Figured I'd start a thread about another hobby of mine besides vw's & I guess it goes here in hiking & outdoors? Yes, I have a few firearms & was a USN gunner's mate, but as far as weaponry I really like edged weapons. This coincides with my love of history. Figured we could use this thread to discuss non-firearm weapons, since a thread on that already exists. I have trained in some form of martial arts, since I was 6 & I'm currently a Renzo Gracie purple belt in jiu-jitsu. This background exposed me to weaponry early on in life. I remember dressing as a ninja in my youth & had the sword, claws, & throwing stars. Also, I'm sure like many of you I had a ton of knives growing up ranging from the rambo knife to butterfly knives, swiss army knives to your basic survival knife. You get the idea. As I got older & more mature I had the privilege to train in kendo & to study bushido & the mysteries of the samurai sword. I read anything by Musashi & was obsessed by Kurosawa movies. This will always be a interest of mine, but I never pursued it fully. I owned a cheap katana, wakizashi & tanto for a time, but this was too expensive a interest for me to follow.
I also had a strong interest for medieval, greek, roman, germanic history that will continue till I die. I never trained formally with the weapons, but I have some nice examples of combat grade weapons in my home. I have about 3-4 real battle axes, 2 real battle maces, 2 real war hammers, 1 real thrusting sword, a spartan shield, SS repo knife, etc... I prob have a small fortune in arms in my home, nothing is that cheap ebay crap & some are one off pieces. These are all combat grade. Many are being put away since our first child is due soon. Have to be responsible. Even got a safe for the real guns.
I guess the most practical of all these weapons are my modern tactical knives. In the service I was exposed to the karambit by some marines, and have been practicing with it for many years. I own a few diff versions of the karambit, the most deadly fighting knife imo. I also have a very nice cold steel push dagger, a tops neck knife & for you army guys I just got a stryker combat brigade defender tool.
I feel the knife in a trained hand may be even more deadly in a cqb situation than even a pistol. My cop buddies live by the 21' rule. We do some light knife fighting drills in my school with rubber knives. I can usually tell how good someone is by how they hold their blade. I use the reverse grip, but even a untrained person can be just as deadly with their slashing & unpredictable movements.
So anyone share this interest in weapons. It can be a bow, a club/stick, a spear, or even a knife for self defense as you walk to your car. If your passionate about it lets see/hear about it.
A few misc. pics:
The strider combat karambit baddest blade on the block, see it in action:
Two real war hammers & my family coat of arms
Combat grade thrusting sword
WW2 reproduction knife
Tops stryker defender tool
Cold steel safe keeper2
I currently have on order:
-Tops ferret necker