The Shrike was initially conceived by designer Gavin Coleman in early 2017 as a purpose made defensive knife during his involvement in the development of The Maul , a combatives system which focussed itself around the use of knives. The experiences of this development and combative exploration was a major influencing factor in the design of the Shrike, and after several design evolutions it remains one of the most formidable defensive EDC knives on the market, and our most popular model.
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 hasn’t been tampered with in terms of its fundamental design. It features an ergonomic handle which allows for fast indexing on the draw, without snag points for concealed carry. The shape of the handle offers the user a secure and natural grip, which helps to drive the point of the blade with a neutral wrist. The blade is free hand ground from thick stock 80Crv2 to ensure a point that can be driven through thicker materials and survive the rigours of combat. The edge geometry is a flat ground on an inward curve blade, with a fine edge that does severe damage to organic soft tissues in those drag cuts so intuitive in Pikal work.
Shrike SH214 is one of our entry level Tsukamaki variants, elegantly bridging the gap between utility and heirloom piece. The blade is the classic 1 & 3/4 configuration, and has been matte black cerakote finished, making it easy to maintain. The Tsukamaki handle is built on a black G10 liner base with satin finished Carbon Fiber fittings. The Samegawa (ray skin) is Crimson lacquered and the Tsukaito is black silk.
All our Tsukamaki knives are wrapped extremely tightly, using washi paper and traditional methods. The wrap is functional but is not resin sealed as we do not feel it is necessary and more of a personal choice we wish to let the owner make. A tsukamaki wrap like this will be just fine for daily EDC, just as it was centuries ago in Feudal Japan.
Made to be dependable and tough this Shrike comes with a Fold over style Kydex Sheath and can be fitted out with Soft Loop or DCC HLR Clip mounts.
This is a beautiful knife, perfect as EDC Defensive Knife that carries the honour of a Divine Companion.