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Several years ago, Douglas and Janich were both featured instructors at the NE Shooters Training Summit in New Hampshire. After several students suggested that their different approaches to knife tactics made them rivals in the tactical community, the two instructors (who are actually good friends) decided to prove them wrong. They brainstormed to co-design a knife that would work equally well edge in or edge out and ideally allow students to understand and appreciate the logic of both approaches.

After agreeing that the basic form of the knife would be a fixed-blade version of Douglas' P'Kal folder, the two defined the other design features of the knife and sheath that they both felt were critical. Janich then translated these into a drawing and ultimately a handmade nylon concept model, complete with molded Kydex sheath. After a few additional refinements, they presented the idea to Spyderco and the rest, as they say, is history.

The defining characteristic of the Reverse--and the inspiration for its name--is its unique reversible handle. It consists of two textured black G10 scales that are carefully machined to create a hollow cavity for the blade tang. The scales are secured to the concealed tang, which extends two-thirds the length of the handle, by three sets of bolts. By removing the bolts with the Torx T-8 wrench included with every knife, the scales can be easily removed and mounted to the tang with the blade's edge facing either direction. Whether you prefer edge-out or reverse-edge tactics--or you just want to experiment with either one--the Reverse allows you to quickly and easily configure your knife accordingly while maintaining the same highly evolved handle ergonomics.

The Reverse's blade is precision machined from CTS BD1 stainless steel--an affordable, highly corrosion-resistant steel that takes and holds an exceptionally keen edge. Its slightly concave edge profile and full-flat grind give it a very acute point and an extremely aggressive low-drag edge geometry.

Because the Reverse is intended to function in both edge-in and edge-out configurations, its sheath must also support the full scope of carry positions. By maintaining careful symmetry at the juncture of the blade and handle, the Reverse fits its custom-molded Boltaron sheath securely in both edge orientations. The symmetrical sheath also allows the angle-adjustable G-Clip mount to be attached to either side to support both belt and inside-the-waistband carry on either side of the body.

Great minds don't have to think alike to achieve something special. Putting aside the dogma and thinking together often yields better results. The Reverse is proof of that.
Specifications
  • Blade Length: 3.47" (88 mm)
  • Cutting Edge: 3.10" (79 mm)
  • Overall Length: 7.74" (197 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.135" (3.4 mm)
  • Blade Steel: CTS-BD1
  • Handle Material: Black G10
  • Sheath Material: Boltaron
  • Weight: 3.6 oz. (102 g) Knife Only; 5.5 oz. (156 g) with Sheath
  • Grind: Full-Flat
  • Made in Taiwan
G10 Handles
G10 Handles
Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.
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Grant P
Martinsville , In
Dec 07, 2015
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Blade Material
Cons: None
Great design and excellent execution
I've been looking for a reverse bladed knife for a last resort knife for a while. I wanted a clinch pick, but with non existent inventory the are hard to come buy. The knife feels great in the hand. Came shaving sharp. The reverse feature of this knife make it a great buy. Comes with a versatile sheath. Great knife. Love it
5 out of 5
Andrew
Albuquerque
May 01, 2015
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, Weight, Sheath/Scabbard
Cons: Finish, None
Won't know you're carrying it
A great knife for the price. Very lightweight, yet strong. Attached to a tactical teather you will forget you're carrying it. Very low profile. I carry it everyday. I wish the blade were black. Be careful changing out the handle. One of the screws only goes in the last hole, so don't get them mixed up.
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