Featuring reptilian like textured canvas micarta scale, cool smooth titanium and a 3.5 inch tanto/clip point blade; at just less than 8.5’ in overall length, the SR11 is a pure fighting folder and a cold blooded carnivore. The SR11 is a truly fascinating composition in edged weapons design by Rob Walker of Combative Edge. Walker, a long time practitioner of Kali edged weapons, methods and tactics has formulated his own brand of edged weapons craft and combatives, which is offered through his company, Combative Edge.
If you have ever been on the lookout for an extended period of time for a knife that seems to perfectly fit that specific niche in your EDC rotation, then you may be able to empathize with, when having finally found that knife, seeming almost surprised by having done so. For me, the SR11 is that knife. I have been on the lookout, not knowing that the SR11 even that it existed and now it is here.
Those of us who carry multiple knives on a regular basis better understand this. The task of striking a balance between the purpose and application of various knives in union with one another can at times be a daunting task, particularly when our parameters are limited by our various predispositions. For many this is weighed between the seemingly polar functionality of utility and defense. There exists the “knife as a tool” (tool first or nothing more) crowd, there exists the “fighting knife” crowd and many others that I just won’t be getting into, but instead, moving on.
I opened this blog post by calling the SR11 a pure fighting folder and I would like to clarify that by calling it such I am not suggesting that it is of no use other than fighting. One of the first folding knives that I ever owned (or perhaps allowed to posses) was given to me by my father with the following, “this is not a screw driver, and it is not a pry bar”. Then… what on earth kind of knife was it? It was a pocket knife, simple as that; not a utility knife and most certainly not a fighting knife. The fact of the matter is that these same rules apply to most any “fighting” or “utility” knife and I am prepared to take issue with anyone who says different. Unless a knife comes with some manner of specific features for prying or screw driving, those are things you simply do not do with anything other than your “I don’t give a shit knife”, because the end result is always the same: a tweaked blade, a chipped tip or some awful combination of the two. If you wish touphold the position that any knife worth its salt ought to be able to do such things should the necessity arise, I say, you’re wrong. And IMHO, instead, you have three options. Either purchase cheap disposable knives (that will underperform in even the task that they are designed for), invest in a knife designed to execute those specific functions or simply don’t bitch when you bust an otherwise good knife because you were too lazy to go get the proper tool.
That being said, I don’t count tools that have knifes as part of my EDC rotation when counting my knives. My specific EDC rotation always has at least one knife that leans in each direction, one utility oriented knife and one fighter. I always have no less than three knives; the third knife generally leans heavily towards the “pure fighting knife” orientation.
Pure Fighting Knife
In all fairness, I have taken on the responsibility of defining the “pure fighting knife”. So, I will and am glad to do so. The pure fighting knife is a knife that’s design and configuration, makes accommodations exclusively for the purpose of enhancing the operator’s ability to better handle the knife when utilized for the intended purpose of fighting/defense. Furthermore, the design includes a blade configuration that enables the operator to inflict devastating wounds upon an adversary in order to end the threat as quickly and efficiently as possible.
The “pure fighting folder” is designed that the operator may accomplish its mission of application. I loosely define this mission as Find Flesh Fast and Make Blood.
So, what about the SR11 makes the operator better able to accomplish this mission? Firstly, the SR11 is lean given its overall dimensions, which lends to its ease of carry. The pocket clip is reversible for tip up or tip down carry. The tip down configuration offers a bit deeper ride in your pocket or waist band. I should mention also that the clip acts as a stop bar for the locking mechanism. When reversed, the clip is swapped out with a bracket that is seated in the opposing position, this bracket then acts as the stop bar in the same manner as the clip. I found the stop bar configuration to provide excellent and immediate feedback; letting the operator know that they have pushed the lock far enough to disengage and that the blade is free to fold.
The handle design was a major hook for me as it offers tremendous variety of grip configuration. It is particularly well suited for a Filipino styled, thumb resting upon the back edged of the blade. In reverse grip configurations there is fantastic versatility in the depth of the handle that the operator is able to effectively grip the knife. I found that gripped for slash, thrust, stab or any other primary configuration the SR11 provides ample versatility.
Versatility of grip is in many cases a primary draw to various edged weapons depending upon the disposition of the practitioner. Once a knife has captivated your attention by the way that it seats in your hand, the analysis by nature turns to the blade.
The tanto/clip point configuration of the SR11 blade is more than sufficient, and IMHO approximately as long as I am interested in, in a folding knife, before I choose to move on to a fixed blade. For EDC Purposes, folder or fixed, I have little interest in any extended reach that a larger knife might provide. This would of course also be a trade off, between knife size and burden of carry. I have carried this knife for some time, and although there seems to be no cleaver word for the opposite of burden that comes to mind, I can say that it is incredibly unobtrusive to carry. The SR11 is lean, light in weight or perhaps just seems light in weight given its phenomenal configuration and construction. The SR11 is quite possibly, truly a knife that is greater than the sum of its parts.
I personally look forward to more of what Combative Edge and Rob Walker have in the works. I have every intention of keeping an eye out as new products become available. With any luck I will be sending word your way as they do. Check out Combative Edge at www.CombativeEdge.com