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The Logic of Steel is not about the art of knife fighting. Its
sole purpose is to illustrate the cold, hard, logical nature and
dynamics of real-world edged-weapon encounters as
experienced by author James LaFond and more than 90
other people who have found themselves suddenly caught
up in a knife fight.
For the past five years James LaFond has been assembling
and analyzing data about violence in his Baltimore,
Maryland, neighborhood and elsewhere. Here he offers a
comprehensive analysis of more than 250 acts of violence
that involved the use of an edged weapon, as told from the
perspective of the attackers, eyewitnesses, and victims. The
action is broken down by weapon type (razors, folders,
butchers, balisongs, switchblades, sickles, swords, and
improvised slasher/stabbers) and use patterns. The
circumstances, motivation, and mechanics of real blade and
shank fights are illuminated through the use of gripping (and
often comical) first-person accounts, photographs, and hard
statistics. Also discussed are the psychology, injury patterns,
and legal ramifications of knife fighting, as well as
invaluable tips on how to prevent clinches and floor fights
from escalating into knife fights, how to survive unarmed
against an armed assailant, how to dress for success against
a knife fighter, and how to live to fight another day by
successfully running away from an armed attacker.
If you want to be able to spot a knifer—and predict his
behavior—before it's too late, The Logic of Steel is a
James LaFond works as a night laborer in Baltimore, where he
has been documenting the violent underside of the human population
and the relationship of ordinary aggression to the hysteria of contemporary
martial arts study since 1966. His wife, Cindy, pays the
life insurance bill well in advance of the due date.
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