When TTAK launched, Chris referred to diving down rabbit holes. I liked it when I read it, but I never knew at the time how apt that analogy would be. When I wrote my “Know your Knives” piece on the Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife earlier this week, I accidentally conflated the F-S with its descendant, the US V42 stilletto. I mistakenly said that the Fairbairn was on the US Special Forces patch, when it was the v42.
Reader Knight of Bob explained my error and the subtle but important differences between the two, most notably the v42s thumb patch on the cheek to facilitate a horizontal thrust between the ribs, but also differences in guard, pommel, and grind.
This led me to explore the topic further and I came across a great piece. It is from HROARR.com, which is a “independent, neutral meeting ground and resource site dedicated to the Historical European Martial Arts community.”
While the KaBar and the F-S are highlighted in the title, it is really a history of fighting knives in general. I am not going to waste any more of your time, it is a longer piece, but one of the best historical pieces I have stumbled across.
Enjoy, and please let me know what you think.