Best Karambit Knives

Updated by Staff Writer George Muhlestein on 4/29/2022

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At first glance, you’d think that Karambit knives are purpose-built for self-defense. They have an aggressive hook blade, they have a cool ring to make sure you don’t drop it, and they look like something a Bond villain would hold, but don’t be fooled! They are capable EDC knives too. Don’t believe us? Try one out for yourself!

Below, you’ll find our five bestselling Karambits, as well as some reasons why we think they’re awesome.

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1. CRKT - Provoke

CRKT Provoke, best karambit knives

Joe Caswell designed the Provoke with an opening mechanism unlike any other. This “morphing” mechanism rides on two swinging arms, providing easy one-hand opening and a rock-solid lockup. Few knives have as much cool factor as the Provoke, which is why, by no small margin, it’s the best-selling Karambit we carry!

  • Blade: 2.41" D2 Hawkbill
  • Handle Material: Aluminum
  • Weight: 6.10 oz.
  • Country of Origin: Taiwan
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2. Cold Steel - Steel Tiger

Cold Steel - Steel Tiger, best karambit knives

This oversized tactical Karambit is a great choice for a tactical belt or vest. Its extra-long blade bites deep through all kinds of materials. Packaging? Easy. Vegetables? Like butter. If things get hairy, the textured handle and the ring make sure the knife never leaves your hand. Best of all, for the price, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better tactical knife!

  • Blade: 4.75" AUS-8A Hawkbill
  • Handle Material: Polymer
  • Weight: 5.40 oz.
  • Country of Origin: Taiwan
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3. Fox Knives - Karambit

Fox Knives Karambit

If you need a backup knife, it doesn’t get much better than the Fox Karambit. This feisty little folder opens using the Emerson Wave, allowing the user to snag the hook on their pocket while drawing, thus providing the compact size of a folder with the speed of a fixed blade. It comes in several flavors, so you’re sure to find one that suits you!

  • Blade: 3.10" Bohler N690 Hawkbill
  • Handle Material: G-10
  • Weight: 4.20 oz.
  • Country of Origin: Italy
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4. Schrade - SCH111

Schrade SCH111 Karambit Knife

If you want an EDC fixed blade Karambit, the SCH111 is the perfect choice. It’s got slim and light in spades thanks to its skeletonized construction. Add a cord wrap to make it grippier (and look cooler too)! And don’t worry about losing it, because it’s got a snap-fit injection molded sheath that can even hold it upside down.

  • Blade: 3.00" 9Cr18MoV Hawkbill
  • Handle Material: Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 2.23 oz.
  • Country of Origin: China
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5. Smith & Wesson - Extreme Ops Karambit

Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops Karambit

If you’re looking to save a few bucks in your search for a Karambit, this one is for you! Boasting a liner lock and a thumb stud opener, this knife feels much like an EDC folder with a serious tactical upgrade. Although it is the least expensive Karambit on the list, it can perform like knives twice its price!

  • Blade: 3” Stainless Steel Hawkbill
  • Handle Material: G-10
  • Weight: 6.02 oz.
  • Country of Origin: China
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Conclusion

Any of the knives on this list can meet your cutting needs, from the kitchen to the field. Not only are they useful cutting tools, they might just be the best-looking knives you can find. From their simple roots in Indonesian martial arts to their applications today, Karambits are an important part of knife history, and no collection is complete without one!

All these knives are great, but this article only scratches the surface of the Karambits we carry! Leave a review of your favorite Karambit knife and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for all your future knife updates.

Learn More

Still not convinced? Check out our Karambit Self Defense YouTube video to learn more about Karambit uses!.

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