The Ten Best Karambits: Our Fixed Blade Favorites

Karambits are some of the best self-defense weapons that you can have in your arsenal. They’re ideal for close quarters combat and can be carried on your neck, shoulder, or belt for easy access in a life or death situation. Inspired by the intimidating sharp curve of a tiger’s claw, these fixed blade knives originated in West Sumatra in Indonesia and actually served as agricultural tools that could cut through thick roots and help plant rice. That distinct curve you see on modern models wasn’t a part of the original design – once karambits started making their way through trade routes and became more weaponized, that exaggerated claw became sharper.

We’ve pulled together a list of the ten best karambit knives – and lucky for you, they’re all available at KnifeCenter. We feel that these karambits are some of the top performing fixed blades available, and any one of them would make a boss backup weapon.

 

United Cutlery Honshu Karambit

 

Stylish, affordable, and discreet – three qualities that definitely make any karambit a must-have self-defense accessory, and we think that United Cutlery hit the nail on the head with this design. The rubberized handle on their Honshu model has three ergonomic finger notches. In our opinion, this one will give you some of the best handling of the bunch – pretty vital considering the most popular karambit fighting techniques need a strong grip to be executed properly and safely.

Why we picked it: This is the most popular and most purchased karambit in the world because of its price, quality, and great design. It’s also one of the best and most common karambits available on the market. This knife’s affordability means a wider range of people are going to be able to get their hands on a quality built karambit with a great design.

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New Fixed Blades and Folders from Olamic Cutlery

 

It’s always a good day when we get to handle new knives from Olamic Cutlery. They continue to raise the bar when it comes to mid-tech folding knives and fixed blades, and the variety of Damascus steel and premium handle materials make this collection truly one-of-a-kind. Check out our review of the new Busker and Wayfarer folding knives and the Voykar HT and Kovda fixed blades!

8 Great Knives and Tools for Survivalists

It’s mid-August, and we here in Fredericksburg, Virginia still have plenty of time to get some solid camping sessions in before winter makes it extra fun. If you’re looking to upgrade your pack or pocket with some new outdoor essentials, you’ll find some great options in this list of eight must-have survivalist tools.

 

CRKT Ignitor Assisted Folders

The Ignitor sets the standard for value-priced, high-tech folding knives with its patented features and layered G10 handle scales. Not only do you get the surefire action of its OutBurst assisted deployment, but you also get the security of CRKT’s patent-pending Fire Safe mechanism. This design offers the best integration of folder safety and fast access that we’ve ever seen in a sport or work folder. We have plain blade options and models with Veff serrations, which are great for cutting cord, netting, and vegetation quickly.

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KnifeCenter’s 8 Combat and Tactical Essentials!

Looking for a self-defense tool for you or a loved one? We’ve picked out eight tactical essentials that make perfect gifts – even if you just end up treating yourself!

KnifeCenter is the original and largest online catalog of cutlery, and that includes the best tactical knives in the world.

 

Kershaw Dmitry Sinkevich Concierge Flipper

Love the look and feel of Dmitry Sinkevich’s designs but don’t have Zero Tolerance money? Enter the Concierge, his new flipper collaboration with Kershaw. The clean, refined look is paired with black G10 handle scales, a custom inset pivot, and a backspacer with raised jimping. This knife fits your hand comfortably and flips smoothly thanks to Kershaw’s manual KVT ball-bearing system. Considering it’s less than forty bucks, adding this compact flipper to your cart seems like a no-brainer.

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Cold Steel Chaos Kukri vs. The Wilderness

 

You’ve seen Cold Steel’s Chaos Tanto go head-to-head with Jason’s pickup truck. Now it’s time to test out their Chaos Kukri – but this time, we’re going against a much more powerful foe: Mother Nature. Watch our demo to see how this beefy fixed blade handles the great outdoors!

Top Picks: Mid-Summer Outdoor & Survival Gear

Twice a month we pull together some of the best outdoor and survival knives and tools so you can update your outdoor pack or emergency kit. Basically, we’re doing the work so you can spend less time shopping and more time adventuring. This week we have a cool variety of items that range from folding steak knives to knife bracelets. Intrigued? Check out the items below and follow the links to fill your cart with some mid-summer camping essentials.

 

Boker Magnum Outdoor Cuisine III Folder

Looking forward to an upcoming camping trip? Are you a survival enthusiast or bushcrafter who wants to pack light? The Magnum Cuisine III is a kitchen knife designed for the great outdoors that will cut through freshly grilled game with ease. The broad 440C Japanese Nakiri-style blade is perfect for slicing through both tough meat and delicate veggies, and the Rosewood scales feel as good as they look.

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KnifeCenter Reviews the Cold Steel Code 4 & Leatherneck SF

Cold Steel has built quite the reputation over the years by creating knives that have the durability of a tank – I’m sure you all remember us testing that theory on Jason’s truck. Spoiler alert if you haven’t watched that video: the truck lost. This time we’re taking a look at the Code 4 and the Leatherneck SF. Check out the video, then put one (or both) of these knives in your cart – you won’t regret it.

 

 

 

The Results of the Knife World Cup!

We received more than 20,000 comments over the course of 15 rounds in our Knife World Cup tournament – no small achievement, and we have all of you to thank! Any time we do a giveaway we hit some of our highest numbers, but this was definitely one of our more successful campaigns. From June 11th to July 18th, we asked you guys to stay tuned to our social media feeds and vote in every round – and one lucky winner (congrats, Daniel!) who did so won a Chris Reeve Sebenza.

The goal of this tournament was for the best knife to win, so we did see some unlikely matchups. We know we compared apples and oranges sometimes, but it was all done at random to ensure that we didn’t put any of our bias into the tournament. We also counted all the comments. Nothing was done by eye – we let an Excel spreadsheet do the work, instead. Here is a rundown of each round so you can see just how much your vote counted.

 

Round One – Match 01

The Benchmade Griptilian reigned supreme in this round, beating the Ontario Rat 1,257 to 422.

 

Round One – Match 02

Round two was a shutout victory for Zero Tolerance, whose 0562 beat the Emerson CQC-7 1,253 to 351.

 

Round One – Match 03

This matchup was much closer than the previous ones – the Buck 110 won over the WE Knives 703, 841 to 533.

 

Round One – Match 04

Another close round, but Rick Hinderer’s XM-18 still came out on top over Cold Steel’s Recon – the final score was 761 to 575.

 

Round One – Match 05

One of our closest rounds of the entire tournament, the Kershaw Leek went head-to-head with Boker’s Kwaiken. The Kwaiken came out on top, 709 to 622.

 

Round One – Match 06

KA-BAR’s 1217 USMC smoked the ESEE Izula – the final score was 1,285 to 681.

 

Round One – Match 07

This round introduced the overall winner, so we obviously know the outcome of this one – the Chris Reeve Sebenza beat out the Microtech Ultratech 814 to 425.

 

Round One – Match 08

The final match of round one was a total landslide – Spyderco’s Paramilitary 2 beat the Kizer Gemini 1,022 to 133.

 

Round Two – Match 01

The Griptilian once again came out on top, beating the Buck 110 1,025 to 372.

 

Round Two – Match 02

The Sebenza was victorious once again, this time knocking the Boker Kwaiken out of the tournament. The final score was 961 to 323.

 

Round Two – Match 03

ZT came out on top against Rick Hinderer’s XM-18. The 0562 won 711 to 461.

 

Round Two – Match 04

The final match of round two brought Spyderco victory – the Paramilitary 2 dominated over the 1217 USMC 923 to 308.

 

Semi-Finals – Match 01

Things are firing up, and the Griptilian couldn’t take the heat. The Sebenza won 651 to 496.

 

Semi-Finals – Match 02

The Paramilitary 2 heads to the final round after winning 720 to 459 against the ZT 0562.

 

The Final Round!

Here we have it – the final round. It was close, and the Paramilitary 2 put up one heck of a fight…but the victory went to the Chris Reeve Sebenza with a final score of 730 to 539.

 

This was a fun experiment on our end, and we hope you guys got just as much joy as we did reading through the comments and seeing different perspectives on the matchups. Despite our penchant for mischief (looking at you, That’s What I Call Knives: Volume One), nothing was rigged on our end. At the end of the day, we have to give you guys props for your taste in knives – you definitely picked a winner!

 

Outdoor & Survival Knives, Tools, and Gear

While it seems like it has been hot forever at this point, summer has only started – there’s still plenty of time for hiking, camping, hunting, and bushcrafting before the weather turns on us. Then again, we’re located in Virginia…’unpredictable’ is an understatement when it comes to our weather. These eight outdoor essentials are ideal for survivalists from any region, including locations with seriously sweltering humidity.

 

Spyderco Sprint Run Delica 4 Wharncliffe Folder

Inspired by a request from one of their customers, this variation of a Spyderco favorite features a flat-ground Wharncliffe-style blade crafted from high-performance HAP40 tool steel. You’ll get all the standard Delica 4 Lightweight features paired with a thick, straight edge that specializes in controlled cuts. This workhorse lockback also sports unique burnt orange handles that make it a standout from the lineup. This knife is in such high demand that we’re actually waiting on a new batch from Spyderco – so stay tuned for the next run!

 

Steel Will Roamer Outdoor Fixed Blades

Tough, versatile, ergonomic – all characteristics embodied by the Roamer. These fixed blades come in a wide variety of blade shapes, some of which are forged from high quality D2 tool steel. The grippy handles are available in highly visible orange and attractive black, and their deep grooves ensure a firm hand purchase, even in wet conditions. If you’re a hunter or a fisherman, you need a Roamer.

 

KA-BAR All American Tactical Spork 3 Pack Set

You may not think of a spork as a complete set of flatware, but KA-BAR’s twist on this classic kitchen utensil is just that thanks to its hidden serrated knife. Made from foodsafe Grilamid, this USA-made fork/spoon combo tool is dishwasher safe and weighs in at only 3.9 ounces – a light load for any backpack, pocket or tool box.

 

Real Steel Knives Bushcraft D2 Folder

Real Steel was tasked with making a compact folding knife that performed like a bushcrafting fixed blade – and we can safely say they delivered. This folder has a tough D2 plain blade with a Scandi grind and a squared off spine that can be used with a fire steel. The G10 scales will stay grippy even in wet conditions, and the red stainless liners give it a touch of class you don’t usually see with survival knives in this price range.

 

Cold Steel Rajah II Folders

Any true outdoor enthusiast knows that having a kukri is a requirement, not an option. It’s a multi-purpose tool that cuts, chops, slices, and shears through tough materials like butter. Cold Steel has come through with a folding kukri that comes equipped with their Tri-Ad locking mechanism, Griv-Ex handles, and your choice of CTS-BD1 or AUS-10A steel. We can tell you firsthand that holding this 14” monster folder makes us feel ready to take on anything.

 

Buck Knives Silver Creek Series Fillet Knives

For the big fish hunters out there, these fillet knives are perfect for large catches. Made with flexible 420 Series steel that’s highly corrosion resistant, these blades will bend and move easily through meat and scales to give you a perfectly sliced fillet. The blue rubber handles have anti-slip grips and stainless steel safety guards that feel great in the hand, making these a necessity for any angler.

 

Camping and Survival Fire Starters

We have a wide variety of fire starters that are sure to shed some light on your next outdoor adventure. We’ve got fire steels, fire starters, compasses, match tube holders, parashovels, fire starter gels, and more! These are must-have outdoor essentials that anyone who’s looking to put together a safe, secure, and festive campsite will need.

 

ESEE Knives Orange Survival Signal Tarp

Made from 300 denier nylon, this 5’x5’ signal tarp can be used for keeping things dry and can act as an improvised bag or hammock. For the bushcrafter or survivalist who wants to travel with as little gear as possible, this American-made tarp can perform a multitude of tasks – you can even build a makeshift shelter with it.

 

 

Pre-BLADE Show Custom and Mid-Tech Showcase!

We’re obviously more than excited about next week’s upcoming BLADE Show, but luckily we were still sent in some pretty stellar custom and mid-tech pieces to show off before we get hit with the motherload.  Check them out below, and let us know what you’re excited to see while we’re at the show!

KnifeCenter is the original and largest online catalog of cutlery, and that includes the best custom knives from some of the most well known knifemakers in the world.

 

New Custom and Production Pro-Tech Automatics

We just got in another shipment from Pro-Tech Knives – and we got quite a haul. From custom Strider PTs to the brand new TR-5 Tactical Response Auto, these are some of the best knives money can buy and are 100% American made.

 

Sean O’Hare Custom Flippers

Sean O’Hare makes some of the most elegant tactical and utility knives around, and he’s one of our favorite custom knifemakers to deal with. He’s genuine, quiet, and unassuming – just like his knives. These flippers will outperform your expectations, and you’ll have the satisfaction of being able to do some serious cutting.

 

Marfione Custom Knives Socom Elite Prototypes


From prototypes to the newest copper and brass inlaid pieces, we have a number of different Socom Elite models for you to choose from. This is one of the premier folding knives on the market in terms of design, function, and following…and we absolutely love it.

 

Matthew Martin Custom Handmade Pens


Matthew Martin, son of RJ, is as talented on his lathe as his father is on a grinder. These are without a doubt some of the finest handmade pens we’ve come across. They utilize top-notch materials and feature what may just be the nicest fit and finish you’ve seen in a writing instrument. Don’t worry – they will be delivered in time for Father’s Day.

 

Les George Custom FM-1 Damascus Folder


The FM-1 is one of Les George’s first designs. It perfectly exhibits the graceful yet muscular, flashy yet practical style that has come to define his knifemaking career. With a Chad Nichols Stainless Boomerang Damascus blade, hand-sculpted titanium handles, and a marbled carbon fiber inlay, this half-dress FM-1 is just the right balance of beauty and beast.

 

Darrel Ralph Custom Fusion AOD Flipper


This knife might be one of the wildest and most ambitious knives ever to leave Darrel Ralph’s workbench. The blade is made from two of the most exotic materials used in knifemaking today, interlocked and fused together in a pattern across the blade: a spine of raindrop Mokuti and an edge made from the nearly corrosion-proof Stellite 6K cobalt alloy. The Mokuti handles have been sculpted and then selectively blasted and polished to give them a striking two-tone look that pairs perfectly with this amazing blade.

 

Butch Ball Custom Damascus Flippers

Butch Ball makes each of his one-of-a-kind knives by hand in his Virginia shop. He might be best known for his collaborations with Benchmade, but his custom work is where Butch lets his craftsmanship shine. These flippers are all made with high-performance stainless Damascus or Damasteel blades, and they flip open confidently on their ball-bearing pivots.

 

Tuff-Writer KC Exclusive Precision Press Pen


The Tuff-Writer pen was designed to be the toughest pen out there, and with years of reliable service in some of the most inhospitable environments on the planet, that claim has been fulfilled. This KnifeCenter Exclusive is precision-built with black DLC-coated steel and orange Cerakote aluminum, and includes several inserts to accept most major refills (Parker / Fisher / Foray).

 

Gerry McGinnis Custom and Pro Line Knives


Whether you pick a full custom, hand ground fixed blade or a folder from his Pro Line Series, Jerry McGinnis’ sinuous designs and obsessive eye for quality are apparent in every detail. From the crisp hand-set detents in his framelock flippers to the organic, ergonomic curves of his handles, these are some of the best and most collectible knives on the market.

 

Benchmade 319DLC-1801 Limited Edition Proper Slipjoint

Benchmade revisits their smash hit gentleman’s knife, the Proper, with this new limited-edition run with a black DLC S30V blade and “Benchmade Blue” G10 handles. Traditional in form, this non-locking folder is built with a modern construction, blade steel, and modified sheepsfoot blade shape that feel thoroughly new-age yet enjoyably nostalgic.

 

Coming soon: we’ll have some beautiful pieces from Enrique Pena and the new Bastinelli Trigger. The countdown to BLADE Show has begun and we’re only a week away. We’ll be there in full force and expect to come back with a plethora of awesome stuff from the industry’s best. We get new Customs and Mid-Techs in every day, so please email us at support@knifecenter.com with any inquiries.