Spyderco Yojimbo 2 Knife Folded

Spyderco YoJimbo2 Folding Knife

Designed by Michael Janich, the Spyderco YoJimbo2 knife offers an ergonomic design for improved control.


Designed by noted personal-defense trainer Michael Janich, the Yojimbo2 is an evolved expression of his original Spyderco Yojimbo design, which pioneered the application of the Wharncliffe blade in tactical folders. The refined ergonomics of the YoJimbo2 complement the natural contours of the hand, ensuring maximum surface contact and positive control. They also encourage a thumb-forward grip and make the 3-1/4-inch CPM-S30V blade a natural extension of the hand.

The PlainEdge straight cutting edge of the hollow-ground blade offers extreme cutting performance by transferring power all the way to the tip and ensures improved point strength. Nested stainless steel liners provide structural strength and form the backbone of the knife’s high-strength compression lock mechanism.

Textured G-10 scales and a four-position clip guarantee a non-slip grip and rapid deployment from all carry positions. Spyderco.com.

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  • T.W.

    In response to Steve, he makes good points about why the Yojimbo 2 doesn’t make as good a box cutter as a purpose built box cutter does. He’s entirely right. And if I needed to cut boxes, I wouldn’t look any further than a box cutter. But that’s not what the Yojimbo 2 is about.

    Does a box cutter make a good defensive tactical fighting knife that lends itself to various knife fighting styles from around the world? I don’t think so. A box cutter with a one inch blade can make a good cut on bare skin, but it won’t be deep and it’s not built to thrust and penetrate. It’s great that you can buy special, very short, blades that are shatterproof because they bend. That’s great for use on boxes, but for defensive purposes, a blade needs to be able to cut through heavy clothing without flexing or being deflected, then create a wound that will penetrate deeply to reach blood vessels and sinew. That’s the point of the Yojimbo 2. I don’t need a blade that will flex instead of penetrating through heavy clothing or leather.

    Saying that the Yojimbo 2 looks like a box cutter and coming to the conclusion that it doesn’t make a good box cutter is judging the knife out of context. If you consider what the knife IS designed for, you’ll see it meets all pertinent criteria better than most other designs. Actually, it’s ideal for what it was designed for.

    And in that context, a box cutter just doesn’t cut it.

  • Steve

    I have always hated this knife. You just can’t less original than copying a box-cutter. Maybe in the past you could argue that this dumb thing is all the benefits of a box-cutter, but isn’t brittle and stays sharp longer. Well donkies, you can’t make that argument anymore thanks to Lenox and Irwin coming out with bimetal blades. The Lenox Ti and the Irwin Blue are bimetal blades that are sharper, stay sharper and are shatterproof. I’ve tested both blades extensively in a Craftsman model (originally Sheffield design) folding utility knife with a clip. These blades are awesome, you can’t break them. When slashing, even dense material like a 4×4 post, they flex but never break. I’d wager they are sharper than this one too. You can get a pack of 20 of the Irwin blades for $6. I can’t believe Spyderco wastes their time on a knife like this, especially now that it makes so much more sense to just carry a folding box-cutter with a clip and bimetal blades. I got my Craftsman and a 20 pack of the Irwin Blue Blades for about $21. The Yojimbo is and always has been lame, now it is simply obsolete and way overpriced. Get a Para or a Military or a Manix XL or something if you want a Spyderco. Sorry Janich, get back to the drawing board and design something original.