The Fox Knives Karambit is a tactical knife, through-and-through. The Karambit was orignially made in Indonesia for use in martial arts, but its genius design applies to numerous other applications. Armed with the Emerson Wave opener, the Fox Karambit can be quickly deployed , strong side or weak side, and put to use in any tight situation.
The Fox Tactical Folding Knives have been to the sandbox and back a few times, and have proven themselves time and time again!
This knife is wicked. Super sharp. I ripped a hole in my pants cause the blade caught it just a little. Love the wave technology. Lite weight
I have 6 karambits. Got this one today. Will order another. I love fox/bastinelli creations. As a knife maker it pushes me in a good way. Keep going
Super Sharp and not too hard to keep them that way. I bought a pair because I use them Utility as well as for defense. Best box cutters ever, though I doubt Fox would appreciate my use of them as a box cutter, yet they are very good as one of my EDC's. Never have less then three different blades on me. Not trying to show off as a Chuck Norris or anything, but you don't use a hammer to drive screws. So, different blades for different duties.The only slight drawback is the weight. It's a heavy knife. Maybe twice as heavy as my Benchmade 2550. One more notch in the belt will do you if you carry a pair. Anyway, a great knife, intimidating, no doubt dangerous and sexy. I great great buy.
I love this knife. It's extremely comfortable and ergonomic. The wave feature works great and it's very smooth. This thing can tear stuff to shreds with ease. I will say, however, that the pocket clip with the rough textured G10 makes for a very sturdy and reliable grip on your pocket but it can definitely tear up your pockets with enough use. Also, I found that the lockup isn't the best. It has a little play side to side but too much for back and forth. I bought mine used so I'm sure that won't be a problem with the new models but it's just something to consider for long time use. Other than that, if you're in the market for a stand out karambit that it's just phenomenal then this is for you.
Wave opening technology AWESOME! Flipper needs a flick of the wrist to deploy not a deal breaker. Comes VERY sharp handle with caution, just saying. I think I will either carry exclusively or on the opposite side of my firearm. The ring can get nestled under the tip of the holster or the holster may get in the way when deploying. But over all one of my top three Karambits in my collection fixed or folder.
The Ergonomics are made for a slightly bigger hand than mine. I am confident that someone with bigger hands will handle it just fine though. The finger ring works perfectly. The G-10 is very gritty (it becomes difficult to pull it out of my pocket and put in my pocket). Fit and finish is perfect. The hawkbill blade is great for cutting about anything. The first problem occurred to me when I tried to wave it open. The pivot was so stiff that I could barely wrist flick it open from a half opened position. I put some lube in it and then it worked fine. Despite the lube, the pivot is still so stiff that the flipper is basically useless. (the stiffness is where this knife loses the fifth star) The last issue is not a real problem, but rather personal preference. Karambits are not so straight. The Fox 479 is obviously curved like a karambit but less severely. Fixed blade karambits seem to make a near 90 degree angle with the handle and this knife does not carry that severity of a traditional karambit. Not a real problem just preference.
I bought this knife in a set with the trainer. I was interested on how Karambits feel when practicing martial arts. I don’t see ever using this knife for EDC because 1) this knife is seriously intimidating to normies and 2) it’s blade shape to me feels really tactical. Sure I can use it to open boxes and letters but I feel like that’s kind of caging a wild animal. Also, the blade is actually pretty thin and I feel like any hard use would chip the tip. But this also means that this thing is scary sharp (definitely the sharpest knife I own). Build quality: 4 stars Materials: 4 stars Aesthetics: 4 stars Personal likability: 3 stars
The title line pretty much says it all. Second type of cool is through the roof and the quality of materials is there although mine could deploy a little bit better. I spent an hour or two grinding the frame and sanding the g10. The finger grooves would only fit someone with NBA sized hands, I fit a L to XL glove, my fingers were not even close to finding the intended finger groves except for when in an awkward and stretched out grip. Every handle edge and corner was sharp and uncomfortable and could easily cause "hot spots" from simple handling. The end result turned out very well and it is now something that I can hold comfortably in a variety of ways and is very comfortably. The only other design thing to add is that it is way, way heavier than it needs to be theres not much getting around that it just is what it is. I do like Doug Marcaida and I think some of the hype around this blade is well-founded. But the ultimate tactical folder? Ha! I would grant that for this length of blade it is probably the most efficient tactical shape. Unless there were a legal issue in my area where I was restricted to a blade length to under 3.5", I would still take a large (4" minimum, 4.5" better, 5.5" best ) Cold Steel/ZT/Benchmade/Emerson/Spyderco/etc over something like this karambit any day of the week. Example I would take 3" folding karambit over a three and a half inch SOG Aegis but not over a 4-inch Cold Steel talwar but would take a large Espada over all of them. Btw the Fox Karambit looks really cool when it's sitting next to my large Espada. Yeah that was pointless information :D
The only saving grace for the 1 star is the Emerson wave. Underwheling design and after not liking it BladeHQ would not accept a return for an unused example of this knife simply because I put 2 drops of Blue Lube on it to see if the action would be any better. The flipper is pointless unless you do a hefty wrist flick. Appalling customer service response, when adding lube seems natural and harmless to a piece of metal, which is not detailed in their return policy