Spyderco Yojimbo 2 Knife (3.125" Satin) C85GP2

  • Satin-finished Wharncliffe blade made from CPM S30V.
  • Ambidextrous thumb hole opener.
  • Ergonomic black G-10 handle.
  • Secure compression lock.
  • Four-way reversible pocket clip.


Designed by noted personal-defense trainer Michael Janich, the Yojimbo 2 is a pioneer in the application of the Wharncliffe blade. Refined ergonomics complement the natural contours of the hand, ensuring maximum surface contact and positive control. They also encourage a thumb-forward grip and make the blade a natural extension of the hand. The straight cutting edge offers extreme cutting performance by transferring power all the way to the tip and ensures improved point strength. The handle has nested stainless steel liners and a Compression Lock.

Item #BHQ-9531
MSRP: $264.00
Our Price: $184.80
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  • Overall Length: 7.50"
  • Blade Length: 3.125"
  • Cutting Edge: 2.95"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.16"
  • Blade Material: CPM S30V
  • Blade Style: Wharncliffe
  • Finish: Satin
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.50"
  • Handle Material: G-10
  • Color: Black
  • Frame/Liner: Steel
  • Weight: 4.00 oz.
  • User: Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Tip-Down
  • Knife Type: Manual
  • Opener: Thumb Hole
  • Lock Type: Compression Lock
  • Brand: Spyderco
  • Model: Yojimbo 2
  • Model Number: C85GP2
  • Designer: Michael Janich
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Best Use: Everyday Carry, Tactical
  • Product Type: Knife

Customer Reviews

Great EDC
Stephen J. on Dec 22, 2022

This will cut you if your not careful. It came razor sharp and I got a little careless on the third day that I had it. It is so sharp that I didn't even feel it cut me. Action was a little sticky, much better after a few days. Mine didn't come quite centered but is something that isn't that big of a deal. The tip is wicked. G10 is nice and grippy for all of your needs. Overall very good knife.

Waited a month to give this review
Reed T. on Aug 31, 2020

Originally the Yojimbo2 had tight action out of the box and I was worried. It was my 1st Spyderco and I thought I was missing out of the legendary fight factor experience. Today, I love this knife as it just needed some time to “break in”. Thumb flick, middle finger flick, holding compression lock flick - no problem. Oh and yes smooth, drop shuts and just keeps getting better. Don’t adjust your new Spyderco, give it some time and you won’t be sorry. Wicked cool looking and feels so good in the hand. I love the top of the blade to place your thumb - ergonomically heaven. I am a fan gang!

Wicked Blade
Kimmer C. on Jul 26, 2020

This was one of my first Spyderco's, and man, what an introduction! Love the Spydie hole, many different ways to deploy the knife. I would be careful of the tip, I could see it breaking off pretty easily, thankfully my usage has been light, I was mainly carrying it for defensive purposes, but it has handled light EDC tasks with ease, it came very sharp and the flat wharncliffe edge is great for cutting. Overall a great knife. I put some Flytanium Titanium scales on mine, it turned it into a beast of a knife, but be careful if you do the same, they use Red Loctite on the screws. That, and it voids your warranty if you take it apart. Great alternative to the Paramilitary 2, which is quite similar. Great knife!

Believe it or Not...
James A. on Mar 24, 2020

It can do prep work. and it looks mighty cool doing it. Of course, it's pretty excellent at most other tasks too. Just be mindful of the tip, it's a pointy-pointy and does not afraid of anything, especially your fingers.

Favorite EDC
Brad N. on Oct 16, 2019

Got this as a birthday gift from my son and absolutely love it. It's taken the place of my Benchmade 580S Barrage as my favorite EDC.

Well thought out knife
craig f. on Aug 21, 2019

The clip on every knife ought to be on the blade point side for rapid deployment like the Yo is... incredible quality.. I used to be a benchmark fan, but now Spyderco is the bees knees..... the don’t destroy guns for gun grabbers....

Love it
Caleb C. on Aug 2, 2019

Awesome knife. Cool story behind the design of it. You can find it on YouTube. I love this blade style.

razor sharp with a needle point
jaco a. on Jul 11, 2019

knife came razor sharp, great build quality, grippy g10, most likely the pointiest knife in the market and also my favourite in my collection. the only con would be that the blade gets pretty thin near the tip so you have to keep that in mind but other than that its a great knife that I would recommend to anyone looking for a great quality knife they can count on for always being sharp and fun to use.

Beware of the tip
Tyler R. on Mar 18, 2019

This knife has the best ergonomics you could ask for. It comes screaming sharp out the the box. And be warned, you do not want the tip to touch anything you don’t intend to puncture lol. This is basically a beefed us Xacto knife. Definitely part of my EDC rotation from now on.

Valentine D. on Mar 13, 2019

Damn, this is one damn good blade I should have gotten this knife a long time ago, and I got it on my birthday on the same day of my birthday.

Nick F. on Mar 5, 2019

I’ve had the lower end spyderco for a while now but for whatever reason never bought any of the higher end ones. Well this was my first buy for a higher priced spyderco and I’m very pleased with how this knife performs. It’s a good EDC blade despite its intended use as a self defense blade.

My new favorite Spyderco
Walter C. on Jan 24, 2019

I was on the fence about buying this because the blade doesn't have the aesthetic of other Spyderco knives, but am absolutely glad I got it. The flat blade makes it easy to sharpen to wicked levels, and it has amazing cutting leverage. It's not my EDC (since I generally don't need something this formidable), but it's a very close runner up. Definitely a great knife at this price-point.

If your life is on the line...
Daniel R. on Nov 25, 2018

If your life is on the line and your are backed into a corner you would be happy to have this. Plus it is a solid edc if you are careful about the very narrow tip. The small tip jumps into anything you put it through so the trade off is worth it.

Utilitarian, ergonomic, and fun
Gideon S. on Nov 14, 2018

What initially drew me to this knife was the unique design and pedigree. Listening to Michael Janich's reasoning behind each design choice made me realize this was an exceptionally well-thought out tool. Despite its intended use, I could clearly recognize the utilitarian value of this knife, and it has certainly lived up to my expectation - and then some - in day to day use. It's great for opening packages or boxes, zips through plastic or cardboard, and in general performs exceptionally as an EDC. The ergonomics are very comfortable and the action is perfect. The compression lock is very safe and practical and makes for reliable - and fun - one-handed use. The stock is thick, giving the blade enough mass to easily fall shut. However, it is still very thin behind the edge due to the aggressive hollow grind, making it an exceptional cutter! While it is somewhat wide in the pocket, this is not my complaint with the knife. That would be the ridiculous amount of handle that sticks out with the stock clip. Absurd! No reason for it. MJ said he initially wanted that for "non-lethals", but he later saw less value in this idea. I'll go further and say that if you draw your knife in self-defense, the idea of blunt strike "non-lethals" is ridiculous. If you are using your knife, it will be to cut. Furthermore, in my large hands, the handle hardly sticks out at all, so using it that way, inadvisable as it may be, isn't even an option! All it meant for me was that a quarter of the handle would be sticking out of my pocket. Not exactly subtle. I got a Lynch Northwest deep carry clip that has worked beautifully. I resent the fact that the knife came with such a crappy clip, forcing me to buy a third-party one, but I love the knife as a whole so much I have a hard time harboring any real negative feelings. It's kicking everything else out of my pocket, and I can highly recommend it for EDC or self-defense.

My favorite knife of all time
Ant F. on Oct 20, 2018

The most comfortable knife in hand. The methodology behind this knife really does show with its ergonomics and blade shape. A lot of thought went into the design and it just flat out works.

Yojimbo 2
Kevin C. on Oct 19, 2018

Love the look of the knife. Great utility and size

Yojimbo 2
Patrick k. on Oct 15, 2018

I’ve had this knife for around a year, carried on and off. Love, love the handle and how utilitarian the blade shape is though it’s considered tactical. No issues with chipping but I’m not rough on knives. The only nitpick I have is that the lock stick never completely went away though it’s not bad and doesn’t really create an issue.

Great blade
Wade M. on Oct 15, 2018

I got this knife from Spyderco back in 2012 in Golden CO, This knife is so sharp I was cutting paracord and it cut the paracord and the meat of my hand at the same time didn't even feel it at first. then the blood come running all very everything. I would get this knife again and give it as a gift. Cant go wrong with this or any other Spyderco. Have a great day and Blade on #Knifelife.

Surprisingly great for edc.
Jake W. on Oct 15, 2018

I originally picked up my Yo2 because it was different, and because it bears my favorite lock type. I thought it would make a cool conversation piece, and that I’d carry it every now and then to change it up. Turns out it makes it into my pocket several times a week often beating out much more popular and much more expansive options. The ergos are awesome for my hands, the compression lock operates like a dream, it carries very well thanks to the tapered handle shape, and I’ve found the blade shape to be incredibly useful for edc tasks. If you want to look cool on Instagram while carrying a knife that is actually easy to love in real life, I recommend the Yojimbo2.

Top 3 all time favorite!
steve s. on Oct 14, 2018

Great feeling knife, with excellent ergonomics and and perhaps my favorite action. Easy to maintain and easy to get razor sharp with only a sharpmaker.

Leaving review for chance to win
Justin W. on Oct 13, 2018

I absolutely love this knife. I lost it the day my mom passed and with everything that had happened I didn’t know I had lost it until days later. It meant a lot to me because she was the one that had bought it for me for my birthday. Love your company and thanks for being so awesome.

Favorite EDC knife
Michael B. on Oct 13, 2018

I have this Yojimbo 2 for about 6 months now and use it for just about everything. Cutting fruit and smoked ring meats just about everyday at work, also used for many misc tasks, as I work as a maintenance electrician. The edge has stayed. I haven't had to sharpen yet. Plus the looks I get when people see it or ask to borrow a knife, is probably the best part of owning this knife.

Another great Spyderco collaboration
Nick L. on Oct 13, 2018

Excellent blade shape, handle ergos, and lock strength. A pocket full of capability and confidence when I'm carrying my Yo 2.

Jack of all trades
Brandon N. on Oct 13, 2018

My longest carried knife and my most useful knife. Opening boxes, paint/ sticker scraper, razor blade, food prep, self defense, etc. You name it, it can most likely do it.

João P. on Oct 12, 2018

I love this knife, super usefull, great steel and do not scary people out. #iwantthathatchet

i love this knife
caelin w. on Oct 12, 2018

I am a knife nut as many have called me. I bought this knife and fell in love with it.I don't personally own a lot of high end knives but have used some. This knife has been in my EDC for some time now and it has worked great so far. It has a great blade steel (s30v) and just feels great in the hand with the g10 handle scales. Overall with all of the use and testing I have put this through it has been AMAZING!!

Best EDC knife by Spyderco
Dexter M. on Oct 12, 2018

Alright guys and gals...let's be perfectly honest with each other here. If you're going to cut something, for 90+% of us, it's going to be cardboard or paper. This is essentially a box cutter on steroids. It has the perfect blade style, and comes out of the box SHARP. I know of no other casual work knife that can compete with this bad boy. I know it was designed as a self-defense knife, but this really stands above all other knives when it comes to cutting paper based targets.

One of the Best Defense Knives
Jacob W. on Oct 12, 2018

For a compact folding defensive knife that can also fulfill pretty much every edc purpose, the yojimbo is fantastic. It has a very smooth pivot which makes for snappy flicks on the opening, and once the compression lock is broken in it flicks closed easily. The lock up from the compression lock is very sturdy. My knife has absolutely no blade play. The wharncliffe blade gives it a good presence in the cut and presents a fine point for the thrust, however the tip of the knife is prone to chipping because of how fine it is. The best part of this knife is how well designed the handle is. Whatever grip you use for a knife, the yojimbo's handle shape will accommodate it.

Still my favorite...
Eric R. on Oct 12, 2018

I bought this as my first Spyderco after watching a few Janich videos and it's still my favorite. It feels like it's molded to the hand. Can't recommend it enough. The only knife I carry as much is my Para2.

EDC and/or Defense
Andy S. on Oct 12, 2018

I own several different Yojimbos and daily carry one on and off duty. It is a great blade and handle design that was designed for self defense, but indirectly makes an amazing EDC knife. Only caution would be the fine tip. This knife is made for slashing and/or cutting, not stabbing.

Awesome EDC blade!
Armani W. on Oct 12, 2018

I'm a huge Spydie fan and the "Yoji 2" was a dream knife. When National Knife Day rolled around, I pulled the trigger. It comes out of the box with a wicked edge and point. The scales and action are perfectly manufactured and perform very well. If you're looking for an amazing self-defense EDC blade, look no further!

Awesome blade
Calan S. on Oct 12, 2018

Love the compression lock and the look and function from the wharncliff blade. The ergos on this knife are perfect, oh and don’t forget it’s razor sharp. Get one you won’t be disappointed.

Michael A. on Jul 9, 2018

Love it. Tactically amazing , EDC pretty much a razor blade. Either way it's great. Buy one you won't regret it.

Great EDC and SD
Cleveland d. on Jan 19, 2018

Ergo, ergo, ergo. The egos on this are phenomenal. It took a lot to get this out of my pocket everyday and still wants to crawl in there every once in a while. I would suggest doing some filing in some of the spots to soften up the edges of the g10 and I modded with a forward finger choil but Its a great knife regardless. Lil scared of breaking the tip but I have edc'd this extensively with no bad results. Wish the s90v version would make a return.

All Around Good Knife!
Tae S. on Jan 8, 2018

Used as a self-defense weapon or for small tasks/chores are best suited for this knife. I personally have carried this knife for probably about a year as a simple EDC - It is a bit wide in the pocket but for it’s reliability as a self-defense tool and also it’s durability, It’s an awesome knife. I still carry this knife on occasions depending on the events/tasks for the day. Good design, good steel, very sharp out of the box with an always slick deployment with the Spidey hole. SF

I prefer this to my PM2.
Sean C. on Jan 8, 2018

Compression lock, great. Wharncliff blade shape, great. Thin enough in the pocket to not be a nuisance. Fit and finish on my item was what you'd expect form Golden, CO. I'm very satisfied.

Jacob B. on Jan 5, 2018

I'm not a huge self defense kind of guy so I've been using it as a regular EDC and I love the thing. Razer sharp, sits in your pocket well, opens and closes like a dream, and just looks awesome. My new favorite knife!

Self Defense Tool
matthew R. on Oct 3, 2017

If you carry a knife for self defense, (IMHO) there is none better than the Yojimbo 2. Purpose designed and built, I carry one everyday. This knife is best used with a grip where the thumb is placed on the spine of the blade. There is also a martial art (MBC) that goes along with the knife from the knives designer Michael Janich. It's worth checking out.

Not your average EDC
Kory S. on Jun 13, 2015

Very nice build quality - aggressive but not coarse G10, open flow construction, liners are nested but substantial. I enjoy the thick blade stock paired with the hollow grind. Beware of drops; blade's point is needle thin. Compression lock accomodates all grips and feels very secure. Satin polished blade, clip, screws, liners, and standoffs are very handsome. All in all, a very cohesive knife design with a high degree of literal and figurative polish, made in America by Americans.

Great Knife
Jonathan S. on Mar 24, 2015

Good steel, grippy G10, very ergonomic, and the aggressive wharncliffe blade shape is a great slicer. Love the compression lock. Very quality piece and definitely an eyecatcher to bring out with fellow knife-nuts. A+

Fantastic knife
Mark L. on Feb 9, 2015

Everything about it is great- good steel, comfortable, precise tip, looks awesome. The action is a pleasure and it's made in the USA. Very grippy G10.

Response to Joshua's review
alex b. on Feb 6, 2015

This is really just a response to the other review of this knife. The reviewer states that the knife would not be good in a survival situation. The Yojimbo was designed specifically to be a fighting weapon, it's needle tip and razor-thin edge are built for slashing or penetrating an opponent, not for survival purposes. The description clearly states this. For future buyers, know that this is not a heavy-use knife, it is a knife with a specific purpose and that is to be a defensive weapon, ready only when you need it.

Great EDC
william o. on Oct 14, 2018

Have had one for well over two years and carry it occasionally, however when I'm at home and need to cut through a bunch of card board, this is the knife I tend to grab. It's very thin behind the edge and cuts extremely well and the blade shape makes it very effective at general utility tasks (cardboard, packaging, etc). Tip of the blade did break on mine (like half a millimeter) when I dropped it once, so be mindful of the fragile tip. Compression lock is solid and very easy to use. Blade swings freely when the lock is compressed making it very easy to one hand close. Over all it's a great knife.

Solid EDC
justin b. on Oct 13, 2018

Clean lines, razor sharp, very grippy; lots of good things here! The handle profile causes it to ride high in your pocket, not an issue for most days, but can’t carry this one in the office without a deep carry clip! Overall a fantastic blade that’s fun and handy to carry.

Good edc
john m. on Oct 12, 2018

Very good edc for self defense. It has good steel and a sturdy lock. I would recommend it!

Dope blade
Jorge R. on Oct 12, 2018

It's smaller in person but still feels great in hand. The blade tip is super tapered and a lot thinner compared to the spine of the blade. Functions awesome opening and closing with the compression lock. Not really an edc style knife but the Wharncliffe blade is dope, very versatile. Overall great knife, it was a nice addition to the collection.

Good Knife
armando v. on Apr 18, 2015

i recently bought this knife, i received it fast from Blade HQ the only thing i did not like about the knife was that it did not come very sharp...it was kind of dull? however i do like the knife for its design and how sturdy it is. I was just a little disappointed that it wasn't razor sharp out the box or anything but i guess its fine but other then that the knife a great, the lock up is nice and smooth and doesn't take to much effort to close it one handed. overall great knife besides it being dull but i might just had gotten a bad apple but don't let that detour you from Spyderco they make great quality knives.

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