The Shrike, the most vicious little bird. Like its namesake, this blade will impale and butcher...


/ʃrʌɪk/ - a songbird with a strong sharply hooked bill, known for impaling its prey on thorns.

The Ironside Edge Works Shrike was first conceived in 2017 and stands as the original Pikal knife I designed for my defensive carry needs. The Shrike has since evolved and become a formidable option for anyone who needs an easily concealable full size defensive knife.

The Shrike is a purpose made Pikal knife, designed to be used in reverse grip (tip down) with the primary edge facing the user. For those unfamiliar with this style, the Pikal grip gives the user a very devastatingly affective approach to defensive knife use, particularly in countering ambush style attacks. The configuration and orientation of the blade allows the use of very base, almost primal body movements and mechanics – powerful downward stabbing motions are combined with pulling actions against the primary edge of the blade. The result can be very devastating deep lacerations and wound channels which very effectively reduce an attacker’s will to fight, and can end an altercation quickly.

This custom Shrike is available in either the standard 1 and 3/4 edge configuration, a full double edge option, or a single edge configuration as desired. The edge geometry is a hybrid of Flat grinding and Convex grinding. The primary Pikal edge is ground flat to produce a very sharp edge, while the supporting edge is ground Convex to retain some mass at the point. This increases the tip strength of double edged versions, should the blade come into contact with harder materials like bone, which is entirely likely in the event of defensive use. The Shrike is also weighted specifically to be more handle heavy. This puts the centre of mass within the palm of your hand and lends mass to downward stab. Additionally the tip is neutrally indexed, meaning it requires no manipulation of your wrist to orient the point of the blade for an optimal position, the point will go where your hammer-fist goes.

The handle of the Shrike can be finished in a variety of options. All options are ergonomically considered and are effective in their function. However, aesthetically everyone has a preference, and aesthetics are also important. We offer a range of choices in G10, Carbon Fiber, Exotic Wood or our full Tsukamaki handle wrap which is our specialty. The full Tsukamaki option includes colour choices for the Silk Ito (Cord), the Samegawa (ray skin) as well as material choices for the fittings (Fuchi & Kashira). Additionally a decorative copper or brass liner can be added to any of the handle options for a bit of extra flair.

The Shrike is offered with a choice of either a Full Kydex Sheath or slightly more compact Fold-Over Kydex Sheath, and is supplied with a Discreet Carry Concepts Mod 5.1 HLR Clip. Additional carrying and mounting options are also available, including Pocket Hook Sheaths and Static Line Sheaths if you prefer. Each sheath is made as a bespoke item for your individual knife and is pressed and finished by hand to provide the best fit and retention for the blade, as well as to ensure comfort in concealed carry.

Finally, the blade is honed and sharpened by hand on Japanese water stones to produce an exceptionally sharp polished edge.


Edge Geometry: Flat (Single) / Hybrid (Double)
Hardness: 60-61 Hrc
Blade Thickness: ~5mm / 0.20 in
Blade Length: 75mm / 2.95 in
Total Length: 175mm / 6.90 in
Total Weight: 220g / 7.75 oz (Blade Only)
Years Produced: 2017 – Present

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


Steel Selection: Böhler K460 | Elmax
Edge Selection: Single Edge (Optional Swedge) | 1 & 3/4 Edge | Double Edge
Blade Finish: Black Oxide Patina | Brushed

  • Neutral Tip Index when held in Pikal Grip
  • Will easily penetrate organic medium and most clothing
  • Double Edge adds some versatility in Forward Grip
  • Secure Ergonomic Grip with Minimal Protrusions
  • 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. 

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

Prices are indicative and may vary depending on final specs.

Synthetic Scales – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – From $280.00 / R2800.00

Exotic Wood / Burl Scales – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – From $280.00 / R2800.00

Full Silk Tsukamaki Wrap – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – From $380.00 / R3800.00

Package Includes:

The Custom Shrike, 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.


Synthetic Scales

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.

Optional Liners are also available in Brass or Copper.

Exotic Wood / Burl Scales

Exotic Wood and Burl scales are fitted to the blade.

Scales are shaped and contoured ergonomically in either a simple grooved pattern or simple contour.

Wood species include African Blackwood, Wenge, Purple Heart, Ironwood, Ebony, Walnut Burl and more. If you have a specific wood you like we can try to get it.

Brass or Decorative Mosaic Pins can be added.

Optional Liners are also available in Brass or Copper.

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.