I have been looking for a wharncliffe folding knife for some time now, but most of the wharncliffe folders I have seen were custom jobs [= $$$]. I did take a look at the wharncliffe folders made by Spyderco but I am not a huge fan of Spyderco knives, I think the hole they use for opening looks ugly and they don’t work that well with my Neanderthal thumbs.
I also wanted a liner lock, a blade length around 3 ½” and a price under a 100 bucks. Now, I am cool with paying a premium price for a blade but in this instance I was looking for a wharncliffe folder for the specific purpose of only using it as a fighting knife. So I would not be using this knife for doing EDC things like opening boxes or utility cutting, basically it would stay in my pocket unless I was going to cut a fool.
I ran across the “Be-Wharned” when I was on the [oddly, not painfully slow anymore] Blackhawk website looking for Plate Carriers for an upcoming Hostile Environment class I am teaching. And when I saw it was designed by famed knife designer and knife fighting instructor/author Michael Janich it definitely sparked my interest [Janich is the reason why I like the wharncliffe blade for fighting knives].
At first the 99.00 dollar price on the Blackhawk website sort of put me off, but when I checked the LA Police Gear website they had it for only 69 bucks so I ordered one up.
The Blackhawk Be-Wharned is a 4.2 oz liner locking 3.4 inch [overall opened length 7.8 inches] AUS8A stainless steel wharncliffe bladed folder with G-10 scales. The G-10 scales on the Be-Wharned stick to your hand like superglue, even when wearing gloves or with wet sweaty hands. The pocket clip can be mounted in 4 different positions for left and right handed tip-up or down pocket carry.
First I would like to address some issues about the Be-Wharned that other people/reviewers have pointed out:
The textured G-10 scales have a very rough texturing, some people have complained that the scales are too coarse, but in my opinion scales that are too smooth is the biggest problem on most knives sold as “fighting” or “tactical” knives.
One of the most common injuries from stabbing someone is cutting your fingers and palm because your hand slipped forward [usually when hitting a bone]. Most knife reviewers don’t take this into consideration because they have never stabbed someone [or know someone who has stabbed someone]
So they put comfort [it makes no difference if a fighting knife is uncomfortable if you use it for hours at a time because you will never be in a 4 hour knife fight] above features needed for knife fighting [what the knife was designed for].
I do agree if you were to use the Blackhawk Be-Wharned for utility purposes for extended periods of time it would make you hand raw. But that is like using an M-60 for hunting deer. The Blackhawk Be-Wharned is a fighting knife, so the only time you will be using it is when you are stabbing or slashing fools – not for hours of opening boxes.
I have also heard people say that due to the coarseness of the scales it will wear your pocket down. Like I said above this is a fighting knife, so the only time you will draw this knife is when once in the morning and once at night – and if you happen to stab or slash someone. So no worries about rubbing a hole through the lip of your 100 Dollar Tactical Pants: unless you are incorrectly using this fighting knife for utility purposes.
Some other people have also expressed concern about the needle-like tip the Blackhawk Be-Wharned being so fine it will easily snap off. I agree the tip would surely snap off if it were constantly used for opening laser printer boxes [HA! - I stole that shit from LAV] - but that would be 100% the users fault.
Like I mentioned above this knife is a fighting knife only, it is by no means a utility knife. The fine tip is ideal for penetrating through thick layers of clothing and puncturing bone and soft tissue. The tip may eventually break after you have stabbed 3 or 4 people in a row – but seriously folks, if by some chance you were to stab even one person with this knife you would never see it again so it is a moot point.
The fine tip is great for what this knife is made for, killing people – not boxes.
The Blackhawk Be-Wharned is a well put together single-purpose folding knife. The sub-100$ dollar price makes it a great deal especially considering it was designed by one of the premier knife fighting instructors in the world.
If you are in need of a good quality folding fighting knife I would highly recommend the Be-Wharned. I also think this is a great choice for Civilian Contractors working on unarmed gigs and for people living in countries where firearms are not legal to possess.
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James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long; he has traveled to over 50 countries chasing fortune and glory. He spends his off time in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns, writing poorly written articles and embracing the suck [no-homo]. James G. on FACEBOOK