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 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 fitted with the Tsukamaki handle and theme that Craig wanted. Craig’s personal Ibara was also finished off with Shibuichi fittings on the handle, a first for us, which gave the knife an exquisite quality that we have yet to rival.

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 in Aogami steel with a Tsukamaki handle. But within those parameters you have many options.

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: Hybrid

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 Steel:
Aogami #2 (Blue Paper #2 Steel)

Blade Configuration:
Double Edge

Blade Finish (May be depending on Blade Steel Chosen):
Satin Oxide | Satin Blued | High Polish Blued | High Polish Patinated


Ito: Black Silk | Brown Silk | Burgundy Silk | Navy Silk | Gold Silk | Dark Green Silk | White Silk | Black Nubuck | Brown Nubuck | Black Leather | Brown Leather
Samegawa: White (Natural) | Antiqued | Black | Crimson | Gold
Fittings: Carbon Fiber | Black Buffalo Horn | Red Buffalo Horn | Bone | Titanium | Shibuichi | Shakudo
Liners: Synthetic Black | Brass | Copper | Bronze | Shibuichi | Shakudo
Fitting Pins: Carbon Fiber | Stainless Steel | Brass | Titanium | Mosaic

Kydex Sheath: Full | Fold-Over | Pocket Hook

The Sheath is supplied with both IWB Clip & Soft Loops to mount in your preference.



The Ibara is priced from $750.00 + Shipping (DHL)

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! Someone from our team will be delighted to send you a Prospectus and discuss your requirements.

We Will be Delighted to Discuss Your Requirements