Designed by Colonel Rex Applegate and greatly influenced by the scientific fighting style of William Fairbairn, this sturdy dagger type folding clip knife adds modern convenience to a dependable and efficient classical fighting blade. The double edged stainless steel blade, 4.48″ long, adapts for one handed opening with either hand. The Gerber Interlock ensures that it won’t accidentally fold while in use. Although it lacks the epoxy coating that many modern tactical knives bear, the blade is satin finished, not polished, and less reflective than civilian blades.
A short un-beveled section on the blade back makes this a useful utility or camp knife as well, allowing the thumb forward leverage you often need for heavy cutting or carving. The simple traditionally shaped dagger handle style incorporates fiberglass filled nylon for light weight, strength, and a solid grip.
Applegate, the close combat instructor for OSS personnel during WWII, authored the manual now used by U.S. Marines as the basis of hand to hand warfare training. Drawing heavily on the work of William Fairbairn, a Shanghai policeman who used Chinese martial systems to develop a unique system of scientific combat, Applegate collaborated with famed knife designer William Harsey, Jr., in the development of this well respected weapon of last resort. Few knives today are backed up by that amount of experience.
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