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Modern Knives Issue #5
The American Bowie Knife
DVD ~ 96 Minutes

Special Guest:
Dwight McLemore

Defending Against The Snap Cut Or "Snipe" To The Hand

James Keating
The Bowie Knife & Revolver Method

Pete Kautz
The Bowie Knife & Saber Connection

Special Feature:
Bill Bagwell
Forging The Fighting Bowie

Mike Sastre
Wearing The Bowie Knife Concealed Carry Sheath

Musical Guest:
Raining Tractors
Psychedelic Hillbilly Fun

This time, retired US Army Colonel Dwight McLemore joins us for a look at several of the specific Bowie knife sets out of his latest Paladin Press book “Advanced Bowie Techniques”.  Dwight details exactly how to use the knife to defend against snap-cuts or “snipes” to your knife hand.  (It is probably not what you would expect, either!)  This is one of the most common attacks you will face from a skilled adversary and happens in the blink of an eye.  See how this is done at speed and trained with a partner. 


James Keating presents an incredible segment on the use of the Bowie knife and pistol as a paired weapons set.  This is something that has been a selectively taught skill in the Comtech curriculum up to now; only shown to private students and attendees at the Riddle of Steel.  Now, for the first time ever, it is being offered on a wider scale through Modern Knives!  This extra-long segment will act as a primer to the live-fire version of this material that will be filmed later this year!  This is the kind of material you will find nowhere else but in MK.


I have often said that the saber is a relative of the Bowie knife, so my segment deals with Lt. Col. Pierce Darrow’s 1821 Saber for the US Artillery and its relation to the Bowie.  The most interesting aspect of this work is using the saber to defend against a man armed with a rifle bayonet, and this is made even more difficult by the fact that now we are substituting the Bowie knife for the full-sized saber.  However, as you will see, his basic method (consisting of just two movements) is a simple yet workable solution to the situation at hand. 

As a Special Feature for this issue of Modern Knives, kydex wizard Mike Sastre of River City Sheaths took a little road trip to Texas for a visit with legendary Bowie knife smith and author Bill Bagwell, possibly most well known for his Hell’s Belle Bowie.  We get to witness a new Bowie knife being forged and get a quick shop tour and some insights on the Bowie’s design from Bill before he turns things over to Mike for a look at the art of wearing a concealed Bowie knife, which as you see is very easy with his unique Southern Comfort sheaths.

Musical Guest Raining Tractors joins us for some creepy hillbilly psychedelic fun.  Mellower than than some of the Raining Tractor's harsh electronic forays, these pieces have a creepy down-home ambience.  If Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd had grown up in the backwoods of NY State I imagine he might have sounded something like this.

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Modern Knives #1: The Spanish Fighting Arts
Cinco Teros Sword & Dagger Method (Pete Kautz)
Spanish Notch & Trapping Guards (James A. Keating)
Spanish Navaja Knives (James Loriega)

Modern Knives #2:
South East Asian Fighting Arts
Kerambit Hook Knife (James A. Keating)
Thrusting Triangle Drills (Pete Kautz)
Filipino Knife (Kelly Worden)

Modern Knives #3: Modern Knife Concepts
The Keating / Spyderco Chinook Folding Knife (James A. Keating)
Comtech Drawpoint Level I : Extensions & Variations (Pete Kautz)
Defeating the Surprise Knife Attack (Dale Seago)

Modern Knives #4: The Western Martial Arts
ingle-Action Revolver Twirling (James A. Keating)
Dagger of Medieval German Master Andre Lignitzer (Pete Kautz)
Basic Dagger from Master Fiore DeLiberi, 1410 (Bob Charron)

Modern Knives #5: The American Bowie Knife
The Bowie Knife & Revolver Method (James A. Keating)
The Bowie Knife & Saber Connection (Pete Kautz)
Defending The Snap Cut To The Hand (Dwight McLemore)
Forging The Fighting Bowie (Bill Bagwell)
Wearing The Bowie Knife Concealed (Mike Sastre)

Modern Knives #6: Filipino Stick Fighting
Filipino Police Stick Tactics - Releasing & Locking (James A. Keating)
Functionalizing Siniwali For Combat (Pete Kautz)
The Visadario (Counter the Counter) of Modern Arnis (Dr. Remy Presas)
The Sibat Filipino Long Staff ("Big" Ken Smith)

Modern Knives #7: The Grappling Arts
Knife Grappling From The 1992 Riddle Of Steel (James A. Keating)
3-Stage Lock Flow Sequences Out Of Hubud (Pete Kautz)
Western Catch Wrestling Conditioning & Submissions (Dr. Les Moore)
Fighting From The Ground VS. A Standing Opponent (Mark Hatamaker)

Modern Knives #8: Combative Drills & Skills
Snake Rope Solo Training & Applications (James A. Keating)
The Figure-8 Stick Fighting Method (Pete Kautz)
Combat Escrima Knife & Stick Drills (Ed Lawson)

Modern Knives #9: World Arts
Fighting Bandanna Quick Start Guide (Pete Kautz)
Comtech Spear (James A. Keating)
Sikaran Kicks, Sticks & Blades (Rob Simons)

Modern Knives #10: Fire & Steel - Gun & Knife Combat
Pistol & Walking Cane (James A. Keating)
Cinco Teros Knife Method (Pete Kautz)
Handgun Marksmanship (Laci Szabo)

Modern Knives #11: Savate, Sungkiti & The C.A.T.
Sungkiti Concepts - The Reverse Thrusting Line (James A. Keating)
Circular Attack Training (C.A.T.) Dummy Construction & Drills (Pete Kautz)
Savate Defense Dans La Rue Old School Savate Street Fighting (Craig Gemeiner)

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