The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > Hogan's Alley > Tactics and Training

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old November 27, 2000, 01:01 PM   #1
Hard Ball
Senior Member
Join Date: November 28, 1999
Location: California
Posts: 3,925
I just saw a program on the History Channe in which a man decribed as a historian stated that bowie knives were (are) held with the full edge up and the false edge down. He also said that the strong unsharpened part of the false edge side was used to parry attacks. Any one have any opinnions on this?
Hard Ball is offline  
Old November 27, 2000, 03:26 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: May 20, 1999
Posts: 1,363
that position has those attributes as well as a feature that most people are not aware of anymore.....the back or spine of these blades had brass along the spine, it helped to control the opponents blade and its progression toward the hilt........There was a time that Randall offered this on there bowies but that has been a very long time ago....and im not aware of anyone offering that feature anymore----it takes a master craftsman to do that.......occasionally you will see the larger blades affixed with subhilts, that came about to try and give better faster control of the larger blades with out having the user extend his finger infront of the hilt in the choil area...........I wish I would have seen the show...fubsy.
fubsy is offline  
Old November 27, 2000, 11:49 PM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: April 28, 2000
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 705
Hold it firmly in your non-dominant hand. Dominant hand is for the pistol.
animal is offline  
Old November 28, 2000, 12:09 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: April 23, 2000
Location: MN
Posts: 1,388
Hold it by the handle [hilt if you will]

You can hold it by the blade but that sure smarts
Glamdring is offline  
Old November 29, 2000, 01:54 PM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: August 28, 2000
Posts: 294
i would suggest you get in contact with james keating if you want a good in depth answer to this.
He moderats a forum at called the riddle of steel, goes by the user name JAK.
you will need to register, if your not already, to post.

IMHO Mr. Keating is the guy to go to for information on bowie knives, and other large fixed blade fighting knives.

hope you find what your looking for.

also, in my way of thinking thats a screwy way to hold a bowie knife. i hold all bowies it the saber grip position, with the blade forward, and the edge down.
this was i can chop, whack, slash and make use of the false edge for back cutting.
guerilla1138 is offline  
Old November 29, 2000, 02:02 PM   #6
Hard Ball
Senior Member
Join Date: November 28, 1999
Location: California
Posts: 3,925
I hold mine the same way that you describe.
I am just curious if there is anything to the grip alleged to be historical on this TV program.
Hard Ball is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:48 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2020 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07439 seconds with 10 queries