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Spyderco C170GP Karahawk Folder 2.35" VG10 Blade, G10 Handles

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Part Number: SP170GP
Manufacturer: Spyderco Knives
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SP170GP: C170GP Karahawk
Designed by Spyderco’s founder, Sal Glesser, the Karahawk is a highly evolved folding version of the Southeast Asian karambit. Its gently curved hawkbill blade is precision machined from VG-10 stainless steel and features both our Trademark Round Hole™ and an Emerson Opening Feature to ensure swift, positive blade deployment. It is supported by a high-strength back lock mechanism designed to withstand the stresses of defensive use and mated to a handle constructed of full skeletonized stainless steel liners capped with textured G-10 scales. The handle features a ring at the butt to facilitate traditional karambit manipulation techniques and is sized to keep the knife exceptionally compact and easy to carry. A reversible hourglass clip supports tip-up standard-grip and reverse-grip carry on both sides of the body.
  • Closed: 4.50" (114 mm)
  • Overall: 6.50" (165 mm)
  • Blade: 2.35" (60 mm)
  • Edge: 2.05" (52 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.098" (2.5 mm)
  • Blade Steel: VG10
  • Grind: Saber
  • Handle Material: G10
  • Weight: 3.8 oz. (108 g)
  • Made in Japan

UPC Code: 716104009565

The original locking mechanism. It can be found mid spine or at the bottom of the handle, and it provides tight lockup that will wear well.
VG10 Stainless Steel
VG10 Stainless Steel
This Japanese super-steel is known for it's ease of sharpening, ability to take a super fine edge, and outstanding corrosion resistance making it one of the best bang-for-buck steels on the market.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Made in Japan
Made in Japan
The exotic steel Capital of the World, Japan produces and innovates some of the best products, from pocket to kitchen knives and everything in between.
G10 Handles
G10 Handles
Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.
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bezerkeley ca
Apr 05, 2014
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
essential buy
i'd been researching karambits with the emerson wave feature for awhile. emerson makes karambits but with a liner locker which i've never trusted even though there's a lot of expensive knives with liner locks: moreover, some emerson reviewers have questioned emerson quality. i do a lot of traveling so to be legal in all jurisdictions i need a knife that is a non switch blade, a folder, single edge, well under 3 inches, and is generally know as defensive. the spyderco was the only one that satisfied all these requirements. i've always been a benchmade guy so i'd hoped that with benchmade's ever increasing catalogue that they'd eventually produce a blade that satisfied my requirements. giving up on benchmade, i hesitatingly switched to spyderco. i'm very satisfied with this knife: my only minor complaint is that the final finish is rougher that benchmade. also this is my first emerson wave, and the deployment is as advertised: faster than any switchblade. i'm very satisfied with knife center. the price was competitive and the service was better than promised; however, the center listed no cheap karambit trainers--an essential for beginners. also after my positive experience with this knife, i wanted to buy a spyderco delica with the wave feature. either the center is out of stock or never carried it.
4 out of 5
Feb 24, 2014
Pros: Handle Material, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Blade Material
Cons: None
Nearly perfect but the search will continue.
Having been sold on the Karambit concept for a few years now I have been hunting for the one that's just right. I found the Fox Karambit very good except the handle is a little long for my grip. I found the Emerson model uncomfortable as well with the ring being slightly to small. I just wished for faster deployment so I was delighted to hear Spyderco was producing the Karahawk with an Emerson wave. Handle wise it fits perfect for my hand having rather long fingers but a small palm. The only thing I dislike is the angle the blade sits is not truly proper for a Karambit (about 40 degrees) which makes it more functional as a hawk bill. I rather prefer the Thomas's locking position of about 80 degrees, but the faster deployment out weighs that. The fit and finish is your usual Spyderco quality. I am happy with it and it has become my EDC.
4 out of 5
Sandan K
Feb 06, 2014
Pros: Ease of Opening, Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type
Cons: None
Good as "executive" EDC
Quick background: I spent 17 years studying martial arts (10.5 years in Kenpo), and I have a 3rd-degree black belt in Kenpo. That means I am reviewing this from a martial arts weapons (extension of hands in self defense) perspective, as opposed to a “knife collector” perspective. I do own a Fox 599 karambit and some other cheaper versions, so I am also comparing this Karahawk with those other karambits. The Fox 599 (cost $125) also has the Emerson Wave, by the way. The reason I got the Karahawk knife (for $173 from GP Knives) is because it seemed thinner than other folding karambits that I own, and that thinness piqued my interest because I wanted a lower profile everyday carry folding karambit. Spyderco achieved that thinness by using a lockback mechanism for the lock, instead of a liner lock… which requires a bit more width to accommodate. So here are my thoughts: Pros: (1) Thin so it is hardly noticeable in pocket; (2) Feels light in hand when performing self defense techniques; (3) The lock back theoretically will be more difficult to accidentally engage during rough use than the liner lock on most other karambits. Cons: (1) The Emerson Wave feature on the Karambit sticks out a bit too far to hold comfortable in hand in the closed position (vs. the Fox 599). A knife does not have to immediately and always be utilized lethally in self defense. The Fox 599 for example is a decent hunk of metal in your hand when closed, and either end (including the retention ring) can still be used as a blunt force object. Then it can be opened with the Emerson Wave dynamically during motion without changing your grip (if you have it in the reverse grip). However, the Karahawk is a bit too “bulky” to hold comfortably in the closed position as a non-lethal alternative. It is thin, yes… but also a bit “chunky” as measured from the spine to the Emerson Wave feature. (2) The retention ring is not designed for flipping or spinning comfortably. The ring’s dual metal sections are too thin so they cut into the finger when rotating. Now, as a martial artist, I could not care less about continuously spinning karambits (really, it’s not practical)… but practicing flipping out for extension and then back in for retraction is still an important part of knife familiarity in my opinion. And even just flipping once out and once back in is a bit uncomfortable on the finger with the Karahawk. Contrast this with the Fox 599 which has a ring that feels like butter when flipping out for extension. Overall, so far I like the Karahawk.. and I will certainly use this as my everyday “executive” carry. But it is not the knife I’ll go to when practicing in general either in air or on my body opponent bags at home.
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