Karambits are Indonesian style knives that became popular with the spread of Filipino martial arts. They feature a semi-curved or curved blade and usually have a finger ring at the base of the hand. There are single and double edge varieties depending on how closely they follow the traditional patterns. Karambits are often viewed as tactical knives, but they make great utility knives. The cat’s claw shape of the blade allows the karambit to cut cordage with ease. The design also allows for more unique strikes and angles.
Karambits are a good option for individuals who need more retention for their knife or who want a good self-defense tool.