The Knife

Ireland has the highest incidence of knife crime in Europe (per capita). The only way to defend against a thing, is to understand the thing. Similarly it is ignorance that leads to misuse and tragedy.

Some guys will tell you that non-locking blades of a certain length are legal to carry in Ireland. This is total nonsense. If you have a job laying carpet and have a knife in your pocket during working hours; that’s no problem. If you have the same item in your pocket at any other time; you are liable to arrest and prosecution. It’s that simple. So if you feel under threat and are considering carrying a knife; just tell us first and we’ll talk about it. As far as ownership goes; Irish legislators have done their best to ban everything they can think of, however, broadly speaking, items such as the one pictured here, are legal to possess at home. However, best not consider such a thing for home defence; any Irish court will take a dim view of a purpose built fighting knife regardless of circumstance.

This knife was designed by Jim Wagner. A student of Dan Inosanto, he isĀ one of the peopleĀ responsible for popularising the modern concept of ‘reality based’ martial arts.

Wagner RBB
Wagner RBB & Trainer

It has a 10cm blade and weighs 175g. The blade shown is VG10 which is a high quality yet affordable steel proprietary to Japan. The design is loosely based on the Roman Gladius sword favouring thrusting manipulations, and is intended to be held in a hammer grip. The blade is chisel ground making it easier to sharpen in austere conditions. The angular geometric grind is influenced by the Japanese Tanto and the belly curves inward in the manner of an oriental Kriss. It uses a traditional lock-back mechanism and a thumb disk for one handed opening. The rough textured FRN handle is capped with a low-key pocket clip and a glass breaker.

Ultimately however, there is nothing a tactical knife can do, that an ordinary kitchen knife cannot. Consider this as you practise your techniques in class.

-Ian