Rapidly deployable and small form factor edge weapon
Spyderco promoted its SHAMAN folding knife for the first time at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, Florida, aimed at providing special operations forces (SOF) with a rapidly deployable and small form factor edge weapon.
Speaking to MONCh at the event on 23 May, Michael Janich, Special Projects Coordinator at the company described how the stainless steel knife could be used for a variety of missions, ranging from overt through to clandestine operations.
In such a capacity, operators are better off using folding knives over fixed variants which can take up more space and be less manoeuvrable, Mr. Janich explained.
“The SHAMAN offers the same advanced ergonomics and proven design dynamics in a larger, even more capable format,” he explained while comparing it to Spyderco’s NATIVE range of edged weapons.
The knife features a full-flat grind for edge geometry and acute, utilitarian point, designed to enable “swift, reliable, one-handed opening with either hand,” the knife expert explained. The knife also features a Compression Lock mechanism to secure the blade as well as single-hand closing.
“The SHAMAN can be stowed and deployed very quickly, providing SOF operators with a low profile solution which also retains enough strength to be used as a defensive weapon if necessary,” he added, while also highlighting how the knife could be used as a strap slasher to cut through vehicle and aircraft seatbelts. Additional utility could see close protection teams deploying with the folding blade.
Measuring 21cm in length, the Shaman features a 9.1cm blade with the total unit weighing 147 grams. The knife also includes a G-10 handle with 4-position tip carry position. The Shaman’s blade is designed with CPM S30V steel and measures 3.7mm in thickness, Mr. Janich concluded.
SOF elements including the US Naval Special Warfare continue to be trained in defensive techniques designed to counter ‘edged weapons’ with external contractors sometimes brought in to conduct training, defence sources confirmed to MONCh.