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.

A blade like this doesn’t deserve standard treatment, and is made 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, making it rather special.

The blade is hand polished and finished according to specification, either triple etched black, and antiqued brushed finish, or blued.

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 standard Kydex Sheath and IWB clip, packaged with it’s Masterworks credentials. The Ibara is a limited run knife of which no more than 10 are made each year.


Steel: Hitachi Yasugi Steel Blue Paper #2
Edge: Hybrid Geometry
Hardness: 62 Hrc
Finish: Acid Blackened, Brushed or Blued
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
Numbers: No more than 10 a year

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

  • 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.

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

Steel Trainer Versions can be made to match the Live Blade from $120.00 / R1200.00


The Masterworks Ibara is available to order only once steel has been sourced and secured to make the blades.

Once blades are made ordering will open, and the knives will be finished to customer specification. Lead time on Masterworks knives is indefinite. They simply take however long they take. The level of detail and craftsmanship in these knives is of a very high level and the process cannot be rushed. Do not order if you are not the type of person who can wait.


Full Traditional Silk Tsukamaki Wrap

A full 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 through an end-cap and traditional knot. A polished Copper or Brass Liner is visible underneath the handle fittings and adds a nice colour accent.

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

Fittings: Carbon Fiber, White Bone, or Black or Red Polished Buffalo Horn

Liner Options: Copper or Brass

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

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


Sheath & Mounting:
High quality heat formed Kydex Sheath with either both Soft Loop mountings and 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.

A Pocket Hook Sheath is also included.