The Shrike – Tier 2 Version

The Shrike – Tier 2 Version


The Shrike is the quintessential Ironside Edge Works defensive knife. Our perfect idea of a Pikal style EDC knife!

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The Shrike was initially conceived by designer Gavin Coleman in early 2017 as a purpose made defensive knife. During this time Gavin was heavily involved in the development of The Maul principles with co-founder Schalk Holloway. The experiences of this development and combative exploration was a major influencing factor in the design of the Shrike.

The Pikal style was chosen for the Shrike due to its simplicity of function, but also its devastatingly destructive ability. The Pikal configuration offers the user the ability to deliver severe damage to an opponent with very base, and quite instinctive movement patterns. This style of knife has since become a hallmark of Ironside Edge Works’ and one of our specialties.

The Shrike has undergone several designer iterations since 2017. This latest Gen 5 version has been available since August 2021. The Shrike is made intentionally handle heavy. This weight bias towards the user’s hand gives the knife a certain security, as well as adding a small amount of mass to the strike. The handle itself is profiled to be extremely ergonomic, and user comfort has become a hallmark of our work because of this ground-breaking design. The Shrike is made in two variants, a Regular and XL version. The XL version adds about 1″ / 25mm to the handle length to accommodate users with bigger hands.

The blade length is kept optimal, just about 3 inches in length. While many opt for larger blades, we feel this is a practical and usable length. Allowing most people to easily conceal carry the knife, with the blade length remaining wholly functional for its purpose. The bevels are hand-ground to a Robust, convex working edge, making it sharp, but still able to withstand the rigours of combat.

The Shrike is made to be a hard-use defensive knife. The thick steel stock ensures both the tip and edge are well supported and can hold up to the stresses of combative use. This is not a delicate paper-cutter, but designed to rip through organic matter and not roll or chip when hitting bone or harder clothing materials like zippers, buttons and buckles.

The Tier 2 Version features a Carbon Fiber clad handle. The scales have been contoured by hand in our proprietary Tsuka pattern and polished to a lustrous satin finish. The blade is free hand ground in 80Crv2 steel, and finished by Satin Blue. This Satin Hot Bluing process is reminiscent of the finish found on many classic firearms, and gives the knife a level of subtle beauty  not found on more modern synthetic coatings.

The Shrike comes with a full Kydex sheath for secure concealed carry and is fitted with a Discreet Carry Concepts 5.1 HLR Gear Clip as standard.

The Shrike is our best-selling model for a reason. It is where it all started and is a Divine Companion to many around the world.


Steel: 80CRV2
Steel Finish: Satin Blued
Hardness: 61Hrc
Overall Length: 185mm / 7.20″ (Regular)
Blade Length: 75mm / 2.95″
Blade Thickness: 5.6mm / 0.22″
Edge Geometry: Convex
Edge Rating: Robust
Handle Material: Carbon Fiber
Handle Pattern: Tsuka Pattern
Sheath: Kydex
Mounting: DCC 5.1 HLR Gear Clip



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