Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider
- Oct 7, 1998
I drew the thing up in Windows Paint, but the ideas involved are those of John Bell, my roommate. John is *very* "combat experienced", more than that I shouldn't discuss.
First thing, his knife holds and moves are *not* based on Asian techniques. Whereas a Kali practitioner will do a firm hold with the back three fingers and hold thumb and forefinger loose for "flow" (clamping down at key moments) his prime grip is thumb and forefinger and he'll clamp down as necessary.
What he seems to be getting that way is very fast "tip speed" and a combat style designed to "take somebody apart bit by bit".
Using a classic European dagger, he'll throw his forefinger around the lower crossguard and across the choil for fine control; his blade design allows the same concept yet protects the finger.
He wants the broad blade but we're both concerned about weight. We need input on strength versus heft of different steels; I suspect that doing it in 1095 would mean a bit less weight than, say, ATS34? Another option is doing it in 3/16ths" stock versus 1/4" for weight savings. He's very muscular and should be able to flick a big heavy piece around fairly well but he wants tip speed.
Comments on heft/balance/strength of materials and stock widths greatly appreciated.