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High Quality Steel,Dynamically Balanced, Compact Size,
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Hands down, I've always felt that the Karambit is just about the finest
ECQC [Extreme close quarter combat] self defense knife available. It is a matter of personal preference, but the versatility of these knives permits a variety of styles of employment, depending on the situation. This is the first Mantis Brand Karambit I ever decided to purchase. This is a well made knife. No side to side play in the blade, and a nice, weighty manipulation for spinning and reverse grip tactical applications. The blade design is what is most appealing to me. Hooked like the insect front leg it mimics, this blade is needle sharp, and the single inside sharpened edge comes out of the box in a good, above average cutting edge condition. I have relatively large hands, and this is a small package. However, the ring hole interior is very smooth, and has plenty of room, and the weight creates sufficient velocity for penetration of denim and leather [Yes. Tested both materials. It is the needle sharp tip that works almost like a syringe to initiate swift penetration].
I'd give it 5 stars but for a three drawbacks. First, although it has a reversible clip, capable of placement in left or right position, the screws are a royal pain. Tiny, barely reachable through the clip hole, and difficult to keep in place for securing. I think the correct sized L wrench should be included. Second, this blade is not deploy-able from a pocket or boot release. In other words, there is no wave feature. You will have to deploy this knife once extracted, and that is not good when seconds count. Third, the Blade holes, are not really all that conducive to single hand deployment. I found that the simplest way to single- handedly deploy this knife is to pinch the blade between thumb and fore finger, and, depending on whether you utilize a traditional or reverse grip, flip out the handle and let it fall into place by sliding it down your hand, or hitching it upward.
All in all though, a real gem in a tiny package, and a unique blade design that can deliver significant damage.