The much-hyped style of Japanese knife harkens to the Samurai Era, but modern renditions often mistake the shape and the purpose of this classic warriors’ tool.
The use of knife in close-quarters combat is as old as time. Throughout the world, there have been countless types and styles of knives used by different cultures over the millennia.
Out of all of these blades only a few stand out, perceived as superior to the rest.The Japanese tanto is such a blade.
I was pleased to see a review of the book “Bloody Iron” in Volume 24, No. 3 of Aikido Journal. Here is a book that speaks plainly about the reality of conflict with edged weapons in circumstances involving lethal force.
The authors, both long time residents of some of Americas finest prisons, describe in detail the prison environment as regards to the edged weapons conflict that is a part of daily life. The nature of such situations is presented graphically so that there will be no mistake as to their grim reality.