Blackhawk! Kalista Knife Review

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    Blackhawk! Kalista Knife Review

    I posted a pic-heavy review of Blackhawk!'s Kalista CCW knife over here:

    Blackhawk! Blades Kalista and Kalista II Review | ThinBlueFlorida.com

    It is a nice defensive blade with a versatile sheath system.

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    Randall

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    This looks like it's designed with some very specific ways of using the knife in mind. Do you know why it's designed that way? In particular, I'm curious about these choices:

    1. The drop of the tip. That shortens the length of the cutting edge and the "swell" of the belly. Doesn't curvature here help with cutting?

    2. The dimension. It looks like a short knife with a long hilt. Is the knife trying to make it under legal restrictions, or is there a stylistic preference for a short blade?

    3. Partial serration? Why not go all the way? You may have to cut through clothing.

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    These are just my opinions, not those of Mr. Janich.

    1. Lowering the tip brings the point in line for better thrusting. Other similar blade profiles by Janich include the BeWharned, Yojimbo and Yojimbo 2, and Ronin, all of which have a Wharncliff shape.

    2. Shorter blade for easier carry, but still a usable length.

    3. Part serration is a compromise to utility, in case cutting fibrous material is needed. Mr. Janich has stated he prefers a non-serrated edge on a defensive knife.

    Randall

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    It doesn't do a thing for me and the doggone blade serrations in that location absolutely rule it out for me.
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