Monday, January 08, 2018

Paladin Press - Bowie Knife Fights, Fighters, and Fighting Techniques

Bowie Knife Fights, Fighters, and Fighting Techniques

by Paul Kirchner

5.5" x 8.5", 390 pages


In 1827, James Bowie carved his way into American history at the Sandbar Fight, and soon every fighting man of the South and West had to have a knife like his. The bowie knife could cut like a razor, chop like a cleaver, and stab like a sword, and many considered it deadlier than a pistol at close range. So great was the dread it inspired that by 1838 it was banned in several states—a ban that did little to stanch the flow of blood. 

Bowie's story is well known, but what of the other cutters and stabbers of his day? Gunfighters have long been celebrated, but those who fought with the bowie knife have been largely ignored—until now. Unearthing accounts from memoirs, court records, regional histories, and newspaper archives, Paul Kirchner, author of the Paladin bestsellers The Deadliest Men and More of the Deadliest Men Who Ever Lived , presents their stories for the first time in Bowie Knife Fights, Fighters, and Fighting Techniques

Kirchner identifies and profiles the four greatest bowie knife fighters of history, as well as numerous other wielders of the blade. He details the weapon's use in the Texas War of Independence, the Mormon exodus, the Mexican War, the slave system, the Gold Rush, Bleeding Kansas, the Civil War, the Lincoln assassination, the Indian Wars, and the Western frontier. The book describes bowie knife fighting tricks and techniques and provides numerous accounts of knife-against-knife and knife-against-gun encounters. Its final chapter surveys the continued use of the bowie and other fighting knives in modern warfare.


Paul Kirchner has been a writer and illustrator for more than 25 years. His work has appeared in publications ranging from Marvel Comics to The Wall Street Journal to Paladin author Jeff Cooper's books.


1) The Original Bowie Knife Fighter: James Bowie 
2) The Texas War of Independence 
3) The Fatal Instrument, the Bowie Knife 
4) Bowie Knife Fighting Techniques 
5) Carrying the Bowie 
6) Gentlemen Stabbers 
7) Brothers of the Bowie: The Wallaces 
8) Runaway Slaves and Slave Catchers 
9) Second Greatest Bowie Knife Fighter: Cassius Marcellus Clay 
10) Mexican-American War 
11) Texas 
12) Bowie Knife Versus Stick 
13) The Gold Rush and California 
14) Third Greatest Bowie Knife Fighter: David S. Terry 
15) Bowie Knife Versus Pistol 
16) The Bowie Goes to College 
17) Latter-Day Saints 
18) Bowie Knife and Pistol 
19) Bleeding Kansas 
20) The Civil War 
21) The Lincoln Assassination 
22) The Bowie Heads West 
23) Throwing the Bowie 
24) Indian Fights 
25) Bowie Knife Duels 
26) Unusual Knife Duels 
27) Fourth Greatest Bowie Knife Fighter: Jack Chinn 
28) Bowie Knife Myths and Misconceptions 
29) Bowie Versus Beast 
30) Bowie and Big Blades in Modern Warfare

Index of Paladin Press site archived pages:

Stickgrappler's Note: I am guessing the Paladin site will be shut down at the end of the year and I'm archiving select Paladin Press pages to my blog to preserve an essential part of martial arts from 1970-2017. Archiving some of my favorite Paladin titles.



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