Simple and elegant, more than enough to become a thorn in their side


Ibara, Japanese (茨) meaning ``Thorn``

The Ibara was originally commissioned by Craig Douglas (SouthNarc) as a personal project of his, to be a special knife with both form and function.

With a few specific parameters from Craig, the Ibara was designed as a double edge asymmetric dagger which could be used comfortably in any orientation. His brief also specified that it be on the smaller side making it comfortable for concealed carry IWB. The result was a very elegant blade profile with a very gentle S-curve.

The Ibara project has resulted in a small, easy to carry defensive knife which is adept at being held in both reverse or forward grips. Elegant, sophisticated, and efficient.

The Ibara’s blade is hand cut and shaped from one of the finest steels available, Hitachi’s Blue Paper variant of their Yasugi steel range. This steel is a high carbon powder metallurgy process steel which results in an extremely fine carbide structure once hardened. It also contains some of the highest carbon levels in a factory made steel making it very hard once heat treated, thus allowing the fine, razor sharp edges Japanese knives are known for. This is a relatively exotic steel still, and its availability outside of Japan is still rare. This means the Ibara itself is something special as its one of the least produced knives of the range.

The handle, in keeping with the traditional theme, has been given a full Tsukamaki. Fittings made from either Carbon Fiber, Bone or Buffalo Horn are fitted to a Copper or Brass Liner. Traditional Samegawa (ray skin) is then applied. The Samegawa is lacquered in a few colour options specified by the customer. Then, high quality Silk Ito is wrapped over the handle in a traditional Hineri-maki style, and sealed with clear resin to harden and weather proof the silk while still retaining its texture.

The Ibara is shipped with a sheath and mounting option of your choice. Each Kydex sheath is a bespoke item in itself, made by hand and pressed to your specific knife to ensure the best fit and retention. The sheath’s profile is exact and its edges softened to ensure the best possible comfort in typical EDC carry positions. For more unconventional carrying options, a Kydex Pocket Sheath or Static Line Sheath can also be made.

Finally, your Ibara’s edge will be honed by hand on Japanese Water Stones to a perfect mirror edge ensuring that it cuts like a razor blade.


Edge: Hybrid Geometry
Hardness: 62 Hrc
Blade Thickness: 4.5mm / 0.177 in
Primary Blade Length: 65mm / 1.95 in
Total Length: 175mm / 6.5 in
Total Weight: N/A
Years Produced: 2019 – Present

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


Steel Selection: Hitachi Yasugi Steel Blue Paper #2
Blade Finish: Black Oxide Patina | Brushed | Blued

  • Neutral Tip Index in either orientation.
  • Hybrid Edge Geometry creates razor sharp Pikal edge while reinforcing the point.
  • Japanese Yasugi steel offers a razor sharp edge.
  • Small, light and very concealable, even in a pocket.
  • Neutral Grip allows easy switching between Reverse or Forward Grips
  • Handle Free of Snag Points for Both Access & Stripping Actions
  • Easily Concealable for most Small to Large Frame People
  • Kydex Sheath offers secure retention and all day comfort.

All Prices Include Shipping. 

Prices are shown in both US$ for International Customers and SA Rands for locals.

Prices are indicative and may vary depending on final specs.

Full Silk Tsukamaki Wrap – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – $600.00 / R6000.00

Package Includes:

The Custom Ibara, Kydex Sheath, presented in Tengui Wrap with Certificate of Authenticity, Care Instructions.


Not available for Pre-Order.

Any available units will be posted for sale on Instagram / Facebook.


Traditional Silk Tsukamaki Wrap

A complete traditional Japanese Tsukamaki style wrap uses Japanese Silk Ito cord which is wrapped over a layer of colour lacquered 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 in traditional termination knots through the Kashira.

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.

Fuchi & Kashira Components: Carbon Fiber, White Bone, Black Water Buffalo Horn, Red Water Buffalo Horn, Blackened Titanium, Heat Anodised Titanium.


Full or Fold-Over Kydex Sheath
High quality heat formed Kydex Sheath are supplied with a Discreet Carry Concepts HLR Clip which can be worn with or without a belt. These sheaths can be fitted with other mounting clips like Ulti-Clips as well, or fitted with Soft Loops.

Pocket Hook Kydex Sheath
High quality heat formed Kydex Sheath designed specifically to be worn inside the pants pocket. The sheath is formed with a double hook so that it can be drawn either forwards or backwards. The hooks engage with the recess inside your pocket when drawn, leaving the sheath behind and the knife in your hand.

Disclaimer: The design of pocket hook sheaths is extremely general and designed to work with most pockets. How well it works with your individual pockets is unknown. 

Static Line Kydex Sheath

A fully formed, lightweight Kydex Sheath which is designed to be tucked into the waistband or carried in a pocket. The sheath is supplied with a length of high strength micro cord which is anchored to your gear or clothing. When the knife is drawn the cord anchor will snap the sheath off the blade.

The Static Line sheath allows more flexibility in carry positions and allows the knife to be mounted on gear or backpacks much more easily.