Nice eval and great photos
I appreciated your inclusion of the Simonich design / photos. Rob was a wonderful man and a true patriot. While I was in Kuwait with my SF company during the ramp up for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2002 he sent 7-8 of his best knives over for distribution to our teams. As I recall Spyderco did, as well, as did Ernie Emerson and several other specialty cutlery providers. You can never do wrong giving due credit and honor to a man like Rob Simonich in whatever forum provides the opportunity.
Recently I enjoyed talking with Randy Wanner. We chatted about a number of things to include the origin of the Warrior. I asked Randy to dig way back into his memory as to the actual role Mike Echanis played in its conceptualization. He kindly did so.
As Randy recalls both Echanis and Chuck Sanders were in LA working with Randy on the photography and text of Mike's books. The two had brought "a sackfful of combat knives" down with them and over the course of the week they spent together the three discussed the pros and cons of each knife. Then they began working on what attributes a better mousetrap, if you will, would present.
Randy offered that toward the end of the week (they were all staying in the same hotel) he began drawing up possible designs reflecting their combined input. When the third drawing was made and looked over by MDE and Chuck, Mike said "That's the one." That drawing would become the first hand ground prototype of the Warrior, unsharpened and made from a scrap of steel picked up off the shop's floor.
As you already know - but for the sake of others that may not -after Mike's passing both you and Randy approached the Echanis Family about their possible endorsement of a memorial knife bearing Mike's name. Randy would refer to the "Echanis Warrior Knife" only one time and that was in an article he wrote for Soldier of Fortune back in 1980, I believe. The family chose not to endorse the project. This, essentially, because they were still very much mourning Mike and Chuck's deaths.
Very respectfully the knife went on to become known simply as "The Warrior".
However, it is appropriate to now know - from Randy Wanner who was so close to MDE and Chuck - the actual involvement of both during the earliest days of the knife's creative beginnings.
My sincere thanks to Randy for taking the time and making the effort to recall what were clearly good but still sad memories of his friends and brothers.
Finally, the included link will take the interested reader to the recent story in Mike and Chuck's hometown newspaper about MDE's 2013 induction into the Black Belt Hall of Fame. Nearly 36 years after his passing, Michael D Echanis has finally been properly acknowledged and honored in his hometown for his wartime service and accomplishments in the martial arts - http://www.argusobserver.com/news/black ... f887a.html
The Pigmy Warrior is a great next step in the design and evolution of this truly American close quarters combat weapon.
A sincere "Thank you" to you and Sal and those at Spyderco who have made it a reality