Concept

Smatchet

Summary
A smatchet is a short, heavy fighting knife in overall length (including grip). It was designed by William E. Fairbairn during World War II. Design Though described in the Office of Strategic Services catalogue as a cross between a machete and a bolo, it was actually based on the Royal Welch Fusiliers Trench Knife of World War I, and was designed as a pure combat knife. It has a broad, leaf-shaped blade sharpened the full length on one side, and from the tip to half of the other side. The entire blade is coated with a dull matte finish to prevent detection at night from stray reflections. Use According to Fairbairn, the smatchet was an ideal close-combat weapon for those not armed with a rifle and bayonet: The psychological reaction of any man, when he first takes the smatchet in his hand, is full justification for its recommendation as a fighting weapon. He will immediately register all the essential qualities of a good soldier – confidence, determination, and
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