If you’ve seen the show Lone Target, you know Former Navy SEAL Joel Lambert takes his escape and evasion missions seriously. Each movement is calculated and attention to detail is observed. Gear is chosen based on mission specific needs and there must not be any chance for failure overlooked. There is no surprise then that the knives used on the show are designed with purpose in mind and selected to get the job done without compromise. Designed by Master Bladesmith Daniel Winkler and Sayoc Kali Master Level Instructor Tuhon Rafael Kayanan, the Madumi belt knife is a potent compact belt knife perfectly suited for most survival tasks.
At only 8 oz. thanks to Winkler’s stock removal and hollowing process, the Madumi is hand filling and has a slightly handle heavy balance. At the punyo (butt end) of the blade, the 80CRV2 blade stock is a full .250” thick but followed the opposite direction and it continually tapers to the point. The Madumi is finished in Caswell black Oxide and offers fantastic corrosion resistance with no noticeable effect on the cutting efficiency. The Madumi’s distinctive handle, available in micarta, walnut, curly maple or rubber, provides a firm grip when wet or covered in mud, grease or other viscous materials. The finger grooves are contoured to provide grip while being rounded to prevent distinct high points that would impede use in various grips. The rear of the handle is similar to other Winkler designs and is reminiscent of the handle of a barong machete. The rear droop of the handle also aides in establishing a quick master grip on the knife from both traditional tip forward and reverse grip.
From a strictly survival standpoint, the Madumi’s design features make it a great choice for a hard-use and extreme conditions belt knife. The single full-height primary grind of the knife makes slicing easy. The point of the Madumi is near centered on the main axis of the knife and this helps drive the point first with less effort than a point situated higher than the axis. With a 4.5” blade, the knife has enough cutting edge to handle most tasks while being compact enough to never leave at home. The full exposed tang construction provides exceptional strength and inspires confidence in battoning through wood. The small section of the ricasso just forward of the guard allows the user to choke up on the blade and do fine work without concern over self-cutting. With the provided leather belt sheath, a belt, pack webbing or MALICE strap could be threaded horizontally or vertically for multiple carry options. As seen on the Lone Target show, it can be worn over horizontally on the waist at the 12 o’clock position and won’t impede movement.
When the Madumi is used in conjunction with the Winkler R/D Tomahawk, the combination is perfect for Escape and Evasion. The R/D Tomahawk is capable of heavy chopping and extract work while the Madumi is comfortable for finer tasks. When tearing into a vehicle is necessary, the spiked R/D Tomahawk is the right tool but for scenarios when a wide path to swing is not available, like cutting your way free from inside a vehicle, the Madumi fits the bill. The expression “one is none and two is one” applies to cutting tool combos. Each edged tool could do the work of the other (i.e. skinning with the R/D Tomahawk and light chopping with the Madumi) but it is better to have overarching spheres of cutting ability to meet all needs.
Like all Winkler Knives, the Madumi is made proudly here in the United States. It is available through the Winkler’s Knives website found here: www.winklerknives.com Unlike Joel Lambert, the Madumi is easy to find and pick up. In Tagalog, Madumi translates to “dirty” and it is a knife ready for any and all the survival-related and dirty fieldwork you give it.
About the Author
Kevin Estela is the Founder and Head Instructor of Estela Wilderness Education. He conducts private and semi-private wilderness and urban/suburban survival courses, tests and evaluates knives and equipment for various companies, is a Mountain Khakis Professional Ambassador, and is a life-long outdoors enthusiast with additional pastimes in canoeing/kayaking, fishing and cooking. Kevin's work has taken him from Los Angeles, CA to the United Kingdom and many points in between. Kevin is ranked in both Sayoc Kali and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is a shooting enthusiast. Kevin is formerly the Lead Instructor for the Wilderness Learning Center. When not teaching outdoor skills, he is a full-time High School History Teacher and Track and Field Coach who lives in Connecticut.