Michael Janich Custom

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Jandura : Limited Edition

Michael Janich is a world-renowned authority on personal-defense, edged-weapon tactics, and knife design. One of his go-to choices for a personal-defense knife is the Spyderco® Endura® 4 Lightweight, because it is affordable, reliable, completely ambidextrous, and has a matching folding trainer available for it. The only disadvantage to this knife when Janich carried it was that, right out of the box, its blade exceeded the 3.5-inch legal limit in his home state of Colorado. To solve that problem, Janich reground the blade of his personal Endura, in the process lowering its point to create more of a Wharncliffe-style edge that cuts with greater power and depth. He also removed the "jimping" (textured grooves) on the blade’s thumb ramp to work better with his preferred Filipino-style grip and polished the action to ensure smooth operation and rapid deployment.

Initially, Janich created only one “Jandura” for his own personal carry. When a close friend of his took notice of the knife, Janich gifted it to him and made another. After that friend exercised his “bragging rights,” Janich’s other students quickly expressed interest in getting their own. Ultimately, Janich partnered with Stay Safe Media and, for several years, offered a limited number of custom-modified Janduras for sale to the public. 

Now, through an exclusive arrangement with 5x5 Combat Solutions, the Jandura is back!

These remarkable knives begin as stock Spyderco Endura Lightweights with stout saber-ground blades. Every one of them is then personally modified and tuned by Michael Janich to replicate his original personal Jandura. The blades are shortened to just under 3.5 inches and the straight “clip” is crowned. Janich also removes the jimping from the thumb ramp and hand finishes the blade’s spine before hand “lapping” (polishing) the action to ensure smooth opening. The blades of these knives are also laser engraved with Janich's signature and the word "custom" to indicate their elite, limited-edition status. Every knife comes in its original Spyderco box, which is personally autographed and comes with a hand-signed certificate of authenticity with Janich’s personal “chop.” 

5x5 Combat Solutions is extremely proud to be the exclusive source of these highly collectible knives. Because they are individually customized, they will be available in very limited quantities. 5x5 will honor orders on a first-come, first-served basis and will maintain an ongoing waiting list.

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Chicagojimbo : Limited Edition

  

Edged-weapon authority Michael Janich grew up in the Chicago area and still has family there. His daughter also lived in Boston for several years. Since both of those cities have severe blade-length limits on carry knives (2.5 inches), when he visited them, he had to get creative. Rather than carrying a typical knife with a 2.5-inch blade and an undersized, hard-to-grip handle, he took one of his full-sized Spyderco Yojimbo™ 2s and shortened it to a “snubby” version. This allowed him to simply replace his full-sized Yojimbo 2 with the short-bladed version without requiring any changes to his defensive skill set.

Initially, Janich’s “Chicagojimbo” was a one-of-a-kind piece for his personal use. However, when his Martial Blade Concepts (MBC) students saw it, he began getting requests to grind similar knives for them. As word spread, so did the demand.

To meet that demand, 5x5 Combat Solutions is proud to announce that we are the exclusive source of genuine Michael Janich custom-ground Chicagojimbos. These knives begin as “stock” Spyderco Yojimbo 2s with all the features of the standard model—CPM® S30V® stainless steel blade, high-strength Coompression Lock® mechanism, peel-ply-textured G-10 scales, and four-position pocket clip. Michael Janich then personally hand grinds the blades to shorten them to a legal-practically-everywhere 2.5-inch length. Chicagojimbo blades are laser engraved with Janich’s signature and the MBC “triangle” logo, proudly identifying them as “Michael Janich Custom” pieces. Every knife also comes with a hand-signed parchment paper Certificate of Authenticity stamped with Janich’s personal “chop.” The original Spyderco box for each is also autographed.

 5x5 Combat Solutions is extremely proud to be the exclusive source of these highly collectible knives. Because they are individually customized, they will be available in very limited quantities. 5x5 will honor orders on a first-come, first-served basis and will maintain an ongoing waiting list. 

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JanDelica: Limited Edition

  

Michael Janich’s original concept for the “JanDelica” was inspired by a request from one of his Martial Blade Concepts (MBC) students who worked in a U.S. Federal building in Washington, D.C. Per federal regulations, he was allowed to carry a knife provided its blade was no longer than 2.5 inches. Although finding knives that met the blade-length requirement was not a problem, short blades invariably meant short, difficult-to-grip handles that didn’t work for self-defense.

Janich’s solution was to take a Spyderco Delica® 4 Lightweight and grind the 3-inch blade down to 2.5 inches. The Delica 4 not only offered a handle large enough to grip comfortably, but also had a matching training version that allowed safe contact training with a partner—the key to developing usable skill. Janich modified several knives for his student, who promptly showed them off to his co-workers, who then asked Janich to grind some more. As word of these knives spread in the MBC community, students in Boston and Chicago—cities that also have 2.5-inch blade-length limits—also began requesting them. 

A few years later, Kahr Arms approached Spyderco with the idea of doing an exclusive knife branded with the Kahr logo. Janich mentioned the Delica “snubby” and suggested it might be a good complement to Kahr’s compact pistols. Kahr agreed and ultimately purchased three runs of knives with each run having different color handles. Unfortunately, only one production run of each handle color (black, denim blue and khaki) were ever produced, making the Kahr Arms Delica a highly prized collector’s item.

Now, thanks to an exclusive arrangement with 5x5 Combat Solutions, the JanDelica has come full circle. Michael Janich is once again personally customizing Spyderco Delica 4 Lightweights to create “snubby” versions with legally friendly 2.5-inch blades. Janich meticulously regrinds the blade to a clip-point profile, “crowns” the clipped section with a radius, and removes the jimping (textured grooves) on the thumb ramp. He then polishes the spine of the blade to eliminate any abrasive surfaces that could cause damage during high-speed, full-power application and hand “laps” (polishes) the action to ensure smooth, one-handed operation. The blades of these knives are also laser engraved with Janich's signature and the word "custom" to indicate their elite, limited-edition status. Every knife comes in its original Spyderco box, which is personally autographed and comes with a hand-signed certificate of authenticity with Janich’s personal “chop.” 

5x5 Combat Solutions is extremely proud to be the exclusive source of these highly collectible knives. Because they are individually customized, they will be available in very limited quantities. 5x5 will honor orders on a first-come, first-served basis and will maintain an ongoing waiting list.