Critical Elements of the Combative Knife – Pt 2 – Blade

May 15, 2018 in Knifemakers Notebook

After Ergonomics, the next critical element of a Combative Knife is the blade itself. More importantly the design thereof. In this day when you can get onto one of many online stores and have thousands of knives to choose from at your finger tips it’s even more important to know how to see through all the white noise of designs.

Every knife brand and knife maker wants to distinguish themselves from the other, and this can quite often lead to designs that are, to borrow an old medical term, quackery. Any knife maker worth his salt knows why his blade looks the way it does. There is reason behind it and this stems from the fundamental understanding of how the blade is meant to be used and what the desired effect is.

Embellishments on combative blades can often lead to unnecessary complications in the heat of the moment. Those extreme serrations and points become places for the blade to snag, either on your opponent or on your own clothing. Extreme curves become difficult to orient correctly and indexing gets dicey when the fight starts getting messy. Quite often, the simplest, most subtle designs are the ones that offer the best performance. They are not flashy. They wear no tinsel.

Anybody can sharpen a piece of metal and do lethal damage with it, it’s really not difficult, we have been doing it as a species for thousands of years. The difficultly and art comes in understanding the specifics of the design. Making something that is completely purpose driven for a single objective. It needs to be more effective and more efficient than that crude pointy piece of metal anybody can make. That is the challenge, and the goal of anyone who makes a quality combative  knife.

While there has been a trend lately of creating primitive style weapons, or shanks, with extremely basic handles – this is not the ideal. These types of weapons have their purpose and have their place, but compared to a purpose made, ergonomic Combative Knife they are not the same. It’s like comparing a luxury car and an ordinary sedan. They are both cars, they will both get you where you need to go, but one will be more comfortable, faster, more efficient

And that is what good Combative Knife design is. It’s about understanding how its to be used, and producing the most effective and most efficient design for that purpose.

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