2012-07-21 Spyderco Yojimbo 2

Anyone who knows Spyderco and knows of Michael Janich knows he has designed a few different Wharncliffe style folders and fixed blades. One of which was for Spyderco a few years back, it was called the Yojimbo. It was an instant success among buyers and collectors, but more-over it was a success by user's 'in the know'. Anyone who knows blade design knows the Wharncliffe dates back really really far, and there are extremely old Viking Seax Blades to prove it is not a new design. Furthermore there are numerous sailing designs of similar blade shape, but many of them were known as 'Sheepsfoot' blades...which differ from Wharncliffe style blades. It is written on other website that the Sheepsfoot blade has a tip that boasts a very steeply curved tip with a small point, like the Spyderco Atlantic SALT blade...where as the Wharncliffe blade has a much more gradual curve to the spine that comes to a nice point, but a more fragile point. We must also mention the multiple variations on the Wharncliffe design, like Mr. Janich's unique variations (such as the Yojimbo and Yojimbo2), more unique designs from Strider, and other unique designs with the Wharncliffe DNA. There is one other type of blade rarely seen in anything but utility blades called a "Coping" blade. The Coping blades are used quite often by Electricians for their various tasks, and you will often see folding knives with a single Coping blade marketed as 'Electricians Knives'. The Coping Blade has a lower point than most other knives in this style, allowing for increased control over the blade.
There is also alot of history and possible lineage regarding the Wharncliffe blade being designed by and commissioned for 'Lord Wharncliffe'. However, history and documents tell us that the name "Wharncliffe" did not exist before 1822, so if that is the case, then the Wharncliffe style blade was done some time after 1822. No one seems to know for certain, but we do know Viking Seax blades existed long long before 1822...so I suppose its a riddle for blade-buffs to determine among each other.

So lets get on down to the nitty gritty...the info and "1st Impressions" of the Yojimbo 2. First of all, when I removed it from its box, I was impressed. Michael Janich designed this knife to be a Combat-Use Blade, or at least that's what I see when I look at it. Its clearly well made, sports deep hollow grinds, symmetrically ground blade, primary and secondary bevels evenly measured, well placed Spydie-Hole for ease of opening, textured G10 handles with just the perfect amount of texture, a great brochure on the Yojimbo and its history, and a darn nice box in my humble opinion. There are many other nice things about the new Yojimbo 2 model. Among them is the feel of this knife in the hand. It is very comfortable. I love the way the handle tapers back to a thinner profile, and gradually becomes thicker/wider as the handle profile progresses. The Blade is a great length, and it looks to be just about the right size for EDC and a multitude of tasks.

Everything we have seen so far speaks to this Knife's level of quality. We expected nothing less from Spyderco. All of us here at GMGB own Spydie's, and we are all faithful customers because of their legendary quality standards, and top of the line customer service. The other factor that the team here really enjoys are the Spyderco Serrations, but those aren't on the Yojimbo 2...of course. Although, maybe they will be in the future. I would like to ask Mr. Janich why he opted to not have serrations on the Yojimbo and Ronin models though. Unless there are ones I haven't seen, none exist that I am aware of. Maybe Mr. Janich will post about it and give us some insight into the 'whys', 'whos', and 'whats' of these designs. I know a few people who have crossed paths with Mr. Janich and they all say nothing but great things about him.


Anyways, the specs of the Spyderco Yojimbo 2 are as follows:
Item # C85GP2
Blade Style- Wharncliffe
Blade Length- 3.125" (79mm)
Cutting Edge- 2-15/16" (75mm)
Handle Length- 4.5" (114mm)
Overall Length- 7-9/16" (192mm)
Blade Steel- CPM-S30V steel
Handle Material- Black Textured G10
Weight- 4oz. (113g)
Made in the USA
Carry Style- 4 position: 2 tip up, 2 tip down
Handle Orientation- Left or Right hand draw/use

Worth noting are the various grips that can be utilized with this knife in your hand. Saber Grip, Hammer Grip, Reverse Grip, Reverse Grip Edge In, and R.G.E. Out, with your thumb on the spine divot, or with your index finger on the spine for increased control of the blade edge.

Another bit of info worth noting is the person behind the design that we spoke of earlier...Michael Janich. His website has plenty of info on him and his skill set, and here's a link to it:
www.martialbladeconcepts.com/   <<== Do yourself a favor and check out this site, and see if you can get to one of his seminars or train with him...you will not regret it. He teaches a system known as MBC or Martial Blade Concepts.

According to his site: "MBC is a system designed to meet the specific needs of today's concerned citizen or armed professional. Based on Michael Janich’s extensive analysis of the Filipino martial arts and many other systems, MBC emphasizes the development of “all-purpose” defensive skills. Rather than learning a large number of specific techniques to defend against specific attacks, MBC focuses on perfecting a few proven techniques and learning how to apply them to literally hundreds of different defensive situations. Through this easy-to-learn method, students develop defensive proficiency very quickly and have both the ability and the confidence to employ their skills after only a brief period of training."

As before, I want to point out that this review is just the first installment of the 3-part reviews we do here at GunMetal Gear Blog. We are truly looking forward to the "testing" period of this review, which will be coming up in a couple weeks or so. We want to do numerous tests involving meat wrapped in Saran Wrap, with clothing over top to simulate clothing, flesh, muscle, and bone. We also have puncture/piercing testing planned, strength and angle testing planned, and a whole lot more planned. Ya'll just wait till you see whats next for the Spyderco Yojimbo 2 review, I believe not one of you will be disappointed. If you want o acquire your OWN Yojimbo2, have a look online and find a good dealer like BladeHQ, or go to www.spyderco.com and get one from the spyderco store. Thanks for reading and commenting, as always.

A HUGE special Thank You to Ms. Kristi Hunter, Mr. Michael Janich, and the whole Spyderco Team. God bless our Troops.
-Chief out.