16 thoughts on “A Public Service Announcement

  1. Anybody know where the ‘family’ decals can be had? A knife/sword family would be much better than the gun family…………….

    • If you can sketch it out, your local sign maker or makerspace should have a vinyl cutter. Depending on the quality of the establishment, someone there can probably draw them out and then make it for you for extra.

      Important thing is someone who can draw and a vinyl cutter.

    • 1. Get photos, straight-on, and not from an angle, of each knife you want shown.

      2. Get measurements of the lengths of each knife. Why? Because the photos will not indicate scale, and you want your final “family lineup” to be done to-scale.

      3. Have someone who can use Adobe Illustrator place the photos onto that program’s pasteboard. The artist can then essentially do a perfect and detailed tracing of each of the blades. These tracings need to be put-together as one solid SHAPE comporting to the exact silhouette of each blade. That is, if the artist creates the shape of the knife out of a series of shapes, for the blade, guard, grip, butt of the grip, and so on, all of those shapes need to be melded into one, all-inclusive shape, using the “Pathfinder Tool” in Illustrator. The “Pathfinder Tool” allows you both to add shapes-together, but ALSO to use ONE shape to cut-into ANOTHER shape, resulting in a the ability to use one curved shape to carve-into ANOTHER shape, as when you want to depict the scalloped tip of the business end of a Bowie Knife, a KABAR, and Air Force Survival knife, etc. The same thing could be done, on a smaller scale, for depicting a serrated blade. Again, the final, overall shape of the entirety of EACH edged weapon has to be murged-together using the Pathfinder Tool, since the vinyl-cutting machines at the local sign or decal shop has to cut-around a SOLID (not multi-part) shape.

      4. Once the artist has each item drawn, then have them create simple rectangles that are of the exact lengths of EACH of the edged weapons. These “measuring rectangles” can then be used by the artist to re-size each rendering, up or down, so that they can all end up being sized correctly, relative-to-each other, so that a British Commando dagger doesn’t end up looking longer than an Arkansas Toothpick, or a Tanto, for instance, which would look ridiculous.

      5. Once all of the weapons are properly-sized, then use a simple rectangle of a pleasing size as a method of putting a nice, even SPACE between the weapons. Once the row of
      weapons has been created, then this entirety of the row’s contents are grouped-together. They can now be sized-up, or down, to the ideal size of the decal. That means that you could do a medium-size group on a window decal, a tiny-size group on a business card, or at a LARGE size on a banner for use at a gun show, etc. That’s the beauty of Adobe Illustrator: it allows you to resize the art easily. For SOME applications, there really IS going to be SOME limit to this, since, below a certain, tiny size, details like a super-thin guard, or serrations would become to small as to be impossible to execute, using certain production techniques. You couldn’t do a large row of knives on a normal brass button, or in an embroidered patch, for instance; it simply wouldn’t reproduce properly.

      If you need this done, it should, by now, be obvious that I could handle something like this, but so could any decent Illustrator jockey. Other apps could also be used to do this, but the decal folks are going to prefer a nice, clean, properly-prepared vector file, from which to work, and not a “sketch.” THIS is an Illustrator rendering of the tools of the trade for a British Commando unit. http://graphicommunication.com/wp-content/uploads/commando_600.jpg It is done at full-size, but you can see that at the size you view this little photo image of it, tiny details in items like the unit insignia fade-to invisibility, below a certain size. Most of the insignia shown are NOT “Commando” insignia, but, rather cap badges worn by German-speaking Commando candidates recruited from among escaped European Jews, to hide the fact that they were being trained-up to be embedded in British Army and Royal Marines Commando units. Cut vinyl can only be done in whatever vinyl color you choose to use. It will depict only the OUTLINE of the object, and not the colorful surface of the weapons. The rendering above is used on an inkjet press used for making big posters and backdrops, but it goes to show that Illustrator can EASILY depict the shapes of edged weapons accurately.

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  3. You know,with the AR/AK variants ect. getting a bad name,was more along the lines of “Black Guns Matter”,but,they both work.

  4. Smatchet! And FS! Ahh… memories. I still have my SOE issue FS. Gave my OSS issue FS to an old friend. The (old Brit Army) Parang is a good Smatchet substitute. The problem is that it takes longer to master edged weapons than firearms.

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  6. Bought a Cold Steel Gladious machete about a month and a half ago. For the record I love it. Great blackberry equalizer and looks to be a decent double edged weapon. $30, something like that.

  7. Yes sir, the Cold Steel products are a good product for the money spent. Some don’t like Kraton but in the South and other areas where high humidity is the rule rather than the exception, it has a pretty good life. The CS Recon Tanto and SRK particularly are beasts – they can take a pretty good beating.

  8. The Gurkha kukri (second from the right in the photo) is one of the very best blades going. I was shown how to use one by a Sergeant in the now-defunct Regiment the 10th Gurkha Rifles. My advice? Never mess with a kukri-wielding Gurkha! He’ll have an arm or at least a hand off you before you can blink.
    To watch the Gurkhas practising with their kukris was to wonder how come there were any Gurkha troops still standing. They slashed, stabbed, blocked and back-handed at each other for minutes at a time. Anyone who’d not practised like that would be sliced and diced before hitting the ground.

    • That’s my black (black knives matter) Cold Steel version. I didn’t put a pic of the original I’ve had since ’89 since it’s not black. And yeah, they are pretty bad ass with their blades. Last time I talked to one was in Kuwait in ’07.

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