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Cold Steel Paperback – June 1, 1974
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Oh well... if you do not believe in "knife vs knife", like myself, you could skip this one.
But there's more in it than knife dueling.
The H2H chapter is very good, as is the short baton section. Those two alone are worth the money invested.
The knife work, obviously heavily influenced by Styers instructor A.J. Drexel Biddle (Author of Do or Die), is very duelistic - that is to say it stays entirely within the realm of two combatants knife on knife, at long range, vying for the right cut or hack to open up the opponent for a kill shot. Now, it's not quite as bad about this as Biddle's work, using a more combative platform (less of a stylized fencing platform), but it's still duelistic. Now, if real fights with knives happened this way, this would be the method for doing it - but, they don't. Most fights involving knives will start unarmed, at close range, and be a drag race between adversaries to get to a weapon first - if that weapon is a knife, you have a fight with a knife. Most knives easily carried and accessed will be small. Range is close, there is very little baiting and dancing around, there is simply up close hooking, cutting and hacking to clear limbs and stabbing to end it.
That said the knife material presented in Cold Steel contains many things you can extract for more modern, closer range, knife combatives. Targets; the hands/limbs, the throat, the chest and heart and the back, are excellent. Use of snap cuts, bi-directional cutting (using both primary and sharp back edges), body mechanics and footwork to improve power are all very good. Also of interest is the attempt to develop physical mechanics for using the knife that directly translate to using empty hands - very progressive concept for the age of the book.
Take the knife work out of the box its presented in, put it with what you do, take what works, discard the rest.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good historic look at early combat methods; some of which can still be applied today. The photos in the hardcover version are a bit underexposed compared to the paperback... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matthew
This book is a great beginners book on knife fighting and hand to hand combat using techniques from fencing a combat sport that still has usefulness today as it did in its time Im... Read morePublished 15 months ago by MTF414
Classic reference. Knife chapter is gold- a streamlined, quickly learned system that if practiced instead of criticised, shows its value. Read morePublished 18 months ago by John D.
this book was written by somebody with a great imagination! Loaded with great tips and lots of thought, maybe just a little bit of embellishment in the stories because if anybody... Read morePublished on February 17, 2014 by bobj401
While some of the material is dated by current standards it remains a classic containing much that is helpful to the knifist of beginning to intermediate skill. Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by Jim Shaver
Good instruction and simple to grasp. I recommend having some back ground in this subject before consulting this book. AndrewPublished on December 12, 2013 by kime
...is a combatives classic. There is a distinct historical lineage of some serious, dedicated men who left to posterity a finite curriculum of close combat skills. Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by the Shrike
Styers manual is a man's attempt to equip new recruits with skills to survive close quarter combat. This work has been read by many combatives instructors and still influences... Read morePublished on March 31, 2013 by Amazon Customer