First commissioned as a design by famed Combatives Instructor Craig Douglas (SouthNarc) in 2019, the Ibara took just over a year to come to fruition. With Craig’s stamp of approval this superb defensive knife is now available to order, but in limited quantities.

A Thorn in the Side...

The Ibara was commissioned as a bespoke Tier 3 Custom design in 2019 by Craig Douglas (SouthNarc) for his personal collection. Approaching Gavin Coleman, Craig’s initial brief was kept quite simple and open. The knife was to be a double edge blade, approximately 6.5″ in total length, with a neutral handle design that could be used easily in any orientation, and lastly a Tsukamaki handle wrap. The rest was up to the designer…

After the initial design phase was over and Craig was happy with the drawing presented, work began on some prototypes. It was a very open ended project which allowed new ideas to flourish and for Gavin to explore new techniques and materials. Aogami steel was chosen for the blade, as it complimented the Tsukamaki handle and general theme that Craig wanted. Aogami #2 is a Japanese steel that produces an excellent hard edge but is still tough enough for a defensive knife.

With Craig’s seal of approval, the Ibara is now available to order. In keeping with the spirit of the original project, it is only available as a Tier 3 Custom, in Aogami steel with a Tsukamaki handle. But within those parameters you have many options to choose from and make it your own. We also make only 10 Ibara’s each year making it a limited edition.

The Ibara is a beautifully balanced and easily carried defensive blade that gives its user a lot of versatility with a  handle that remains ergonomic, yet quite adaptable.


Overall Length: 175mm / 6.5 in

Blade Length: 65mm / 1.95 in

Blade Thickness: ~4.5mm / 0.177 in

Hardness: ~62 Hrc

Edge Geometry: Flat Grind & Convex Hybrid

Edge Rating: Medium

Sheath: Kydex

Total Weight: N/A

Designer: Gavin Coleman

Limited to 10 per year

Please Note: Specifications are approximate. Each blade is entirely finished by hand and minor differences in specifications are to be expected.


  • Neutral Tip Index in either orientation.
  • Hybrid Edge Geometry creates razor sharp Pikal edge while reinforcing the point.
  • Japanese Yasugi steel offers a razor sharp edge.
  • Small, light and very concealable, even in a pocket.
  • Neutral Grip allows easy switching between Reverse or Forward Grips
  • Handle Free of Snag Points for Both Access & Stripping Actions
  • Easily Concealable for most Small to Large Frame People
  • Kydex Sheath offers secure retention and all day comfort.


Blade Configuration:
Double Edge


The Ibara is available in Tier 3 Custom only.

To find out more about our Custom Tier system please click here.

Tier 1 Restrictions:

Tier 2 Restrictions:

Tier 3 Restrictions:
Aogami Steel Only



The Ibara is priced from $750.00 + Shipping.

Final specifications and options will determine the final, actual price.


If you are interested in ordering The Ibara, custom made to your own specifications, please get in touch!

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