Student or Learner
The following sentence is talking about a particular knife with a groove in the blade's throat:
Carried left-handed, a fighter slashed down to both fend back an opponent and to hook his blade in the groove
I'm not quite sure to understand a fighter slashed down to both fend back
Is the sentence saying that the fighter cut at low level to both keep the enemy in line and to hook his blade in the groove?
Have I caught the meaning of the sentence? My main problem is this slash down and fend back
It's a poorly-phrased sentence. Perhaps:
Holding the knife in his left hand, the fighter slashed down to fend off his opponent....