jam393 wrote:I should have been more clear in my earlier post. I am interested in both the p’kal and Yojimbo 2 for a defensive knife when I don’t conceal carry. I am a former LEO and now conduct investigations for an insurance company. My job takes me into dangerous areas and I wanted a blade that was high quality and reliable. I enjoy these forums and wanted to get some facts on both knives. The Yojimbo 2 looks more practical for carry, but the P’kal trips my trigger as well with the Emerson Wave. Thanks
Hi jam393, welcome to the forum. I own both the Yojimbo and the P'kal and I'm a big fan of both knives. I usually carry the Yojimbo clipless in the "coin pocket" of my jeans. I find I can reach in and deploy it easily carrying it like this and I prefer to carry the Yojimbo concealed. Clipped to the pocket in tip up carry, the Yo2 handle sticks out a little farther than I like, and in tip down carry it is very wide at the top, and people can see you have a big knife. What I like about the Yo2 is the ergonomics of the handle and blade as well as the blade geometry itself. It feels very good in hand. The blade is designed so you can place your thumb on the spine of the blade, this gives you a lot of control and power to your cuts, the high hollow ground wharncliffe shape also cuts and penetrates like no ones business. The large choil insures a solid grip as well. When I carry concealed I carry the Yojimbo 2.
Now on days when I am carrying my self defense knife clipped to my pocket, I prefer to carry the P'kal for a few reasons. The wire clip and handle shape are very low key and inconspicuous. Because of the wave feature, deployment of the P'kal is one beat faster than other knives, and speed is important in self defense. The reverse handle takes a little getting used to, it's definitely not a utility knife (unlike the Yo2 which doubles very well as a utility knife), but when used in the reverse edge in grip the handle makes perfect sense, it's designed to do one thing, and do it well. The P'kal is a stabber, it goes in and out with little resistance (I like to test my SD knives on rolls of paper towels), the slight curve of the blade follows the same natural arch as your hand does when stabbing.
The self defense styles for each knife are different, I would say on the surface the basic P'kal style requires less practice to get someone up and running, and it relies on repeated hammer fist type stabbing motions (I'm really over simplifying for brevity, you should check out both Craig Douglas's and Michael Janich's videos). Janich's style focuses more on "mobility kills" cutting muscles to disable limbs (again really oversimplifying).
Here's a P'kal video from the designer.
(Sorry you have to watch on youtube.com, they disabled embedding on this video)
Here's another one from Douglas's Shivworks. Even though the basic technique can be learned in a minute, the style goes pretty deep into ju jitsu and grappling https://youtu.be/jxkjHF5TAuc
Here's a Yojimbo 2 video from the designer. (embedding works on this one
the action starts at 2:19 in )
....Here's another one on the design of the knife https://youtu.be/1ddOdONCCqU
"The Evolution of the Yojimbo 2"
There's a ton of videos as well as the MBC website, definitely worth watching and studying.
So to summarize a little, for speed of deployment and ease of use, I would give the edge to the P'kal... But if you are like me and prefer to carry completely concealed, the advantages of the P'kal disappear when you put it IN the pocket instead of clipped to the pocket. This and the superior ergonomics, utility, and blade geometry is why 90% of the time I carry the Yojimbo 2 over the P'kal. Hope that helps!
*I forgot to mention the locks on both of the knives, they are different, but both are also very solid and reliable. I would say the CBBL is the stronger of the 2, but I have zero complaints about the compression lock. Anyways though it might be worth mentioning.