The Shinobi Tsukamaki series is our most basic level of Tsukamaki that we offer. These knives are made as their name would suggest in the ideals of the Shinobi, the “ninja” of feudal Japan, who valued practical, usable tools that could do the work over heavily adorned and highly decorative features.
The Shinobi range is therefore our most “practical” Tsukamaki, with subdued colours, satin finishes and less exotic materials. The blades are coated n either Cerakote or our Satin Blued finish for practicality and for the less light reflective properties. The Shinobi Tsukamaki knives are still wrapped in the traditional methods, very tightly using Silk Tsukaito and washi paper hishigami so that they are functional and usable for EDC. Although you could also lacquer or resin coat the handles, this is a choice we leave up to the user.
Shinobi Shrike’s are free hand ground from thick stock 80CRV2 in either the “standard” 1 & 3/4 egge configuration or a single edge with swedge, favouring the Pikal orientation heavily.Long time followers will know that the Shrike is out flagship knife, and the original design we began with, now in its 5th generation, it is near perfect in our opinion as a defensive knife capable of dealing with almost anything put in its path. A hallmark of all our blades is the thick steel stock which helps us to produce a robust blade tip. We like a knife that can drive through tougher materials and not be hindered when encountering harder organic materials like bone, or parts of clothing like buckles, zips and metal snaps.
The Shrike is also ergonomically considered and is indexed for use in the Pukal grip, with the tip aligning perfectly with the knuckles of the hand, making targeting feel natural. The handle is not too long, fitting fully in most hands to ensure minimal risk of snagging on clothes during accessing, and reducing the possibility of injuring yourself during stripping actions.
Shrike SH221 is a striking Shinobi Tsukamaki example. With a Satin Blued blade and Satin Carbon Fiber, with black samegawa and Azuki silk Tsukaito. It comes with our Tier 1 style Kydex Sheath which can be fitted out with Soft Loop for OWB mounting or DCC HLR Clips for IWB mounts.