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GUNS Magazine April 2012 Digital Edition - Page 58

STORY: Pat Covert The Force Be WiTh You! ometimes a knife is more than you expect it to be, and sometimes it’s not even a knife at all. Confused yet? Let me explain. SNAG knives are the brainchild of martial arts expert Louis Krudo, a master of the Filipino fighting discipline Arnis, derived from the Spanish term arnis de mano (rough translation: harnessing of the hand). In practice Louis calls it “pain management” because his system can inflict other forms of physical pain which are less deadly, yet still impose a high level of grief. Krudo’s SNAG folding knives—designed on the popular Southeast Asian Karambit platform—are available in SNAG Live Blade and SNAG Controller models. The Live Blade model has a wicked Hawkbill blade, something akin to a velociraptor claw. The Controller version has no blade at all. Rather, the claw is a notched hook that can be used to inflict pain as it grabs anything from arms Krudo’s folding SNAG Controller (top) and Live Blade (bottom) to elbows to neck bones. The offer versatility and options in the use of controlled vs. knives can also be used to hit, deadly force. which can be equally excruciating. Krudo’s knives are not the first ramp that allows more functions. folding Karambits, but his are more If you think a knife without a blade versatile, thanks to a folding thumb can’t be effective, think again. I have had a demo “applied” to me using the Snag Live BLade SNAG Controller and, believe me, it and ControLLer can leave you flopping around like a fish on dry land. The various grips, Maker: krUDO knives holds, and hitting positions this knife 8140 PictOn Way can apply are especially useful to law trinity, FL 34655 (727) 753-8455 enforcement officers who need options WWW.gUnsMagazine.cOM/krUDO-knives to forcefully control an offender without deadly force. These are seriBlade steel: 9CrCo13MoV, Blade length: 2.5", ous, well built knives with aluminum Overall length: 6.8", Weight: Live Blade 4.4 handles, liner-locks, and pocket clips ounces, Controller 5 ounces, handle: Machined spooned for indexing. May the Force aluminum, Carry: Indexed pocket clip, PriCe: be with you, especially if you end up on the wrong end of a SNAG! $169.99 (Live Blade), $129.99 (Controller) S Krudo Knives offers a different take on the folding knife. 58 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • A P R I L 2 0 1 2

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