Is The Karambit The Ultimate Folding Pocket Knife For Self Defense?

Could this be the ultimate folding pocket knife for self defense?

The Karambit — Originally from Indonesia (Sumatra and Java), nobody had heard too much about this knife fifteen years ago.  I remember first seeing one back in 1997.  It was made by legendary knife maker Ernest Emerson.  It sold for close to $300.  Now everybody makes them.  Amazon even sells a couple dozen different makes and models as well as instructional videos on how to fight with one.  They’ve become popular to say the least and there’s a very good reason for that.

Strong Enough For A Man, Easy Enough To Use By A Lady With No Formal Training

The specific lady I’m talking about was the wife of a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt instructor.  She had no experience with grappling or fighting on the ground.  He was a land shark.

As a test, he gave her a trainer karambit (a “trainer” is a knife that has it’s sharp edge ground down so it won’t cut).

He outweighed her by over a hundred pounds.  He then did his best to take the knife away from her, but he couldn’t get it away.  Get one for yourself and try it.  A big part of the reason you can’t take it away from someone is because of the hooked beak of the karambit.

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Even when he trapped her arm, she still had enough wiggle room (millimeters)  to angle the tip so that it would cut into his wrist, had it been a real knife.

The other big benefit to the shape of the karambit is that the rake across muscle and vein is more difficult to stop the bleeding as compared to a stab wound.  The hooked angle of the karambit creates a ripping cut, rather than just a slice.Now, in all fairness: It’s not easy to take a regular knife away from a dedicated assailant.

And that’s what I’m looking for in a personal self defense weapon: Caveman simple, deadly effective and difficult to disarm.

One Comment
  1. Was that BJJ instructor [edited for privacy]? (He and [edited for privacy] are my instructors.)

    ____ and ____ are friends with Ernie Emerson and train with his excellent Karambits.

    I own one. Highly recommended.

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