Meaning "to rip" in the Philippines' Visayan dialect, "pikal" is a devastatingly effective system of Filipino martial arts tactics. It is also the inspiration for the Spyderco P'Kal folding knife, which was designed in collaboration with noted self-defense expert Craig Douglas, aka "Southnarc."
The P'Kal's PlainEdge blade is full-flat ground from CPM S30V stainless steel and features a slightly curved edge for impressive cutting power. A removable post-style Emerson Opening feature provides amazingly fast one-handed blade opening by hooking on the pocket during the draw. It can also be opened manually with the Trademark Round Hole.
As a "reverse-edge" tool, the P'Kal's handle is ergonomically designed to be held with the sharpened edge facing inward toward the user to facilitate powerful pulling cuts. The handle's skeletonized full stainless steel liners are capped by textured black G-10 laminate scales and house Spyderco's patented Ball Bearing Lock--an extremely strong lock mechanism that is also completely ambidextrous.
To support all appropriate carry and deployment methods, the P'Kal also features a reversible steel wire clip that provides tip-up, edge-forward and edge-back carry on both the left and right sides.
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Quick! List the most respected and innovative knife companies you can think of. If you know anything about knives, Spyderco is somewhere near the top. Spyderco Inc. makes some of the most unique and downright bizarre knife designs you'll see on the market, but from the number of passionate fans discussing, debating, and learning everything they can about Spyderco knives, it's clear that the company has done something right.
From the Glesser Family and the Spyderco Crew:
Since starting Spyderco we've been told our knives are different, peculiar, even out there. All true. Thinking beyond established knife industry barriers allowed us to introduce new and radical innovations to the knife culture including: One-hand opening, serrations on a folder and a clip to attach a knife to a pocket.
We didn't go into business to rake in a mountain of dough we're here for more selfish reasons- indulging our passion for creating knives. Spyderco is definitely out of the norm in the knife industry in our dedication to researching and developing fresh, improved and better performing materials all with function and reliability being key.
Someone once said to Sal Glesser, Spyderco's owner, 'You must design in the dark because your knives look so strange.' True again. Our recognizable appearance is a result of designing ergonomic functional tools rather than applying lipstick and nylons to a pocketknife. We may look curious, homely, whatever, but we'll never be called unusable or undependable.
Making knives that consistently deliver reliable high-performance requires an ongoing commitment to testing. In our million-dollar testing facility we examine edge retention with a CATRA machine, look for rust development with Q-FOG, check the force needed to open and close a knife. We also repeatedly test for stress, wear, optimal heat-treating and actively search for higher quality, performance enhancing steels and materials.
As a customer you probably don't think about this, or much care, but it allows us to put forth a promise. When you purchase a Spyderco you are buying a high-quality reliable cutting tool designed and manufactured for peak performance and ergonomic comfort. Those Who Know Carry Spyderco.