This episode was appropriately neo-con-Jingoistic, with two cunning American meatheads and two savage Israeli killers going head-to-head in weapons tests. The American marksmanship with pistol and rifle was, as usual, superior to the competition.
The portion of the episode I was interested in was the knife test, with the SEALs using a cold steel utility knife, which makes sense given their operational parameters, and the Israelis still using the good old Kabar, marine combat knife. I always liked my Kabar. There is something about the grip that feels right in the hand. It’s big but not stupid-big.
In terms of knife fighting ability the Israeli demonstrator is very, very good, using a throat-guard live-hand throughout his evolutions, striking bi-laterally through and across the target, changing levels and demonstrating some movement.
The SEAL, a big beefy specimen, just stood in front of the dummy and demonstrated Prison stabbing 101 straight from Folsom. It was funny. It was extreme and it was stupid. Yes, these are straight damage tests, but there should be some conceptualization of the foe as possibly armed. Based on the proximity the SEAL chose for the demo, I think he should have gone reverse grip sentry removal rather than hug and chunk tier style butchery, in which he stayed in the enemy knife kill zone the entire time.
For sentry removal the Israeli method was stealthier. The SEAL actually yelled like some cartoon warrior.
As for knife to knife, if you took the Israeli operator against the SEAL you’d have a dead SEAL almost every time. That said, it seems the Israeli’s could have sunk more ammo into their training budget. The pistol and assault rifle tests were as decisive in terms of SEAL superiority as the knife was in the hands of the IDF commando.