Sunday, November 17, 2019

Triple knife review by Wmpyr

From top to bottom
1. Balisong Utility Knife
2. Snaggletooth by Mantis Knives 
3. Reality Based Blade by Boker Plus

If the Karambit is the official knife for the martial art style of Silat, then the Balisong is the official knife for Filipino martial arts. 
Anyways this is not your standard Balisong, it uses replaceable razor blades!
As a Balisong it's a little bit compact, thick, and heavy for it's size making it a little awkward to flip, however it still does flip, and should not give you any problems for basic flipping. 
I first saw this knife on a video by YouTuber Cutlerylover. 
It blew my mind and I had to get one. 
Since then I have become very fond of utility knives that use replaceable razor blades. 

This knife was designed by martial arts expert Morgan Thomas. 
The knife features Prof. Bram Frank's trademark ramp that is used for Kinetic Openings.
A Kinetic Opening is where you hook the ramp on just about anything you can to deploy the blade with one hand. 
To me this is a very well thought out knife. 
For some reason this knife was taken off the Mantis Knives website and then it was sold online for a fraction of it's original price. 
I don't know what happened there but my guess is that the public has trouble understanding the brilliance of this knife. 
The Snaggletooth knife is impressive because you are getting four tools in one!
a) Knife
b) Karambit type of knife
c) Kubotan type of impact tool
d) Non lethal Karambit impact tool

The designer is Reality Based martial arts instructor Jim Wagner. 
This knife and it's designer seem to have a bad reputation in some circles, however all that set aside, I can tell you that this is a solid knife.
I find the handle to be extremely comfortable and the unique blade shape to be effective when cutting various practice targets. 
The knife is loaded with a bunch of features which have been criticized as gimmicky but don't let that distract you because I believe that at the very core we have a solid knife. 

Boker Magnum Lil Friend neck knife review by Wmpyr

Obviously this is a barebones minimum knife.
Either that is going to appeal to you or not.

For cutting open letters and doing small everyday life choirs this mini knife works just fine.
If your work requires a lot of cutting then this is obviously not going to satisfy.
If you want a blade on you that doesn't get in the way because it's so light and compact then this is for you.

Anyways I'm not here to talk about everyday usage or specs.

My specialty is self-defense.
So let me take a look at this knife from a self-defense point of view.
I always tell my students the smaller the knife the more skill required.
And let me tell you this is a small knife!

My main interest was to get this knife so that I can attach a lanyard on it.
I wanted a lanyard that could be folded over the handle region to provide more gripping.

I haven't been able to find the exact lanyard for this job but I did experiment with a couple and it does indeed work.

You see for combat the most important thing on a knife in my style is not edge sharpness, blade shape, blade length, or blade material.
The most important thing is how comfortable is the grip.
This is because in combat there will be lots of force involved and if the weapon you have is difficult to grip that alone creates big problems.

With a knife like this I'm not looking for the most comfortable grip, however I am looking for ways to instantly make the grip better without making the knife too bulky.
This was possible with this knife because of the size of the lanyard hole and skeletonized design. 

Once I padded the handle with a lanyard I was able to stab and cut with plenty of force.

With a blade this short accuracy becomes vital.
So you need to make sure that you put in the practice and develop some accuracy.  

The main strength of this knife is how compact it is, when your wearing it under your shirt, it practically disappears.

As with every neck knife it is important to practice clearing your shirt and drawing the knife efficiently.

I did EDC this knife a few times and the sheath never gave me problems. 
My knife fits secure in the sheath. 

This knife is what I thought it would be and once again Boker delivered!

If I could change one thing though, it would be the addition of some very aggressive serrations.