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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 [...]

MDTS Small Knife Skills, 8 December 2012

MDTS Small Knife Skills, 8 December 2012

At "Defensive Folding Knife." I had hair. On 8 December, 2012, I had the privilege of attending a six-hour "Small Knife Skills" class with Chris Fry of MDTS.  What was particularly interesting about this opportunity is that I took, years ago, a previous version of the same class with Chris.  It was then called "Defensive Folding [...]

There Are No Martial Arts

There Are No Martial Arts

The terms martial arts and self-defense are often used interchangeably.  In point of fact, these are not the same thing.   Martial arts (with some exceptions) refers to a body of theory in which people who have never engaged in fighting another human being (except perhaps in a sporting context) explain to other people how not to do the same [...]

Avi Nardia / KAPAP Knife/Gun Defense Seminar

Avi Nardia / KAPAP Knife/Gun Defense Seminar

"I can fight four guns and a knife," said Avi Nardia, addressing a small class of ten students gathered for a three-hour knife- and gun-defense seminar.  Held at Sensei John Ingallina's UMAC facility in Brighton, New York (one of two locations), the seminar was one I heard about at the last minute on Facebook.  With the help of another student I [...]

Don’t Be That Guy: Etiquette in Martial Arts Classes

Don’t Be That Guy: Etiquette in Martial Arts Classes

You've met him at a seminar.  You've encountered him in a class. He's that guy, and  while he's probably somebody you don't know well, he might be a classmate of long association.  He's someone who doesn't understand the etiquette of martial arts training, and this lack of understanding causes problems.  Some of these problems are minor, but [...]

Active Shooter: James Holmes, the Aurora Theater Shooting, and How to Survive

Active Shooter: James Holmes, the Aurora Theater Shooting, and How to Survive

"Active shooter."  It's a cold term, divorced from emotional context. For more than fifty wounded and a dozen or more dead and dying in Aurora, Colorado, it became a horrific reality minutes after midnight on 20 July, 2012.  A young man identified in news reports as James Holmes, dressed in tactical gear and carrying multiple weapons, threw a [...]

Matt “Charlie Mike” Freeman Balisong

Matt “Charlie Mike” Freeman Balisong

Recently I had the pleasure of purchasing a custom-made, one-of-a-kind balisong knife from Matt "Charlie Mike" Freeman, who has been a fixture at sites like Bladeforums for years.  It is on his behalf, and to encourage him to keep making knives, that I write this review. This thing is a BEAST.  The hand-shaped, convex-ground blade is made [...]

Key Flailing

Key Flailing

One of those hoary old self-defense "tips" that has lingered well beyond all reasonable credibility for its application is the notion of key-flailing.  In a neutered world whose citizens are allowed no implements of self-defense beyond innocuous pocket accessories, the idea that you could use your car- and house-keys to fend off rampaging hordes [...]

Bud K/CutleryUSA: A Cautionary Tale

Bud K/CutleryUSA: A Cautionary Tale

Early last month, I placed an order for a couple of inexpensive items through Amazon.com.  I like Amazon, overall, and while I've had customer service issues now and again over the years, these have all been resolved.  It's a lot easier to get a human being on the phone at Amazon than it used to be, for which I'm grateful.  You can buy almost [...]

Testing Folding Knives

Testing Folding Knives

If you carry a knife for utility or self-defense, you may choose a fixed blade or you may choose a folder. Debating which of these is "best," preferable, or more suited to which applications could comprise a separate article. The assumption made in this article is that you are going to carry a folding knife, for whatever reason and within whatever [...]

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