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Bowies, Big Knives, And The Best Of Battle Blades

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This book binds the timeless observations and invaluable advice of master bladesmith and blade combat expert Bill Bagwell under one cover for the first time. As the outspoken author of Soldier of Fortune's "Battle Blades" column from 1984 to 1988, Bagwell was considered both outrageous and revolutionary in his advocacy of carrying fighting knives as long as 10 inches and his firm belief that the Bowie knife was the most effective and efficient fighting knife ever developed. His assignment as a contributing ...
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Overview


This book binds the timeless observations and invaluable advice of master bladesmith and blade combat expert Bill Bagwell under one cover for the first time. As the outspoken author of Soldier of Fortune's "Battle Blades" column from 1984 to 1988, Bagwell was considered both outrageous and revolutionary in his advocacy of carrying fighting knives as long as 10 inches and his firm belief that the Bowie knife was the most effective and efficient fighting knife ever developed. His assignment as a contributing editor to SOF was to test and evaluate contemporary knives from all over the world, and he soon earned a reputation for cutting to the chase. Candid and frank almost to a fault, he told it like it was - and he could always back it up. Sixteen years after his first column made its debut, Bagwell's convictions on knife design and blade technique have gained validity in the industry, and he has earned the respect of even some of his most vocal critics. This book provides an unprecedented opportunity to study the design and use of Bowies and other big knives and learn which blade designs and combat techniques stand up to both the rigors of battle and the test of time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581601077
  • Publisher: Paladin Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2000
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,043,100
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Bill Bagwell is a master bladesmith and blade combat expert who, in addition to designing and manufacturing his own large knives, conducts military and law enforcement training workshops on combat knife techniques.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Battle Blades-Then and Now
Chapter 1 - The Bowie: A Closer Look
Chapter 2 - The Jaws of the Trap
Chapter 3 - The Deadliest Knives on Earth
Chapter 4 - Can the K-Bar Cut
Chapter 5 - Dikes in Disguise
Chapter 6 - The Sawtooth Syndrome
Chapter 7 - Those Hollow-Handled Hackers
Chapter 8 - Dagger Defects
Chapter 9 - Fighting for Keeps
Chapter 10 - Keening an Edge
Chapter 11 - Save it for Mumblety-Peg
Chapter 12 - A Forum for Fighting Knives
Chapter 13 - Shuriken: Stars that Stick
Chapter 14 - Carlson's Gung Ho Bowie
Chapter 15 - Steel Yourself
Chapter 16 - Holding Your Temper
Chapter 17 - Sentry Takedown the Gurkha Way
Chapter 18 - Effective Cuts
Chapter 19 - Choice Cuts
Chapter 20 - Japanese Knife Stands Texas Test
Chapter 21 - Kukri: From Plowshare to Sword
Chapter 22 - More Blade, Less Sheath
Chapter 23 - Blade Length: Function or Fashion?
Chapter 24 - Q & A
Chapter 25 - Prolonging Your Knife Life
Chapter 26 - Tomahawk Tradition: Good for Counting Coup
Chapter 27 - Machete: A Tool or a Weapon?
Chapter 28 - Staking Your Life on a Fighting Knife
Chapter 29 - The Swing is the Thing
Chapter 30 - To the Point
Chapter 31 - Chilean Combat Corvo
Chapter 32 - Customize a Bargain Bowie
Chapter 33 - Get a Grip
Chapter 34 - Knife Care and Repair
Chapter 35 - Keeping It Sharp
Chapter 36 - E-Tool to Deerskinner
Chapter 37 - Utility Blades and Combat Steel
Chapter 38 - Bowie Bladesmiths
Chapter 39 - Fold 'Em Up, Move 'Em Out!
Chapter 40 - Sharpness is All
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