Thursday, July 28, 2016

Myth Busting Knife Attacks

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Recently, I read an article on surviving an edged weapon attack, where the writer spoke specific to knife wounds, as they related to unconsciousness and death, which I found quite troublesome given the fact that his numbers just did not reflect the empirical experience/data that I have witnessed over my 29yrs of being a law enforcement professional.

In this article, the author first quoted a book written by Captain W E Fairburn called “Get Tough: How to Win In Hand-to-Hand Fighting” published in 1942. On page 99 of this text (fig.112) Fairburn provides the following information specific to “loss of consciousness in seconds” and “Death” specific to knife wounds.

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  1. I own several combat knives and spent years in knife and sword school. I find that the author gets most of this right. The only "quick" killing thrust I know of is to the base of the skull with a ridged tool like a thick ice pick, severing the spine or rupturing the Madula,(spell?) or a thrust to the Aorta or Aortic cluster with a blade. The heart thrust WILL drop a man in 60-90 sec. The author's Dr's didn't take into account the fact that when you attack a man from behind you scare the crap out of him causing an sudden elevation in both blood pressure and heart rate (100BPM+) That speeds up bleeding considerably. The classic WW2 commando "neck cut" is far different than the one shown on film. You come up from behind. Grab the man lower shins Throwing him to the ground on his face. Stab the side of the neck. Then grab under the chin or in the eye sockets cutting forward with the blade to sever the wind pipe. Then stand with your foot planted firmly on his neck forcing his face into the ground to minimize the sound made by the blood and air escaping his severed neck. At least that's what my 1943 british FM says.

    1. Thanks and very interesting. If you would like to write an article on this subject, I would be happy to post it.

  2. There is one point in the article it missed: multiple wounds. A fight doesn't stop just because the assailant or whoever is wounded once.

  3. Michael Dean MillerJuly 30, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Still got my Dad's Third Pattern. I like it.