Bob Kasper passed away on October 9th, 2006. He
had a long hard battle with his illness and he is in a better
place now. He will be missed by many, but his knife designs will
I don't know if someone will take over the book
and training film, but we will continue to make his knives and
pay the royalties to his wife Patricia, which are Bob's wishes.
The Dragon knife design is the result of ten years of
research on a WW2-era system of close combat called Arwrology
(pronounced R-ology) developed by physician and Samurai
Jiu-Jitsu Daishi, Dr. Gordon Eric Perrigard. Arwrology is based
on extreme in-close fighting methods utilizing automatic
conditioned reflexes with a minimum amount of body motion that
can be applied to a variety of techniques including a knife.
The Canadian Society of Arwrologists logo designed in 1940 is
a black dragon. Like its namesake, the Dragon bites (tip), claws
(edge,) and strikes (pommel) its adversary. It uses the same
body motion as the techniques used for unarmed combat. Many
close combat systems have a knife fighting system and an unarmed
combat system. Arwrology has one system because it emphasizes
general body movement, and not individual technique for
different weapons and attack methods. Following this principle
the Dragon becomes a part of the body, as opposed to an
extension of the body. This combat system will be explained in
my upcoming book, Introduction to Arwrology.
Many thanks to Pat and Wes Crawford. Iím a fighting-knife
designer and not a maker, so their ability to understand and
create is invaluable. From the moment of design presentation to
delivery at my front door for evaluation was an amazing three
weeks. This time frame also included integrity testing which is
evident by the accompanying pictures. They are truly masters of
The blade length is 4 1/2" and
the overall length is 9 1/2". The handle is micarta and the
steel is S30V, the sheath is kydex designed for inside the waist
band carry. Wes and I will be working on a few right away and I
will try to get some new pictures on the site soon.
This is an all business fixed
blade. Designed to be locked in a tight gripping fist, it is
made for one purpose and that is to save your life in a fight.