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Watson Knives Clinch Pick Modifications

The factory production version of the venerable Shivworks Clinch Pick is a very good knife right out of the box but there is room for improvement. For instance, the sheath has too much material around the guard area of the knife. This prevents the user from gripping the Clinch Pick optimally without having to adjust their grip. Some users also find the handle to be slightly larger than it needs to be and, as with any factory knife, the edge can be improved. That is where Watson Knives comes in…

Joe Watson Clinch Pick Mods

Watson Knives now offers a Shivworks Clinch Pick Modification package that addresses the issues above. The mod package has three components that can be mixed and matched based on your needs. Watson Knives can re-grind the knife with a thinned, hollow primary and secondary bevel to improve cutting performance. They can also thin and texture the G-10 handle slabs to slightly reduce the handle size and greatly improve grip. Finally, they can trim your sheath so that it has both excellent retention but also allows a proper grip right from the sheath.

These modifications will require you to send your Clinch Pick to Watson Knives so be sure to follow directions carefully. Check out the Shivworks Clinch Pick Mods at Watson Knives.

News from Joe Watson Knives

Joe Watson Knives was busy at Blade Show. The knife maker used the time to iron out the details of two very interesting collaborations.

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HiTS Karambit

The HiTS Karambit, a collaboration with Darryl Bolke of Hardwired Tactical Shooting, is the first karambit that Joe Watson Knives will offer. Joe and Darryl (who happens to be the “DB” that Strider fans will surely be familiar with) already have another successful collaboration under their belts in the original HiTS Knife. The new HiTS Karambit is designed to be functional for both novices with basic targeting and striking training and for seasoned users who can push the design to its limits

The new knife has been heavily influenced by Steve Tarani in design and use. Tarani’s Aluminum Control Device makes a great training version for this knife.

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Shivworks/Watson Pushdagger

Many of you have already seen the pushdagger that was mentioned on these pages several months ago. At the time of publication, Joe told me he was seeking the input of Craig Douglas (AKA Southnarc). That has now been made official. Douglas is a gifted trainer and has designed several successful self-defense oriented knives himself. He knows how to make push knives work. With Joe Watson’s design and Craig Douglas’ input, this knife will definitely be on point.

Joe Watson Knives Punch Blade

Push knives (punch blades) are one of the easiest to carry styles of defense fixed blades. They are also fairly intuitive to use. However, many of the available push knives on the market just aren’t that great. Joe Watson Knives is developing a push knife that looks to have a lot going for it.


The handle is hand filling with a broad backstrap to which helps prevent twisting and spreads the force of a blow out over more of the palm. The post area that connects the blade to the handle is well rounded to prevent injury. The random textured G10 scales should also go a long way toward preventing twisting.

The blade is very reminiscent of Joe’s Archangel design. It has a strong point that is well suited to the intended point driven use of this knife but also has a useable edge. The blade is not centered on the handle like many push knives. Instead, Joe has offset it so it falls naturally between the index and middle finger. It is also set at a slight angle to the handle in order to allow a much natural fist position and to more effectively lock the wrist.

It is obvious that a lot of time and thought went into this knife. It is not available to order yet but will hopefully be added to Joe’s line up of custom knives soon.

Joe Watson Knife to Benefit Elder Heart’s Mission 22

Our friend Joe Watson of Joe Watson Knives is mostly known for his no-frills self-defense oriented blade designs but he can gussy them up too! He recently created this knife to be part of a collectors set that will be raffled to benefit Elder Heart‘s Mission 22, an effort to raise awareness of the epidemic of veteran suicide.

The knife is Joe’s Mini Bowie Pattern ground from CTS-B75P steel and heat treated by Joe. It has a satin finish with a polished convex edge. The sculpted carbon fiber handle slabs are set off with mosaic pins. The knife will be offered with a custom Dalton Fury 1911 along with a holster and sheath crafted by Jim Ryan.

Stay tuned to the Elder Heart Facebook page for details on the raffle.

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Stealth – New from Joe Watson Knives and Hardwired Tactical Shooting

The HiTS knife, a collaboration between Joe Watson Knives and Darryle Bolke of Hardwired Tactical Shooting, has been a run away success. It will be a tough act to follow but they are going to try with the “Stealth”.

Joe Watson HiTS Stealth Hardwire Tactical shooting

The Stealth is a fairly versatile design that accommodates a number of techniques. It is basically a double edged American tanto shaped blade. The handle is finished with Joe’s excellent epoxy soaked cord wrap and features a deep finger groove for retention and indexing. By sharpening the straight spine of the tanto Joe and Darryle have created a knife that adapts quickly to edge in or edge out techniques – so much so that, at a glance, it is a dead ringer for a typical pikal knife.

The Stealth will be available soon. Check out Joe Watson Knives.

Cross posted from Blade Bomb.

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