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    reverse curved fixed blade question


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    does anyone know of a fixed blade with a reverse curve sharpened on top, serrated with blunt tip? something like a la griffe (sp?), spot, or bear claw with the blade flipped upside down. i work rescue and it would be great for seatbelts, swiftwater, etc. every "rescue" knife that i have, and it's a lot, has a handle that is designed to cut away, but most every cut is towards me, away from the victim.

    any ideas?

    kevin

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    Check out the newest blade magazine. There is a production karambit in there with a blunted tip. I want to say that it's Spyderco, but I think that's wrong. But I think that's close to what you're looking for.
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    thanks,
    galls carries a rescue karambit for $150 made by tarami. is this the same one? never heard of the company and the price is way too much for a blade that will eventually be lost, destroyed, or worse.

    i like the idea of a fixed blade. don't always have the time to open a folder.

    i also believe that it would not allow for the way i like to cut: in from bottom, pull towards me, and on to the next problem.

    kevin

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    Hmmm... I think the blade shape you're referring to is a Hawkbill. Are you looking for something like this in a fixed-blade? http://www.quickknife.com/swch004.html

    Also, I know they make tools specifically designed to cut through seatbelts, like these: http://www.theknifestore.com/united.html It's that little notch on the bottom, and from what I hear, they cut through seatbelts faster and safer than you could do with a blade.

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    shanshui75, I can't recall ever seeing a knife like you're describing except for pikal knives, which were all plain edge -- and expensive.

    S2nd's idea is a good one, in fact, Benchmade has a cutter designed specifically for that, the Rescue Hook.

    The model 5 is smaller, and the nylon case is worse than useless -- the Hook just drops out. You have to get the kydex sheath.

    The Model 6 is probably a better bet, because it has a much better grip, so it won't get lost or dropped as easily. You can get it cheaper here.
    Last edited by Esav Benyamin; 10-15-2004 at 03:08 AM.

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    thanks for the help guys.

    i have a rescue hook. it's pretty good for webbing and seatbelts but larger diameter ropes overwhelm it.

    a hawksbill blade is exactly what i am looking for but i want it fixed and upside down with a blunt tip.

    should i look into custom? what's the going price range for random stuff like this?

    kevin

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    Might want to take a look at shivworks.com. You could grind the tip off one of their knives.

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    yeah, yeah, yeah! okay, so that shivworks got me going and then i found anso knives which even has big ol' serrations but a couple hundred bucks is way out of my price range (see earlier about probable fate). are there production versions of knives like these?

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    http://www.cutlerytogo.com/opharkniflc.html



    http://www.cutlerytogo.com/hawkbillfolder.html



    you could always have someone serrate them for you, or you could keep them at a very gritty edge - 120ish to help with ripping action. keep a cheap chefs steel in your car/vehicle to put a gritty edge back on them if they get dull
    Last edited by Josh Muller; 10-16-2004 at 11:48 AM.

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