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Edwood
03-28-2010, 15:31
Anyone have any experience whit this knife ?

Designed by edged-weapons instructor Michael Janich, the new Kalista II is a state-of-the-art concealment knife specifically designed to support all styles of knife tactics and all knife grips. Its offset scalloped choils and textured G-10 handle slabs provide exceptional control and allow you to immediately orient the knife by tactile sense. Now hollow ground from AUS8A stainless steel and coated with a stealthy black PVD finish, the affordable Kalista II comes complete with the Total Concealed Carry Solution™ (TCCS™) concealment system. This versatile system supports more than 70 carry positions and includes an injection-molded nylon sheath, neck chain, inside-the-waistband belt loop, and both paddle and belt carry hardware. It is also compatible with all BLACKHAWK!® CQC® holster mounting platforms.

SPECIFICATIONS:
• Blade Length: 3.300"/84mm
• Overall Length: 7.300"/185mm
• Blade Material: AUS8A stainless steel
• Blade Finish: Black PVD coating
• Edge type: Plain or partially serrated
• Handle Material: Textured G-10
• Sheath: Injection-molded nylon with TCCS concealment system hardware
• Optional Accessories: Accessory/Replacement Sheath (R1500003), and S.T.R.I.K.E. CQC Platform (38CL63)
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BEER
03-28-2010, 17:08
it sounds like an interesting knife for anything besides combat or fighting duty.

sorry but if a knife dosen't have some sort of guard on it then it's not a combat worthy knife in my opinion.

Edwood
03-28-2010, 17:37
it sounds like an interesting knife for anything besides combat or fighting duty.

sorry but if a knife dosen't have some sort of guard on it then it's not a combat worthy knife in my opinion.

I’m going to be carrying it, during my close protection work; I’m looking for a fixed blade.
Something that’s not to big so that it can be easily concealed. Do you have any pictures of what you think could be appropriate.

BEER
03-28-2010, 18:34
I’m going to be carrying it, during my close protection work; I’m looking for a fixed blade.
Something that’s not to big so that it can be easily concealed. Do you have any pictures of what you think could be appropriate.

i'd look at pretty much anything that wouldn't allow your hand or fingers to slide forward onto the blade if you accidentally encounter a hard surface during a thrust. beyond that it's all pretty much personal preference. your biggest issue no matter which knife you decide on is going to be the "concealable" aspect because most knife sheaths aren't built for concealment so you're most likely going to have to get something made. the kalista looks like it comes with an awesome concealment setup, but the knife itself isn't ideal.

http://www.888knivesrus.com/product/KA1483BK/KA-BAR-1483BK-LARGE-BLACK-TDI-LAW-ENFORCEMENT-PARTIALLY-SERRATED-7-58.html

http://www.1sks.com/store/chris-reeve-green-beret-knife-5.5.html

http://www.1sks.com/store/gerber-lhr-000138-larsen-harsey-reeve.html

http://www.coldsteel.com/srk.html

http://www.coldsteel.com/samase.html

BigJoe13
03-29-2010, 19:43
I have the original Kalista and am able to palm the pommel of the knife for nonslip thrusts. I think it is a great knife though BEER brings up a valid point. The Gryphon M-10 is good as well.

Might want to check out
http://www.budnealyknifemaker.com/immediate_knives11_09_p1.html
His knives are great and have an awsome concelmant system. If you stay away from his higher end stuff they are resonable.

I do not know your background reguarding knives and wish you the best in you search.

Edwood
03-30-2010, 08:57
I do not know your background reguarding knives and wish you the best in you search.

Well I had some training during mi time in the military, very basic knife training. Most of what I know has come from some krav maga seminars I have taken over the years.

BigJoe13
03-30-2010, 15:18
Edwood,
Personally I have very limeted experience with Krav Maga (2 or 3 empty hand techniques to be exact) I do not know their take on Blades and how they defend against them. Not saying anything bad about the system or its techniques, just that I prefer to look at lots of sources for different takes on knife related issues. This is in addition to lots of one on one training with more experienced people.


Do you have anyone locally you practice with?

If you do there are lots of DVD's availible from reputable people, Mike Janich, James Keating, Ernest Emerson and many others. These are just some of the ones I like off the top of my head.

Dealing with knives is one of the scariest things in my opinion and, I hope you never have to deal with someone armed with one.

Edwood
03-30-2010, 16:32
Do you have anyone locally you practice with?

If you do there are lots of DVD's availible from reputable people, Mike Janich, James Keating, Ernest Emerson and many others. These are just some of the ones I like off the top of my head.

Dealing with knives is one of the scariest things in my opinion and, I hope you never have to deal with someone armed with one.

Well y carry a glock 18 and a MP5 on the job. The few times I have ever used my knife during work was back when I was in the army, I carried a glock 17 in a thigh holster, a guy that was guarding a warehouse full of marihuana, tried to grab my gun, a carried a kahbar knife on my left side, the guy almost los the use of his hand.
I don’t see people getting in to many knife on knife fights any more, the purpose I use my knife for is more of a back up and for CQC situations and as a toot should the need arise for a cutting device. There are not many knife or weapons’ experts around Mexico sadly; most times we go to the US for training.

BigJoe13
03-30-2010, 17:53
Understood, I did not consider it to be a primary weapon for you. Just throwing other ideas out there.

BEER
03-30-2010, 17:59
There are not many knife or weapons’ experts around Mexico sadly

that's kind of odd, some of the most wicked knife fighters i've ever met were from mexico. there may not be any formal training facilities or schools devoted to knife fighting and tactics but there are more than a few old timers there that could show you a thing or two on the subject.

i'd suggest you track down one of the local outlaw motorcycle clubs and get one of their members to teach you about knife fighting, but it sounds like you're some sort of law enforcement officer so that probably wouldn't work out too well.

Edwood
03-30-2010, 18:22
that's kind of odd, some of the most wicked knife fighters i've ever met were from mexico. there may not be any formal training facilities or schools devoted to knife fighting and tactics but there are more than a few old timers there that could show you a thing or two on the subject.

i'd suggest you track down one of the local outlaw motorcycle clubs and get one of their members to teach you about knife fighting, but it sounds like you're some sort of law enforcement officer so that probably wouldn't work out too well.

I don’t think the biker gangs would like me hanging around. There are a lot of fake expert’s around that claim to be ninjas or students of Chuck Norris, that type of stuff. :dunno:
There was this one guy, a coronel from the Venezuelan army, that thought us part of the jungle warfare course, he thought us some different knife grips, stances, cutting, trust´s, etc., I think he had some formal training in Eskrima Kali, he was really good whit a knife, he carried something similar than the Kalista; just looking for something that works.

http://i840.photobucket.com/albums/zz325/Ninja_serv/Captura.png
something like this one.

NDC187
03-30-2010, 23:26
My ideal fixed blade knife for street use is a karambit in a front / horizontal carry position. I only use a reverse grip however.

And I agree with Beer. To me a knife is not fight worthy unless it has a guard or finger hole.

The one pictured above does not have a significant guard to me. Check out the tactical fixed blade from columbia river knives. They have some decent designs that might interest you.

Cold steel, and Chris Reeves knives are good aswell.