Arcana, the secretive, unknown or misunderstood. Often hidden from those who are uninitiated...


/ɑːˈkeɪnə/ - secretive or mysterious. Often alluding to old or hidden knowledge.

The Arcana is a pure Pikal design. A reverse edge blade with brutal potential and hardy profile. Measuring in at around 85mm or 3.4in, with a robust point tapered from the hardy 5mm thick steel, the Arcana is the brutish cousin of the Shrike. The tip of the Arcana is reinforced naturally by its single edge profile and thick cross section. In testing the Arcana has been known to split bone.

The Arcana is a formidable combative knife that will open deep channels in soft tissue, stabbing deep and ripping through with draw cuts. Despite its hardy profile it has a polished cutting edge that is shaving sharp The handle profile is specifically designed not to snag on clothing during accessing, but also to prevent snagging during rolling flow movements and stripping actions.

The Arcana can be dressed in contoured G10 or Carbon Fiber, Exotic Wood or a traditional looking Silk Tsukamaki wrap.

As with all Ironside Edge Works knives, the Arcana comes with a custom fitted Kydex Sheath which offers very positive retention and is designed to allow the user flexibility in mounting options. Either via a Metal clip, or soft loop the user can carry the blade IWB or OWB as desired.


Steel: Böhler K460 or Elmax
Edge: Flat Grind
Hardness: 60-61 Hrc
Finish: Acid Patina
Blade Thickness: 5mm / 0.20 in
Blade Length: 85mm / 3.34 in
Total Length: 185mm / 7.30 in
Total Weight: N/A

Please Note: Specifications are approximate. Each blade is entirely finished by hand and minor differences in specifications are to be expected. 

  • Slightly Offset Tip Index when held in Pikal Grip
  • Single Edge Offers a Naturally Reinforced Tip for Penetrating Hard Organic Mediums
  • Secure Ergonomic Grip with Minimal Protrutions
  • Handle Free of Snag Points for Both Access & Stripping Actions
  • Easily Concealable for most Average to Large Frame People
  • Kydex Sheath offers secure retention and all day comfort.

All Prices Include Shipping. 

Priced between $280.00 – $400.00 depending on handle configuration and other options.

Production by Year:

Number of pieces produced by year:

2018: 10
2019: 3
2020: 1


Currently Unavailable.

May become available again in 2021.


Synthetic Scales

Black G10 or Carbon Fiber scales are fitted to the blade.

Scales are shaped and contoured ergonomically in either of our unique patterns, Tsuka or Tsunami.

Traditional Silk Tsukamaki Wrap

A complete traditional Japanese Tsukamaki style wrap uses Japanese Silk Ito cord which is wrapped over a layer of coloured Samegawa, traditional sting ray leather used on Japanese swords. The Tsukamaki wrap is executed in a traditional Hineri-Maki pattern before terminating at the end of the handle.

The Silk Ito is sealed with clear resin to weather proof and cement it in place and provides a long lasting grip.

Silk Ito Colour Options: Black, Brown, Navy, Burgundy, Gold.

Samegawa Colour Options: Natural White, Antiqued White, Black or Crimson/Black.


Standard Kydex Sheath
High quality heat formed Kydex Sheath with either a Soft Loop mounting or metal belt clip. Soft Loops and Clips can be interchanged as desired by the user, and be mounted in either left handed or right handed configurations. The standard sheath can also be set up as a Static Line mount.