N1 - Santolio Navaja Trainer

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Product Details
  • Made of 6061 Aluminum
  • Overall length: 13.25"
  • Blade: 6 1/2"
  • Wrapped portion of handle: 4.5"
  • Handle extends beyond wrap: 1.5"

Designed by James Loriega of New York, our aluminum trainer is the same
size and dimensions as the authentic Santolio pictured below.
The cord wrap handle is available in 7 colors.

Photo Curtesy of Maestro James Loriega

The KeenEdge Santolío

The KeenEdge Santolío (pronounced san-to-LEE-oh) is named after one of the most lethal navajas ever to be handcrafted in 19th century Spain.

Armas Blancas
The most fundamental of Spain's smaller edged weapons are the fixed-blade knife (cuchillo), the dagger (daga), the stiletto (puñal), and the folding knife known as the navaja. The navaja, alternately classified in English as a ring-pull knife, is a folding knife carried in the waistband, boot, or pocket, which is equally suited to slashing or thrusting. It is the navaja that is considered the most dramatic of Spain's many historic edged weapons, as well as the one most intimately associated with the romantic lore of her colorful cultural heritage. The navaja was carried and used by the rich and not-so-rich people from the cities and villages, in times of feast and famine. It was a weapon that was considered indispensable by both thugs and aristocrats, and that was equally popular with both Spaniards and Gypsies. It was pointy enough to thrust with; sharp enough to slash with; secure enough to fight with safely, and large enough to defend with effectively, but small enough to carry discreetly. With such attributes, it becomes clear why the navaja crossed the hands - and also drew the blood - of countless people, both in and out of its native Spain.

The Santolío
In Spain's knife culture, the term santolío is a very large navaja used in a skillful slashing manner. One primary design feature that characterizes a santolio is size. Most santolíos have greater dimensions than utilitarian navajas. Blade lengths commonly range from a moderate six inches to ten or more.
The almost-certain lethality that resulted from their use was what earned these large navajas the name santolio; the term is a contraction of the words santo, or "holy," and olio, "oil." Spaniards of old were convinced that the person having the misfortune of confronting such a large knife would invariably end up requiring the holy oils administered during last rites.
Designed by Maestro James Loriega, founder of the Raven Arts Institute of Sevillian Steel, the KeenEdge Santolío combines the formidable blade of a fixed-blade knife with the maneuverability of a tactical folder. These were the very attributes that made the original santolíos one of the most fearsome blades to be wielded in the Mediterranean.

James Loriega & Collection, <br data-verified=Photo by Santiago Rivera" width="173" height="232" border="1" align="left">ABOUT THE DESIGNER

James Loriega began his formal edged weapons training in 1967 when he embarked on a lifelong study of martial arts with Ronald Duncan, the "Father of American Ninjutsu." In the mid-70s, after achieving various instructor-level ranks in Asian systems, Loriega gained his first exposure to the Western martial traditions under the tutelage of Maitre Michel Alaux, a former coach to the US Olympic Fencing Team. It was from Maitre Alaux that Loriega learned the rudiments of epee and saber.

In 1980, Loriega founded the New York Ninpokai, the city's premiere training academy for the traditional arts of ninjutsu. It was while conducting ninjutsu seminars in Spain that Loriega discovered the acero sevillano knife arts of Andalusia. These arts include the use of the cuchillo (knife), puñal (stiletto), bastón de estoque (sword cane), bastón de paseo (walking stick), and navaja (clasp knife). His summers from 1991 to 1996 were spent in Seville learning the intricacies of these Andalusian arts.

In August of 1996, Loriega received certification as an instructor de Armas Blancas Sevillanas. Since that time, he has operated a recognized branch of the Escuela Sevillana in New York City known as the Raven Arts Institute.

In January of 2002, Loriega was inducted into the International Masters-at-Arms Federation (IMAF) based in Milan, Italy. The IMAF is "an organization of professional teachers of Historical and Classical fencing; that is to say, fencing of the 14th through the 19th centuries, based on surviving traditions and historical documentation." As teachers, they committed to preserving the historical and martial aspects of European fencing and edged weapons combbat.

Loriega's extensive writings have appeared in mainstream martial arts publications such as Black Belt, Warriors, Ninja, and Tactical Knives. His first book, Sevillian Steel: The Knife-Fighting Arts of Spain, (1999 Paladin Press) presents an overview of the edged weapons culture, styles, and strategies of this western martial tradition.

His most recent work is the English-language translation of the 19th century Manual of the Baratero, a handbook which detailed the combat use of the navaja for the average citizen.

Read more about Maestro Loriega and The Raven Arts Institute at:

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