The Best Karambit – A Traditional Tool – 2017 Reviews

Karambit – A Traditional Tool

Tired of using gear out in the bush that just falls flat? Looking for a new knife to add to your collection, whether it’s your first or fifteenth? Sounds like you’re in need of a quality karambit.

The karambit is a curved blade with origins in Southeast Asia. Traditionally the knife has been used in combat and agriculturally, but its gained significant popularity in recent decades as a tool for self-defense, collection, and outdoor survival. In this article we’ll cover all of those, with a lean towards survival and outdoor living.

So without further ado, here are the five best karambits on the market:

​Top 5 Best Karambit – A Traditional Tool

1. Anginstar D2 Steel Fixed Blade Knife

Because of its overall quality, the Anginstar D2 might be the best fixed blade karambit on the market. It’s a little smaller than your traditional karambit, but with a 2.13” blade that’s 0.32” thick, the D2 steel that it’s made out of means the blade will stay sharp for a long time, while also preventing corrosion.

The blade also handles well, with a thick grip as well as a finger ring. And overall, the D2 steel and thick grip mean it’s a knife high in precision, strength, and sharpness. The knife really has a bit of everything. And because of its $39.99 price tag, it might just be the best karambit for the money you have.

2. Ka-Bar TDI Law Enforcement Tanto Knife

When you think of a knife used by the military, your initial instinct might be to say that it’s a knife best-suited for self-defense and nothing else. However, if it’s a knife used by the military, chances are it’s also pretty versatile. And this one is – it has an HRC of 57-59 and an overall length of 9.8 inches.

It also comes in a beautiful black stainless steel. So whether you’re looking for something for the outdoors, self-defense, or collection, the Ka-Bar TDI is one you should seriously consider.

3. Vulcan Gear Tactical Karambit Hawkbill Knife

The Vulcan Hawkbill comes in only a little bigger than Anginstar’s D2. Another fixed blade knife, this karambit comes highly reviewed with stainless steel and quality sharpness. However, it’s a tool you’ll likely need to sharpen yourself from time to time.

But an added perk to this one is that it comes with a nylon cord. And an even bigger added perk is its miniscule $8.75 price tag on Amazon, meaning it may provide the best bang for your kerambit buck, especially if you’re a woodsman on a budget.

4. TAC Force TF-816 Series

Another potential budget buy, this karambit has some serious style and usability. With a 4.5-inch blade length and 3mm thickness, this kerambit comes with spring-assist folding function, meaning you can have swift and effective deployment. It also comes with a pocket clip, for added safety and convenience.

One of the more stylish knives sout there, the hawksbill knife handle comes fully decked out in skulls and camo, meaning it’s as effective as it is beautiful. And it’s $9.99 price tag makes it another affordable purchase.

5. SE KFD359

7.5 inches in total length, highly-reviewed, and just $8.00, this karambit comes with a black, stainless steel blade, a finger ring, and a soft plastic handle that affords maximum comfort. This highly curved karambit also gives it that traditional karambit look, and its sleek design makes it another good knife to add to your collection if for nothing else than appearances.

Still, the main selling points of this product come in its usability, and this karambit comes with something for everyone.


The great thing here is we’ve said nothing of some of the other great builds out there. Products such as the Emerson karambit review strongly, and Fox and TOPS are also well-known for their knives. Needless to say, the karambit market is really going strong right now.

But I personally feel like the Anginstar D2 or the Ka-Bar TDI are two of the most appealing choices of the products listed here. The Anginstar has a tremendous blend of strength, sharpness, durability, and convenience that make it an overall high quality knife. The one detractor of it would be its size, as it’s the smallest in blade length of the products I looked at here. And you may even be skeptical of adding it to your shopping cart given that it comes with the second-heftiest price tag in this article, and by a wide margin, costing $39.99. But remember, price is also an indication of quality, and that’s what makes the Anginstar D2 highly useful if you’re out in the bush.

As for the Ka-Bar TDI, it’s the most expensive product here, with a $46.99 price tag. And it’s not going to be for everyone because of its size. But if you’re looking for something that’s 5 inches or larger, this seems like the only choice. Its 57-59 HRC is indicative of its quality. Its price tag is indicative of its quality. And perhaps more than anything else, the fact that it’s used by the military and servicemen means it’s absolutely a quality karambit, and not only that, it’ll be highly versatile for you. So if you’re looking for a larger (and sharper) edge, this is the way to go.

And of course the remaining three that we looked at are all high quality, and they’re especially good options if you’re looking for budget buys. The Vulcan Gear Tactical Karambit is one of the best fixed blade karambits on the market, and its nylon cord is a nice added bonus if you decide to put your money here. The TAC Force TF-816 is desirable because of usability and style – both in its folding function, its pocket clip, and its handle design. Lastly, the SE KFD359 comes with a beautifully curved edge, a comfortable and convenient handle, and a price tag under $10.

Overall, each of these products have their own strengths and weaknesses, and it’s ultimately up to you to choose what you’re looking for in your karambit, so that can get the most out of your knife when in you’re off on an adventure in the great outdoors.

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