"The psychological reaction of any man, when he first takes the smatchet in his hand is full justification
for its recommendation as a fighting weapon. He will immediately register all the essential qualities of good
soldier-confidence, determination, and aggressiveness.
Its balance, weight and killing power, with the
point, edge or pommel, combined with the extremely simple training necessary to become efficient in its use,
make it the ideal personal weapon for all those not armed with a rifle and bayonet."
created the smatchet during World War II. The whole knife
long. The double-edged, leaf
allowed for stabbing
. The knife was heavy enough to smash through helmet
s if used
properly. The large pommel
could also be used as a bashing weapon. It could also be used like a machete
cut through brush
. As cool as this knife sounds, the soldiers
didn't seem to like it, and its use by the
was discontinued. Colonel Applegate
and Fairbairn came up with an improved design, it could not,
however, be brought into production for use in WWII
In 1987, Applegate approached Bill Harsey
with a view of producing an improved smatchet. The resulting knife
had a blade that was slightly heavier for better balance and a symmetrical handle, it was also
cheaper to produce.
and AL Mar
both made smatchets in the late 1980s and early 1990s, however, they proved too
costly to produce and production ceased.
The M9 scabbard
was based on the smatchet's scabbard. An early design patent, dated 1989 issued to Charles A.
references the smatchet scabbard patented by William E. Fairbairn.
In the year 2000 Böker
produce its version of the smatchet.
The improved smatchet is in use today by the British Special Forces
A small, nasty person, or a nasty child.