anyone use a Karambit??


March 16, 2003, 07:03 PM
Just looking for some input as to how well they work or don't work.

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March 16, 2003, 08:34 PM
I've done some training with one back in my Kosho Ryu Kempo days. They've got their pluses and minuses.

The good: Easy to conceal, even with one in your hand if you simply fold your hands together its pretty much invisible.

Also very hard to disarm a person with a karambit because of the way they are gripped with the finger hold.

The bad: A very short blade, which will open up a person like a zipper, but doesn't have the length to reach vital organs (at least the ones I've seen).

I don't know about the new Emersons although they look cool and if I come up with the scratch I'll probably get one. I remember seeing a custom karambit a number of years ago made by Steve Likarich called the Black Claw. That was a bad *** karambit with a wicked blade.

March 16, 2003, 08:57 PM
Yeah they work, if you know how to use one. I'm assuming that you are talking about the blades and not the kelly Worden Impact kerambit -which also works. It's all about training, not what you have.

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March 16, 2003, 11:26 PM
Specialty tool requiring training. If you can't line up the training then stick to simpler systems.

March 17, 2003, 09:13 AM
Have a Terani trainer kerambit made out of aluminum.

Will be seeing him this summer in N.E. for a day of this tool.

The trainer alone would really grab someones butt if used on pressure points, armpits, etc. all by itself.

Can't wait. I don't think this tool is for everyone. Practicing with the trainer kerambit has shown some great potential in reverse grip drills.

No stabbing to speak of and it isn't something you really want to use to defend yourself with as the locals will be quite upset even if clearly self-defense on yoru part.

Impressions and fears by non-knifers who work in the court systems will not appreciate your even having one let alone using it to harm someone.

In the real world, you may suffer charges having used this tool where you may not have been charged utilizing something less menacing looking.

I don't believe these will ever really be an item that we'll see carried by the masses and the first time one is found to have been used in a crime they will be regulated I'm sure.

A specialty tool at best and one probably reserved for those who have some background in defensive knife tactics, specifically the reverse grip angles of attack and defense.


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