The Karambit is often referred to as the world’s deadliest knife for good reason. With one well placed swipe on a number of strike points the karambit can take down even the largest of attackers.
Another reason the karambit has claimed the title of deadliest knife is because it can be concealed so well. An attacker may never see it coming.
The karambit is a great choice as a weapon of self defense as you don’t need to be exact when striking. Striking an attacker just about anywhere even in an area that is clothed can yield devastating results.
Origins Of The Karambit
The karambit is believed to have originated among the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra where, according to folklore, it was inspired by the claws of tiger.
As with most weapons of the region, it was originally an agricultural implement designed to rake roots, gather threshing and plant rice. As it was weaponized, the blade became more curved to maximize cutting potential.
The karambit is held with the blade pointing downward from the bottom of the fist, usually curving forwards however occasionally backwards.
While it is primarily used in a slashing or hooking motion, karambit with a finger ring are also used in a punching motion hitting the opponent with the finger ring.
Some karambit are designed to be used in a hammering motion. This flexibility of striking methods is what makes it so useful in self-defense situations.
The finger guard makes it difficult to disarm and allows the knife to be maneuvered in the fingers without losing one’s grip.
The short Filipino karambit has found some favor in the West because such proponents allege the biomechanics of the weapon allow for more powerful cutting strokes and painful “ripping” wounds, and because its usability is hypothesized as more intuitive, though there continues to be debate about this matter.
The Karambit is truly the deadliest knife in the hands of a skilled practitioner. Too many buy them and call it their EDC with almost zero training. If you decide to purchase a karambit make sure to train with it. We’ve included a helpful video below that will point you in the right direction.