The push dagger is a knife very oriented to personal defense and that has its own specific area of application and an ancient history.
Today’s knife industry often brings back many “coloured” objects from the past.
It is a cutting weapon that is many years old, perhaps already created thousands of years ago although with larger sizes and different shapes,but today there are still versions of push daggers available both custom and industrial such as those of Cold Steel.
While the origin of Push Dagger was probably conceived in India it is in the United States that has a long history.
The design and shape of the Push Dagger
The Push Dagger is a push dagger usually consisting of a short blade and a “T” handle that allows it to be grasped in the palm of the hand.
This results in the blade protruding from the front of the fist between the fingers.
Clearly this ergonomics of use has advantages in terms of personal defense but also disadvantages if you want to use it as a traditional cutting tool.
It is particularly useful in close combat, and has been used in the past by gamblers on American river boats, by soldiers of the First World War who will eventually discover its dangerousness and still has a wide use and spread.
Beware that Italian law does not allow the port of the push dagger!
A bit of the push dagger history
In the 1800s
Daggers were worn by many people as a weapon of defense in what was then a frightening and uncertain new world, according to Harold Peterson’s “Daggers and Combat Knives of the Western World“.
Prior to the invention of reliable guns, the dagger was used by gamblers and those living in the Old West as a defensive weapon.
It has also proved useful for residents of river port cities along the Mississippi River or in ports like New Orleans where they often landed strangers with strange intentions.
The blade also became popular for a short time in Germany where it was known as “the fist-knife“.
The First World War
During World War I, where brutal trench warfare led to the need for cutting weapons for hand-to-hand use, the push dagger once again emerged in popularity.
Driven in part by a shortage of guns, the thrust dagger was released to many soldiers in Britain, according to Ron Flook’s British and Commonwealth Military Knives.
During World War II the dagger was used again, this time released to British commandos and those of other specialized forces.
Typical uses could include the elimination of the sentinel and, again, close combat.
Today, the dagger push dagger dagger is still a popular choice.
Such a blade offers a self-defense tool regardless of the situation.
It provides an easily accessible weapon that can be used in close situations where other knives may be more difficult to use.
It also provides a powerful addition to your EDC or Go Bag.
Military versions made in Italy derived
One of the military versions of the Push Dagger is the S.E.R.E. of the Extrema Ratio,the world’s leading Italian company for military knives that created this version of push dagger with special features.
S.E.R.E. 1 was born from the idea of a study group composed of Special Forces operators, martial artists and experts in survival techniques.
The acronym S.E.R.E. refers to the four “Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape” principles that make up the training program provided to the
Military personnel at high risk of capture.
The Extrema Ratio Development Team wanted to reinterpret in a modern way the theme of the combat knife and survival, inspired by the concepts of the Great Survival Knives of the past, without wanting to resume its design.
The handle is inspired by a typical angle, which operators would call “friendly”.
The resemblance to push dagger knives should not be misleading; the S.E.R.E. 1 is suitable for use both tip and cutting, the grip in fact, unlike the classic blades of this type, goes to fix between index and medium, thus forming a single axis from the tip of the blade to the wrist of the user, and allowing its use even in r everse grip.
The top of the handle has a “top hammer” relief, a kind of hammer of circumstance that is well suited to various tactical uses: here emerges the advantage of the design of the S.E.R.E. 1 compared to the traditional survival knives, which have obviously a single cod.
The blade was designed in search of strength and handling; the geometry of the tip ensures maximum penetration, at the same time its triangular-based asialine profile protects its resistance.
The design of the blade
The design of the blade has on the one hand a partially serrated profile to favor the cutting of ropes, and on the other a classic sagonal cut; the central slot, which has the dual lightening and turn-grilli function, recalls the seafaring origins of its creators.
The peculiarity of the knife is that it was designed specifically to be used even without the handle; the two holes in the handle part make it easier to assemble.
The S.E.R.E. 2 G.O.I.
Today a new version called S.E.R.E. 2 G.O.I. has also been made.
S.E.R.E. 2, adopted by the Operational Group Of Raiders of the Italian Navy, is the development of S.E. R.E. 1, created by a study group composed of Special Forces operators, martial artists and experts in survival techniques.
This variant of S.E.R.E. 2 is developed according to the requirements expressed by the Department.
The acronym S.E.R.E. as mentioned above refers to the four “Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape” principles that make up the training program provided to military personnel at high risk of capture.
The S.E.R.E. 2 is suitable for both tip and cutting use.
The unique grip of its kind, as opposed to the classic blades of this type, is fixed between index and middle, thus forming a single axis from the tip of the blade to the user’s wrist, allowing its use even in reverse grip.
The handle has the same ergonomics as a firearm; this grip allows an instinctive and immediate use, being able to easily integrate the training into the training activity.
The geometry of the tip ensures maximum penetration, at the same time its triangular-based asialine profile protects its resistance.
The design of the blade has on the one hand a partially serrated profile to favor the cutting of ropes, and on the other a classic sleacgeal size or belt size that, unlike the previous model, has re-aflatable and interchangeable blades.
The central slot, which has the dual lightening and turn-grilli function, recalls the seafaring origins of its creators.
The peculiarity of this knife is to be designed specifically to be used even without the handle.
The two holes in the handle part make it easier to assemble.
The liner in kydex has a basic retention that can be used on its own for operators who need extremely rapid use of the knife, and a secure removable lock if necessary.
The knife comes with a safe double for ambidextrous mounting.
There is an insert with a cut screwdriver as an accessory.
The S.E.R.E. 2 G.O.I. comes with belt clips for belt fastening and paracord for fastening on the M.O.L.L.E system.
“Using the gun, knife or other weapon for us is the same thing: it’s just the extension of the hand.” (Quote from a department commander.)
Even today I find it a very versatile knife for the most diverse uses, compact and extremely dangerous for the way it can be used.
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