Our Karambit Knife is a powerful homage to the traditional Southeast Asian curved blade, designed to evoke the claw of a mighty tiger. Originating from the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra, the Karambit was once a humble agricultural tool, used for tasks such as raking roots, threshing grain, and planting rice. As it transitioned into a weapon, its blade curve increased to optimize its cutting potential. Historically viewed as a peasant's weapon, the Karambit has since gained recognition as a significant instrument in Filipino martial arts. This knife is traditionally held with the blade extending downward from the bottom of the fist, ready for swift and precise action.
This Karambit Knife is crafted from pattern-welded Damascus steel, a heat-treated, folded carbon steel known for its hardness and durability. The blade is composed of 11 pieces of steel, folded five times, resulting in a staggering 352 layers. A Rockwell hardness rating between 55 and 56 HRC testifies to its resilience. The high carbon Damascus steel incorporates layers of the highest carbon-content steel, 1095, which imparts strength to hold a powerful edge and the flexibility to withstand powerful impacts. The handle is fashioned from black horn, adding to the knife's robust character. The knife is accompanied by a protective leather sheath.
- Handle Material: Black Horn
- Overall Length: 11 inches
- Rockwell Hardness: 55-56 HRC
- Number of Steel Layers: 352
- Sheath Material: Genuine leather
- Blade Material: Damascus steel, featuring:
- 6 Pieces of Carbon Steel #43 and #40
- 5 Pieces of High Carbon Steel 1095
- Layering Pattern:
- 1st Fold: 22 Layers
- 2nd Fold: 44 Layers
- 3rd Fold: 88 Layers
- 4th Fold: 176 Layers
- 5th Fold: 352 Layers
This Karambit Knife is a testament to the timeless appeal of this traditional weapon, skillfully crafted with a high carbon Damascus steel blade for superior performance.
The one thing (and I can just do this for myself) is that the pinky ring hole is straight-punched. For basic handling/use beyond aesthetics, it could have at least the inside of the base ring beveled or smoothed. But there were no burrs detected and it seems a fine piece. Thanks again for an eye-catching bit of artwork. It just would invite more initial, enjoyable handling if it were finished to where it was more inviting to the touch. Even the outer edges of the exposed, non cutting surfaces. But again, that is easily rectified; and it may be a standard to let the customer make these personal modifications for themselves, if desired and to their satisfaction . Still, and always, great work again! And thanks certainly to your good, faithful and fine craft folk. I am happy with my purchase for sure.
This is one incredible tiger claw knife!