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On several of these encounters as many as twenty Policemen and criminals were fighting from room to room, etc. We believe that the time has arrived when the bayonet should be discarded as no longer effective and like the Pike placed amongst the weapons of the past. The manual is quite an in-depth and interesting work on the care and use of pigeons in the military.

Fairbairn–Sykes fighting knife

The strike terminates before the arm is fully extended, thus exploiting maximum speed and guarding against the possibility of a “locked joint,” in this case, the elbow. Gradually increase the length of the “whip” from 12 inches to as far as you can reach.

Appear to be 2nd pattern from straight cross guard and ball end. Inthe above was considered unorthodox and, unkindly, a trifle foolish. The student duly qualified in the first three subjects and during a “break” period, I learned something of his “back-ground” Professional All-in Wrestler.

An individual of average 5’8″ stature, throws a snap-type strike extending approximately 2′ 7″. Try to stay on your feet at all costs. This is based on my 40 years experience of these weapons, which includes not only armed encounters with armed criminals but the responsibility for instructing large numbers of Police and Soldiers, etc.

Where they permit, these trees should be grasped with the disengaged hand, permitting you to make a leap downward of several feet.

Aside from this there is also demonstrated the use of the Smatchet, a large machete-style knife with a leaf-shaped blade which was also designed by Fairbairn. Note – Fear will most likely give you that additional speed to out-distance your opponent.


To meet the many requests, I designed the “FAIRBAIRN” knife and managed to persuade the Wilkinson Sword Company to manufacture it privately from a number of old bayonets they had in stock, personally guaranteeing the sale of three hundred.

Those of us who have studied martial techniques be it shooting, knife fighting or self-defense, or indeed the developmental history of these pursuits, soon learn that the contribution of these gentlemen is not only significant but quite profound.

Fairbairn had been chief of police in Shanghai before the Japanese capture of the city. Holding the knife in the right hand, arm shoulder high, forearm bent, back of the hand up, knife over the left shoulder. Note – An expert Knife Fighter keeps his knife always on the move – making it dart in and out like a snakes-fang and occasionally changing his position and the height of attack. In such unpleasant cases, usually played out at the end of an alley or in confinementy, the following guidelines may be of some small value if there is no place to run and no place to hide: Twelve shots in all, which necessitated changing of magazineswith point deducted if caught with an empty pistol.

Full text of “The Fairbairn Manual Of Knife Fighting”

An example of this forward-thinking mindset can be seen in one of the earliest known books on ladies self-defense. One fairbaiirn and extremely scarce printing of Get Tough is the little known Australian version. This material is first posted 2 February The hilt should fit easily in your hand, and the blade should not be so heavy that it tends to drag the hilt from your fingers in a loose grip.

They vary in size from the thickness of one’s thumb to that of an ordinary pencil. This page book is the authoritative reference work for collectors of the Fairbairn-Sykes commando knife.


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See also the biography of Col. The manner in which edged weapons are initially grasped by the wielder governs the manner in which they are carried and withdrawn, and influences both weapon design and the dynamics of initial maneuver.

It also will fit the U. It is essential that the blade have a sharp stabbing point and good cutting edges, because an artery torn through as against a clean cut tends to contract and stop the bleeding.

Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife & Fairbairn All-In Fighting Manual

It is for the above reasons, among others, that we state there is no means by which an unarmed man can defend against a knife fighter. We are aware that there are many who will disagree with this; also that some of them will come back mxnual – “The bayonet has won more wars that any other weapon.

A book way ahead of its time. There are two ways of dealing with such a situation – 1st. The hand reaches maximum speed shortly before the arm is fully extended, and travels faster on the return stroke than on the forward stroke.

This is a unique and historically significant document on the art of knife fighting. Major Fairbairn gave me such instruction in sessions at his home. The original faribairn still most sought after commando dagger: See also WW2 Books. Many a man has testified that immediately he drew his knife, his confidence returned and he was no longer afraid. At that time my weight was lbs. Now repeat the above, with the arm fully extended, ocassionally changing to a bent arm or trying to touch the ground with the knife.

Also we have a copy of a Military Training Bulletin, in which the author lays down how the recruit should be instructed to do the same thing.