The Pearl Sidelock folder is art in steel from Hanwei. Incorporating one-hand opening and a unique lock, released by movement of the top side plate, the knife is a collector�s dream. Many hours of handwork are involved in individually fitting and finishing each piece, from hand-rubbing the ATS-34 blade to hand fitting the genuine mother-of-pearl inlays. Intricate engraving completes the detail to perfection. A collector/carry pouch is included. KEY FEATURES: * Hand built * Sidelock system with ATS-34 blade * Mother-of-Pearl inlays *MEASUREMENTS: *BLADE LENGTH: 2 3/4 inches *HANDLE LENGTH: .3 3/4 inches *OVERALL LENGTH: 7 inches *WEIGHT: 3.8oz *THICKNESS: .140 inches Hanwei Swords and Knives set the standard for the replica industry. Order with confidence in quality and authenticity.
The Tactical Tanto combines the best attributes of a traditional tanto with modern features that make this an eminently practical tool. The genuine rayskin grip and distal-tapered, edge-tempered blade (60HRC edge) with its distinctive temper line are strictly tanto, but everything else is pure Paul Chen. The 7� high-carbon blade is blued and under the rayskin a heavy tang provides strength and enough weight for effective use of the pommel. A spring latch provides positive retention in the powder-coated steel sheath, which is nylon-lined for quiet operation. Two positions are provided for attaching the ViseClip� mounting, allowing ultra-secure handle-up or handle-down carry. KEY FEATURES: * High carbon steel blade, edge-tempered * Rayskin grip * Steel sheath with latch MEASUREMENTS: *BLADE LENGTH: 6 3/4 inches *HANDLE LENGTH: 5 inches *OVERALL LENGTH: 11 3/4 inches *WEIGHT: 10oz *THICKNESS: .235 inches
Our "Sidekick" Boot Knife is undoubtedly one of the finest available. The 4 �" forged 440C spear-point blade is balanced by a full tang with wrap-around stag scales. An engraved guard and rivet heads complete the picture. The polished steel sheath features the new ViseClip mounting, for positive attachment to boot or belt, while a nylon sheath insert provides secure blade retention for handle-down carry. A padded storage case is included. KEY FEATURES: * Full tang stag handle * steel sheath * 440C, forged, spear-point blade *HANDLE LENGTH: 4" *OVERALL LENGTH: 8 3/4" *WEIGHT: 5.5oz *THICKNESS: .160"
The San Francisco-style "Gambler" push dagger is a step back in time to the days of riverboats and stagecoaches, when gentlemen of the table considered this a vital tool of the trade. Recreated by Hanwei, the �Gambler� features a walnut grip, 2 �� 440C blade and a polished steel sheath with a spring-clip mounting attachment. A nylon sheath liner provides secure retention for handle-down carry. A protective padded storage pouch is provided. KEY FEATURES: * Authentic styling * 440C blade * Polished steel sheath MEASUREMENTS: BLADE LENGTH: 2 3/4 inches HANDLE LENGTH: 1 1/2 inches OVERALL LENGTH: 4 3/4 inches WEIGHT: 2oz
This knife is a replica of a WWII German Army trench knife (also see KH2112). Made for militaria collectors and WWII re-enactors, the knife features a Walnut grip, high-carbon spearpoint blade and a black-enamelled steel sheath with a blade retention spring and a belt clip. Authentically detailed and fully functional. KEY FEATURES: * Authentically detailed * Fully functional * Made for collectors HANDLE LENGTH: 4 1/2" OVERALL LENGTH: 10 1/2" WEIGHT: 6oz THICKNESS: .15"
This knife is a replica of a WWII German Army trench knife (also see KH2111). Made for militaria collectors and WWII re-enactors, the knife features a Walnut grip, high-carbon spearpoint blade and a black-enamelled steel sheath with a blade retention spring and a belt clip. Authentically detailed and fully functional. HANDLE LENGTH: 4 3/4" OVERALL LENGTH: 11 1/4" WEIGHT: 5oz THICKNESS: .15"
Issued to U.S. Special Forces in WWII, the V-42 combat knife featured a skull-cracker butt cap, double-edged blued blade and a stacked leather washer grip. This replica by Hanwei is authentically detailed and fully functional. HANDLE LENGTH: 5 1/4" OVERALL LENGTH: 12 1/2" WEIGHT: 7oz THICKNESS: .150
This letter opener commemorates the Marines who have stormed the beaches in our great nation�s wars and conflicts. Masterfully detailed and as solid as those who wielded it, the Marine Corp letter opener is a must for any militaria collector. KEY FEATURES: * Historically accurate * Masterfully detailed * Great for the militaria collector MEASUREMENTS: HANDLE LENGTH: 3 inches OVERALL LENGTH: 7 inches WEIGHT: 2.6oz THICKNESS: .150 inches
The Scramasax was a utility knife and tool utilized by several Germanic tribes, specifically the Saxons and the Lombard warriors, between the 4th and 10th centuries CE. It was carried horizontally on the back of the belt for concealment and easy access. If primary weapons were lost, the scramasax made an ideal last-resort combat weapon. CAS/Hanwei offers two distinct versions, one with a real bone handle (KH2184B) and one with a real stag handle (KH2184S). On both versions, the single-edged blades are constructed out of high-carbon steel and detailed with an authentic etched �niello� design. An extremely durable leather sheath with intricate knot work and a belt frog accompanies both versions. Our scramasax make a wonderful addition for your historical knife collection. KEY FEATURES: * Real bone handle * High-carbon steel * Durable leather sheath MEASUREMENTS: HANDLE LENGTH: 3 � inches OVERALL LENGTH: 7 inches WEIGHT: 1.5oz THICKNESS: .140 inches You can always trust Hanwei for high quality historic knife replicas!
The Scramasax was a utility knife and tool utilized by several Germanic tribes, specifically the Saxons and the Lombard warriors, between the 4th and 10th centuries CE. It was carried horizontally on the back of the belt for concealment and easy access. If primary weapons were lost, the scramasax made an ideal last-resort combat weapon. CAS/Hanwei offers two distinct versions, one with a real bone handle (KH2184B) and one with a real stag handle (KH2184S). On both versions, the single-edged blades are constructed out of high-carbon steel and detailed with an authentic etched �niello� design. An extremely durable leather sheath with intricate knot work and a belt frog accompanies both versions. Our scramasax make a wonderful addition for your historical knife collection. KEY FEATURES: * Real stag handle * High-carbon steel * Durable leather sheath MEASUREMENTS: HANDLE LENGTH: 3 � inches OVERALL LENGTH: 7 inches WEIGHT: 1.5oz THICKNESS: .140 inches
California Bowie (KH2186) When the forty-niners went overland to the Gold Rush of California, most took along a Bowie knife to use on the trail, and for social purposes, if the need should arise. Some had a fancy side etch like this one: Californian Bowie Knife. It�s rare to find one these days. KEY FEATURES: * Historically accurate * High-carbon steel * Great for collectors MEASUREMENTS: HANDLE LENGTH: 4 � inches OVERALL LENGTH: 13 inches WEIGHT: 8oz THICKNESS: .195 inches Hanwei is the standard-setter in the replica bladed weapon field. A replica knife or sword from Hanwei makes a great conversation piece and a beautiful decorator item.
Chevalier Bowie (KH2187) John Chevalier had a shop on Broadway, in New York, where he made Bowie knives and surgical instruments from 1835 to 1871. His quality was first rate; one of his Bowies was presented to Edwin Forest, a larger-than-life theatrical star of the period. Another knife was presented to Forest by James "Jim" Bowie, himself, probably when Forest and Bowie were both in Natchez. KEY FEATURES: * Historically accurate * High-carbon steel * Great for collectors MEASUREMENTS: HANDLE LENGTH: 5 1/2 inches OVERALL LENGTH: 13 1/2 inches WEIGHT: 14oz THICKNESS: .19 inches Hanwei sword and knife replicas set the standard in the replica industry. Quality and authenticity!
New Orleans Bowie (KH2188) This knife replicates one made in the New Orleans�s French Quarter by a cutler named Pradel. This Bowie is designed to be handy while worn in confined quarters -- say, sitting at a faro table or a poker game on a riverboat. At such a place, you might want a knife that would come to hand very quickly. KEY FEATURES: * Historically accurate * High-carbon steel * Great for collectors MEASUREMENTS: HANDLE LENGTH: 4 � inches OVERALL LENGTH: 12 � inches WEIGHT: 10oz THICKNESS: .180 inches
Hunter Bowie (KH2189) Alfred Hunter was a cutler from Newark, New Jersey. He was in the Bowie knife business early 1830�s or 1840�s. His bowies were top quality then, and very rare now. The notch on the blade is called a "Spanish notch" and is indicative of some of the early knives. KEY FEATURES: * Historically accurate * High-carbon steel * Great for collectors MEASUREMENTS: HANDLE LENGTH: 5 � inches OVERALL LENGTH: 14 inches WEIGHT: 12oz THICKNESS: .175 inches
Bell Bowie (KH2210) This is a replication of a Bowie knife made by Samuel Bell. Bell was a cutler and silversmith first in Knoxville, Tennessee, then in San Antonio, Texas. He was mayor of Knoxville, and later made some silver spurs for Sam Houston. It�s a real rib-tickler, long and lean like Tennessee, and big enough for a Texan! KEY FEATURES: * Historically accurate * High-carbon steel * Great for collectors MEASUREMENTS: HANDLE LENGTH: 5 inches OVERALL LENGTH: 16 � inches WEIGHT: 1lb THICKNESS: .285 inches This sword knife is produced by the world leader in quality and design - Hanwei! As Hanwei swords and knives are in high demand, it is recommended you order your favorite sword whenever you find it in stock.
The Horse-Gator Bowie (KH2211) features a brass pommel with the rare half-horse, half-alligator struck into it. The horse-alligator seems to have originated with an old keel-boatman�s brag, "I�m half-horse, half-alligator, and I can whup anybody in the house..."It was popularized in the new nation by a song about the War of 1812: "The Hunters Of Kentucky." KEY FEATURES: * Historically accurate * High-carbon steel * Great for collectors MEASUREMENTS: BLADE LENGTH: 9 1/2 inches HANDLE LENGTH: 5 � inches OVERALL LENGTH: 14 inches WEIGHT: 12oz THICKNESS: .175 inches
KH2215 -- Vicksburg Bowie The original of this knife, whose blade carries another version of the �Spanish notch�, was made in about 1836 by the W. & S. Butcher company, whose growth was based almost entirely on sales of its products into the American market. The blade style is indicative of the early production date of this Bowie and the hilt style became known as a �dogbone� grip for obvious reasons.
The original of this Bowie, with a blade etch designed to appeal to the Union loyalists during the American Civil War, was made by W. & H. Whitehead in about 1860. Many Northern troops carried �Death to Traitors� knives, and they were referred to by Southerners as �Damn Yankee Knives�. The hilt style of this Bowie became very popular and remained in common use when the Bowie was shortened and relegated to the role of a hunting knife. KEY FEATURES: Historically accurate High-carbon steel Great for collectors MEASUREMENTS: Handle length: 4 �� Overall length: 12 �� Weight: 11oz Thickness: .185�
War is the reciprocal and violent application
of force between hostile political entities aimed at
bringing about a desired political end-state via armed
conflict. In his seminal work,
Carl Von Clausewitz calls war the "continuation of
political intercourse, carried on with other means."
War is an interaction in which two or more militaries
have a “struggle of wills”.
When qualified as a
civil war, it is a dispute inherent to a given
society, and its nature is in the conflict over modes of
governance rather than
sovereignty. War is not considered to be the same as
genocide because of the reciprocal nature of the
violent struggle, and the
organized nature of the units involved.
War is also a cultural entity, and its practice is
not linked to any single type of political organisation
or society. Rather, as discussed by
John Keegan in his “History Of Warfare”, war is a
universal phenomenon whose form and scope is defined by
the society that wages it.
The conduct of war extends along a continuum, from the
tribal warfare that began well before recorded human
history, to wars between
empires. A group of combatants and their support is
army on land, a
navy at sea, and
air force in the air. Wars may be prosecuted
simultaneously in one or more different
theatres. Within each theatre, there may be one or
military campaigns. A military campaign includes not
only fighting but also intelligence, troop movements,
propaganda, and other components. Continuous
conflict is traditionally called a
battle, although this terminology is not always fed
to conflicts involving aircraft, missiles or bombs
alone, in the absence of ground troops or naval forces.
War is not limited to the
human species, as
ants engage in massive intra-species conflicts which
might be termed warfare. It is theorized that other
species also engage in similar behavior, although this
is not well documented.
Some believe war has always been with us; others
stress the lack of clear evidence that war is not in our
prehistoric past, and the fact that many peaceful,
non-military societies have and still do exist.
Originally, war likely consisted of small-scale raiding.
Since the rise of the state some 5000 years ago,
military activity has occurred over much of the globe.
The advent of gunpowder and the acceleration of
technological advances led to modern warfare.
Since the close of the
Vietnam War, the ideas expounded by the Prussian
military theorist Carl von Clausewitz (1780-1831) have
come to thoroughly permeate American military writing,
doctrinal, theoretical, and historical. His book
On War, first published (as
Vom Kriege) in 1832, was adopted as a key
text at the Naval War College in 1976, the Air War
College in 1978, the Army War College in 1981. It has
always been central at the U.S. Army's School for
Advanced Military Studies at Leavenworth (founded in
1983). The U.S. Marine Corps's brilliant little
philosophical field manual
FMFM 1: Warfighting (1989) is essentially a
distillation of On War, and the newer Marine
Corps Doctrinal Publications (MCDPs,
c.1997) are equally reflective of Clausewitz's basic
This is not the first time Clausewitz has been in
fashion. Indeed, On War has been the bible of
many thoughtful soldiers ever since Field Marshal
Helmuth von Moltke attributed to its guidance his
stunning victories in the wars of German unification
(1864, 1866, 1870-71). Nor is it the first time that
individual American soldiers and military
thinkers have been attracted by his ideas: George
Patton, Albert Wedemeyer, and—especially—Dwight
Eisenhower were intensely interested in what he had to
It is, however, the first time that the American
armed forces as institutions have turned to
Clausewitz. While the philosopher had insisted that war
was "simply the expression of politics by other means,"
the traditional attitude of American soldiers had been
that "politics and strategy are radically and
fundamentally things apart. Strategy begins where
politics end. All that soldiers ask is that once the
policy is settled, strategy and command shall be
regarded as being in a sphere apart from politics."*2
The sudden acceptability of Clausewitz in the wake of
Vietnam is not difficult to account for, for among the
major military theorists only Clausewitz seriously
struggled with the sort of dilemma that American
military leaders faced in the aftermath of their defeat.
Clearly, in what had come to be called in scathing terms
a "political war," the political and military components
of the American war effort had come unstuck. It ran
against the grain of America's military men to criticize
elected civilian leaders, but it was just as difficult
to take the blame upon themselves. Clausewitz's analysis
could not have been more relevant:
The more powerful and inspiring the motives for
war,... the more closely will the military aims and
the political objects of war coincide, and the more
military and less political will war appear to be.
On the other hand, the less intense the motives, the
less will the military element's natural tendency to
violence coincide with political directives. As a
result, war will be driven further from its natural
course, the political object will be more and more
at variance with the aim of ideal war, and the
conflict will seem increasingly political in
When people talk, as they often do, about
harmful political influence on the management of
war, they are not really saying what they mean.
Their quarrel should be with the policy itself, not
with its influence.
Vom Kriege (IPA: [fɔm
ˈkʁiːgə]) is a book on
military strategy by
Carl von Clausewitz, written mostly after the
Napoleonic wars, between 1816 and 1830, and
published posthumously by his wife in 1832. It has been
English several times as On War. On
War is actually an unfinished work; Clausewitz had
set about revising his accumulated manuscripts in 1827,
but did not live to finish the task. His wife eventually
compiled all the work and the final two chapters
Clausewitz never finished.
On War is one of the first books on modern
military strategy. This is mainly due to Clausewitz'
integration of politics and social and economic issues
as some of the most important factors in deciding the
outcomes of a war. It is one of the most important
treatises on strategy ever written, and is prescribed at
military academies to this day.
Carl von Clausewitz was a
Prussian officer among those baffled by how the
armies of the
French Revolution and
Napoleon had changed the nature of war through their
ability to motivate the populace and thus unleash war on
a greater scale than had previously been the case in
Europe. Clausewitz was well educated and had a strong
interest in art, science, and education, but he was a
professional soldier who spent a considerable part of
his life fighting against Napoleon. There is no doubt
that the insights he gained from his experiences,
combined with a solid grasp of European history,
provided much of the raw material for the book. On
War represents the compilation of his most cogent
Note: Clausewitz states that Napoleon's tactics were
not revolutionary at all and that Napoleonic Warfare did
not change anything greatly in military history. The
technology of weaponry for the most part remained
static, and new strategies weren't developed, but rather
Napoleon refurbished old ones, mixing them into one
The book contains a wealth of historical examples
used to illustrate its various concepts.
Frederick II of Prussia (the Great) figures
prominently for having made very efficient use of the
limited forces at his disposal.
Napoleon also is a central figure.
Among many strands of thought, three stand out as
essential to Clausewitz' concept:
War must never be seen as a purpose to itself,
but as a means of physically forcing one's will on
an opponent ("War is not merely a political act, but
also a real political instrument, a continuation of
political commerce, a carrying out of the same by
The military objectives in war that support
one's political objectives fall into two broad
types: "war to achieve limited aims" and war to
"disarm” the enemy: “to render [him] politically
helpless or militarily impotent."
The course of war will tend to favor the party
employing more force and resources (a notion
extended by Germany's leaders in World War One into
"total war"—the pursuit of complete military victory
regardless of the political consequences).
"You must not fight too often with one enemy,
or you will teach him all your art of war." –
Military strategy is the plan and execution of
the contest between very large groups of armed
adversaries. It involves each opponent's diplomatic,
informational, military, and economic resources wielded
against the other's resources to gain supremacy or
reduce the opponent's will to fight. It is a principle
tool to secure the
national interest. A contemporary military strategy
is developed via
It is as old as
society itself. It is a subdiscipline of
warfare and of
foreign policy. In comparison,
grand strategy is that strategy of the largest of
organizations which are currently the
confederation, or international
alliances. Military strategy has its origins before
Battle of the Ten Kings and will endure through the
space age. It is larger in perspective than
military tactics which is the disposition and
maneuver of units on a particular sea or battlefield.
Military strategy in the 19th century was still
viewed as one of a trivium of "arts" or "sciences" that
govern the conduct of warfare; the others being
tactics, the execution of plans and manœuvering of
forces in battle, and
logistics, the maintenance of an army. The view had
prevailed since the Roman times, and the borderline
between strategy and tactics at this time was blurred,
and sometimes categorization of a decision is a matter
of almost personal opinion.
Carnot, during the
French Revolutionary Wars thought it simply involved
concentration of troops.