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10 Folding Karambits For EDC

The karambit is an ancient agricultural tool created by the Minangkabau people of Indonesia and modeled after the claws of big cats. These days, the karambit has entered the knife realm as a versatile self-defense tool that allows for different fighting techniques, thanks to its curved design and finger ring.

While karambits are probably best known for their self-defense qualifications, they can also make great everyday carry tools. Not only do they have comfortable, ergonomic designs but the blades also sometimes work much better than straight edged blades in certain situations (like cutting rope, for example).

While you may want to carry a secondary straight-edged knife for good measure, these five folding karambit knives have worked well as EDCs for many people.

1. Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops Karambit

Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops Karambit

I’ll start things off with one of the most understated folding karambits. The Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops Karambit features a 3.5-inch blade with less of a curve than other models. This gives the blade more versatility than a pure karambit style blade and reduces the overall “scare” factor.

The knife still retains the claw-like design with G-10 handle scales and a stainless steel finger ring. The blade opens via ambidextrous thumb studs and stays engaged with a liner lock. There’s a reason this knife is a best-seller at Knife Depot.

2. Cold Steel Tiger Claw

Cold Steel Tiger Claw

Sure, Cold Steel is known for its aggressive designs and focus on self-defense, but this Andrew Demko creation is actually made with everyday carry in mind. The Cold Steel Tiger Claw was designed after Demko aimed to make a multipurpose folder that could perform while he was on the job as an electrician or engineer.

The Tiger Claw features a 3-inch blade made from premium S35VN steel with G-10 handle scales. It uses the Demko thumb plate, which allows for ambidextrous opening or opening from the pocket with a swift pull. The latter is a great luxury in any EDC. It also uses the Tri-Ad locking system. It’ll definitely stand up to any EDC task you can throw at it.

3. Boker Plus CLB Karambit

Boker Plus CLB Karambit

The next few knives have decidedly tactical appearances, but that doesn’t make them much different than a Spyderco or SOG. This Boker Plus CLB Karambit has a sub-3-inch blade made from 440C stainless steel with dual thumb studs and black coating. The blade has a recurve and a straight portion to add some versatility to the knife.

The finger ring also doubles as a sort of carabiner so you can affix the knife to a backpack or belt loop.

4. Delta Force OTF Karambit

Delta Force OTF Karambit

Out-the-front and karambit hybrids are relatively new phenomena that work surprisingly well. This Delta Force OTF Karambit has a 3-inch stonewashed blade with dual action, meaning it opens and closes with the switch.

The handle has a camo design.

5. CRKT Provoke

CRKT Provoke

The CRKT Provoke is not your usual folding karambit. Designed by Joe Caswell, the Provoke boasts a unique opening mechanism called Kinematic technology. It folds up neatly and comes to life when you need it. It’s a great knife to fidget with.

6. Spyderco Karahawk

Spyderco Karahawk

This version of the Spyderco Karahawk features a 2.29-inch VG-10 blade with black coating and a black G-10 handle.

7. TAC-Force Karambit

TAC-Force Karambit

When you want something that’s cheap, you can’t go wrong with a karambit from Tac-Force. This model has a slicey hawkbill assisted blade with a steel handle.

8. Boker Plus Wildcat

Boker Plus Wildcat

The Boker Plus Wildcat doesn’t have the traditional hawkbill blade seen in traditional karambits, but the blade boasts a distinctive profile by It uses D2 steel while the G-10 scales are ergonomically shaped.

Like the other karambits, the Wildcat has a finger ring for a variety of holds.

9. Schrade SCH110 Karambit

Schrade SCH110 Karambit

The Schrade SCH111 is another inexpensive karambit with a great, cohesive design.

10. Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops Urban Camo Karambit

Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops Urban Camo Karambit

Smith & Wesson makes this list for a second time with an Urban Camo Karambit. The blade is under 3 inches.


  1. I’ve been using MTech Fixed Blade Karambit Knife and looking for some folding Karambit knife to keep it in a pocket with ease. Now I guess Fox folding karambit knife will be good.

  2. I like the way these knives are made for self-defense and also because the same knives can be used in everyday life. Even the knives that are not able to fold looks cool.

  3. The designs of knives are to good. Its blade are so sharp and save to use. It is so easy tocarry in pocket and travel and even it is use in daily life even in kitchen and so on.

  4. I don’t much care for karambits. I’d rather control how deep the tip goes into anything I am cutting. And if it gets snagged which is bound to happen being hook shaped, that may pose a problem in itself. Also sharpening that curved edge would be extra work.

    I feel as if it’s almost a fad and people think that a karambit is more damaging or more effective than other knives. When I see one, I think to myself it’s not much different than a carpet or linoleum cutting knife. It would be good for pruning plants and rope cutting.

    • In defensive knife fighting, the target is NOT the body. The Karambit is designed to parry your type of knife attack and strike a hemorrhaging cut to the arms or legs of an opponent. You either drop your knife and grab the wound (if possible) , or die. It can be used for neck and head attack but that would only be used in a stealth combat situation. The point does not get caught in the opponent. its blade angle is too shallow. I have heard this disregard for the weapon many time by straight-knife people……..reality would be QUITE different.

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