Spyderco Reverse: The Ideal Self-Defense Knife? — SHOT Show 2016

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I respect both Craig Douglas, aka “Southnarc,” and Michael Janich as personal defense instructors. However, they both have very different approaches to knife tactics. Different does not mean wrong, it just means different.  As the cliche goes, there is more than one way to skin a cat.

The Spyderco Reverse, a very versitile self-defense blade.

The Spyderco Reverse, a very versitile self-defense blade.

Craig and Michael (who are good friends) decided to co-design a knife that would work equally well with both their self-defense methods. As a result, of this collaboration comes the “Reverse” by Spyderco.

As the name of the knife would imply, the Reverse has a truly unique reversible handle; this feature allows you to change the orientation of the blade’s edge to be switched from Douglas’ preferred edge-in orientation to Janich’s edge-out style.

The handle consists of two textured G-10 scales machined to create a hollow cavity for the blade tang. Removing the three bolts in the handle with a Torx T-8 wrench (included) allows the scales to be easily removed and mounted to the tang with the blade’s edge in either orientation. The Reverse’s blade is precision machined from CTS BD1 stainless steel. The Reverse includes a custom-molded Boltaron sheath that allows the knife to fit securely with both handle configurations.

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Spyderco Reverse, in the Boltaron sheath.

A close up of the blade.

A close up of the blade.

The Reverse’s blade is precision machined from CTS BD1 stainless steel. The Reverse includes a custom-molded Boltaron sheath that allows the knife to fit securely with both handle configurations.

The reverse was introduced mid-year 2015, but was hard to find due to the high demand. The good news is the knife is now in stock, with a very reasonable MSRP to boot: $149.95.

It's a known fact that everyone needs a tomahawk.

It’s a known fact that everyone needs a tomahawk.

Spyderco has plenty of great folders.

Spyderco has plenty of great folders.

We all need a tomahawk, don’t ask me why this is we just do. Spyderco as scratched that itch with the SzaboHawk this modern tomahawk designed to excel as both a tool and a close-combat weapon.

Constructed from a solid billet of .300-inch-thick D2 tool steel, it features a curved handle that places its center of balance midway down the handle. This will make it faster in the hand than conventional designs. When not in use, the SzaboHawk resides in a custom-molded Boltaron sheath that covers the entire head and secures with a snap fit.  The MSRP on this bad boy is $349.95.

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Kerryd February 3, 2016, 7:40 pm

    Thanks for the laughs!! I had a hard time telling who was more confused on how this knife actually is too be used, both these guys looked confused as to why in the heck you would purchase this

  • Brian February 3, 2016, 4:17 pm

    I have always preferred Benchmade knives but I like to checkout other Made in the USA knives.
    God Bless the USA and Springfield Armory!

  • Paul Oliver February 3, 2016, 12:10 pm

    I’ve had one of these for about a year. A quality blade. Both the knife and the sheath are versatile. I wear mine in in a cross draw position with the blade parallel to my belt. In that position is it accessible with both hands. Conceals very well. The Reverse does impress.

  • Jonathan February 3, 2016, 12:01 pm

    Reminds of an older knife I used to own: Spyderco – Temperance ~ FB05P

  • davud February 3, 2016, 11:44 am

    another shill piece, mouthing marketers’ language without a hint of skepticism.

  • Ed Carlin February 3, 2016, 10:57 am

    There IS more than one way to skin a cat. According to one fellow I know, there are at least three ways to skin a cat, and over a dozen ways to cook it.

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