Designed for Spyderco by Fred Perrin, a world-ranked martial artist and ex-French commando now making knives in Paris, this small fixed blade incorporates some excellent military ideas but still fits civilian use well. You’ll find the sheath equally handy.
With a 3-1/2-inch clip point blade of VG-10 stainless steel and a deep finger choil in the full tang pistol-style handle, the Street Beat knife offers nearly perfect balance as well as secure grip and high leverage. For those more accustomed to handguns than knives, the shift is instinctive with the choil taking the familiar place of the trigger. The wide Micarta handle slabs fill the hand and offer non-slip twisting strength, while the choil replaces the traditional hand guard or bolster.
The tang of this 3.2-ounce knife includes two lanyard holes for extra security, but you may decide that’s not needed. A second lanyard hole at the base of the blade offers an extra level of control, with that lanyard keeping the hand correctly positioned on the blade. Though I’ve seen top quality knives lately which do have that option, as yet I’ve not been convinced it’s a great idea. At best, this new option offers a new trick without detracting from the good qualities of this innovative but traditional fixed blade. Maybe you’ll like that second lanyard — if not, don’t use it.
Nearly everyone will like the tactical style of the Street Beat sheath with an adjustable belt or harness mount that adapts to several positions and increases the number of access options. Carry the Street Beat fixed blade securely in five different settings: at the small of the back, inverted, at the standard vertical belt angle, set for a convenient cross-draw, or at an easily concealed horizontal angle in line with the belt.
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