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Combative Edge – Dynamic Trio

Back in September of 2011 I reviewed the Combative Edge SR11 by Rob Walker. Since that time I have had ample opportunity to run my SR11 through the preverbal ringer, but also to take note of the other knives of the Combative Edge line, including the M1 folder and the ultra aggressive Salus fixed blade.

In late 2012 Rob Walker reintroduced the SR11 in black G10 (replacing the former green linen micarta) and I knew that I had to have one, only this time with a partially serrated blade.

In January, Rob and I were able to connect at the Shot Show in Las Vegas. We discussed many things including design philosophy and application. Through our discussion, I started to feel as if I were missing out by not owning the Salus and the M1, so I asked that Rob let me know when the Salus would again become available.

Rob and I made a lot of productive discussion in the time that we had. Getting to know Rob a bit better, I found that we had quite a bit in common. Rob has an interesting background and has worked with a variety of well know authorities in the field of edged weapon combatives. He doesn’t promote this fact personally, in part because Rob is simply not the type to self promote, but also, as Rob would put it, some of the individuals that he learned edged weapons craft from are “well known, but not well liked”. I for one can empathize with such sentiment.

The Knives

Early this last month a package arrived at my door. The contents included the Combative Edge Salus fixed blade and the M1 folder. Having acquired the SR11 late last year, my Combative Edge collection was now complete.

The Combative Edge M1 and SR11

Combative Edge product review

Out of the box, the M1 offered immediate familiarity given the features and benefits of the SR11 that I have grown accustomed to. As with the SR11, the M1 is a large and formidable folder with a slim profile making the M1 ultra suitable for every day carry.

The M1 boasts an ultra aggressive textured G10 handle, titanium frame lock with disc stop, an all about business drop point blade with a slight recurve belly AND it a flipper. In some ways I want to say that I have always been a fan of the flip knife concept, but in other ways not. I feel as if the flipper has been applied to far too many knives whose blade and handle configuration simply does not justify this feature. With the Combative Edge SR11 the flip, is a perfect fit.

For some time I had been handling the M1 without having given the SR11 a second thought, but it wasn’t until I picked up both knives at the same time that I began to see how complimentary they were.

Max Venom review of Combative Edge

The Combative Edge Sr11 and the M1 shared certain vital application properties that were every important to me as a knife owner. Both would readily serve as an impact weapon in a closed configuration and both knives fit just as comfortably in reverse grip as they did blade out edge forward. In a tactical folder this is especially important seen as most tactical folders play a primary utility role for the everyday user.

I also found the deployability of each knife to be favorable. Although each knife would seem to favor a different configuration with the M1 being flip capable and the SR11 not, if I were to carry them both at the same time I would carry each tip up with the SR11 in my left pocket and the M1 in my right. Keep in mind however, that many other deployment variations are also entirely possible.

Here is a list of the material properties that each knife shares.

  • N690 co-Cobalt-Vanadium with DLC coating
  • Rockwell hardness rating of HRC 58-60
  • Titanium frame lock with disc stop
  • Textured G10 handle
  • Blade back jimping for better user control

That might seem like an abundance of shared properties but everything that these two knives share is everything that is pretty close to leading industry stand practice, so no reason to reinvent the wheel.

The properties that the knives do not share are the user based controls such as the flipper and those indefinable ergonomic properties that make you eye ball, or pick up a knife when suddenly something screams out inside of you “I need to have it!”

Well, I am not one to tell anyone what it is that they need when it comes down to it. But I will tell you that you do NEED to consider giving a serious look at what Combative Edge has to offer in folding knives, when it comes time to spend your hard earned dollars.

The Salus

Combative Edge Salus

I have got to hand it to Combative edge and Fox Knives, the producer of the Combative Edge line, because there is a certain fusion of imagination and execution that to me is most evident in the Combative Edge Salus fixed blade.

The Salus is most certainly a fighting knife but it is also a work knife, that I wouldn’t hesitate to dole out some serious punishment upon I necessary. Most knives capable of serious work simply do not offer the kind of balance and symmetry and attention to detail that is evident in the Salus. The contour and the swell of the textured G10 is one such example.


Salus Knife Review

I don’t know how else to put it, but the Salus has a very serious “wow” factor. It has a heavy yet lean blade that can just as effectively thrust as it can chop and it can even execute fine detail work quite efficiently. But also the Salus is complimented by a very versatile carry package, an injection molded sheath combined with ballistic nylon is not only stunning but offers multiple points to secure Salus to your molle gear, your belt or wherever else you can imagine.

In some minor way I struggle to really define the Salus, for lack of better terminology, this is the door kicker of the group, the real ground pounder of the Combative Edge line, the warriors edge, a tour deforce. I shit you not; I could go on and on.

The deeper question might be, what role do I see the Salus fulfilling in my personal kit? Well, my answer might surprise you a bit, but I have every intention to add the Combative Edge Salus to one of my go bags. Not my bug out bag mind you, but an EEDC bag, a truck bag of sorts.

I have been working on a pack for a while that is not precelisely an EDC bag and that is not precisely a truck bag but rather an EEDC (Extraordinary, Every, Day, Circumstance). I am not going to delve too deeply  into the concept aside from to say that it will be a highly mobile EDC bag on steroids, for when an everyday circumstance turns into a need for a bigger hammer, more ammo, a heavy duty working knife… and so on.

That I will leave at that, at least for the time being. But you can expect the Combative Edge Salus to make an appearance in a tactical bag review to come.

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