Will Woods’ Bladeworks Kraken: Update from the Middle East

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IDF “Lone Soldier” and friend of TTAK Jon M. poses with the Will Wood’s Kraken while serving in Israel.

I have written at length about my support of Israel in its struggle against Islamofascism. For those who do not know the backstory, Jon M. is a friend and 4WD companion of mine, who happens to also be serving an enlistment in the Israeli Defense Forces. While he was home on leave I presented Jon with the William Woods’ Bladeworks Kraken (review here) on behalf of Will and TTAK, to take back to Israel and put it through further testing. It was a small gesture to show our support, and another adventure for a really fabulous knife. Jon agreed to send us a couple of updates, and one arrived today:

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The Kraken with Jon’s duty weapon, an IMI Tavor rifle.

Kraken Update by Jon M.

When Clay first offered me the chance to take William Woods Kraken back to Israel with me I was stunned. I’ve always loved knives but the majority of my experience has been with inexpensive pocket folders and multi-tools. The chance to use a real piece of art like the Kraken was one I couldn’t pass up.  After several months with the Kraken, I feel like I’ve become a knife snob.  In the IDF we call large fixed blades “commando knives”. The majority of guys use a cheap tacticool survival knife with a compass in the handle and a blade that can’t hold an edge, I’ve seen those things break and fall apart after little use. It’s great knowing that I’ve got a tool that can handle anything I throw at it and I will never have to worry about it braking or failing in a critical moment.  I would love to tell you that I’ve done some super awesome things with the Kraken – that I used some wild Krav Maga move and took down a dozen terrorists with nothing but my trusty knife. Thankfully that’s not true.

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Jon wears the Kraken on his left shoulder when wearing full-kit.

The Kraken has still not been combat tested and I hope it never needs to be. Most of the tasks I’ve found for the Kraken are fairly mundane: cutting rope, opening tuna cans, spreading hummus, and of course wassak (IDF speak for cool points).  The Kraken has excelled in all of its assignments (especially hummus spreading). It has found a permanent spot in my kit and I’m always happy to find a use for it. Unfortunately it’s size and weight keeps it from being with me when I’m not in full gear (I carry a Leatherman Wingman with me for the day-to-day stuff). The blade developed a bit of surface rust underneath the scales after several months, but after a quick clean it was looking good as new. Clay left a pretty sharp edge on the blade and it’s held up well. I’ve only touched it up a couple of times (although my sharpening skills as no where close to Clay’s). It is easy to sharpen and only takes a couple of minutes about once a month to keep it razor sharp.

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The Kraken with Jon’s unit insignia (Nahal Brigade) ad a “Fighter’s Pin”, earned after combat training.

Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the Kraken. It’s an unbelievable tool that sets a ridiculously high standard for fixed blade knives. Part of me is sad that this one is only a loaner and the other part of me is excited to be a part of this knife’s adventure. It’s like being a part of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – we’ll call it The Brotherhood of the Traveling Blade. A huge thank you to Clay and to William Woods for setting me up with such a great piece of gear and for their support for me, my brother’s in arms, and the State of Israel. I couldn’t be more proud to carry this with me and every time I use it, I remember just what I am fighting for.

Editor’s Note: Jon –  you really need to send us an action shot of the Kraken spreading hummus. 🙂   Stay Safe Buddy. -HCA

 

comments

  1. PeterK says:

    Yeah! Hummus shot!

  2. SigGuy says:

    Stay safe! I wonder if a small bead of silicone around the scales would solve that reoccurring rust problem?

    1. Possibly. I think if I were to own said knife, I would probably masking tape the blade/exposed pommel, etc and hit the tang with a good spray paint. Unless someone can tell me why this is a horrible idea. Which it might very well be.

      Silicone would certainly be a good fix on a medium-term time frame.

      1. ChuckN says:

        Spray paint is a quick and dirty way to protect it,
        though spritz of rubber coating would work a
        little better. I’ve used Duracoat on a few of my
        knives and it seems to works quite well.

        1. technically, I was thinking the truck bed liner spray in a rattle-can. I have had excellent luck with it on Jeep parts that I want to protect.

          And Thank you to both you and David (comment below)

      2. I’ve done clear spray paint under the scales of my Becker BK9 after I stripped off the black coating. No adverse effects yet

  3. AW1Ed says:

    *slow clap*
    Outstanding! I too await the hummus spreading pics. Is there nothing this knife can’t do? (grin)

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Will Woods’ Bladeworks Kraken: Update from the Middle East

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