Wednesday, January 11, 2012

SNAG LIFE


This is an article for fun, for those of you that just can't get enough of the SNAG knife.
Just what is it about this fascinating knife that makes us want to learn more about it?


My second special pack from Louis Krudo!
SNAGette 2.0 Controller
SNAGette Fixed Blade with Sheath and Carabiner
Tactical Credit Card Comb

The SNAGette 2.0 Controller is the thicker pointier meaner brother of the original SNAGette!

The SNAGette Fixed Blade is designed to be used as a keychain knife, neck knife, or standard waist carry knife. It is ultra compact, and can be used as a Controller with the sheath on. You can attach keys to the sheath so that you can use it as a self-defense flail. Depending on where you attach the keys, it can make the sheath fly off easier or harder, so that you can use it as a projectile weapon if you want. Furthermore the sheath can be removed by striking against your opponent resulting in a simultaneous cut as well.


SNAG Controller Polymer Tool
SNAGette Controller

***DISCUSSION OF THE SHAPES***
The primary ability of the SNAG is that, it provides more LEVERAGE than your average knife. More leverage when using the blade means more power in your cut, stab, and strike. It really helps when you cannot put your body behind it such as a seated position, or when climbing.

The primary ability of the SNAGette is that, it is a TECHNIQUE ENHANCER. The ultra compact size and twin holes means that you can use your hands while holding this tool. You can execute just about any martial arts technique without the SNAGette getting in the way. In fact, the SNAGette will act as a force multiplier and help you strike and grapple better.



All about the S-shape
Just imagine sinking the point into your enemy, right above their collarbone and then pressing up on the Thumb Support to try and rip out their collar bone.

SNAG Live Blade Folder
I like Karambits so it was really easy for me to like the SNAG. Actually it is more than just a modified Karambit, it is an evolution, the next step forward. The folding thumb support, the upswept blade like a persian dagger, jimping as aggressive ridges on the spine of the blade and ring. If all this wasn't enough, it has a lever on the blade that was modeled after the classical straight razor, how cool is that? This lever is quite an ingenious design providing multiple benefits, such as ambidextrous thumb opening, Kinetic Opening where you hook off of the enemy's limbs, and as a striker in the closed position.


Modified Karambit with a wicked blade!

COBRA
When looking at the overall shape of the SNAG knife in the open position, it reminds me of a most scary knife... the knife made famous in the film "Cobra" starring Sylvester Stallone. The knife used by the evil Night Slasher is a very memorable blade. To me the SNAG is a like a more modern, legal, good guy version of this knife. The NS knife was a large fixed blade which would be illegal in many states just for the size alone. It featured a persian style blade that looked razor sharp. The SNAG is more compact and has a more exaggerated upswept blade that has a combo edge and ridges on the spine. The NS knife also had a menacing spiked knuckle duster style handle. The SNAG instead has a karambit style ring hole with aggressive ridges instead of spikes, which is basically a single knuckle style knuckle duster.


The aggressive ridges on the ring and blade lever result in tearing of the skin when used for striking as a karambit impact tool in the closed position.

USAGE
As far as usage goes, to me the SNAG is a fantastic martial arts knife because it really does more to enhance fighting techniques compared to a regular knife. In the closed position one can just use it like a type of brass knuckles/fist load and just simply hammer away at the opponent until they are a pile of beaten meat. I personally would also use it to aid me in submission moves mostly on the ground, by enhancing the effectiveness of grappling moves such as the guillotine choke, kimura lock, americana lock, rear naked choke, and so on. The SNAG knife can also be used to cause a lot of pain by attacking weak points and sensitive areas, I can use this to manipulate my opponent by getting them off balance so that I can execute a take down much easier.

MONEY
Some people may find this knife expensive, but it is cheaper than a firearm and just as effective if not more so in certain specific situations. It is also a very unique knife with good quality. It is inbetween that of a mass production knife and a custom knife, when you look at it that way, the price makes more sense. Your getting an extremely practical and unique knife but it doesn't cost $500+ like a custom knife.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

SNAG Live Blade Folder DEEP review by Wmpyr


SNAG Live Blade Folder
Deep Review by Wmpyr


S.N.A.G.
(Specialized Nerve Assisting Grab)

The unique looking SNAG knife was designed by martial arts expert Louis Krudo.
The SNAG knife is a modified karambit that has a unique S shape.
The versatile S shape allows for tremendous leverage, it also makes the SNAG compatible to many martial arts techniques.

General stats:
9CrCo13MoV Stainless blade
Bead blast finished blade
Combo edge (plain & serrated)
Finger ring
Folding Thumb Support
Solid aluminum handle
Liner lock
4 way pocket clip

Length: 6.8"
Blade: 2.5"
Weight: 4.4 oz.



Non-lethal Impact Tool

In the closed position, the SNAG becomes a non lethal impact karambit. The aggressive jimping on the SNAG can be used for grip retention, gripping onto the enemy, and tearing skin open.
Since the SNAG can be used immediately as is in the closed position, there is no need to worry about deploying the blade as fast as possible.
That being said, the SNAG has a variety of methods to deploy the blade, some of which are lightning fast.
1. Using the Blade Lever to open the knife with your thumb somewhat like a conventional knife.
2. Kinetic Opening, which is hooking the blade lever off of an object such as enemy limbs to deploy the blade.
3. The blade lever can also be used to hook off of your pocket and other article of clothing for a quick opening!


Thumb Support

The thumb support is a clever folding ramp that I've never seen on any other knife before. The thumb support can enable more leverage when applying certain moves.
The solid one piece metal finger ring has aggressive jimping and a slightly protruding area specifically for striking with.



Upswept Blade

The SNAG blade is dual purpose. The edge side is a combo edge, and unlike most knives where the spine is inactive, on the SNAG, the spine side features aggressive jimping for hooking and controlling.

Characteristics of the SNAG blade:
1. Deploys Blade Offensively
Deploys the blade offensively because of the upswept tip. The point of the blade immediately faces outward towards your opponent as the blade is being deployed.

2. Large Cutting Surface
When punching with the SNAG, the cutting surface area is large.

3. Protects Fist
The unique shape of this knife ensures that your fist does not make contact with your target keeping it safer than normal knives.

4. Anti-Grab
The upswept blade allows for you to cut your attacker's arm if they grab a hold of your wrist, arm, or hand attempting to control or disarm your knife.

5. Stabs Well
Unlike most knives with curved blades, the SNAG can still stab very well.

6. Goes Around
Like most curved blades, you can go around a blocked target and hit it.

7. Slices Towards
Most knives slice objects by drawing the blade back towards you, imagine cutting a tomato. The circular blade on the SNAG slices by moving towards and past the target, like a wheel rotating forwards. This enables strong body mechanics when in the clinch/CQC.


CONCLUSION
Technically one can say that the SNAG is a Karambit and Kirpan hybrid.
The S shape knife is good for trapping, manipulating, and controlling your opponent as you cut them.
The SNAG knife is compatible to those who train in martial art styles that have joint locks, trapping, and fight in the clinch, such as Filipino MA, Kuk Sool Won, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Boxing, Ju-jitsu, and MMA. As a side note, the creator of the SNAG Louis Krudo has background in Kali and Arnis.
This multi-purpose self-defense weapon is a very versatile tactical knife, if you can appreciate the effectiveness of a karambit then you will like the SNAG knife.


visit the home of the SNAG here at www.KRUDOKNIVES.com

Thursday, January 5, 2012

スナッグ・ライブブレード・フォールディング SNAG Live Blade Folder by KRUDO KNIVES


SNAG Live Blade Folder by KRUDO KNIVES


スナッグ・ライブブレード・フォールディング
デザインbyルイス・クルード
SNAG LIVE BLADE FOLDER
ナイフREVIEW BY WMPYR

SNAGナイフはフィリピン武術の専門家ルイス・クルードによって開発された戦術的なナイフです。

一見SNAGはアラジンが使う様なペルシャナイフのように見えます。ユニークな形状にもかかわらず、これは歴史的または空想ナイフではありません。SNAGは私の考えでは、karambitの家族に属しているナイフです。

たいていまともなサイズの折りたたみ式ナイフは閉位置で自己防衛のKubotanとして使用することができますが、SNAGはさらに凄い、閉位置では、非致死影響karambitのツールになります。SNAGにある積極的なjimpingは、ブラスナックルの様な効果があります。
閉じている間も有効であるSNAGはブレードを展開する速度を気にすることなくそのまますぐに使用できるので、非常に実戦的な論理である。

SNAGはまた、ブレードを展開する複数の方法を提供しています。通常の展開のために背骨のレバーに親指を使用することができます。また、ポケットを使用した超高速の展開のPocketオープニングも可能です。そして最終的には、敵の手足を有利にフックするKineticオープニングも行うことができます。

開封後、S字型のナイフは一見非常にユニークです。ほとんどのブレードとは異なりエッジは、突き出ている腹を提示し優れたスライス性能を持ちます。ブレードの背骨は、非常に湾曲し、トラッピングや制御するための積極的なjimpingを備えています。またほとんどの湾曲したブレードとは異なり、SNAGは、よく刺す能力を維持します。SNAGナイフのSの形状も、ストレートナイフよりも効果的な力点を提供します。

親指のサポートメカニズムは、あなたのナイフ戦闘テクニックにさらにレバレッジを提供するために、リング穴の隣に取り付けられているユニークなレバーです。

スプーンクリップは、グリップ変更を支援するための指インデントを持っています。

湾曲したボディ形状とリングの穴、SNAGはKarambitナイフ機能も問題なく持っています。



(English Translation)
SNAG LIVE BLADE FOLDER
KNIFE REVIEW BY WMPYR

The SNAG knife is a tactical knife developed by Filipino martial arts expert Louis Krudo.

Upon first glance the SNAG looks like a persian knife Aladdin would carry. Despite the unique shape, this is not a historical or fantasy knife. The SNAG is a well thought out knife that in my opinion, belongs in the karambit family.

Most decent sized folding knives can be used as a self-defense palm stick in the closed position. The SNAG takes it once step further because in the closed position it becomes a non lethal impact karambit tool. The aggressive jimping on select areas of the knife make it an effective force multiplier giving brass knuckles a good competition.
Having a folding knife that is effective while closed is important for tactical reasons because this means that during a crisis, you can use it immediately without worrying about how fast you can deploy the blade.

The SNAG also features multiple ways of deploying the blade. You can simply use your thumb on the spine lever for a normal deployment. You can also pocket hook the knife open for a super fast deployment. And finally a kinetic opening hooking off of various objects such as your own limb or your enemy.

Once opened, the S shaped knife is very unique looking. Unlike most blades the SNAG features a blade that has dual purpose. The edge presents an extremely protruding belly for excellent slicing capability. The spine of the blade is highly curved and features aggressive jimping for trapping and controlling. The S shape of the knife also provides more leverage than a straight knife, while still maintaining the ability to stab well, unlike most curved blades.

The Thumb Support mechanism is a unique lever attached by the ring hole to provide even more leverage to your combat techniques.

The Spoon Clip has an indentation that provides a notch for your finger to aid in gripping and changing grips.

Karambit capabilities
Because of the curved body shape and ring hole, the SNAG is fully capable of operating like a karambit.

SNAG Versus 635


Top: SNAG Controller Folder by KRUDO KNIVES
Bottom: NAVY 635 by SANRENMU


SNAG Controller Folder
VERSUS
NAVY 635

BACK STORY
Back when I put up a video on Youtube about the 635, I never had so many people ask me that many questions about a single knife.

Soon after I was contacted by Louis Krudo, the designer of the SNAG knife.

He informed me that the 635 was a poor quality knife that failed to meet his standards. He offered me a chance to review the real deal.

Nobody asked him to do it, but he took the challenge to compare his SNAG with the 635.

He is absolutely confident in the quality of his product, he was willing to bet that my viewers and I would agree with him.

DIFFERENCES
Small differences occur in the shape of the spine lever, super aggressive jimping, clip shape. The most notable difference is the Thumb Support device on the SNAG which is missing on the 635.
While the over all shape, size, and proportions are very close, there are some notable differences. Let's have a closer look, let the break down begin!

The 635 reminds me of the Lapu Lapu Corto knife because it utilizes G10 handle scales and a similar looking lock on the spine of the knife.
The SNAG on the other hand, has a solid metal handle, and utilizes a liner lock mechanism.

The 635 features a blue color handle with some fine texture you would expect from G10.
The SNAG features a brilliant anodized metallic blue-green color that has a nice sporty look. The handle is smooth but due to the arc shape handle and aggressive jimping found on various parts of the knife, a slippery grip is not an issue here.

The 635 has liners under the G10 and the ring hole is divided into two, and then linked by a black plastic ring.
The SNAG handle is made of two very solid aluminum parts, and the ring hole is made from one solid metal.

The 635 comes with two blades, one is a live blade and the other is the controller blade which doesn't have an edge or sharp point. Louis Krudo has informed me that this is not 440C steel that it claims to be and has not been heat treated correctly.
The SNAG comes with an extra pocket clip which is important if you want to change clip positions, two different clips are needed because of the curved handle. The blade is a controller meaning it has no edge or point. Unlike the 635, the SNAGs are color coded for instant recognition, meaning the black handle has the live blade and the blue handle is the controller.

CONCLUSION
In the end it is fact that the 635 uses the SNAG design but does not receive the creator Louis Krudo's approval. If we were talking about food, he is the meat inspector and in his eyes the 635 is a meat package that fails USDA requirements.
When I compare the quality between the two knives, if the 635 is like a VW Jetta, then the SNAG feels like a Ferrari Enzo. You know the saying, you get what you pay for.