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Apr
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The Man with Saber Claws…

Now if you are an action movie buff, you might immediately know (from the title) which movie knife (or knives, for that matter) will be the subject of this blog. I’ll give you a few hints. The wielder of this particular sets of knives is the last of his race, (as of his second movie anyway), has eye shines that allow him to see in the dark, and has a mean streak the size of the Grand Canyon. You guessed it. We are talking about Riddick, Richard B. Known to everyone else simply as Riddick, the antihero of the Chronicles of Riddick. And the knives we have the pleasure of talking about today are from the chronicles of Riddick. A set of unique blades called:

Riddicks Saber Claws.

Riddicks Saber Claws knives
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It is obvious that these knives are unique on many levels. The layperson may not be immediately aware of the ramifications of this particular design, however as your designated bladed weapons guide for today, I suppose I will just have to tell you. Darn newbies…! 😉

Well obviously the most prominent design feature of Riddicks sabre claws are that the blades have been inverted. The knife is designed so that when held, the blades loop down over the wielders fingers, obviously with the cutting edge to the outside. An interesting design to be sure, but one that is perfectly suited to Riddicks fighting style.

From your blank look, I see a little further explanation is necessary. :- P

With a traditional straight knife, there are several different ways in which the knife can be held, but they are all (roughly) variations of two distinct grips: The the hammer grip with the knife held pointing upwards, and the reverse or ice pick grip, with the knife held pointing downwards. The hammer grip is generally used for long and medium range fighting, while the reverse grip is ideal for close in fighting with maximum power.

Now if you ever watched Riddick fight, you can see that he is all about the close in fighting. he likes to get real close and make it difficult for his opponent to evade a strike. He also tends to use a lot of close quarters slashing moves. If you look at the way this knife is designed, you can see that not only does it protect his fingers, but it’s shape also helps anchor the knife in his hand during a slash so that maximum power can be applied. In addition, the cutting edge extends a lot higher than it could ever have possibly been with a traditional knife in a reverse grip, giving the user a little better range as well.

Visually, these knives vaguely resemble the over sized canines of a saber tooth cat. I daresay that’s where the name came from. Beautiful, and very menacing. With the black treatment, I give them an A in the intimidation department. Which, in my book, means an A+ on the WSS (Wickedly Sinister Scale)… I think I’m gonna hafta add these knives to my “To Get” list. Soon.. Like right now…

Riddicks Saber Claws – [True Swords]

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34 Responses to “The Man with Saber Claws…”


  1. 1 Uchemom
    April 24, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    Yes, indeed my friend, you are slightly scary yourself…

  2. July 31, 2007 at 3:46 am

    Very good review on the use of these blades. (clap clap clap) I agree with all your comments.

    Not a bad movie either. i could go for another Riddick movie.

  3. August 1, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    No argument here. And they had the perfect setup at the end of the last one for another movie too. Riddick Rocks…

  4. 4 Dorian
    February 26, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    I wholeheartedly praise this! ^_^
    I have been a fan of Riddick since the day the first movie came out and with the Saber Claws, it made it even better. I plan on owning them as soon as I can myself. Your review was great!

  5. February 26, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Thanks Dorian. Riddick is one of my all time favorite Anti-Heroes… The fact that he has these awesome blades is just icing on the cake!!! 😀

  6. 6 Gore
    July 7, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    actually. I have a knife like this, pre-riddick. It was made in Pakistan. So they have copied it from somewhere. I am trying to find out the orgin of the knife. hmmmm.

  7. July 7, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Hey Gore, I would love to see some pics of those!! Maybe I might be able to help you figure out where they came from… 😀

  8. 8 Catalytic
    July 28, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Oh, hell yes. I have the saber claws and they rock. Huge fan of Riddick and the movies, as well. I only wish I had the time to really learn to fight well with them right now.

  9. July 29, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Yeah, these are one of those very, very few movie blades that seem to be realistically designed with an actual practical fighting style in mind…

  10. 10 Catalytic
    July 30, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Reverse knife fighting/Kali/Eskrima. 🙂 I need to make time for that, it’s a damn shame for those pretty blades to be sitting on a shelf.

  11. 12 Catalytic
    August 3, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Unfortunately, there are other things pressing for time and money… as in, all of it. Damn life. 🙂

  12. 13 riddick fan
    August 7, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    oh yer mothafuker i have riddick’s claws also there just amainging but not that sharp so il be getting the sharpening stone out tonight cus im sick on not even being able to break the skin on my finger i wanna cut stuff wit um

  13. August 17, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    @Catalytic
    Yeah, Life has a way of throwing Curveballs…

    @Riddick Fan
    Well, be careful… The design is great, but you have to watch out for the fact that the blade extends pretty far down past the bottom your fist… Very easy to forget and hurt yourself with…

  14. 15 gothog
    August 26, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    A pretty good review, as a martial artist trained with multiple styles of weapons i’d have to say most everything in this review is pretty accurate. However, I’m going to assume that the reviewer generalized for the sake of the readers. More often than not, a trained knife fighter will try to avoid using a reverse grip mostly because it requires a much more flagrant movement to be used effectively. Most professionals will tend to use a mixture of the two to apply a sort of spinning aspect to the style, it leaves the opponent unprepared as most of the fighting styles that involve knives teach unarmed disarms and not so much knife to knife fighting. However in all aspects of Martial arts, fluidity is the key, short choppy movements are generally looked as a poor style, moment is your best ally in a fight.

    however, back to the knives. if wielded correctly they could be a very dangerous weapon, however it is very unlikely that anyone is going to continue to pursue a fight with you once they’ve noticed you have them, lest they have some other form of weapon, though it is entirely deppendant on what kind of a fighter you are.

  15. 16 gothog
    August 26, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    excuse my typo, momentum is your best ally in a fight

  16. August 27, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Hey Gothog, indeed, I do kind of have to make a lot of generalizations and hope that people ask if something doesn’t make sense…

    But yes, I agree, as I was always told to use a hammer or other forward grip, with the point towards the opponent, as it generally decreases the distance required to make a cut.

    I was also told to run like the wind if I ever saw someone who looked like they knew what they were doing use a reverse grip… LOL

  17. 18 gothog
    August 27, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    feel free at any point to email me phyre, im not much of a blogger so i don’t know how often i’ll be able to check your posts. but if you need any input on how to use a specific weapon or any of the users needs to know how to use a weapon give them my email address and i’ll do my best to help them out.

  18. August 27, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Hey Gothog,
    Thanks for the offer, I will keep you in mind!!

  19. 20 MoZZA
    August 28, 2008 at 6:12 am

    speakin of teeth of sabre tooth cats i have a USELESS PRESENT to get rid of =/ its like a brass sabre tooth skull with blades for teeth.. artsy crap… again ¬_¬

  20. August 28, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    I think I have seen a design like that somewhere before… Got pix?

  21. 22 Zepolar
    September 7, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Hey there a really good review indeed. I’m also a huge fan of Riddick and his amazing knifes. And i really want to know more about the fighting knife styles Gothog. But i’m afraid i’m a bit noobish at this page. Just googled a bit and i came over this review. so if you have some more skills and can see my mail or something then contact me! (Or just send a comment here about how to get it ^^)

  22. 23 MoZZA
    September 7, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    i think ive got one with it in somewhere aye

  23. September 8, 2008 at 2:18 am

    Well then for crying out loud, post it man! Poooost EEET!! 🙂

  24. 26 gothog
    September 8, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Well, the style that would be used with these knives is accurately portrayed in the movie to an extent. In the movie he just jumps from one opponent to the next, when in actuality if you were to face an opponent that could counter or evade a single attack your whole plan goes up in smoke. In the sense of fighting with these its all about staying close to your opponent and keeping them centered to you, not to let them get outside your guard at any time. if they do its over, in more ways than one. Simply put, get in close and stay close and you’re likely to win, however there are situations that contest this generalization. If you wish me to continue into the deeper aspects of this topic please let me know, though for now I think a general overview should suffice most readers

  25. 27 zepolar
    September 11, 2008 at 8:38 am

    Well gothog i would love to have ur mail to discuss diffrent knife styles further?

  26. 28 gothog
    September 11, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Zepolar, I could go deeper into specific styles that one might use this knife with, but I think if i do it should be here so any other readers who might be interested could benefit, though I’m not sure if it would do any good to describe it. you sound like you want to learn how to fight. That cant really be done unless in person. As I posted on a different topic all of martial arts is about feel and what works for most might not work for you and I would have to see that. I suggest that if you wish, find a dojo that teaches Ninjitsu.

  27. September 13, 2008 at 4:10 am

    @Mozza
    Well done lad!! LOL Yes I’ve seen that little sabre tooth skull thing before. I’m thinking eBay… LOL

    @Zepolar
    I would really advise against trying to pick up on any style of fighting over the internet. We can discuss a limited range of specific questions, but I generally like to see them discussed in the comments. Also, this blog is really about weapon practicality, not necessarily martial arts. Yes, there is some overlap between that and styles that a knife is designed to work best with, but I really try not to delve too deep into the pure art aspect of things, in order to keep it simple. So if you are indeed looking to learn fighting tips, do follow gothogs advice and find a local Dojo…

  28. 30 MoZZA
    September 13, 2008 at 6:23 am

    remember the mt fuji odachi katana i was telling you bout phyre well thats the handle in red lol

  29. September 13, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Yeah, I saw that too… I’m thinking eBay with a disclaimer… “This is a wall hanger. It is only, a wall hanger. Do no look at sideways or it will snap and kill you…” 😀

  30. 32 MoZZA!
    September 13, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    indeed
    it probably would tbh, shoddy craftmanship!

  31. 34 Tonny
    February 7, 2009 at 3:08 am

    These knives are really great!
    I got it home in a silver version. (They are pretty sharp)


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