New Blade Design: The Besh Wedge

The Fairbairn-Sykes WWII Commando Knife Served as an Inspiration to Beshara

I was riffling through the pages of a magazine at the local Wal-Mart the other day, when I was surprised to see a new knife design. Just when you think it’s all been done, a special forces operator, Brent Beshara, invented a new knife design, which he calls the Besh Wedge.

Beshara was interested in the Fairbairn-Sykes dagger, a classic double-edged dagger from WWII, but found that the tip was fragile and tended to break. For a soldier in the field, a knife is more of a tool used to pry things open or cut cords than a fighting weapon. As a result, the tip of a dagger designed as a weapon had the tendency to break when employed as a tool.

One day while grinding the edge on a blade, Beshara has a sudden insight: he beveled one edge on

The Besh Wedge Updated Dagger (Look at 6 O’clock to see the wedge design.)

top of the blade, and beveled the edge on the other side underneath. The two beveled edges, one on the top and one on the bottom, met at a chisel point. It can be hard to grasp the concept from just a written description, so study the pictures here.

These factors create a knife that keeps its edge longer and has a much stronger thrusting point, much more resistant to breakage.

Besh Wedge Push Dagger


5 Responses to “New Blade Design: The Besh Wedge”

  1. I have not used or handled one of his knives but the design is not new, it’s been out for years.

    There is a trade off of edge cutting for a stronger point. Kudos for him thinking outside of the box.

  2. James,

    Yeah, I filed the post under “American Arts,” but realized it should probably be under “North American” or “Canadian” arts.

  3. PistolPete308 Says:

    This is an interesting design on it’s own merits, but Beshara has completely missed the point of the Fairbairn/Skyes dagger.

    The FS dagger was designed for one thing… killing the enemy as quickly and ruthlessly as possible. It has a narrow, delicate tip because it’s designed to pierce flesh. It will not hold up to use as a pry bar or a general purpose utility knife because it was not designed to do those things.

    Criticising it for not doing something it was never designed to do is like criticizing a .22 rifle for not having enough stopping power for bears. Or for that matter, criticising a .45/70 for destroying too much meat on rabbits.

    If you want a knife that will take a beating as a field knife while still being a fair combat weapon, the Kabar is *the* classic choice.

    Fairbairn was a stone-cold killer, and his knife design reflects that philosophy. In the hands of his commandos it performed exactly the way it was intended too.

    Unfortunately, the vast majority of FS knives in existence are crude approximations of the real thing. Making the knives properly was expensive and required brass for the handle (which was in short supply during WWII). The ring handle is hard to get a grip on, does not change directions as well as the knurled brass, and is not of the correct weight which changes the balance and fighting capabilities of the knife.

    Also unfortunate for those of us in the civilian sector is that most of Fairbairn’s martial arts knowledge is classified. The proper technique for his knife is unavailable to us.

    It’s really difficult to get much information on the guy or his techniques. He was combining and purifying martial arts systems from around the world long before Bruce Lee, and had a massive impact on the nascent Spec-ops scene during WWII, but I feel he would have been a key figure in the martial arts world if he were better known and had his techniques been available to the general public.

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