Karambit Discussion

Gypsy EDC

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#22
Something worth noting, I’ve been doing a lot more reading/watching Craig Douglas and more generally interested in Pikal/reverse-grip-edge-in knife utilization. The movements, mechanical advantage, and ease of use all really make sense to me and seem like it would be an option worth pursuing.

I was reading up on Pikal knives one night, going back and forth between pictures of Clinch Picks and various karambits, and then an idea struck; How would you design a knife that combines all of my favorite things about karambits (curved, ergonomic handle with an index finger ring, proclivity for slashing and trapping/manipulation) with the gross motor skill, shearing/ripping capabilities of a Pikal/Clinch Pick?

A fixed blade with a karambit-style curved/ringed handle, mated to a relatively small double-edged Persian dagger blade shape would do the trick. For the life of me though, I can’t seem to find one being made by anyone...
Here's a snapshot of my EDC fixed blade evolution
Third one down is my current EDC when I designed it I was going for both laceration and puncturing ability it is 5/16" 01 tool with an RHC of 60-62

You can mod the Bastinelli 4th one down is a schrade sharpfinger I did the same mod on (although it doesn't have a ring) you have to take your time and be careful so you don't end up with a ruined heat treat or grind. knives.png
 
#24
I’m curious about that second one down. I’m assuming it’s basically a punch dagger. It does seem like the ring on that one doesn’t have the same benefits as one at the end of the handle. Not sure as I have no experience with it.
I happen to like ringed knives as I see some utility with the ring, specifically drawing the blade from concealment. There’s other advantages with the ring as well but getting a busted/gloved finger is absolutely a risk.
As far as karambits and other blades go I prefer a single edge for my uses.
Side note, nice work Gypsy
 

rudukai13

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#27
Here's a snapshot of my EDC fixed blade evolution
Third one down is my current EDC when I designed it I was going for both laceration and puncturing ability it is 5/16" 01 tool with an RHC of 60-62

You can mod the Bastinelli 4th one down is a schrade sharpfinger I did the same mod on (although it doesn't have a ring) you have to take your time and be careful so you don't end up with a ruined heat treat or grind. View attachment 4420
Awesome, thank you for the pics! Sounds like that Bastinelli needs to be my next purchase and start looking for a local bladesmith who can give it a second edge for me...
 

rudukai13

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#28
Got in contact with a reputable knife customizer and explained what I’d be looking for, sounds like he’d be very able and willing to make the modifications to the Bastinelli Picolomako to turn it into a hybridized Pikal/double-edged Persian.

Looks like I’ve got a semi-custom knife project in my future. Now just need to gather the funds for it...
 

rudukai13

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#30
Deposit made with the bladesmith, 8-10 week lead time and I’ll have one of the above knives in-hand. Excited to get started practicing some RGEI methodology!
 

rudukai13

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#31
HA I heard back from another custom maker that I’d reached out to a while back and he offered me a killer deal on a custom knife made to my specs because he’d been wanting to make basically the same blade for a while anyway out of one of his current designs, so...Looks like I’ll be getting two variations on the same theme from two different custom bladesmiths!

The second one will be a ringed, double-edged version of Greg Moffatt’s 7” Kaniksu;

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https://www.gregmoffattknives.com/store/p47/Kaniksu_7”.html

This one will be a black finish with textured carbon fiber handles, while the Karakal from Xavier Knox (EchoDeltaCharlie) is set to be a satin finish with cord-wrapped handle. I’m excited to compare the different bladesmith takes on the combination of specs I’ve been wanting!
 
#32
I carry a knife as a secondary weapon, likely 99 times out of 100 my goal would be to transition from knife to pistol ASAP. Any lateral force applied to the blade of a karambit is going to be multiplied and directed at the MCP of your index finger (an important joint when it comes to pulling a trigger). You can get an idea of what could happen using an appropriate trainer. It's a risk may not be an exceptionally high one but one easily avoided with 0-minimal downside
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#33
I'm curious for those who have carried a karambit, how does it compare as an everyday tool to a normal drop/clip point style knife? I've always kind of liked the way karambits looked, but for me a knife is pretty much just a tool and not a weapon.
 
#34
I'm curious for those who have carried a karambit, how does it compare as an everyday tool to a normal drop/clip point style knife? I've always kind of liked the way karambits looked, but for me a knife is pretty much just a tool and not a weapon.
Karabits are ok for opening boxes and landscape/gardening stuff. Not better than a typical straight blade for my purposes. Kinda hard to cut apples and spread peanut butter with one.