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Tactical knives : development, areas of application, models and manufacturers
Pohl, Dietmar, 1966-
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Publication Information:
Iola, WI : Krause Publications, [2003]

Physical Description:
191 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
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First published in Germany in 2001.
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TS380 .P64 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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- First reference to illustrate the development of tactical knives
- Identifies dozens of knife styles
- Examines World War II and Vietnam War knives

Table of Contents

Conrad "Ben" Baker
Forewordp. 7
Introductionp. 9
What Characterizes a Tactical Knife?p. 13
Combat knives of WWI and WWIIp. 15
Influences and developments during the Vietnam Warp. 22
Conrad "Ben" Baker and the secret knives of the MACVISOGp. 28
Randall Made 8Knives in Vietnamp. 36
New trends in knives in the early 1980sp. 40
Developments by close-range combat specialist Rex Applegatep. 45
Knives in Tactical Deploymentp. 55
Commando Special Forces (Kommando Spezialkrafte)p. 61
Border Protection Squadron 9 (Grenzschutzgruppe 9)p. 64
Police special forces (Spezialeinsatzkommandos & Mobilen Einsatzkommandos)p. 68
Customs Central Support (Zentrale Unterstutzungsgruppe Zoll)p. 73
Folding Tactical Knivesp. 77
One-handed knivesp. 81
Switchblade knivesp. 85
Fixed-blade Tactical Knivesp. 91
General-purpose knivesp. 93
Maritime knivesp. 97
Survival knivesp. 103
Hatchet knives and field knivesp. 108
Concealed knivesp. 112
Tactical Specialized or Auxiliary Functionsp. 117
Handle: Design Aspects and Materialsp. 127
Formsp. 128
Handle materialsp. 130
Hilts, pommels and thumb supportsp. 139
Blades and Their Importance in Tactical Deploymentp. 143
Shapes, geometries and stylesp. 144
Blade materialsp. 149
Serrated edges and teethp. 158
Types of surface treatmentsp. 160
Tactical Carrying Possibilities and Systemsp. 165
Folding knivesp. 171
Fixed-blade knivesp. 173
Optional sheaths and carrying accessoriesp. 176
Multifunctional Tools in Tactical Deploymentp. 179
Special Report: Got Game? Go Tacticalp. 184
Final thoughtsp. 189
About the authorp. 190
Essential Internet sites devoted to tactical knives and accessoriesp. 191