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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.
5 Best Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife-Buyer Guide 2020
We believe that the time has arrived when the bayonet should be discarded as no longer effective and like the Pike placed amongst the weapons of the past. Paladin Press has amassed many if not all of their original works in mamual editions and are well worth adding to your library if you find such information appealing. William E. Arm shoulder high — reverse the hand — back of the hand down. He created his own fighting system known as Defendu. SykesFairbairn developed innovative pistol shooting techniques and handgun specifications for the SMP which were later disseminated through their book Shooting to Live With the One-Hand Gunalong with various other police innovations such as riot batonsarmoured vestsand other equipment.
The Fairbairn Manual Of Knife Fighting
Design[ edit ] Fairbairn—Sykes fighting knife at Fort William Museum The F—S fighting knife was designed exclusively for surprise attack and fighting, with a slender blade that can easily penetrate a ribcage. In choosing a knife there are two important factors to bear in mind: balance and keenness. The hilt should fit easily in your hand, and the blade should not be so heavy that it tends to drag the hilt from your fingers in a loose grip. It is essential that the blade have a sharp stabbing point and good cutting edges, because an artery torn through as against a clean cut tends to contract and stop the bleeding.