This whole knife was a knife of firsts for me. To begin with, it is a step into the world of tactical, self defense and survival knives (how did it take me so long to jump into that genre?!). New Carbon fiber handle materials (which is amazing space age stuff), new steel finish that is a special combination of acid was, hand abrasion and sand blasting, and of course, first Karambit! Most exciting to me is the steel. I ground this blade from CPM S30V and my, oh my! am I ever impressed by this steel. The edge retention is stellar. Corrosion? What corrosion. And toughness? Well, that's why I call it the "Rhino". If any of you are looking to have a survival/hunting or even general use blade that just plain works day in and day out, I put S30V (and its first cousin S35V) high on the list of recommendations. But enough of that, maybe I will write another article on the metallurgy of this super steel some other time. (seriously cool stuff though.)
There are a lot of good Karambits being made out there, but there were also some things that I didn't see that I felt should be done. One is that most have these slender, long tips. Which is effective for cutting and has a cool raptor beak scratch-your-eyes-out look, but my focus with this knife as a true survival knife is something that can go through every trial with you and thrive. That thin little tip is just a little dainty for my tactical taste buds. Additionally, I wanted a little more meat behind that tip to provide more weight forward momentum when it is swung or spun. For you gunny folks out there I'll use this analogy: I saw a lot of .223's, but I want a 47-70.
|It's those fine details that take a thing from good to great.|
|You can't help but spin it once you hold it.|
I will continue to use and abuse this knife to learn what it can do and if it can improve, but if you are interested in anything like this, I am confident in the performance and would love to chat with you about a custom build. Hit me up by e-mail or phone (406) 396-6877 or firstname.lastname@example.org