The Kalanu Fighter (Kalanu is Cherokee for "raven.") was designed by Chad McBroom, founder of Comprehensive Fighting Systems, based on his 30+ years of martial arts and edged weapons experience. The Kalanu Fighter is a hybrid knife design that combines the strengths of the Filipino Pikal, a blade designed to be used in a reverse grip with the edge facing inward and reputed for its powerful ripping capabilities, and the Japanese Tanto, a popular blade known for its penetration and cutting abilities.
The Kalanu Fighter offers unmatched versatility with its double-edged blade design, allowing the user to employ multiple cutting, stabbing, and ripping techniques without having to change gripping methods. The unique blade design also offers the deep cutting advantages of a Wharncliffe blade when the back edge is used to perform pull cuts or "ripcord" cut. The reinforced tip allows the knife to be used effectively for snapping and plucking techniques and offers excellent penetration capabilities. The angled pommel allows the thumb to be used for mechanical advantage when hooking the blade. The pommel comes to a point, increasing energy transference when executing pommel strikes. The bellied handle and strategically placed grip serrations ensure positive control of the blade in both standard and reverse gripping methods.
The Kalanu Fighter is produced by renowned custom knife maker Barry Dawson and his team at Dawson Knives in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Their high-quality knives are tested and proven to withstand the hardest use and survive the toughest conditions. They use nothing but the highest quality materials and they guarantee their products for life. These are just a few of the reasons Dawson Knives was chosen to produce the Kalanu Fighter. Dawson Knives can be found on the web at www.dawsonknives.com, or can be reached direct at 928-255-9830.