Monday, January 4, 2010

Spyderco resurrects an Al Mar classic

The Warrior.
quick specs:
# Blade Steel: H-1
# Handle: Black FRN
# Edge: Hollow Ground PlainEdge primary edge and SpyderEdge spine cutting edge
# Sheath: Black Ballistic Nylon
# length overall 10 5/8 in. (269 mm )
# blade length 5 11 /16 in. (144 mm)
# cutting edge 5 5/32-2 3/4 in. (131/70 mm)
# weight 8.2 oz. (232 g)
# hole diameter 15/64 in. (6 mm)
# blade thickness 5/32 in. (4 mm)

I have a couple of Spydie's folders with their H-1 alloy "steel", and living near saltwater, I can honestly say. That stuff does NOT rust. Pretty amazing, it holds a great edge too, in my experience, it can be a bit of a chore to get back up to razor-ness, but I'll take rustproof over sharpenability any day.

I have a ton of fixed blades, and love the look of this one, but realistically, I'd have no use for it, I'm no soldier, spy or assassin, and I don't have the kind of cash (it's actually pretty reasonably priced) that even good web retailers want for it, but it sure looks cool.

Again, in the interest of this being a news-blurb, and not an actual review, I give you Spyderco's company line on this hardcore, badass combat blade:

""The Warrior combat knife is based on decades old models from Al Mar Knives. This version is both modern and brilliantly designed. The main differences from the old models are materials, amount of serrations on the top side of the blade and the guard curves in the opposite direction.
Spyderco Info: The Warrior fixed blade is one of the world’s most intriguing combat knives. Based largely on the groundbreaking research of close-combat icon Michael Echanis, the original Warrior was a radical design intended primarily for use with reverse-grip tactics inspired by the Korean martial art of HwaRangDo. Produced in limited quantities by the late Al Mar and later resurrected by the martial artist Bob Taylor and Echnais contemporary Randy Wanner, it is one of the most coveted combat knives ever made.

The Spyderco Warrior faithfully retains all the salient features of the original, while adding a number of performance enhancements. Its revitalization happened at the request of our Israeli customer, Guy Rafaeli.

Ground from rust-free austenitic H-1 steel, it possesses the same differential hardness properties of a clay-tempered Samurai sword, giving it extreme cutting power and shock resistance. Its full-tang construction and textured handle scales provide a superior grip and edge orientation, maximizing the knife’s effectiveness when employed with its signature tactics. The sheath is a black ballistic nylon snap-closed sheath with Molle-vest attachment capability.""

I would LOVE to get my hands on this beautiful badboy, but simply couldn't justify the cost. MSRP is just under $400 USD, though obviously with several good web retailers out there, you'd probably end up paying well under $300 USD.
If anybody has any experience with this knife, or would like to write a review, I'll post it up here!
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Happy New Year everyone.


CTone said...

That thing looks like it would make for a good field knife as well, with the serrations down in the belly of the spine and having as much edge as it has for the length. It would be cool if they made one all blacked out.

Aaron said...

most definitely, I'm guessing it'd be great for seals or other all-weather guys too because of the rustproof alloy, H1. That stuff is crazy, it takes an edge about as well as say, ats-34, or japanese aus 8 and the shit DOES NOT stain, really pretty incredible, I have one of their first "delica-esque" incarnations with that steel and a modified blade shape, not a spot on it after 5+ yrs of minimal care.