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Best fixed karambit, price doesn't matter

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by SCprotector1, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. SCprotector1


    Sep 3, 2007
    Hello everyone I'm new to the forum. Basically I'm looking for the best fixed karambit on the market, I am not on a budget so price does not matter. I'm looking for either custom makers or production. I've already seen the striders, Emerson's, and desperina's, but they don't fit what I'm looking for.

    The best I have seen that fits what I'm looking for is the R.J. Martin Karambit, but unfortunately he is no longer making them, and I have not been able to find one on the market. If anyone can suggest models similar to the R.J. Martin that would be great. Thanks.
  2. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    Welcome. What about the Martin makes it "the best" to you? We are awesome, but we aren't mindreaders, you know. :D
  3. harkamus


    Apr 23, 2007
    I quite fancy the David Mosier.
  4. michaelm466


    Mar 5, 2009
    Or you could just design exactly what you are looking for and have a custom maker here on the forums make it for you.
  5. Dr Heelhook

    Dr Heelhook

    Jul 24, 2007
  6. SCprotector1


    Sep 3, 2007
    wow the hangnail is practically spot on!
  7. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    Try Derespina Knives.
  8. Dr Heelhook

    Dr Heelhook

    Jul 24, 2007
    Glad I could help. :)
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2012
  9. Allex


    Jun 29, 2007
    Derespina :)

  10. The_Monkeyboy


    Jun 20, 2008
    Barry Dawson makes a nice one. I'll see if I can get a picture up. But you can also go look on ebay for some of the ones coming out of Malaysia. They are closer to the traditional versions. I like those because they have a larger finger ring than you find on many of the "tactical" versions. And shorter, more hooked blades. I picked one up a few years back, and I like it. I doubt it is made out of any wondersteel, as it looks like it came out of a village blacksmith shop. But that gives it a certain charm as well.



    The matched set are Dawsons. They are 440C. The odd one is the Malaysian one, made of god only knows what. Notice how far down the blade the edge starts on it? And how much more it juts forward than the Dawsons? I like this because I have large hands, and the cutting edges on the dawsons come almost to the base of my fist. I always get nervous with my pinky when I use them. The finger ring on it is almost as large on the inside as the others are on their outer diameter. I have found that this has several advantages for me. Again, I have large hands, and this lets me actually use the ring both for leverage when cutting and as an impact weapon. I can do that with the Dawsons as well, but if I use any of the other common karambits out there, I am likely to break a finger if I punch a heavy bag with it. There is not even a hint of doubt that the Dawson blades are the better knives by far. But the cheap one fits my hand better.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2012
  11. The_Monkeyboy


    Jun 20, 2008
    I'll look around in the box and see if I have anything else with a fixed blade tomorrow. I think I have a Mantis (yeah, yeah, I know) fixed blade in there somewhere. Unfortunately is is built for somebody with tiny hands. I can't really use it without removing my pinky.

  12. maxititer


    Dec 11, 2008
    for me it is easy, best fixed blade karambit is Tarani Karambit HS made by Strider, another Tarani's fixed karambit made by 5.11 51049 TARANI S30V also nothing to compare with.
  13. Nntrance

    Nntrance Banned BANNED

    Aug 12, 2012
    There is a traditional rather large karambit that Kris cutlery makes.
  14. DragonEye


    Oct 14, 2012
    I just received mine the other day from Kiku Matsuda:




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