Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by JParanee, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    I'll be ordering one if for no other reason than I admire the engineering skill it took to come up with this design.
  2. Alsharif

    Alsharif Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 8, 2018
    I'm sure this has been talked about ad naseum, is the only function of a Karambit self-defense? Sharpening would be pretty tough.
  3. sgt1372

    sgt1372 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 16, 2018
    Can it "only function" as a SD weapon? No. Is its "primary function" SD? Yes.
  4. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    Karambits are literally derived from gardening tools. (Agricultural tool)
  5. Arathol


    Jan 1, 2003
    Why? Sharp curved blades have been around for millennia. They aren't hard to sharpen at all.
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  6. sgt1372

    sgt1372 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 16, 2018
    True the origin of the karambit derives from a much larger sickle type harvesting tool used in SE Asia and the Philippines but, in its smaller, compact modern weaponized form, it is no longer designed to be used as such.

    Can it still be used for certain gardening (or agricultural) tasks? Of course but there are many other knives better suited for gardening/forestry work.
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  7. bflying

    bflying Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2014
    I'm a sucker for gimmicks (not intended as negative, just unique), so this one will be hard to pass up. But the kicker really is the price point next to the letters crkt. That's going to be my mental hard sell. I have a handful of crkt's, and all of them have simply left me wanting .... even with a lowish price point.

    But if the early reveiws are positive, and the talk of different blade shapes are not a far off fantasy, then I'm sure I'll get there eventually.
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  8. sgt1372

    sgt1372 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 16, 2018
    FYI, the price just dropped a few $ on the previously referenced site to $154.32.

    Canceled and reordered one for this price. You can freely cancel and reorder on that site because a charge is not posted until the knife is actually shipped.
  9. CapitalizedLiving

    CapitalizedLiving Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 1, 2007
    There are few knives designed better for gardening than a karambit. Finding a decent modern one for the application is difficult but there are options out there.
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  10. Burke

    Burke Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 25, 1999
    Even lower from a site that does drops in mass (and has a paying membership here!)
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  11. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    Hmmmmm, drops in mass. We might get there yet. I'm still going to bank on another blade shape.
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  12. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Yep just signed up for that
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  13. sgt1372

    sgt1372 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 16, 2018
    That's good to know.

    Congrats to those who enjoy those benefits but the info provided is still beneficial to those who are not yet paying members. ;)
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  14. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    I like it. I dig karambits (mostly nostalgically) and the mechanism is fascinating. My biggest factor is that I don't know if I can really justify dropping $150-200 on something that would largely be a curiosity piece.
  15. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    Me too but that $140 drop is really testing me.

    I don't have a a karambit yet.
  16. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Free shipping also
  17. kniferbro

    kniferbro Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 22, 2011
    The mechanism looks cool. Please someone correct me but it looks like any positive force on the blade is transferred to the lock? Can't really get a good look to confirm for myself.
  18. Glock19C_Gunner


    Jan 24, 2009
    That's correct. However, the locking bar is a pretty thick steel lever under pressure from a spring steel bar. It takes a concise effort to disengage the lock. Just based on examining mine, I'd wager the handle would break before the lock would disengage. But that's just a semi wide guess, as I haven't disassembled mine, nor want to try. Haha
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  19. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    Even if the lock disengages accidentally or fails, it'll just close. And since it closes without the edge crossing your hand, you have essentially zero risk of injury.

    Put force on it the other way, and you're basically going to need to shear the fasteners to break it.
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  20. sgt1372

    sgt1372 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 16, 2018
    Just noticed that the Provoke is now "in stock" at BHQ at MSRP. My source is still saying delivery is at least 1 month out. I can wait.

    However, there's a new (to me) short video demo of the knife posted on the other site that is very enlightening about what the knife looks like and how it operates:

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