Thursday, June 30, 2016

Constructing Cutlery

The materials used in knife making is a topic of conversation, that is quite open to the imagination. Virtually every solid has been shaped into the form of knife for at least curiosity, if not practical use. Iron, copper, nickel, gold, glass, bone, stone, plastic and ceramics have all been used for blades. Some of the intrigue in knife making is finding even more exotic or outlandish materials to use, such as meteoric metals or fossilized scales. The reasons for making a specific style of knife can be just as varied as the material. From a working knife, that can perform an intended purpose or a custom artwork specifically suiting a personal taste. Even the smaller details such as pins, scales, pommels and hilts come in endless variety. To build a knife is a marvelous process that can be as simple or involved as the one crafting it. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

No Train=No Gain=More Pain

Knife combat; it's vicious, lethal and looks pretty BA in the movies. But in real life it is absolutely no laughing matter. Carrying a knife for self defense can make a person feel safer, but if you have no experience using a blade, then the feeling will be fleeting in a struggle. Anyone who carries a knife for defense; needs to know how to use it, preferably without getting cut during the learning process. Training or practice knives are the best tools for safe instruction. Made of plastic, wood, rubber or even thick steel, these knives are left blunt and rounded to ensure no one gets cut or stabbed. At the same time, training knives provide a solid grip, feel and weight, accurate to that of a real knife. With numerous styles of knives available there are also numerous styles of training knives, so that the users can find a practice tool that is close to their actual carry blade.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Notes on Military Swords

  1. Gifted as praise to Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon in 1805, the Mameluke was officially adopted by the Marines in 1825.
  2. The Marine NCO or Non commissioned Officers sword was adopted in 1859. Distributed by Colonel John Harris to officers who had demonstrated exceptional leadership skill in combat.
  3. The Air Force sword was originally the same as the Army NCO sword. With time, a custom ceremonial sword was made to differentiate.
  4. The Navy Sword was of such a popular design, with it's intricate guard and simulated ray skin grip, that it was also adopted by the Coast Guard. The only difference between the two is the branch name on the guard.
  5. The Model 1840 Army NCO sword has its date of origin right in the title. Having 1000 of them ordered on the first run.
  6. Most military swords are now considered strictly ceremonial and only used as dress swords for specific functions. But they still look and make you feel great!

Sunday, June 12, 2016


"I am what you mak­­e me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself."
-The Flag, in a vision to Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior, as recited on the Flag Day of 1914
What one does to the flag, he does it to his nation, and this necessitates ‘The Flag Code’ which standardizes and formalizes the treatment and usage of the Flag:

  • The Flag, when on display, should be appropriately illuminated by artificial light sources or the sun.
  • The Flag is flown at half-staff only under special circumstances- mourning, and for half of the Memorial Day. It should never be allowed to touch the ground while lowering, which needs to be steady and formal, and should be raised briskly.
  • The Flag can be flown upside down only in emergency situations. It should never be dipped down for any person, flag, vessel or thing.
  • The flags of other states and local communities are flown lower than the National Flag, whether on the same or different poles, and in such a case, the National Flag is the first to be raised and last to be lowered.  When flown with those of other nations, each of them, of the same size, is raised to the same height, and lowered, simultaneously on independent poles.
  • The Flag is maintained to the left of the observer- during marching ceremonies and parades, when displayed in a row, and when displayed on any flat surface horizontally or vertically (in this case, the union or the blue field of stars remains uppermost).
  • The Flag should never be tampered with, or marked with symbols, marks, advertising signs, logos and drawings of any kind. It should not be used as a symbol on, or as, a handkerchief, curtain, drapery, receptacle or costume. The only permitted use of a flag patch is in the uniform of personnel of armed forces, government services, and patriotic organizations.
  • Everyone salutes the Flag in attention- persons in uniform pay a formal/ military salute and those otherwise, salute by placing their right hand over the heart and with their head cover if any, held to the left shoulder- upon command. 
  • The Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem are both rendered facing the flag, in attention and salute.
  • The flag should be stowed, maintained and cleaned appropriately. When it can no longer serve as the Flag, it should be completely destroyed by honorable burning and the ashes buried.