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by Michael Janich
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: My Martial Arts Video Collection
Replies: 12
Views: 347

Re: My Martial Arts Video Collection

Dear Naperville and Jim: Thank you both for sharing your backgrounds and insights. Naperville, thank you for the kind words regarding my videos. I'm glad the logic comes through and resonates with you. FYI, MBC does have representation in Chicagoland. If you're interested in doing any hands-on train...
by Michael Janich
Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: My Martial Arts Video Collection
Replies: 12
Views: 347

Re: My Martial Arts Video Collection

Dear Naperville: Thank you for including some of my MBC videos in your library! I have a large martial arts video library, but running Paladin's video production department for 10 years really influenced what I've kept and what I've given (or thrown) away. Some of my personal favorites include: Jim ...
by Michael Janich
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Kapara at the Sydney Knife Show
Replies: 17
Views: 1935

Re: Kapara at the Sydney Knife Show

Congratulations, Alistair!!! That's awesome!!!!!

We're very proud to have you on the Spyderco team of collaborators!!!

Stay safe,

Mike
by Michael Janich
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: A Spyderco "Throwing Pocket Knife".
Replies: 45
Views: 2337

Re: A Spyderco "Throwing Pocket Knife".

I have been throwing knives for more than 40 years and also have a greater-than-average interest in the use of knives in self-defense. When I first started throwing, I was enamored with the Hollywood hype and worked hard at being able to throw my knives--cheap, light sets of three that I bought at t...
by Michael Janich
Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Yojimbo 2 wharncliffe with straight edge vs. curved sword cutting philosophy
Replies: 27
Views: 988

Re: Yojimbo 2 wharncliffe with straight edge vs. curved sword cutting philosophy

Interesting discussion. Mike, I always wanted to ask you the following: say you have a Wharncliffe and a Bowie, with similar edges and spine thickness and similar tip angles. You see any difference in penetration capability ? Seems to me the Bowie would penetrate a little deeper, while the Wharnie ...
by Michael Janich
Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Yojimbo 2 wharncliffe with straight edge vs. curved sword cutting philosophy
Replies: 27
Views: 988

Re: Yojimbo 2 wharncliffe with straight edge vs. curved sword cutting philosophy

Ignoring the business of swords. I am curious about this business of curved geometry versus a warncliffe like the Yojimbo in a small knife. I watched a video where Ernest Emerson is talking about the virtue of a knife with belly for cutting people and found what he said convincing -- and then I ran...
by Michael Janich
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Yojimbo 2 wharncliffe with straight edge vs. curved sword cutting philosophy
Replies: 27
Views: 988

Re: Yojimbo 2 wharncliffe with straight edge vs. curved sword cutting philosophy

Interesting topic... thanks for posting. First of all, there is a significant difference between the cutting mechanics of a sword and a knife. Once you have enough mass in a blade, it is capable of chopping cuts that work more like an axe--with the edge passing perpendicularly or nearly perpendicula...
by Michael Janich
Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: TSRA Touts Martial Blade Concepts and Spyderco
Replies: 4
Views: 296

Re: TSRA Touts Martial Blade Concepts and Spyderco

I was honored to be featured in the article and truly appreciate the author's attention to detail. He wrote it after attending his first camp and did an outstanding job for an MBC newbie.

Stay safe,

Mike
by Michael Janich
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Will there still be a Mid Year Supplement?
Replies: 8
Views: 547

Re: Will there still be a Mid Year Supplement?

Again, the purpose of the Reveal process is to reduce the time between the announcement of a new product and its actual availability. Although we are confident that it works better and is more in line with today's market expectations, new-product releases are still not an exact science. When you ma...
by Michael Janich
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Will there still be a Mid Year Supplement?
Replies: 8
Views: 547

Re: Will there still be a Mid Year Supplement?

Hey, All: The Reveals are in fact supplements to the catalog. Rather than a single mid-year, they supplement the main catalog several times throughout the year as new product is released. Reveal #2 came out shortly before the Blade Show, so its timing was very close to the traditional mid-year. Look...
by Michael Janich
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Dragonfly Wharncliffe
Replies: 33
Views: 1624

Re: Dragonfly Wharncliffe

Dear Lifeinspired: Thank you very much for your post. To answer your questions: 1) The Dragonfly Wharncliffe is a regular-production knife, not a Sprint Run, so it should be readily available for the foreseeable future. 2) A Wharncliffe works well as a food knife--especially when cutting on a cuttin...
by Michael Janich
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Finally.......whew...
Replies: 25
Views: 937

Re: Finally.......whew...

Congrats on your Yo 2!!! I hope it lives up to all your expectations and serves you well!!!!!!

Stay safe,

Mike
by Michael Janich
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Knife Vs. Pork Covered in Jeans
Replies: 41
Views: 1651

Re: Knife Vs. Pork Covered in Jeans

So if I may ask: A Chap LW would be too small already handlewise for effective sd? (Just a theoretical question though, since I never thought about sd with a knife in reality tbh...) If it fits your hand well enough to apply significant leverage and manage impact shock, it would do fine. Deployment...
by Michael Janich
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Knife Vs. Pork Covered in Jeans
Replies: 41
Views: 1651

Re: Knife Vs. Pork Covered in Jeans

The real key to cutting deeply with a small knife is having enough handle/grip to stabilize the blade. I believe that going down the micro knife path for a self-defense knife is misleading because cutting performance is only one factor. Even if a Ladybug cuts as well as a Cricket, if you can't draw ...
by Michael Janich
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco Small Knife For Self Defense?
Replies: 79
Views: 2544

Re: Spyderco Small Knife For Self Defense?

I'm by no means an expert on SD but I've never liked the idea of my fingers being inside a ring on a weapon. Seems like a great way to break that finger. The "ring" on the Swick is based on the index-finger hole pioneered by Fred Perrin. Fred developed the hole when he was a scaffolding worker in P...
by Michael Janich
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco Small Knife For Self Defense?
Replies: 79
Views: 2544

Re: Spyderco Small Knife For Self Defense?

Dear Knife1: I also received your e-mail regarding this question, but thought I'd answer here to contribute to the discussion. Years ago, I used to do my "Pork Man" demo with a Cricket to show the cutting power of a small blade. While the Reverse S did a great job of demonstrating how devastating a ...
by Michael Janich
Thu May 30, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Street Beat Sprint
Replies: 44
Views: 1321

Re: Street Beat Sprint

Hey, All: I would love a Street Beat Sprint run. I think it's one of the best fixed blade designs Spyderco has ever offered and love Fred's work. It's important to remember, however, that the original Street Beat (not the Lightweight, with injection-molded handle) is hand finished. The blending of t...
by Michael Janich
Tue May 28, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco Tasman Salt, with Michael Janich
Replies: 8
Views: 580

Re: Spyderco Tasman Salt, with Michael Janich

Hey, SpyderEdgeForever:

Thank you very much for your post and the kind words.

Hey, Bloke:

Thanks for creeping me out with your post. Now I value my self-defense skills even more... ;)

Stay safe,

Mike
by Michael Janich
Thu May 16, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What is this on the new Spydiechef lock bar?
Replies: 156
Views: 10961

Re: What is this on the new Spydiechef lock bar?

To all: Thank you for your patience regarding this topic. We have been in close communication with our Taiwanese makers to understand their exact manufacturing and processing methods. Since the language difference is obviously a complicating factor, we wanted to make sure we understood everything cl...
by Michael Janich
Thu May 09, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Spyderco Restricted Models Discussion
Topic: A Spyderco OTF?
Replies: 48
Views: 1730

Re: A Spyderco OTF?

My favorite OTF is still the German Air Crew Knife (aka German Paratrooper Knife), a gravity OTF designed to be used. I first saw one in David Steele's book "Secrets of Modern Knife Fighting" back in the mid 1970's. He referenced a German film "Knife in the Water," which showed the knife. I suffered...

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