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.
Shrike SH229 is a classic Tsukamaki style knife. The blade is ground in the standard 1 & 3/4 edge configuration and finished with our antique etched treatment, giving it an aged appearance like our original knives. The handle is built on a G10 liner base, with satin polished carbon fibre fittings, an antique lacquered sameagawa panel and brown silk tsukaito. Giving it a really traditional aesthetic.
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 truly unique defensive EDC knife that is worthy of the Divine Companion moniker.