With a heroic look, this distinctive every day carry (EDC) takes you back to a scene from Gladiator when Maximus kills the unworthy Emperor Commodus with his own spear point blade. Based on Rick Hinderer’s Maximus blade, Kershaw has created the Decimus; a single-edge spear point folder with the classic BlackWash™ finish. The blade is presented quickly via the flipper with SpeedSafe® assisted opening. The flipper is mirrored by a symmetrical protrusion, providing a short cross guard for finger safety and giving this EDC blade the appearance of a tiny sword.

The steel handle is stonewashed with a glass filled overlay inspired by the custom zigzag pattern of the original Maximus. Open construction and steel tube spacers, a reversible pocket clip, and frame lock round out the top features. As an additional detail, the handle also has a Hinderer-style filler tab with a stonewashed finish. Kershaw has found its market with those who need a functional blade that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Affordable at $52.49, it seems to be a solid folder at a good price. Gladiators weren’t exactly the high class of Rome, but they were effective with their weapons. In the words of Kershaw, “21st-century Gladiators would definitely carry this.” Check out the video for more details and to see the blade in action.

Features courtesy of Kershaw

  • SpeedSafe® assisted-opening
  • Flipper
  • Frame lock
  • Reversible pocketclip (right/left, tip-up)
  • Steel: 8Cr13MoV, black-oxide BlackWash™ finish
  • Handle: Stainless steel with stonewashed finish, glass-filled nylon overlay
  • Blade Length: 3.25 in. (8.3 cm)
  • Closed Length: 4.25 in. (10.8 cm)
  • Overall Length: 7.5 in. (19.1 cm)
  • Weight: 4.5 oz. (140 g)

Author – Sean Kennard is a Texas Law Enforcement Officer and serves as a SWAT Officer for his department. He is also the head defensive tactics instructor and holds various instructor certificates such as Krav Maga Force Division Instructor, FBI Defensive Tactics Instructor, Tactical Breaching Instructor and various others. Kennard holds an undefeated Mixed Martial Arts record and is a practitioner of Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Olympic weightlifting. He is a fitness and adventure enthusiast and enjoys the great outdoors.