No one knows everything about subject as broad and multi-faceted as personal defense. From time to time we depend on subject matter experts for recommendations and guidance. This approach assists in getting us up to speed as quickly as possible when it comes to increasing skill sets. One place that keeps me grounded and well informed is Suarez International (SI). SI contains several separate operating entities, among them an industry-leading training division, a tactical gear store (One Source Tactical), as well as TSD Combat Systems, whose products are often based on the hard, learned experience of its sister organizations.

Gabriel Suarez is the owner and CEO of One Source Tactical, Suarez International, and TSD Combat Systems. Mr. Suarez is a controversial figure within certain circles for various reasons; some of which are his “out-of-the-box” thinking when it comes to personal defense methods and the tools that best serve this mindset. However, one can be sure that every one of the ideas generated by Mr. Suarez and manifested in his products are well thought out and personally tested and applied in the field under the most rigorous conditions. The newly introduced Bowie-style Universal Fighting Knife (UFK) from TSD Combat Systems is no exception.

Fighting Skills

The more I train with firearms, the more apparent it is to me that knife and open-hand skills are equally important components of a person’s self-defense skill set. A person proficient with knives and hands is better capable of defending him or herself successfully than a person who relies solely on firearms. Not every personal defense situation warrants a firearm. More importantly, a firearm may not be readily available, either due to close distances or the situational constraints in which one finds oneself. Someone proficient in open-handed skills can vary responses to different situations and can keep himself protected absent a firearm. SI has long put a great deal of thought into accommodating a multi-faceted personal defense. Naturally, when TSD introduced the Bowie-styled UFK, I immediately took notice.

The Bowie knife is as distinctively American as the kukri is Gurkhan. Since its introduction, the Bowie knife has come to incorporate several recognizable and characteristic design features. The Bowie knife was originally designed to fill the need for a wearable, convenient close-combat weapon that was not as long and conspicuous as a sword. The heavy Bowie blade has enough weight to provide sufficient force in a slashing attack, while permitting the use of cut-and-thrust fighting tactics. One significant characteristic of the Bowie knife is the clip-point, which brings the tip of the blade lower than the spine for better control. The clip point’s design goal is to maintain a sharp, stabbing point while also offering someone with advance fighting skills options for other forms of offense and defense. Most Bowie knives have a bevel ground along the clip, typically a quarter of the way, but sometimes much farther, even running the entire top-edge. This is referred to as a false-edge, as from a distance it looks sharpened, though in reality it may or may not be. Regardless of whether or not the false-edge is sharp, it serves to take metal away from the point, streamlining the tip and thus enhancing the penetration capability of the blade during a stab. Some versions of the Bowie have this false-edge fully sharpened to execute the maneuver called the “back cut” or “back slash.”

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  • Mike

    “The Bowie knife is as distinctively American as the kukri is Gurkhan”. Please tell me you are joking….. I believe you are mixing hamburger contents with the Nepalese.