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2015
Twobirds Flying Publication

Spyderco Reverse

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Spyderco’s Reverse – a unique Craig Douglas and Michael Janich compromise

2015

Spyderco’s Reverse – a unique Craig Douglas and Michael Janich compromise
By: Sal Palma

One of my more interesting meetings while at
Shot Show 2015, in Las Vegas, was with the
Spyderco team; Sal has knowledgeable
dedicated folks as part of his organization. The
company’s innovative spirit combined with
great human capital has resulted in years of
success with multiple Blade awards and a
prominent position in the market. For 2015,
Spyderco introduced 5 new knives in both fixed
blade and folding form factors but one of the
more interesting offerings is its Reverse subject of this review.
Where some knives lend themselves to specific
combat styles, Spyderco’s Reverse is very much
style agnostic. This is a fighting knife with a
totally cool twist. A collaboration between Craig
Douglas and Michael Janich, two trainers and
marshal artists with very different philosophies
on combat techniques, the Reverse is a fighting
knife designed to accommodate both men’s
philosophy.

Craig Douglas techniques prefer a reverse-edge
whereas Michael Janich prefers the edge
forward so the Reverse was designed to support
both preferences by rotating the handle 180°.
One tool supports two concepts – Ingenious!

Simply having a reversible handle does not a
great fighting knife make and that’s precisely
what the Reverse is – a great fighting knife. In
fact it’s an exceptional close quarter back up.

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Spyderco’s Reverse – a unique Craig Douglas and Michael Janich compromise

Hand-to-Hand combat is not graceful; in fact, it
is fraught with danger and should only be
engaged in to create space and escape.
Gentlemen DO NOT engage in hand-to-hand
combat so having a Spyderco Reverse on your
belt or vest will make hand-to-hand short and
decisive.
The 3.47 inch hawkbill blade is a devastating
puncturing, slashing and ripping weapon; with a
.135 inch blade thickness and full flat grind
there’s not much it won’t handle. The blade is
made from CTS BD1 steel decorated on both
sides with the familiar Spyderco bug and the
Douglas/Janich individual marks, so it is as
attractive as it is functional.
CTS BD1 is a Carpenter steel that favors quite
well against AUS8. This new alloy has a
composition of 0.90 C, 0.60 Mn, 0.37 Si, 15.75
Cr, 0.30 Mo, 0.10 V. It’s in the Carpenter CTS™
family of alloys that offer superior edge
retention and surface finish, and the ability to
be machined to a fine edge, with consistent
heat-treatability from lot to lot.
The handle is reversible to orient the blade
edge as desired and consists of two textured G10 scales machined to create a hollow cavity for
the blade tang.

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allows the scales to be easily removed or
mounted to the tang.
The Reverse includes a custom-molded
Boltaron® sheath designed to allow the knife to
fit securely with both handle configurations.
Spyderco’s adjustable G-Clip™ supports both
belt and inside-the-waistband carry.

There’s no question that Spyderco’s Reverse is a
departure from traditional thought but it strikes
such an excellent balance between function and
form without betraying its principal combat
role. This quality import is a formidable close
quarter combat tool at a mere 3.6 oz. And, at an
M.S.R.P. of $149 you’d be hard-pressed to find
a better companion. For sure, you’ll want to
check out this fixed blade offering from
Spyderco.
-SP

The two G-10 scales attach to the tang with
three Torx® bolts. Spyderco did something that I
thought was extremely clever, they keyed the
Torx bolts to the knife tang so when you tighten
the bolts there is not chance they will spin in
place. Spyderco also included a T-8 wrench that

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