I just ordered a Combat Smatchet I have heard good things about these, I now they are being discontinued, deos any one here have one or no more about this particular knife?
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July 11, 2006, 10:55 AM
The origin of the Smatchet dates back to the Celtic short swords, but the modern design is tributed to Colonel Rex Applegate (1914 - 1998), member of the American special unit "Office for Strategic Service" (O.S.S.) and Captain WE Fairbairn. Jointly, they optimized this knife reaching the limits of what was humanly possible.
Many manufacturers of knives have made their own version since then.
July 11, 2006, 11:09 AM
The mass market versions the Col. sanctioned were made by Al Mar and by Boker (I don't think there were any mass market producers other than those).
"Custom" versions were made by several knifemakers.
I always considered Col. Appelgate to be a great gentlman and enjoyed my conversations with him.
July 11, 2006, 11:13 AM
I have a Boker smatchet, awesome tool and I'm sure it would make a fearsome weapon if one had to use it.
July 11, 2006, 11:30 PM
This looks like one. I handled this Bark River model at knife show. It is pretty impressive.
Wikipedia says about 16.5 overall length which should mean a 10" blade. *cool*
July 14, 2006, 08:31 AM
OK.... whats the password?
July 14, 2006, 08:42 AM
I followed the links off the main page it claims to have gone 'underground'.
July 14, 2006, 11:19 AM
For those interested in the Gutterfighting page, a password is required after a couple seconds of viewing. However, I have footage of the page, and I will prepare something for those interested in viewing. It mainly explains the graphics below, which I managed to obtain before the PW kicked in.
From what I understood, one of the edges on a smatchet was intended to be used as a tool while the other a weapon.
Here are some gra]phics illustrating how to fight with one (from gutter fighting):