Spyderco Karahawk Folding Knife w/ Emerson Opener (2.36" Black) C170GBBKP

This Karahawk model comes in a blackout style with black blade, handle and hardware. The Karahawk is an evolved folding version of the Southeast Asian karambit. Its VG-10 steel hawkbill blade is outfitted with Emerson's patented Wave Opening Feature along with a thumb hole, so opening is simple and fast. The black G-10 handle has stainless steel liners and a strong back lock mechanism. The Karahawk has a reversible tip-up carry pocket clip. The handle features a ring at the back end to facilitate traditional karambit manipulation techniques and is sized to keep the knife compact and easy to carry.

Item #BHQ-50827
MSRP: $373.00
Our Price: $261.10
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  • Overall Length: 6.50"
  • Blade Length: 2.35"
  • Cutting Edge: 2.00"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.11"
  • Blade Material: VG10
  • Blade Style: Hawkbill
  • Finish: Black
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.50"
  • Handle Material: G-10
  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 3.80 oz.
  • User: Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up
  • Knife Type: Manual
  • Opener: Thumb Hole, Wave Opener
  • Lock Type: Lockback
  • Brand: Spyderco
  • Model: Karahawk
  • Model Number: C170GBBKP
  • Designer: Sal Glesser
  • Country of Origin: Japan
  • Best Use: Everyday Carry
  • Product Type: Knife

Customer Reviews

One of my favorite knives!
Jayson K. on Mar 6, 2023

I was debating posting such a glowing review of this knife because they aren’t always in stock available but since they are now I suppose I’ll spill it. The Spyderco Karambit is by far one of my favorite knives. The color scheme, fit, finish, size are all perfect for ME. I love the fact that you can deploy this knife using the “Emerson” style opener or the classic Spyderco hole. The size might be small for bigger hands so for reference on medical calls I wear a size Large or 7.5-8 for sterile packaged gloves. This knife is also good for states where you may not be able to carry a larger blade/Karambit. The knife can take a beaten and is one of my EDC. The one thing I wish it had was an option for a serrated edge or combo edge but I get most Karambits are straight edge. The price on BladeHQ is great and I would highly recommend adding this to your collection if your looking for a quality “smaller sized” Karambit/EDC utility…plus I get a lot of compliments and people asking what is that.

EDC Coin pocket karambit
Benjamin Z. on Sep 3, 2020

I carry this everday I wear jeans and it sits perfectly in the 5th coin pocket on jeans. I love spinning this and is safer to fling around than a fox 479 because of the smaller blade length. Other positives are the light weight, ergos, and the design. Even though this is vg-10 that makes it easy to sharpen a hard hawkbill profile so I prefer the vg-10 to something like s30v.

Gaibriel V. on Oct 13, 2018

This is amazing! I love the all black, have a few scars from spinning it but it never gets old! It’s nice and has a thin profile. When you use the wave open and that knife jumps into your hand it just makes you feel ready for anything! Quick Violent Over!

Edc karambit excellence
Jose J. on Oct 12, 2018

I was on the fence about what folding edc style karambit knife to buy. From watching and reading reviews of several different brands it seemed like most karambits this style and size were hit and miss depending on the user or their opinions. I already owned several other Spyderco knives and knew the quality and durability of the brand so I decided to give the Karahawk a try and was very happy to receive exactly what I had hoped and expected from this piece. 1st Rapid and reliable deployment, an absolute must for this type of knife. 2nd excellent materials and build quality! Feels great in the hand/fist depending on how you want to use it and looks as slick as you expect it to. It is a true Spyderco knife. Search no more for the best edc karambit style knife!... in my opinion.

Saved my a#@ one night
Cleveland d. on Jan 19, 2018

Very good construction. I wish it was a bit thicker in the handle and came with a deep pocket clip. The wave feature brings it closer to perfection though. I don't understand why all pocket folding karambits don't have a wave feature. Having to flip a karambit is counter-intuitive to its purpose and how its to be used. I own the original satin one but it makes itself too obvious. I ran and bought this when it can out in all black. When Im not carrying my harpy (which is never) I carry this and feel confident if i get in a jam. I did once, it worked perfect.

adam b. on May 10, 2017

I own a ridiculous amount of folders and fixed blades I can finally say, I've found my perfect daily carry. It's light, well balanced, and deploys easier then the other guys. I recommend adding the Allan Putnam scales as well.

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