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What Are The Uses Of Karambit Knives?

One of the deadliest knives used in close combat is the Karambit knife. Learn a few techniques using Karambit martial arts and see how an attacker becomes defenseless.



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Karambit knives are known to be one of the most lethal knives used in hand to hand combat. Know more about this unique blade as you continue reading.

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In this article:

  1. Traditional Blade of Southeast Asia
  2. Karambit for Farming
  3. Hook Feature
  4. Catch and Hook
  5. Lacerate

Karambit Knives | Farming and Combat Blade

Traditional Blade of Southeast Asia

Martial arts style using the karambit are mostly from Southeast Asia particularly in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. It’s a curved weapon blade that punctures and lacerates.

This knife’s design mimics the claws and teeth of animals that have the ability to control and hook its prey. The traditional karambit is double-edged which can be used in close combat.

Discover the art of the karambit and how it can help you defend yourself against potential attacks.

The Karambit was initially made for agricultural purposes before it evolved as a weapon. Since Karambit knives have a double-edge blade, you can slash using both its inside and outside blade.

A Karambit folding knife which is not double-edged has been made nowadays where it can be legally used. This knife is famous for its hook-and-destroy technique.

It has a small hook-like feature near the handle that can lock your opponent’s arm putting a painful pressure in it. Once pressure out of danger is on the arm, you can either use the tip of the blade to stab an opponent’s vital body part or slash it with the Karambit’s sharp blade.

This is definitely a knife designed for close combat.

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Karambit for Farming

The Karambit knife was first used as a tool for agricultural purposes. It was primarily used for rice farming either for raking roots or to thresh and plant rice.

Like most blade weapons, the Karambit knife was a farming tool.

Hook Feature

This image shows the hook feature of a custom Karambit knife integrated into the outer blade. Once the hook catches part of your opponent’s arm, you can bring his arm wherever you want as it feels the pressure of the hook on the Karambit wounds.

Catch and Hook

Karambit knife in the hands | What Are The Uses Of Karambit Knives?

The back edge of the karambit catches her arm with its hook in place. This move is effective when preparing for an attack or controlling the limb further.

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This shows the attacker’s arm caught in a move and ready to lacerate near his biceps. The palm of his hand is already in a position where it can no longer grip or apply pressure.

We recommend practicing with this Karambit training knife before trying any combat moves with a real one.

The Hoffman Richter Tactical Pen may not lacerate, but it can do some serious damage. Get yours here.

Watch this video by American Shooting Journal and learn how to hook and destroy using a Karambit knife:

Now you see how effective a karambit knife is in close combat? I think learning and mastering three different techniques using the knife makes me invincible.

Just seeing a person holding the knife properly and in good fighting position would be enough to scare an attacker.

Does it interest you to learn to defend yourself with a karambit knife? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!


Can the Karambit beat the Hoffman Richter Fixed Blade? We don’t think so. Get one here!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on January 25, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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