The Spyderco Yojimbo 2 is a new self defense knife designed by martial artist and Martial Blade Concepts innovator Michael Janich. The knife debuted at SHOT Show 2011, with Spyderco founder Sal Glesser delivering a prototype the day before the show. Mr. Janich gave us an in-depth look at the design changes he made to the original Yojimbo to improve the new knife’s performance.
The Yojimbo 2 has a 3 ¼” wharncliff blade of CPM-S30V stainless steel, which is hollow ground. It wears black, textured G-10 scales and has torx screw construction. The blade is well secured via Spyderco’s compression lock. No MSRP was available at the show, but we were told the much anticipated knife should begin shipping in the 4th Quarter of 2011.
(Update: The knives are now available and have an MSRP of $204.95. Fortunately, they aren’t selling at MSRP in most locations.)
Michael Janich and the Spyderco Yojimbo 2
Randall: We’re talking to Mike Janich here at Spyderco. He’s going to talk to us a little bit about the Yojimbo 2.
Michael Janich: Okay, Yojimbo 2. Of course, the original version of this design was the original Yojimbo that was produced by Spyderco after about 2003 to about 2005 or so.
What I’ve got with this version of it is really try to incorporate some of the design features that I think will make an even better knife. Still has Wharncliffe design. You need the Wharncliffe is when you are moving your arm in an arc to cut, cutting full power on weighted point.
My preferred grip is Filipino grip, top on the back, this has really nice thumb purchase. We got rid of the chipping or the serrations on the back. So that way, I could just slide it on. I’m not going to cost any abrasion on my thumb.
It’s a hollow grind instead of a full flat grind which gives a little stronger tip.
The lock’s got a little bit better overall strength in the blade. Still the compression lock mechanism is the strongest locks we have and spreaded through the line up.
The ergonomics of the handle overall were even more polished about here, so it feels like hollow on the palm when you grip it, as opposed to the more concave shape for the original Yojimbo design.
The handle is shorter. We’re kind of emphasizing the idea of striking with it. We don’t really need — There’s a longer tail on that handle when we had it before.
And also, can set up to four four clips – on the right side of the area.
It’s really good trying to kind of tune up the ergonomics making the handle a little better; get rid of the abrasive hutch spots and things like that to make it overall, it’s even more compact and it’s pro.
Randall: Thank you, Mr. Janich.
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