is a lot of time spent discussing the perfect knife.
Of course the first question and educated person asks
themselves is “what do I plan on doing with it”.
If the answer is “carry it everyday in case God
forbid I ever need to depend on a knife to protect me
from a during a violent attack” I think I found
the answer with the Polkowski Bodyguard.
Other sage wisdom says the best knife is the one you
have when you need it. That is one of the best attributes
on the Bodyguard.
At an over all length of around 8 inches and having
lines that flow like the muscles of a large cat, the
Bodyguard only had one edge on it, and that is the blade.
This is a knife that you can put on everyday like you
do your watch.
There is nothing special about the knife besides absolute
simplicity. You can of course see the influence of the
Japanese Katana. The upswept tip will pierce with ease.
As all my carry knives it has not top guard allowing
the Modified Philippino Grip as conceived by my friend
and Blade Master Michael Janich.
If you are not familiar with this grip, it is acquired
by putting your thumb far forward on the spine of the
knife. This efficiently closes the space between the
tips of your fingers and the base of your thumb lessening
the chances of a dropped knife. The thumb on top also
allows precise control of the blade. To further enhance
this there is file work on the spine as well.
There are a lot of knife makers out there and I own
blades from several of them. Many are in vehicles, BOBs
or just in my collection. Seldom does a new knife make
its way into my first line or EDC gear. The Bodyguard
has done just that.
After taking delivery of the Bodyguard from my “Dad”
Polkowski at the New York Show I put it on a mercharness
and carried it at length that weekend. While traveling
for the holidays I use another sheath supplied to me
by Al and put the Bodyguard on a Tactical
Tether and wore in the appendix carry position IWB.
Even after driving for several hours the Bodyguard
remained comfortable and accessible.
Any of Al Polkowski's Knives would be a bargain
at several hundred dollars above what he charges. If
you are interested in a great EDC fixed blade look into
Al also offers my Professional
Carry Option package with his knives. Along with
your knife you get three sheaths. This allows you convenience
of adapting your carry option depending on circumstances.
Beware of the man with one blade; chances are he knows
how to use it.