Marine reacts to the Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife (w/ USMC KA-BAR comparison)



A look at the iconic Commando Dagger and explaining how it differs from the USMC KA-BAR knife; not only in looks, but in uses. Original video: …

39 thoughts on “Marine reacts to the Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife (w/ USMC KA-BAR comparison)

  1. M Spicer says:

    been 30+ years since my time in the Canadian military, I was in one of the first platoons to transition from the FN-C1 to the C7… the C1 bayonet was a lot meatier than the C7, but we didn't do a lot with bayonets, basic bayonet training with your rifle kind of thing. the only other time we used them was in recon training, for quiet sentry elimination. we didn't get formal training on knife-fighting though, there was impromptu 'classes' from time to time in the shacks…

  2. Jonathan Walker says:

    Has anyone yet mentioned the story of Robin Horsfall? A late-middle-aged gentleman leaving work, who was set upon by three would-be muggers. They were unaware that he was a former para who then spent the rest of his military career in the SAS (which included redecorating the Iranian Embassy) and retired from the army to set up his own martial arts school. Ouch.

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  4. Ron Birchard says:

    There is a video out of a fellow teaching I think Canadian fources hand to hand dirty Hong Kong street fighting.
    The instructor was full on contact blows from kicks to the groin, chops to the neck, eye gouging and ear pulling take downs etc
    No kid glove teaching but learning from hard knocks.
    I think at the very beginning of his lesson he said if you think there are rules in fighting then you have lost the fight.
    Maybe you can find videos on it

  5. deathsicon says:

    Funny enough this video came on as I was finishing up using a sykes knife to skin and gut a squirrel (I've sharpened the base of it) so while I've never used it on a person, it's damn effective at opening up flesh

  6. blastulae says:

    IMO Brits attacked sentries in the jugular because the German Stahlhelm so well protected the base of the skull. Also the neck presents a larger target than the foramen magnum. But if you want to take out a sentry most quickly with minimal effort (and blood), closing the jaw and stabbing the big hole into the cerebellum is the way to go. If you can.

  7. Jamie Morgan says:

    Fighting knives. Knives for fighting or knives that fight or fighting knives like in a court battle against a few knives or similarly a consortium of knives that fights for good causes or whatever? You decide.

  8. Richard Jeffery says:

    One of my Nco,s back in 1983 taught us various strike points using the command knife. We had the black ones with the black ribbed grip. I don't know what other units he previously served in. The one that stuck in my mind was the one where from behind one hand covers their mouth instantly the other hand stabs it in the gap between the back of the skull and the spine, With a side to side motion it cuts through the central nervous system.easily dragging the dying/corpse back into a covered position so your both out of sight, then you can quietly search him for any potential Intel. My thoughts back then was,, Why am I learning this, I'll probably be driving a lorry full of food rations and ammo,, Top Respect to all that served in the UK and US forces.

  9. Simon Waugh says:

    I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I've long understood the proper way to use the Fairbairn-Sykes is to wait until Hans and Franz share a cigarette and start talking about wives and girlfriends first, before you kill them.

  10. Michaelangelo Costello says:

    I respect your thoughts, but I have to disagree. There is a purpose for the reverse grip of a knife. There are two types of people that utilize that grip: the people that have no idea what they’re doing and the people that know extremely well what they’re doing. The grip is meant for trapping, if somebody were to overextend, grab you, or you’re trying to trap in a triangle of your form to the tip of the knife and sweep the attacking hand out of the way or lock it in a certain position.

  11. curtis m says:

    I modify knife fighting from Japanese and Filipino martial arts that were based in knife fighting and sword fighting. There's flashy crap that you see in videos because they're trying to impress, but most of it is very quick and very direct. Shortest distance to travel from point A to point B is a straight line. And stab wounds are more debilitating than slash wounds. Hands loaded a little low so you can see the other person's hands but low enough it's out of their line of sight unless they look down. Then punch with the knife when you get an opportunity. It especially works well for me in training because I'm taller than average and have long arms. I can "keep someone on point" easier ie keep them at a distance where if they come towards me, they'll be running headlong into the knife point.

  12. Sk0lzkiy says:

    Oh, I forgot – reverse grip can be a good idea "in da streetz" where "knife is meant to be felt not seen" and it's simply easier and faster to draw from concealment without rotating your hand.
    Hope I was somewhat interesting, cheers.

  13. Sk0lzkiy says:

    The reverse/icepick grip top-down attacks are a thing because back in the middle ages people wore armour (and used daggers with 15'' blades lol), even in civilian life, not to mention regular clothes often being padded. It's very biomechanically efficient and you generally strike when you already have control of opponents "blocking" arm

    As to "knife in the front" sabre kind of position – it's an effect of duelling culture which started somewhere in the renaissance (at least that's what the manuals point at, previous dagger systems are combat/self def. specific) and was alive well into XXc. in some circles (Damn, you can still find gypsies doing this shit). In the duelling context you're not necessarily trying to kill or completely disable the opponent, first blood (and various variations) were very common throughout the history, and in XIXc. they evolved into point systems and evolution of sport fencing. Even pistol duels would often end with both opponents simply shooting to the side.

  14. DitzyDoo says:

    This old British Commando veteran of WW-II (Green-Beret) is spot on. The same as my hand-to-hand instructor taught me using a Gerber Mark-II. The tip of the knife is used to kill, not the edge. I'd seriously love to have sit down with this gentleman for his tales of the Second World War.

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