Straight To The Point! Spyderco And Michael Janich Refine The Wharncliffe Fighter.
In Michael Janich’s edgy world the closest distance between fighting success vs. failure is a straight line. Janich, Spyderco’s Special Projects Director, has conducted edged weapons training seminars all over the world and had previously collaborated with Spyderco on several knives prior to his employment by the company. The Yojimbo 2 (Japanese for “bodyguard”) is an update of the original folder released in 2003. Michael’s demonstrations using the straight-edged Wharncliffe-style blade are highly convincing.
According to Michael, “The Yojimbo 2 is a much more evolved version of my original Spyderco folder design. Like the original, it features a Wharncliffe blade to ensure maximum cutting power all the way to the point. However, the blade is now partially hollow ground to provide a better balance of blade strength and cutting performance and is extended to 3.25″. The concave thumb ramp on the back of the blade provides the perfect purchase for a “Filipino-style” grip and is devoid of jimping or texturing to prevent abrading the thumb during hard impact.”
Spyderco spared no expense on materials for the new Yojimbo 2. Blade steel is a top shelf CPM-S30V stainless powder steel from Crucible Industries and the handles are a nicely sculpted, and durable, G10 synthetic. To keep the blade secured Spyderco added their patented Compression Lock, an extremely strong locking system with access on the backside of the handle. The pocket clip can be positioned on all four ends of the knife, giving the user a wide choice of carry options. If self-defense is your main concern, the Spyderco Yojimbo 2 carries a proven pedigree with a heckuva bite!
By Pat Covert
Maker: Spyderco, Inc.
820 Spyderco Way, Golden, CO 80403
Blade material: CPM-S30V stainless,
Blade length: 3.5″
Overall length: 7.75″
Weight: 4 ounces
Handle: Black G10
Carry: Pocket clip