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Oct 8, 1998
So I have added and removed stuff from my website.

I have updated and clarified my comments on neck knives.

I added some comments about "tactical knives".

There is some stuff about lanyards...

Check it all out.

What think you?

Marion David Poff aka Eye, one can msg me at mdpoff@hotmail.com If I fail to check back with this thread and you want some info, email me.


I noticed you had a lot of Sun Tzu stuff. Here's some choice snippits from a great commander from the other side of the world, Emperor Napoleon;

"All wars should be governed by certain principles, for every war should have a definate object, and be conducted according to the rules of art. War should only be undertaken with forces proportioned to the obstacles to be overcome."

"A general-in-chief should ask himself frequently in the day, What should I do if the enemy's army appeared now on my front, or on my right, or on my left? If he have any difficulty in answering these questions he is ill posted, and should seek to remedy it."

"The strength of an army, like the power of mechanics, is estimated by multiplying the mass by rapidity; a rapid march augments the moral of an army, and increases all the chances of victory."

"It is an approved maxim in war, never to do what the enemy wishes you to do, for this reason alone, that he desires it. A field of battle, therefore, which he has previously recconoitered, should be avoided, and double care should be taken where he has had time to fortify or entrench. One consequence deducible from this principle is, never attack a position in front which you can gain by turning."

"The first consideration with a general who offers battle should be the glory and honour of his arms; the safety and preservation of his men is only the second; but it is in the enterprise and courage resulting from the former that the latter will most assuredly be found. In a retreat, besides the honour of the army, the loss is often equal to two battles. For this reason we should never despair while brave men are to be found with their colours. It is by this means we obtain victory, and deserve to obtain it."

" A general of ordinary talent occupying a bad position, and suprised by a superior force, seeks his safety in retreat; but a great captain supplies all deficiencies by his courage, and marches boldly to meet the attack. By this means he disconcerts his adversary, and if this last shows any irresolution in his movements, a skillful leader profiting by his indecision may even hope for victory, or at least to employ the day in manoeuvering - at night he entrenches himself, or falls back to a better position. By this determined conduct he maintains the honour of his arms, the first essential to all military superiority."

"When you determine to risk a battle, reserve for yourself every possible chance of success, more particularly if you have to deal with an adversary of superior talent, for if you are beaten, even in the midst of your magazines and your communications, woe to the vanquished!"

"The first qualification of a soldier is fortitude under fatigue and privation. Courage is only the second; hardship, poverty, and want are the best school for a soldier."

If you have not read Napoleon's Maxims of War, I heartily reccomend it.
I agree with Snick, Sun Tzu is strategy 101. A good primer, from people that have only won wars by brute force with some neet tricks thrown in for good measure. And for all the talk about the Book of 5 Rings, once the Americans got up and rolling in WW II, we consistantly out manuevered and systematically stomped the Japanese.

The Asian books are good to start with, them move on to Clausawicz, and ol'Nappy, and Patton. -Brian
My biggest complaint about Sun Tzu is that so much of that stuff doesn't really tell you anything. It's a bunch of real cool qoutes, but there isn't really much practical strategy or tactics behind it. A lot of esoteric sentiments, but you can only really go so far on that.

Oh yeah, I don't know how true this is, but I've heard rumors that Sun Tzu never existed, and that it's actualy a work compiled by several authors.
Brethren and cistern, why is it that when you wish to proclaim the greatness of your own heritage you do not do so, but disparage someone else's instead? Did the Knife Gods tell you to behave this way?

Read A Book of Five Rings before you disparage it. Read it a hundred times, a thousand times, ten thousand times -- you will never stop learning from it.

Brethren and cistern, when thou desireth to tell the world of the greatness of thy heritage open thy mouth wide and do so. Be not embarrassed to do it; thy heritage is indeed great and deserves proclamation.

And mark ye well, when thy brethren and cistern also feel moved to proclaim the greatnesses of their various heritages, do not sit in the seat of the scornful, but hark unto them. Who knows, you might learn something.

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That's odd, both my heritage and myself been bashed repeatedly and relentlessly over the years by Eastern-centrists of every racial extraction. Go to most Eastern-art related websites, and they will make it clear to you that the Western world never developed anything to match their kuh-rotty, and couldn't general their way out of a paper bag.

I am not moved by Sun Tzu at all. Maybe it just loses something in the process. Anyway, why should I say that I am unduly impressed by it just because it's from another culture?

Learning from it over the years? Yeah, that's what I think it's secret to success is, it's real easy to interpret what is being said in many many different ways.

This is a book that doesn't impress me. It could have been written by George Washington himself and I would be unmoved by it. It's got absolutley nothing to do with disparaging anyone else.

Maybe you get something out of it, and that's great, but it does nothing for me.
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