The Shrike was initially conceived by designer Gavin Coleman in early 2017 as a purpose made defensive knife. During this time Gavin was heavily involved in the development of The Maul system with co-founder Schalk Holloway. The experiences of this development and combative exploration was a major influencing factor in the design of the Shrike.
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.
The Shrike itself is made intentionally handle heavy. This weight bias towards the user’s hand gives the knife a certain security, as well as adding a small amount of mass to the strike. The handle itself is profiled to be extremely ergonomic, and user comfort has become a hallmark of our work because of this ground-breaking design.
The blade length is kept optimal, just under 3 inches in length. While many opt for larger blades, we feel this is a practical and usable length. Allowing most people to easily conceal carry the knife, with the blade length remaining wholly functional for its purpose. The bevels are hand-ground to a Robust working edge of around 0.5mm, giving it a sharp edge that will withstand the rigours of combat.
The Shrike is made to be a hard-use defensive knife. The thick steel stock ensures both the tip and edge are well supported and can hold up to the stresses of combative use. This is not a delicate paper-cutter, but designed to rip through organic matter and not roll or chip when hitting bone or harder clothing materials like zippers, buttons and buckles.
The Shrike is our best-selling model for a reason. It is where it all started and is a Divine Companion to many around the world.