Re: Combat Usage of the Nepalese Khukuri
I don’t think I said anything against the K-bar, I doubt I would as it is my favorite larger fixed blade, very neutral as both a tool and a weapon and very frugal. Compared to a “Kuk”, a K-bar is more of a thrusting weapon is what I meant should that be the point of contention Delta.
As a weapon, I view the knife, especially on a battlefield, as a weapon of last resort. Unless dispatching a century, which is very rare for an average grunt and SpecOps issues silenced .22’s for that, if combat goes H2H somebody screwed up big time.
Should you care to rely on the fencing approach to knife combat Delta so be it, I’ll not argue. Personally, I have two primary issues with that approach. 1) I don’t like to lead with the knife, it’s not a sword and 2) historically and practically the fencing approach hasn’t held up to well. I would follow Mr. Styers’ method should I choose the fencing angle to my training.
On or near a battlefield a Soldier should eat, sleep, and shower with his rifle. A civilian on the street (BTW, LEOs are civilians), should maintain his pistol in a somewhat similar fashion. A knife becomes a weapon when you have nothing else left to fight with or when it is the only weapon you have in the first place.
Of course, these are strictly my opinions and I am in now way, shape, or form attempting to argue these points. Truth be know, I have worked many of these scenarios and associates have done the homework and experimentation as well with styles from many ‘schools”. Just so Everyone knows from whence I speak.