William E. Fairbairn’s Timetable of Death—a section in Fairbairn’s book All-In Fighting that identifies the major arteries of the human body and lists the amount of time it would take to bleed to unconsciousness or death when any of these blood vessels are severed—has been used for years as a standard reference tool by students of edged-weapon tactics. But when Colorado police officer Christopher Grosz began studying the timetable to validate its use as a reference for law-enforcement responses to edged-weapon attacks, he made a surprising discovery: the information in it was flawed.
Grosz began a thorough analysis of Fairbairn’s work, human anatomy, and the realities of effective knife targeting and later teamed up with knife expert Michael Janich to document it all in Contemporary Knife Targeting. The research in this book was conducted with the help of recognized experts in both the medical and tactical fields. It takes full advantage of state-of-the-art medical studies directly related to the effects of edged weapons on the human body. It also reveals the real purpose behind Fairbairn’s original Timetable and expands its scope to include the full spectrum of targets on the human body that are vulnerable to knife attacks. The result is a modern, medically accurate version of Fairbairn’s original timetable—plus contemporary self-defense applications of the updated data—that will become the new definitive resource for all students of edged-weapon tactics.