Jan Steen (10)Kartenspiel Streit

Argument over a Card Game, by Jan Steen, 17th century.

A knife fight is a violent physical confrontation between two or more combatants in which one or more participants is armed with a knife.

A knife fight is defined by the presence of a knife as a weapon and the violent intent of the combatants to kill or incapacitate each other; the participants may be completely untrained, self-taught, or trained in one or more formal or informal systems of knife fighting. Knife fights may involve the use of any type of knife, though certain knives, termed fighting knives, are purposely designed for such confrontations – the dagger being just one example.


With ammunition for firearms in short supply, most personal disputes, points of honour, and contests are often settled with edged blades.

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