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Knives: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Knives for Fighting, Hunting and Survival
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Knives: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Knives for Fighting, Hunting and Survival (Hardback)

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For the outdoorsman or soldier, a knife is not a luxury; it could become an absolutely vital tool, or weapon, in a struggle for survival. A knife can be used to gather and prepare food, build and tend a fire, create a shelter against the elements, and signal for rescue. Also, when necessary, it will do duty as a lethal close combat weapon. Knives have long held a fascination for the enthusiasts of the "great outdoors" - the hunters and anglers, campers, orienteers, rock elimbers and mountaineers, trekkers - and the modern soldier, albeit that he may well be equipped with the most sophisticated of firearms, will have a knife of sorts in his armoury. This fabulously illustrated book shows the extraordinarily wide range of knives that have been designed for specific tasks, or for a multitude of duties. They range from multi-purpose tools (with a variety of blades and other tools folded away, such as the famous Swiss Army Knife), through folding knives and switchblades, utility and special purpose knives (including jungle machetes), general combat and survival knives (including the famous Ka-Bar), through to lethal fighting knives and daggers.

Author Will Fowler provides a great deal of technical detail in his florid descriptions of the knives, as well as candidly analysing each for fitness-for-purpose. Supporting this highly readable text is specially commissioned close-up photographs of the weapons or tools, along with many dramatic photographs of them in action. The result is a handsome and useful reference work on an extremely wide-ranging subject.

Will Fowler has been a journalist since 1972, specialising in military history, current affairs and defense technology, and has written more than 14 books covering warfare from the 19th Century to Kosovo, He has also edited and/or contributed to two Jane's Yearbooks, Amphibious Warfare Capabilities and Unconventional Weapons Handbook. A Territorial Army soldier for nearly 30 years, Fowler was commissioned from the ranks into the 4th Battalion The Royal Green Jackets and volunteered for service in the Gulf War in 1990-91, where he served with the 7th Armoured Brigade (Desert Rats) and HQ British Forces Middle East. At the close of the campaign he was decorated with the Joint Service Commendation Medal by the US Central Command. In 1993 he graduated from the French Reserve Staff Officers Course at the Ecole Militaire in Paris. He has broadeast on historical and defense-related topics on radio and TV. A genuine outdoorsman, Will has plenty of experience in the tools and techniques of survival in the toughest of circumstances.

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