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Karambits: Claw-Shaped Blades

The karambit has gotten a bad rap in the Western weapons world. Some of the most common complaints about this claw-shaped knife are that “it’s a glorified farming tool” and “its curve makes it useless as an EDC utility blade.”

What few people realize is that in the hands of a well-trained user, the karambit can be one of the most effective self-defense knives available. We equate it to selecting a long-range scope — if you can’t utilize the reticle, it’s nothing but a paperweight. Knowledge and practice make the karambit a powerful weapon.

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Brand: Keen Edge
Model: Live Kerambit 1
OAL: 6 inches
Blade Length: 2 inches
Blade Material: 1095
Weight: 3.2 ounces
MSRP: $140
URL: www.keenedgeknives.com

Made in the USA, the Live Kerambit 1 is a fixed blade with a clean design and a great feel in hand. The blade is laser-like and the paracord-wrapped handle provides a sturdy grip while keeping the overall weight down. Keen Edge — known for making popular training knives — also offers a blunt aluminum version of this blade called the K1.

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Brand: Emerson Knives
Model: Karambit-SF
OAL: 6.8 inches
Blade Length: 2.6 inches
Blade Material: 154CM
Weight: 4.4 ounces
MSRP: $271
URL: www.emersonknives.com

The razor-sharp blade has an ambidextrous thumbhole and the Wave on the spine for quick deployment. The G-10 handle is ergonomic and lightweight. The Karambit-SF features the same top-notch construction and feel that people have come to expect from Emerson Knives and founder Ernest Emerson, who’s also a well-renowned combatives instructor.

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Brand: 5.11 Tactical
Model: C.U.B. Master 2.0
OAL: 6.6 inches
Blade Length: 2.87 inches
Blade Material: S30V
Weight: 4 ounces
MSRP: $110
URL: www.511tactical.com

This folder opens smoothly thanks to its reliable back-lock design. Textured FRN scales ensure a solid grip and the clip can be adjusted for left- and right-handers. Its sharp blade has an aggressive curve — no surprise considering it’s designed by Silat Master Steve Tarani, who teaches use-of-force programs to numerous law enforcement agencies.

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