first thing to cross my mind when I opened the Boker
Subclaw was that it looked like a folding
Emerson La Griffe. The 1 7/8 inch bead blasted blade
just looked like it would shred anything it came in
contact with. The
Subclaw was designed by knifemaker Chad Los
Banos AKA Daywalker on the forums.
I had very high hopes for this knife since
it could fill a void and at around the $25 price point
could be an inexpensive answer to a very common question
"what knife do I get my wife/girlfriend/daughter
who has little to no training".
Defensive stabbing is a learned skill. Slashing is natural
and intuitive. The
Subclaw would also be a legal alternative
in places that prohibit fixed blades or that prohibit
blades over 2 inches.
I was immediatly impressed that it is a framelock and
the sturdiness of the pocketclip.
No matter how cold or the style of dress, attackers will
usually have their hands, neck and face exposed. A slash
to any of these areas are likely to have massive psychological
effect in addition to the anatomical ones.
What I wanted to show was how easy it would be to conceal
the Subclaw as well as the two grips I would use to employ
it. The first was the sabre grip with my thumb riding
on the filework forward of the pivot.
To best demonstrate the effectiveness of the blade design,
I attempted to use about 25% power on a dangling plastic
soda bottle filled with water. One Angle 1 Cut (traveling
from upper right to lower left, the most common cut) resulted
in a slash about 8 - 10 inches long.
The blade was so sharp that hardly any water leaked from
the bottle until I manipulated it. Imagine that cut across
the human face, starting above the eye, skipping across
the eye socket and then into the nose and lips. Devastating.
You can just see a little bit of water
coming from the cut.
The second was the scalpel grip with the
forefinger along the spine of the blade forward of the
pivot. What the scalpal grip has going for it is that
it can be sunk into the target like a talon and held
in place while the body is twisted creating a large
A fresh soda bottle was used. Again at about 25% power
I cut the bottle, however this time I used an Angle
9 Cut (traveling from head to toe) This resulted in
an approx 10 inch gash that soaked me as the entire
bottle emptied down to the length of the cut.
The Subclaw lived up to my expectations. Both the Sabre
Grip and Scalpal Grip were used because of not only how
easy they are to learn but the extremly small space you
need to employ them. This is very important for a defensive
hold-out knife since you may be well within arms reach
of your attacker or even have them on top of you.
Subclaw is going to my oldest
daughter but I will be buying more, one for me and several
for ladies that I care about. Mine may very well end up
being carried as a deep hold-out piece.