Introduction of Karambit:
The Karambit (pronounced kah-rahm-bit) is a remarkable utility knife that was born in the Indonesian archipelago with roots in Malaysia and the Philippines. Akin to the Swiss Army knife of today, this was the "pocket knife" of ancient villagers.
In ancient times it was revered as a symbol of adulthood and responsibility. Today the Karambit is simply a tool. It is, however (based upon design), capable of being used for different applications, having lot of advantages than other knives. Some of them are under-given.
1. Easy to carry:
There are many ways that a Karambit can be carried. There are basically two types of Karambits and they are either fixed (where there are no moving parts) and folding (in which the blade is safely folded into the handle).
Any fixed blade can be carried in at least four different positions:
· In the front of your body behind your belt (cross-body carry)
· Hanging on your belt on your hip (same-side carry), and this can be either with the safety ring pointing upward
· With the safety ring pointing downward (also known as same-side carry)
· Hanging from around your neck (neck carry)
A folding Karambit, on the other hand, is a little more convenient in that it doesn’t require a sheath and almost always has some type of a clip that allows you to wear it in your pocket, along your waistline or wherever you may feel comfortable.
2. Self Defense:
What makes the Karambit so exceptionally unique is it's pronounced curving edges and over-sized finger ring. Providing maximum safety, the finger ring ensures a positive and non-slip hand-grip allowing optimal functionality in extreme weather conditions, under water, or in any hostile working environment. Used for self-defense, in the rare event of an attack on your person, the Karambit, possessing unparalleled defensive tactics capabilities, serves as an outstanding equalizer in matters of ensuring personal safety. Used as a martial arts implement, the Karambit demonstrates exceptional adaptability in martial arts applications as a result of its special operational attributes.
3. Utility Knife:
Karambit can be used as a utility knife also. Like any knife, it can be used as a steak knife, a kitchen knife, or even a fishing knife. Even as an outdoors-man there are numerous utilitarian uses for the Karambit such as gutting, filleting, scoring, cutting, clipping, scaling, etc.
Karambit has two brakes. The front brake is for application of the thumb or the #3 finger (depending upon your grip) in downward cutting. The rear brake is for application of the meaty portion of the palm or the #2 finger (again dependent upon your grip) in upward cutting.
5. Locking Mechanism:
Unlike what you may be used to seeing on older folding knives (such as the age-old "back lock"), the Front Lock System is a most recent and modern invention which literally interlocks two pieces of steel and engages an additional "safety bar" which doubles the security of the lock. This is the exact reason why some people complain "it seems a little stiff when closing" - because in order to otherwise defeat the Front Lock System you'd literally need to break two pieces of interlocking hardened steel with your bare hands.