Folding Knives – A Brief History

 Knives have been around since before the beginning of recorded history. Various mainstream archeological digs have unearthed evidence of man’s usage of knives dating back plus or minus 8,000BC and some research even prior. The historical evidence throughout the evolution of mankind with regards to development of early edged tools demonstrates that the knife was one of the very first hand-held tools ever created. No one really knows if the knife’s first use was as a weapon or as a tool. In fact, more than ten thousand years later the debate still rages on today with regards to the development of modern knife usage (weapon or tool) policy for US law enforcement agencies.

As with all useful inventions, the knife was a pretty good idea and withstood the test of time – lots of time, roughly ten to possibly twenty thousand years worth of time. Overall knife design went through … Read more »

Memorial Day

Memorial day is America’s day to remember those who perished in the wars in which America has engaged. Three years after the civil war, a war in which 498,332 Americans died, General John A. Logan (Ret.), was serving as the 3rd Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic when he made the following proclamation:

John A Logan“The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.”

 The Grand Army of the Republic was founded in 1866 as a veterans organization primarily … Read more »

Violence: Riots, Crime, and Police

Violence: Riots, Crime, and Police

Cases of potential use of force issues with police are being reported extensively at the moment. Most recently the riots in Baltimore have been the source of media focus. Blatimore riots - Aegis Academy - Racism

The six officers involved in arresting Freddie Gray have been arrested and charged with crimes ranging from misconduct to murder.

As we continue to manufacture a case of racism in the death of every black male to hit the news, we propagate the myth that black lives don’t matter to a younger generation, we provide them with excuses for failure, a scapegoat for their frustration, and perpetuate a cycle of long term dependence. Further, we reinforce a manufactured mistrust of the government. The incarceration rate of black men in America is astonishingly high, but blaming racism takes the personal accountability out of the equation.

A young black man has no ability to control whether or not … Read more »

The New York SAFE Act – Largely Upheld by the Federal Courts

New York SAFE Act, Cuomo, Gun Control,    Here are a few thoughts on the recent New York SAFE Act decision, which was challenged, and largely upheld by the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. Of note was the courts decision to strike down the seven round limit as “arbitrary”. While that has been clear to all but the authors of this bill for quite some time, the effect of this judgment (the most recent federal interpretation of the second amendment) has granted wide powers to the state of New York to impose severe restrictions on the rights of its citizens via the New York SAFE Act. Specifically, it establishes federal precedent for the the following, which are constitutional issues:

– Registration of all privately owned weapons does not constitute infringement.

– Capacity limitations do not constitute infringement – or at least 10 rounds is acceptable, however a 7 round restriction is considered … Read more »

A Brief History of the Karambit

Where curved blades originated

history of the karambit - steve tarani - edged weapons trainingThe Karambit can be traced from Sumatra to Malaysia and Java. The Karambit  of Lombok, (the island found between Bali and East Java – specifically the island of Sumbawa), is traditionally a larger or “battlefield sized” karambit and is much larger than its more personal-sized Javanese cousin. There is also another variation of the Karambit which comes from Madura Island (located Northeast of Java) which is more curved known as the Clurit. There are also many different shapes and designs of the combat Karambit such as Rajawali (bird head shape) and others which include protruding spurs used for tearing flesh in the heat of battle.

Today, these features have been reduced to merely fanciful designs and in most cases ceremonious etchings. The combination of the original design of the tiger’s claw combined with the hand weapons of the ancient characters of the Mahabharata and the … Read more »