from skill, quickness is probably the single most important quality, and obviously most guys who look like Conan the Barbarian are just too big and heavy to be really quick. And the bigger the body, the bigger the target. It would be different with plate or mail armor, I'm sure. For instance, the Bible says Goliath was huge and perhaps the greatest warrior of his time. (Ironically, he lost his last fight to a skinny boy with a stone.) But the days of men wearing steel suits are long gone, and so it's quickness/agility and hand and foot speed that counts when knives come out.
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Re:Knife fighting books - 1 day and 9 hrs. ago ( #9 )
Does anyone own this book? Is it worth getting? EK, JOHN Your Silent Partner c1965 Fightin Knives http://www.ebay.com/itm...tin-Knives-/290893130054
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Re:Knife fighting books - 1 day and 9 hrs. ago ( #10 )
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