Something different; El Cuchillo Grande

May 2, 1999
For those of you who have subscribed to ComTech's Modern Knives Magazine, check this out! For those of you who don't subscribe, you really should, it's a good little rag.

Anyway, this is finaly a knife that offers something different than you usualy see. Specificaly, it's in the style of the "folding bowies" of 19th century Europe, only with an integral lock.

If you're not familiar with that pattern, essentialy you have a standard sized handle, but a long blade that the last few inches of sticks out beyond the handle.

While at first you might assume this is a bad thing, as the exposed edge could cut you, it makes more sense when you think about how a knife like this was meant to be used.

You don't just throw something like this in your pocket, you put it in a sheath, which makes it quicker to draw anyway. Plus, when you pull it you already have a cutting edge exposed without having to open it.

This also means you can use it as a bigger or smaller knife as you see fit.

One distinct advantage a knife like this has over a fixed or folding knife is that you can draw the weapon and go immediately into reverse grip techniques, which even I'll concede have a certain advantage in speed from the draw. Then, after you've put some distance between you and your adversary/ies, without changing grip positions you can flick the knife open, and then be fighting from a saber grip; which I prefer for it's agility, speed, and stronger defensive profile.

The blade on this knife appears to be around 7 inches long, with a three inch or so sharpened false edge. The handle looks to be titanium, the bottom of which is curved in such a manner as to form a pommel of sorts. Good for retention. It's also got a built in gaurd to keep your fingers from sliding onto the blade. Big plus.

This piece was designed by James Keating if I read right, and will be manufactured by Laci Szabo's company which I forget the name of. El Cuchillo Grande might not be the name it has when it goes into production, but that's what the article called it.

As some of you may know, I broke my folder and have been looking for a new one. I have a certain mistrust for integral locks, but only under unusual circumstances. This thing is a strong contender for my next folder.

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I read that article too, seemed kinda cool for the reasons you stated. I like Modern Knives overall. It's definitely worth $12 a year but a lot of the articles could be longer.