Friday, April 28, 2017

Lapu Lapu Corto Tanto Knife

Lapu Lapu Corto Tanto Knife

Made by DragonNails
Designed by Prof. Bram Frank

Review by Wmpyr




***SPECS***
closed: 5 1/5"
open: 8 1/5"
blade: 3"
steel: 8Cr13MoV (Chinese AUS-8)
Hardness: HRC 56-58

The Lapu Lapu Corto Knife was designed based on Filipino Martial Arts concepts and self-defense techniques.

This knife is loaded with many unique special features! Knowing these features on the knife provides you with a complete self-defense system.

***ALL IN A TANTO***
The Karambit and the Tanto are probably two of the most popular tactical knife designs today. So, it's no surprise that we now get the Lapu Lapu Corto in a Tanto blade shape.




The blade has a thick spine for rugged multi-use. The Tanto is practically designed for piercing through tough material. Plus the Tanto blade makes it easier to sharpen compared to other blade shapes.

***Breakdown of the System***

1. SWORD CARRY
The Lapu Lapu Corto knife sits high on your pocket for easy access like the hilt of a sword.

2. KEEP IT SIMPLE AND LEGAL
In a crisis situation, you quickly draw the knife and simply use it closed as is, without worrying about deploying the blade. Keeping it simple and safe, so that one doesn't accidentally cut themselves with their own knife in a scuffle.

3. PALM STICK
Let the knife do the work. In the closed position the Lapu Lapu Corto is a Kubotan/Yawara stick on steroids. You can strike with it like a mini war club. It will enhance your martial arts techniques or your brawling abilities.  

4. FORCE ESCALATION
If using it closed doesn't get you out of the hairy mess, you can deploy the razor sharp blade by hooking and pulling, this is called a Kinetic Opening. Kinetic Openings are versatile because your not limited to just hooking off your pants pocket, you can Kin-Op your opponent's arms, collar bone, ankle, furniture, or even a near by tree!  

***CONCLUSION***
So whether you go with the original Persian blade shape or the Tanto blade shape (both are based off of swords), either way your getting all the bells and whistles of the Gunting style of self-defense knife.  

Do you want a smooth slicing and dicing machine or a rugged and crude piercing machine?




I give the Lapu Lapu Corto Tanto Knife 5 out of 5 stars!
www.cssdsc.com Home of the Lapu Lapu Corto Knife!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Lapu Lapu Corto Knife review by Wmpyr

LLC Live Blade made by DragonNails
Desgined by Prof. Bram Frank

SPECS
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closed: 5 1/5"
open: 8 1/5"
blade: 3"
steel: 8Cr13MoV (Chinese AUS-8)
Hardness: HRC 56-58

FEATURES
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*Full steel jimped liners for retention
*Post in the hole indexing for grip switching
*Post in the hole indexing for pocket retenion
*Flat spoon clip for indexing and retention
*Bramp kinetic opening 
*Bramp for tip control in fine cutting
*Bramp for trapping, hammering, joint locks
*Bramp for upside down braced cutting
*Non slip bio mechanical handle (firearm grip)
*Braille more than color coded for dim light
*Dual access pivot point
*Solid butt piece for counter weight
*Compound puzzle lock (dove tail joint lock)
*Functioning thong hole for lanyard


Review by Wmpyr

This is no ordinary knife, when you carry this with you, your not holding a knife, you have Filipino martial arts in the palm of your hand. I'm not joking, this knife is designed from Filipino martial arts concepts. Filipino martial arts are practiced by countless people around the world for practical self-defense.

This knife is a system. The many features on this knife teach you how to access the self-defense system it's based on. 

I feel comfortable with the Lapu Lapu Corto Knife system, because it's very clear for me what to do. Number one is to just access your knife as fast as you can. And since it sits high in my pocket, it's easy to access like the hilt of a sword. Plus I don't have to worry about deploying the blade at this point. 

Not worrying about the blade at this time is great for legal reasons, and also safety reasons! At the start of an altercation when things can be sudden and chaotic, I don't want to accidentally cut the wrong person or myself. 


Once the knife is in my hand, I simply use it closed like a mini war hammer. The over sized ramp and steel reinforced pommel help you with any striking needs. The Lapu Lapu Corto can do more, and it can be used as a Kubotan/Yawara Stick on steroids. 

If your a tactical knife fan, and you like the Emerson Wave function, then the Kinetic Opening should be right up your alley! However, the Kinetic Opening is not limited to just your pants pocket. You can use the ramp to hook and pull on just about anything! 

Trying to figure out different ways to do a Kinetic Opening is half the fun! You can be nice and do it on the bad guy's clothing, or you can be mean as can be and do it to their collarbone, ear, nostril, or lip!

With this knife your getting two tools in one, non-lethal self-defense impact tool and a razor sharp knife. Not only that, it has the ability to smoothly flow from one mode to the other. 



The martial arts concepts behind this knife is not complicated. Just knowing it's features will help guide you to it's intended self-defense system.    

I give this knife 5 out of 5 stars! Highest possible recommendation!

Prof Bram Frank's website: www.cssdsc.com

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Perspectives of Modular Instructor Guide book review

PERSPECTIVES OF MODULAR
Author: Bram Frank

review by Wmpyr

After reading this book, I feel anxious, it's that nervous energy you get because you want to go out 

there and practice! After twenty years of training and teaching Filipino martial arts, I thought that my 

core foundations were built. Sure there are plenty of instructors that can teach me new techniques, new 

details, new strategies, but those are all icing on the cake, the cake is done my friends, or so I 

thought. Professor Bram Frank's book is showing me how to take my cake to the next level. Now that's 

exciting! That's why I feel this jitteriness!

This book is loaded with easy to understand illustrations, even some gory gruesome photos, step by step 

photos, and what knife nuts like to say, knife porn.  

The main ideas are repeated over and over again, so it's drilled into your mind. I swear reading this 

book feels like I'm training.

And how can you not like a martial arts book where the Black Knight from Monty Python (one of my 

favorite films of all time) is one of the main principals! 

We also have a Star Trek Deep Space 9 reference, many Bruce Lee quotes, and I also like how there are 

mucho references to other martial arts styles as well, and not in a negative light but in a positive 

light mind you. I also enjoyed that it explains how to teach.

And since my Filipino martial arts teacher's teacher was Professor Remy Presas it was awesome to read 

about Professor Bram Frank's wild yet enlightening stories with Professor Remy Presas. 

However all of that is just the frosting, the true gem is the CSSDSC (Common Sense Self-Defense Street 

Combat) program itself. 

You are logically told why a knife is the best answer to self-defense.
Not only do you learn what Biomechanical Shutdown is, but why it's the best.

And in my personal opinion, the Modular System helps a person understand the most complicated aspect of 

Filipino martial arts in the simplest of manner without leaving anything out. 
You learn in pieces that can be built and put together like Lego. 

So the idea is to adapt to the chaos that is real combat, rather than trying to forcefully make your 

fixed set of techniques happen. It makes perfect sense to me, you go against nature you lose, you go 

with it, well it's the only way. 

I think that sums up the book, it's like that saying, simple to learn, life time to master!   

Professor Bram Frank's website:
www.cssdsc.com