So recently I was sent a pleasant little package from Sypderco. In it contained the Yojimbo 2
It was a unique shape, but when I held it, I knew my famous Black M390 Paramilitary 2 would lose some pocket time. So here is a basic review of it.
Basic info (Off spyderco website)
length overall 7.55" (192 mm) blade length 3.11" (79 mm) blade steel CPM S30V
length closed 4.51" (114 mm) cutting edge 2.95" (75 mm) weight 4 oz (113 g)
blade thickness .156" (4 mm) handle material G-10 Made in America
Out of box impression:
It came in a signature red Spyderco box and had a unique look to it as you can tell. Picked it up and flicked it open with no problem, no odd sounds, no rattle, no compression lock problems. It had a nice glow because the Hollow ground blade kept picking up light at every angle (That is probably why it looks white in some pictures.) The blade had no corrosion or pitting which is good of course but also, the blade was a bit sharper then I expected. Out of box sharpness was remarkable! I tapped it on my arm thinking maybe a hair or two but it took off a massive chunk of hair.
A shaving sharp factory Edge isn't half bad as we all know.
EDCing it for a few days (A rough overview):
I popped this baby into my pocket for a few days (and I plan on doing it for the foreseeable future as well now) and went about my duties as usual. Took it around and cut paper out of notebooks and some ties and some string the first day, nothing too demanding. After that I went to go workout then practice. This is where the knife seemed to Shine (Bet you didn't expect that to come out here,) I forgot to take it out of my pocket and realized it after finished and rode my bike to another location. I stuck my hand in my pocket digging for my phone and found the yojimbo just chilling there like a sloth. Its shape makes it almost unnoticeable in the pocket! I am doing tip up right hand carry and I was amazed that I didn't notice it. My paramilitary 2 would usually remind me that it's in my pocket but wow! Great carriablity.
Now for the next challenge, The security guard I had to walk by was known for hassling people for anything that could be dangerous. Even though the cutting edge and blade were legal length, I didn't feel like being called a bad person so I put my thumb in my pocket and let my fingers hang, It made the knife completely disappear. It was a natural position and I really like that about the knife since I seem to get an earful from local College girls who believe a knife is only for mugging or violence. Great concealibility
(ya I am making up some words here but It is okay)
On the way up stairs I decided to unclip it and let it feel in my pocket as I moved. It isn't to heavy and the shape seems to rest in your pocket without making awkward outlines.
Next went to do some drills, That I didn't bring my trainer karambit, So I tried the Yojimbo since it was designed for self defense and Yojimbo literally translated to Bodyguard and it had a nice grip and feel to it. Hard to explain but I like it.
The next day I decided to take it to the most hardcore and brutal place ever.....Laundromat. I have a coat I picked up when I was in Da lat (Vietnam) that I liked but hated an annoying shiny black emblem on the back. While my clothes spun around I whipped out the Yojimbo 2 and tested the tip control by cutting it off by the threads holding it on
This required very delicate and precise point control. The Wharncliffe Shaped blade excelled in leaps and bounds without me having to do an awkward hand position like I would have had to do with another knife.
The edge is the perfect shape for the control, not to far back and not to far forward culminating in a nice point.
A unique little curve near the base of the blade made it so much easier to maneuver.
That tiny little curve ends up making it a whole lot easier to control the edge and tip without an awkward holding angle. It's the little things that truly make a knife great, and this design piece really makes the knife standout.
My only word of advice is try not to choke up to far on the blade. On dull knives, I choke up and wrap my hand around the blade, for some reason I tried doing it and the moment I barely tapped the blade....well