Rodent Waki Pre-order NOW!!!!

Discussion in 'Swamp Rat Knives' started by Eric Isaacson, Jun 1, 2009.

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  1. kenshin536

    kenshin536 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2004
    I have a Waki in Black canvas and one in Red/Black G10. The G10 balances better and feels better in the hand IMO.:thumbup: The G10 handles are more than worth the cost of upgrading.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2009
  2. HikingMano


    Sep 2, 2008
    Thanks for the added info. I'm thinking I'll just save the money and stick with the BCM. It's what I know, and I don't want to take a risk on this blade and end up not liking the G10. :thumbup: If these are ever offered again, I'll pick up another in G10.
  3. Don G.

    Don G.

    Jan 8, 2006
    Okay, I just placed my order for the black blade and black G-10 handles. I had a hard time deciding between the black G-10 and the Black and Red G-10. Oh, the difficult decisions one must make when faced with so many awesome choices! :D
  4. razorburn

    razorburn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2007
    For me, I still can't decide between the $30 difference between the black micarta and G-10 handles.Are there any more differences.....Is one more durable ?
  5. u812

    u812 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2002
    I like canvas better.
    The only reason I would go with G10 would be for the color.Love the black-red.
  6. Don G.

    Don G.

    Jan 8, 2006
    It came down to the balance of the blade to me. It sounds like the G10 offers a little better balance/feel. I don't think you can honestly go wrong with either. The micarta does absorb moisture slightly and has a fabric feel to the grip. The price made me think twice, but the previous posting about the balance pushed me over the edge. ;)
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2009
  7. MustardMan


    Mar 14, 2009
    "Better" balance is subjective. The G10 offers a slightly more handle-heavy balance.

    Honestly, I feel almost no difference between the micarta and G10 in hands. The primary reason to choose G10 on this blade is appearance, and the primary reason to choose micarta is cost, IMHO.

    If you had me do a blind test, holding the G10 in one hand and Micarta in the other, and I had to pick which was which, it would be difficult to do. I MIGHT be able to figure it out based on balance, but I'm not even sure of that.
  8. Kaizen1

    Kaizen1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    Got the note from the mailman that I missed my Waki yesterday and now it's locked in the post office until tomorrow-dammit. I'm thinking of breaking into the post office and taking my Waki. But I might be too tempted to take a couple more packages while I'm there.
  9. Jaxx

    Jaxx Moderator Moderator

    Jan 18, 2006
    Got my Waki's in yesterday and WOW!!! ...Just might have to order one more before they are all gone! :D:thumbup:

    Sorry, no pix yet. It's so humid here today that my camera keeps foggin' up trying to take outdoor shots, grrr. :grumpy:
  10. Don G.

    Don G.

    Jan 8, 2006
    Exactly what I'm looking for. :D
  11. HikingMano


    Sep 2, 2008
    Be sure to post a pic when you get it, I want to see a BCM on black :).

    ETA: Because I'm still drooling over the looks of the Black and Red G10...still weighing the pros and cons.

    ETA2: I just sent an email requesting a handle change to Black and Red G10, it's just too awesome. Made the final decision after searching for more pics here. I hope I didn't piss anyone off with the flakiness...:eek:.
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  12. Kaizen1

    Kaizen1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    I think you made a great choice:thumbup:. I'll still post pics and show the balance point when I can in a few days.
  13. HikingMano


    Sep 2, 2008
    Awesome, looking forward to it. Maybe if I get a windfall I can get a second strictly user-only waki, and keep this guy minty :D.
  14. Kaizen1

    Kaizen1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    Man, this Waki is EXACTLY what I was looking for, for at least 2 years now:

    -Shorter blade for tight spaces for home defense
    -Short overall length for easy carry
    -Tough blade to compensate for my horrible sword technique and just basic guy mistakes like accidentally hitting nails and such.
    -Full tang. I hate the tapered tang in traditional katanas. I've read of too many times where the handles becomes loose or even the blade flies out on higher end swords.
    -Light. I had a great Ko Katana from Dynasty Forge. It had most of the things I wanted in a sword, but the thing that kept running in the back of my mind was the heft. They made the blade extra thick to make it extra tough, but it became too heavy for my liking. (aside from that, the sword was outstanding. A stronger guy might not be bothered by it, it weighed 2.8lbs. Compare that to the 1.8lb Waki). This blade is about as perfectly weighted as I could ask.
    -G-10/Micarta handles: The traditional katana handles seem like they're made more from tradition than practicality when considering today's options.
    -Flat/convexed ground.

    I've been wanting a Criswell Katana for a couple of years now, particularly one of his wakizashis for the above reasons. And now I have an arguably tougher blade without the one thing I didn't like about the Criswells- the hollow ground blade. I couldn't ask for more.
  15. philwar


    Mar 27, 2009
    Well that was helpful! :mad: I ordered one, but recently, and now I have to wait for god knows how long! :mad: ;)
    Thx for the good news! :thumbup:
  16. MustardMan


    Mar 14, 2009
    I've got a pile of gatorade bottles waiting to be filled with water and then sacrificed to the Waki gods as soon as I get a free day. I expect lots and lots of fun will be had :D :D :D
  17. HikingMano


    Sep 2, 2008
    Good stuff Kaizen1 :thumbup::thumbup: Sounds like a great compact blade, I'm getting even more stoked for mine, if that's possible....:)

    Ah! That reminds me, I better start stocking up too! :D
  18. yallknowho

    yallknowho Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 7, 2007
    I sent the emails off a couple days ago. Should I expect a confirmation, or is the pre order over?
  19. Eric Isaacson

    Eric Isaacson Pirate

    Dec 19, 1999
    Pre-order is still open, it usually takes me a couple of days to get the confirmations out. Hopefully tomorrow I can get caught up.

    Thanks for your patience

  20. adrock1978


    May 30, 2009
    By the way, Eric... my Waki is the single coolest blade I've ever laid hands on. Thanks for the quickness! Black with Tan Mic Sexiness!!!
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