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In Search of the Ninja: The True Path of Ninjitsu

In Search of the Ninja: The True Path of Ninjitsu

I've tried. I've tried more ways than I can count to review In Search of the Ninja: The Historical Truth of Ninjitsu.  I've attempted to do so in good faith but, honestly, this book has defeated me. Its prose makes my brain hurt. The claims of its author make my brain hurt. Its author's self-important presentations make my brain hurt. (In his [...]

Charles Davis Tactical Combat Master Cane

Charles Davis Tactical Combat Master Cane

I've written before about the utility of the cane as a self-defense weapon. Over the years, although I rarely need them for mobility myself (one exception being the time I almost broke my ankle while sparring on a broken plain of rock), I've amassed quite a collection of "combat canes."  Several of these are made by Charles Davis, whose canes I [...]

Dirk Pinkerton Claw XLRT

Dirk Pinkerton Claw XLRT

It's not every day that you get a new "favorite" knife. Mine is the Dirk Pinkerton Claw XLRT, a knife its maker has recently reformatted. It is finger-ring hawkbill fighter with a minimal handle and a n0-nonsense, low-profile Kydex sheath. For what it is, it is as close to ideal in a personal slash-and-thrust belt companion as you're likely to [...]

Survival Sheath Systems Bayonet Holster

Survival Sheath Systems Bayonet Holster

If you regularly carry a gun, you know that the perfect pistol is nearly useless if married to an imperfect holster.  Anyone who holds a concealed carry permit will eventually amass an entire drawer or box of holsters that were purchased to be the next, great solution to the daily carry problem. Seldom does one encounter a truly new idea in [...]

SOG Folding Saw (From Base Camp Echo)

SOG Folding Saw (From Base Camp Echo)

My latest utility tool from Base Camp Echo is the SOG folding saw. This is really about as simple as tools get, unless they have no moving parts: It's a differentially heat treated high-carbon steel saw blade with aggressive "fastcut" saw teeth with a plastic, almost rubberized textured handle. The saw blade is 8.25 inches long and locks both [...]

SOG Entrenching Tool (from Base Camp Echo)

SOG Entrenching Tool (from Base Camp Echo)

One of the things I hate most in life is equipment that does not do what its makers claim it does. I hate the unfulfilled promise of gear that looks good but doesn't function. This is why one of the maxims I try to live by is, Never field untested gear.  As with anything in life, however, I am not always consistent, nor do I always follow my own [...]

SOG Key-Knife (from Base Camp Echo)

SOG Key-Knife (from Base Camp Echo)

SOG's Key-Knife,  which I obtained from sponsor Base Camp Echo, is one of those brilliant little tools that makes you wonder out loud, "Why didn't I think of this before?"  Specifically, I'm talking about how handy it is to have a cutting blade right on your keychain.  It's possible to leave the house without any number of personal preparedness [...]

Tool Logic Credit Card Companion (from Base Camp Echo)

Tool Logic Credit Card Companion (from Base Camp Echo)

Recently I obtained a Tool Logic Credit Card Companion from Base Camp Echo, one of the sponsors of this site and a business behind which The Martialist gladly puts its support and recommendation.  For those of you who don't know -- it wasn't clear to me until I looked at the address on the package -- Tool Logic and SOG are the same business, with [...]

Last Ninja Standing

Last Ninja Standing

Ashida Kim's Last Ninja Standing is a stunning accomplishment. Never have so many grudges been presented in one volume spanning more years of the politics of Koga Ryu Ninjitsu. Never have so many implausible stories been regurgitated with so straight a face. Never has the third person been invoked with less joy and more self-important posturing. [...]

Ka-Bar “Zombie Killer” (ZK) Zomstro Tactical Cleaver

Ka-Bar “Zombie Killer” (ZK) Zomstro Tactical Cleaver

For more than a decade I wished for a tactical cleaver to hit the market. This year, Ka-bar has given me my wish. I first saw the Zomstro when it was revealed it on the YouTube channel "ZombieGoBoomTV." I was immediately impressed. I've been a fan of the Ka-Bar Zombie Killer line since it debuted a couple of years ago. Ka-Bar was one of [...]

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