Tier 2 Shrike
A Tier 2 Custom Knife is the ultimate custom defensive knife experience. Create your dream EDC from an array of options, built by hand by our knifemakers…
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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.
Tier 2 Knives offers our customers the opportunity to personalise our standard model offerings, and create a unique version of our designs from preset options. Using these options you can define your Tier 2 Shrike.
New to the 2023 Tier 2 Custom Shrike options is the chance to choose the Blade Steel. Each steel type has its pro’s and con’s. If you’re looking for a more utilitarian blade, 80Crv2 is the steel for you, it’s tough and takes a fine edge and can be finished in both utilitarian Cerakote or slightly more aesthetic blued finishes. Our High Carbon 10xx series steel choice is paired with a new aesthetic treatment we are offering with the introduction of Hamons. A Hamon is a Japanese influenced differential heat treated blade using clay, which results in beautiful temper lines in the blade which are revealed with a painstaking amount of polishing. We offer two finishes with Hamon, namely a Blued Hamon which results in a darker blade with very subtle Hamon, and a more traditional Hadori Polished blade, which is a highly polished blade akin to a Japanese Sword, which reveals the Hamon. Lastly, we offer the opportunity to create a Damascus steel blade. The patterns of Damascus steel we can get cary greatly, and the precise details of your Damascus blade will be discussed with you once the order is processed.
The Custom Shrike has a variety of Handle Styles and material options available. From Symthetics like G10 and Carbon Fiber, to high quality Wood Burls. Some new options have been added as well, most notably the option for Mammoth Ivory, either in full handle scales or Tsukamaki handle fittings. Our famous Tsukamaki handle also has a few new options.
After you have built up your knife handle, the options continue on to Sheaths and Mounts. Most of these choices will be familiar to Tier 2 Custom Knives veterans, but in short you can select the sheath type and mount option you prefer best for your carry style. In future we will be adding new options to this area.
One of the new options available to you is a choice of sharpening. Our standard, and perfectly function machine sharpening is standard across both Tier 1 and Tier 2 Custom Knives, but we now also offer Japanese Water Stone Sharpening. This is a hand honing process across various grades of water stone which results in an extremely fine, highly mirror polished 6000 grit cutting edge, which not only should last longer, but slice cleaner too. Lastly, you have the option of adding a matching Blunt Trainer to your order at a slight discount.
We are extremely limited to how many Custom Knives we accept and take on at any given time, so Tier 2 Custom Knives are limited to 1 per order, unless previously arranged with one of our Knifemakers.
How to Order:
The first step is to select from the various options in the menu’s for your blade steel, finish, handle materials, etc. Once you’ve selected all the options, add it to your cart and submit the order as you normally would. We will confirm all the details and costs with you via an official Quote by email.
Once you are happy with the cost and want to proceed we will assign your build to a knife maker if they are available. If there are no available slots with either of our makers your order will be placed in the Waitlist until an availability opens up.
There is no payment required to be on the Waitlist. Only once your order is assigned to a knifemaker payment will be required before work begins. The Waitlist is first come, first served. Payment does not push you up the list.
If your Order is up on the Waitlist and you cannot make payment, for whatever reason, you can elect to stay on the Waitlist or cancel your order. When your order is nearing the top of the Waiting List we will notify you to let you know payment will be required soon to get your knife made.
Steel: 80CRV2 or 10xx Series Carbon Steel.
Hardness: 60 – 61 Hrc (depending on steel)
Overall Length: 185mm / 7.20″
Blade Length: 75mm / 2.95″
Blade Thickness: 5.6mm / 0.22″
Edge Geometry: Flat Ground
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