karambit question

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I'm thinking of getting an Emerson folding karambit. since I'll mainly use it for daily cutting chores, does anyone have any thoughts on which blade design to get? I like the traditional hooked blade, but am not too sure if it's very useful for anything other than defense.

thanks

Fred
 
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If you want one of the karambits and you want to use for mainly regular EDC stuff, I'd get the Bullnose or Commander Karambit. I had a Combat Karambit for a while but needed $$$ and sold it. Anyway, you can use the curved karambit blade for utility purposes, but it takes a bit of getting used to in many situations and there are some things that it's just not going to do or do as well as a straighter blade would.
 
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I carry the hawk style blade but don't use it for anything incase I need to use it for defence so I'll have a fresh edge to inflict maximum damage. I also carry a commander and use that for my cutting chores. I just think it's a good idea to always carry two knives. One for working, one for hurting.
 
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just out of curiosity, how do you carry them? In your two front pockets?

Fred
 
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Thanks for the advice. I ended up ordering the hooked blade. If I need it, I'll carry a small Leatherman for whatever the hooked blade doesn't do well..

Thanks again for everyone's help.

Fred
 
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FredL said:
just out of curiosity, how do you carry them? In your two front pockets?

Fred
I had a leather sheath made for the commander, and I carry the karambit in my strong side front pocket. Works great for me....:)
 
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Do you guys have any concerns about having your finger broken if it's in the ring and the knife is being used for self-defense?

Fred
 
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Guys know I am new to the room but I am really not a big fan of the Karambit design. It is a good “grip it and rip” knife for self defense but for everyday cutting I would not recommend it. If I had to get one it would be a fixed blade design that has a sharp edge on both sides.
 
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i'm not nutz about 'em either, but some folks are.

i had a tarani master model and it would have been the last knife i would want for utility use myself, though it would work in that role. so help me i was more disappointed with the whole kerambit concept after that purchase than any other purchase of knives i have ever made, by far.

but lotsa folks do like the things.
 
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Don G. said:
Show me another knife that has a blade length of only 2.6" and can inflict as much damage as the karambit. When I lived in California, many places banned knives with a blade length greater than 3" (e.g. LA, Sacramento, Oceanside, etc). Even Washington D.C. has a 3" limit. ....but when traveling through a place with restrictive knife laws....the KARAMBIT rules!:thumbup:

The above and some concerns about the legality of my Kershaw Boa led me to buy a Spyderco Karambit. One thing though, mine has provoked some extreme reactions even from weapons friendly people.
 
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Don G.,
As I stated it is a great grip it and rip it weapon, but if you will check the original post he stated he wanted a knife for everyday cutting. I have never doubted it for inflecting damage but for everyday use it sucks.
 
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Fred, Don and Georgia Guy,
You are all correct, they suddenly act like I am Jack-The-Rippers Goth Cousin, Jill.
For the time being I will carry my Boa or my Van Hoy Snap-Lok.
 
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I ordered a Harpy BTW, but I bet it will get the same response.
It might be wiser to be more discreet as well.
 
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