The Spyderco Knives ( www.spyderco.com ) Pygmy Warrior. An adaptation of the original warrior knife designed by Randy Wanner, produced by Bob Taylor, and associated with Michael Echanis (all martial artists in their own right). This spyderco version is a reproduction of the REKAT Pygmy Warrior prototype from decades ago. The fit, finish, and materials are all excellent. However, the original design flaws of the Pygmy warrior were also reproduced in this version. That being the handle having too many sharp angles. Mainly the butt/pommel and bolster/thumb rise areas. These sharp edges on the handle make the knife inherently dangerous to the user and in certain situations more difficult to employ, but these are small design flaws that can be easily fixed with a grinder... If you can bear to grind away on a very expensive fixed blade knife ($299.95 MSRP). These angles are also not as dangerous to the user when the knife is being used in a reverse grip, as it was designed to be used per the Korean knife fighting techniques of Hwa Rang Do. Overall, this knife is still a masterpiece. The blade is an excellent Japanese VG-10 steel with a cutting edge of approximately four inches. Normally Spyderco knives come extremely sharp from the factory, and all of our Spyderco knives have with the exception of this one. Our guys tend to carry what I'll call a "work" blade, and a "defensive" blade. The work blade is regularly used for common cutting tasks and regularly sharpened. The defensive blade is used only for cutting flesh. Whatever the purpose we only carry knives that are sharp enough to shave with. We had to re-sharpen this one when we got it. The saw pattern on the back of the blade can be used for trapping limbs in a close quarters altercation or cutting rope and other fibrous materials. The handle of this knife is one the best handles of any combat knives being currently produced based on sureness of grip alone. I am considering this a combat knife based on size (just over nine and a quarter inches), and design. The grip on a combat knife is so important because without a secure grip the user can either cut themselves while stabbing or lose the knife when slashing. Both are potentially fatal mistakes when using a knife in a defensive situation. It comes with four G10 scales to allow the user to adjust the grip width to their own personal preference. We are going to 550 paracord wrap this one just because we enjoy paracord wraps. The blacked out look is nice and effective at not causing glare or reflecting light. The knife comes with a nice thermoplastic sheath and we really like the Spyderco G clip attachment. The lock up on the sheath is slightly less than excellent in the model we received but the odd shaped blade makes a perfect lockup with Kydex/Boltaron difficult to produce. Overall this knife is a little rough around the edges (pun intended), but its a genuine remake of the original with some slight improvements and makes for an effective combat/fighting knife. We would recommend this knife to anyone willing to take the time to learn to use it in a reverse grip fighting style (as it was designed to be used) who is looking for a smaller blade than the original Warrior.
Author: Delta 11
6 out of 10 Bones.