I recently completed semester class with 7 other strong men desiring to grow more in maturity and leadership. It was a pleasant class that was both informative and challenging. As a group, we purchased the pictured knife for the leader and co-leader as a sign of our appreciation and as a symbol of how willing they are to get in the mud and muck of men’s lives and help them fight in the trenches of past wounds, problems and issues. It doesn’t matter how dirty the trenches are in the lives of the men they lead, they will always fight with them.
In WW1, the military issued the pictured trench knife to aid in the close quarter combat that was necessary to overtake and control certain areas. Guns were often of no use due to the lack of room to maneuver. Soldiers often turned to their trusty trench knives.
These knives are truly unique. They had a strong, sharp double-sided blade fixed in a heavy, sturdy knuckle guard that was tipped with a helmet-thumping point. A knife like thist gave their wielder three options for hand-to-hand combat.
As typical, I wrapped each knife in brown paper with a design on the box created from paracord. A note with encouragement and an explanation of the reason behind the trench knife was given to both men.
For The Ones Fighting In Their Own Trenches
Along with this, I gave the other men a note of encouragement with a picture drawn on the front of the card. Each note had a different picture of the type of blade that would be appropriate for them. Here is list of the blades and why they were chosen in reference to the picture above from left to right :
- The rapier to represent the propriety of one individual and his pleasure of precision and approach in warfare. Specific strikes to injure and maim his opponent preparing for the final strike.
- The balisong to represent the ability to do what every other knife can do, but to do it with style.
- The Mastery Sword of Link to represent the ability of the “little-guy-that-everyone-picks-on” to overcome opposition and become the hero.
- The Roman Gladius to represent the battle that one gentleman has decided to enter into; a decision not to be passive any longer.
- The historical medieval sword without a special design or use to emphasize the importance of the training of the warrior, not the specificity of the blade.
Remember to live a life “Of Honor”, but live it on the “Edge”.