FIghting knives are sometimes also called combat knives or trench knives. They are used by the military and other who want a knife specifically for close range combat and personal defense. They are considered specialized, partly due to the range of the weapons. Hand-to-hand combat that involves knives has to happen in a very close range.
Fighting knives tend to be made only for the purpose of confrontation and have few, if any, other functions. They do not make good EDC knives, for example, because fighting knives are not adept at carrying out ordinary daily tasks. They would not be appropriate to use for cutting rope or untangling something, for instance. They are only for combat, and usually military style combat.
There are variations on fighting knives that are more useful in everyday life, such as the field knife, fighting utility knife and the tactical knives. These have additional functions besides combat. Even the military has shifted since World War I toward fighting knives that have additional utility features and aren’t confined to fighting.
What is the Best Fighting Knife?
The best fighting knife is a matter of preference and circumstances. For military personnel, they will likely receive guidance on what kind of fighting knife to carry with them in dangerous situations. Since World War I, the fighting knives used by the military have shifted toward a more utility style of knife. This allows for additional uses and functionality. It allows members of the military to have an all around knife that will also work for combat should the need arise.
For civilians, pure fighting knives are not recommended and are unlikely to be necessary. Even military personnel in dangerous situations opt for a utility knife, and this is likely to be more practical for civilians as well. Fighting utility knives offer flexibility and convenience, whereas a pure fighting knife may become a display item but not a practical everyday item.
The choice of what kind of fighting knife also depends largely on feel and weight. These knives can become large and heavy, so someone planning to carry the knife with them would certainly want to opt for a more practical EDC knife that has also self defense capability. Some related styles of knives include survival knives, bayonets, hunting knives and EDC knives.
Tactical Knives for Knife Fighting
Tactical knives can be used for knife fighting, as they are, by design, knives that include at least one military or martial feature. These features could be a blade meant for stabbing, for example. Such features are meant specifically for use in extreme conditions, such as a personal defense emergency. If you found yourself in a situation where you needed to defend yourself, a tactical knife is one possible tool you could use.
Tactical knives cover a broad range of knife types. They are not one single thing. Sometimes, fighting knives and tactical knives are wrapped up in the same category. The two types of knives share similarities and certainly have plenty of overlap.
Tactical knives, however, were originally designed as utility tools suitable for a wide range of situations and scenarios. This includes many types of scenarios that do not involve knife fighting. Tactical knives were not actually originally designed to be primarily a weapon, though they have come to be used as weapons from time to time. Some tactical knives can fold, making them useful EDC pocket knives that can also work for extreme self defense scenarios. The defining feature is that these types of knives have some tactical features that would aid the user in a fight.
Knight Fighting Techniques and Styles
In the military, many personnel learn knife fighting techniques in case they end up in an extreme situation in which those skills are necessary. There are times when members of the military find themselves in a dangerous situation and can only use a knife for their personal defense. In such cases, they must lean on knife fighting techniques and styles to protect themselves.
These days, civilians are also learning knife fighting techniques and styles from trained professionals. It is not recommended that anyone learn knife fighting on their own, as there are plenty of experts who can teach proper technique and form when it comes to knife fighting.
Knife fighting is a contemporary fighting art. However, because of the nature of knives and the extreme close quarters required for a knife fight, knife fighting is considered brutal, bloody and deadly. A real knife fight often ends with at least one person seriously injured, though often both fighters are injured due to the close range. Those wishing to learn knife fighting should be aware that even trained professional do not recommend ever engaging in a real knife fight, due to the extremely high risk of injury. Experts also warn never to threaten someone with a knife, as this is almost always a serious legal offense.
However, as a training practice and martial art, knife fighting and knife throwing are taught to civilians. Knife fighting would involve learning the proper grip, such as a hammer grip or ice pick grip. The ice pick grip is better for close quarters, as it allows for stabbing and slashing. In all scenarios, knife fighting requires specialized training and knowledge.
Learning Knife Fighting Stances
Stances in knife fighting change depending on the range of the combat. Close combat requires a different stances than long range fighting.
In a knife fighting situation, you need a strong offense as well as an impenetrable defense. This is because of how frequently injury occurs during a knife fight. Aggression is required to reach your target quickly and decisively, but a strong defense is necessary because when you are close enough to hit them, they will be close enough to hit you as well. The knife blade should always point forward and away from you in your forward, not back, hand. It must lead the charge and point at your opponent.
In general, the fighter’s body should always be behind their knife in order to have the most optimal position for fighting in a knife battle.