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When you need an easily concealed defense weapon, this Honshu Karambit knife is exactly what you are looking for. It features a 4" 7Cr13 stainless steel blade and an over-molded handle with an open-hole pommel for an easy grip. It includes a genuine leather boot sheath with a clip. It's 8 3/4" overall.
Bought bout 2 ish years ago and I still use it. The tip was was oddly shaped which caused it to break but easy fix with my grind wheel. The sheath started coming apart at the opening almost as soon as I got it but nothing super glue didn't repair. I feel the sheath is uncomfortable and impractical on a boot so I use it on my waist and it feels great. 40 bucks is a bit much though unless you are a CS:GO fan.
the sheath is great the snap work really well it cam in decently sharp the tip was pretty nice but i carried it inside the waist band for like a day and it had surface rust spot i used wd-40 and it still didn't come off now i just leave it in a spot in my room i will hopefully use it but the type of metal is sot so i know it wont hold and edge to long
I have to agree with the other postings that the blade did not come very sharp...although the tip is very sharp. But overall, this is an awesome karambit for the price! The size is perfect for self defense. This is not an EDC. Once properly sharpened, the Honshu should be sheathed until the one time that it is actually needed (for self defense)...and hopefully that day will never come. I highly recommend the Honshu.
fits well in my hand in both positions, it’s solid too, it’s edge was dall from tip to half way down the blade. snug firm fit in the sheath, secure locking snap that's easy to release when wanted. totally worth getting. the engraving you can get isn’t really an engraving it’s like a chemical stamp like the wording already on the blade, it does look good thoe.
I just ordered my stainless steel Honshu karambit, and was very excited, but after use I realized that the index finger ring was slightly loose. If you know anything about karambit techniques if that index finger ring were to break while swinging the karambit out to hook, I could really hurt myself. I plan to call customer service and see if I can get another one sent out. I will post a follow up review to let everyone know. Also the strap that comes with it isn't like I thought it would be. It is basically half a suspender, which is still useful and it works, but it's a bit uncomfortable for EDC.
I just got this karambit today and I have to say, it is amazing. It came razor sharp out of the box (I would expect no less from BudK or United Cutlery). The boot sheath actually works better, for me anyway, as an inside the waistband sheath. I absolutely love the design of the snap on the sheath because it is like a quick release due to the small piece of metal on it. The handle is extremely comfortable in the hand both in reverse grip and standard grip. Thank you so much for this amazing product BudK you guys are the best!
Dude why is it some people be getting good shaped and sharp knifez and some get them poor crafted tipped and dull bladez cause mine ended up with a ROUND TIP BLADE THATZ NOT EVEN SHARP!!!
The Honshu Karambit is a large sized karambit. It comes very sharp, and the nice rubber overmolded handle is almost too big, but isnt. I have bought about 20 honshus and 1-2 of them had small defects that Budk replaced no problem. If you want a smaller cheaper karambit, the black legion karambit also offered by budk is a good alternative.
Very good knife. I got two of these, one for me and another for my older brother, and they both came nice and sharp in a neat package. Not thrown around like some other things ive ordered offline. I only have two very minor conplaints. The first is that the blade and sheath were slightly dirty, but a quick wipe with a paper towel took it all off. The other is that, on the edge of the blade, near the tip, there are some very small marks in the blade, kinda shaped like waves, like one side of the sharpening machine vibrated ever so slightly and slipped on the blade. Luckily it was an easy fix. Just a quick run on a sharpening stone had it good and straight. I would recommend this knife to anyone looking for a knife of this kind.
The knife is well crafted, EXTREMELY sharp. I accidentally cut myself just by lightly touching the blade; I had no idea it was going to be that sharp. The sheathe isn't the greatest; it's pretty cheap leather and the button doesn't clip on properly. When I got this in the mail, I was a little surprised by size of the entire knife. Karambits are generally small knives, but this one is massive. The pommel would be more comfortable to use if the hole was smaller. Overall I would say it's a little better than your average blade. I wouldn't recommend it because it's not a convenient blade to have around at all, it's too big to have around casually.
I have full confidence when I get the knife it will be alright but if now then this review says a whole lot..My sister wanting to be nice for Christmas, ordered me this knife on the 17th of December, it shipped on the 19th and I was all set and ready to go, but now it is 3 weeks later and I don't have anything. Well the real reason I don't is probably because she didn't pay $20 for UPS shipping, instead just the normal USPS shipping which no distributer should ever use. EVEN STILL, it was at the post office by the 23rd. There was no notice in the mail, no email or contact that my package arrived, nothing. We figured since it was snail mail that it would take a while to ship but that was not the case. Maybe it was just a whole amount of variables that messed this up royally but all I know is, my package is in the post office and i can't get it until Wednesday, the 7th of JANUARY to even get it. Thanks for poor communication...
The one that I received was, at best, a factory second. Misshaped, poorly ground, dull and blunt. I was very disappointed. The quality of United Cutlery has really went downhill. It's a shame.
Just got this knife and it had me smiling as soon as I opened it. Very sharp, even cut through the protective rubber covering the tip! The sheath could be a bit better but for the price is terrific, if you want a sturdy karambit this is a good buy.
Blade is sharp,but the tip is so dull!!!you could stab anything with it and it wouldn't tear or cut anything, but as a slicing weapon(which is what the karambit was made for) it's great! For me the sheath was great,and everything else about the knife was too.
For the price , decent knife. Sheath is low quality. Dose not function as a boot knife, no comfortable way to carry in the boot because of the design. To my standards came very dull. But It did take an edge. So far tip has not broke, but have put it under no real stress.If you want a quality knife your going to have to spend a little more.
I cut a box with this one day as I carried it around and the tip just broke off...a card board box!! other knives ive gotten from here have been great but this bummed me out big time.
Absolutely love this knife. Came in and I noticed it was packaged strangely and a bit insecurely, but after removing it and trying it out, i love this thing to death, and will be carrying it often. The sheath fits well at your side(thats where I like to wear it) and the knife fits securely in the sheath. The knife is sharp and sturdy out the box.
I really like this knife. Love it. Its not packaged the best but its nice and sharp. Now they need to make a karambit fade :)
If you're looking for a good entry-level karambit this is it. The blade is nice and big, and overall it is a very aggressive looking knife that has a great visual impact. The handle is perfect, grooves for your fingers, jimping for forward and reverse grips and a thumb ramp on the ring making the flipped out extended grip easy and fairly secure. The sheath is really nicely done, it is ergonomic with the knife so that when you grab the knife you find your finger (pinky or index for reverse-forward grips) on the securing strap. Thick leather and heavy stitching all around, the belt/pocket clip is strong as well with no retention issues after two months of carrying it. <br /> <br />I only had two issues with my karambit. First and most painfully the tip was broken off when it shipped, I was able to sharpen it back up so I might have shaved some fraction of an inch off the blade but it still rips through anything very easily. <br /> <br />The other is the male end of the snap broke off on my sheath, I just put the clear gorilla glue in there and wd40 on the snap to reduce stress, again back up to working condition without an issue. <br /> <br />Overall this is a great karambit if you're looking for a self defense option or just something very intimidating for a collection.<br /><br />----<br /><br />True Swords reply:<br /><br />At the first mention of any concern we contacted our customer to ensure their that order experience is a positive one, and that any matters are well resolved. As always, should there be any problem or concern with a product or otherwise, please contact us and we will resolve it quickly.<br /><br />In discussing the knife we determined that a damaged knife had been received. This knife will come with a full tip as you would expect, as shown in the product photo, and the sheath snap should hold up to normal use and carry.<br /><br />In our efforts to resolve the concerns we made offers of a full replacement, refund, or other types of customer service. We spoke with our customer at length to make sure the issue was resolved per their wishes. A full resolution was reached to the satisfaction of our customer before this review was posted.<br /><br />Please contact us with any questions about our products or service. Thank you!
The knife just came in and first thing I noticed is that the blade isn't fully sheathed (only partially with cardboard). The knife is very sturdy and the blade is sharp (nicked myself removing knife from cardboard sheath), for the price is pretty good but the sheath needs some breaking in (bit difficult to insert and remove). overall 5/5 its not packaged all that well so be cautious when opening box and removing contents.
After playing Splinter Cell Blacklist, I wondered if the knife was real. Well found it, but not sold to individuals. Then found on this site and cheaper than the retail. After watching this video I was very impressed and also carry a bench made. But if trapped in a car, this is what you want to get that seat belt off and out of the vehicle. Lucky in SC we can carry legally.
Comfortable and strong make this an awesome blade. The design makes the blade cut with a lot less force than you'd expect. I don't recommend many edged weapons due to the varied preferences by so many, but this blade you must give a chance. It's small enough to slip in a pocket, but the boot clip actually keeps it tucked close if you wear it on a belt. Nicely sharpened upon arrival with little effort to make it razor sharp.
Great knife, sharp right out the box. One of the easiest knives I've ever handled and great for concealment
The Knife and Blade are great and sharp as can be! Really good buy! The only problem is the sheath: its awful! Hard to put in hard to pull out!
The karambit is a nice size Not small!! Everybody that has seen was either scared to pick it or Very amazed.. this knife does cost a pretty penny .but its completely worth it I poked my self twice with this karambit n it hurt a lot lol it looks like I was stung by a hornet .. its not to Sharp but it can stillcut .. i want to sharpen it .. so worth the money .
This knife is bad a**. I actually expected a smaller knife, but this is a full size with a tight clip for the boot. The edge is sharp and the handle has a good grip and feel. You won't be sorry if you get this.
WOW - I absolutely love this blade! I will get another one - maybe more! For the price, it is great and half the price of Cold Steel Tiger. Nice thick blade and mine was very sharp. The sheath works well, but a little strange angle for a quick draw and it all depends on how you want to hold it and in which hand. I would like a sheath that sits horizontal on a belt so I could draw reverse grip down toward the ground to get it out - just me. I have a few Karambits and working on the reviews. I love them all, but this one is a monster. I would absolutely love it if it was a double edge for slashing in both directions - the little Gil Hibben claw has a double edge and will review that next. The point on the end is serious and could do a lot of damage and bet it would work for window/glass punch. Absolutely recommend this - not sure about the black one with the shoulder harness - the harness itself that is, not the blade. I do see many people know how to make Kydex sheaths so looking into that. Found one for all the budget tomahawks. Train hard!!
Awesome knife, extremely sharp straight from the box. cuts well, feels great. sharpening is odd, but made easier if you have a sharpener similar to http://kennesawcutlery.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=159374 . I have just recieved this knife, and am thoroughly glad i ordered it, its well worth the little extra cash. Seems to keep a sharp edge, and grip is more than solid. thank you united cutlery for this awesome product.
This is the coolest and best purchased i have made from this website.... it fits in your hand great and i would never want to be on the opposite end of it and its very very sharp... over all i am very satisfied.
I have had this knife for a few months now, and after cutting some bottles and things of that sort its has become very dull. If the tip isn't sharps i cant cut a thing, and the blade isn't easy to sharpen even when you get used to it. Don't get me wrong a awesome knife but a pain to sharpen.
THIS IS THE COOLEST KNIFE I HAVE. i wish it would've came sharper but it still cuts through anything. Its also a lot bigger than i thought which is good but its a little awkward on my index finger when held upright. I couldn't decide between this or the black but i can tell i like this one better. And to Tonyc I am right handed and can easily draw it in a reverse grip just grab with the palm of your hand facing towards you and lip your index finger into the hole.
i bought this knife last week to bring on a camping trip to prove that karambit knives can be functional and this blade passed what i thought it could do if your looking for a great karambit knife overall this is the one to get and its really well concealed
Really love this knife! The quality of the knife is even better than I expected. It came very sharp right out of the box. The quality of the sheath is actually very good, but the belt clip is on the wrong side! The Karambit is made to be primarily held in a reverse grip. So unless you're a Lefty, you cannot draw the blade with a reverse grip. All in all a very good knife for the price and the thing just looks bad a**.Editor's Note: Thank you for your comments. We have updated the review to reflect the appropriate materials.
I bought this knife about a month ago because I work late at night and take the bus home. I wanted something to carry for protection. This knife is perfect for me. It makes me feel safe, it fits comfortably in my hand, and it's easily concealed. I recommend this knife highly. It's a purchase you won't regret.
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