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Mantis MK-1 Cinq 1 Folding Karambit 2" Hawkbill Blade, Steel Handles

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Part Number: MNTMK1
Manufacturer: Mantis Knives
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MNTMK1: MK-1 Cinq 1
Mantis Knives

Mantis Knives describes this item as follows:

The first in our line of Karambit Fighters. It’s a favorite among folks from all walks of life…from mixed martial artists, to delivery truck drivers. The Cinq I has hawk-bill style blade that looks extremely intimidating. The 420HC provides lasting sharpness, but also allows you to sharpen it with ease. The spacer and pivot are both bright dipped type-3 hard anodized which of military spec.

  • Overall Length: 6"
  • Blade Length: 2"
  • Blade Material: 420HC
  • Blade Style: Hemispherical
  • Handle Material: 420J2
  • Lock Style: Frame Lock
  • Carry System: Pocket Clip
  • Weight: 4.1 oz.
  • Special Features: Exposed frame makes for an extremely light fighting
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 014978050677

Frame Lock
Frame Lock
Developed by Chris Reeve, it functions like a liner lock but the lock is comprised of one of the handle scales. It's an extremely strong and easy to manipulate lock.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Steel Handles
Steel Handles
Stainless Steel knife handles provide strength and durability while using chromium oxide to create a rust-resistant barrier.
3.733 (15 reviews)
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4 out of 5
Sep 28, 2015
Pros: Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Material, Lock Type, Weight, Ease of Opening, None
Cons: Pocket Clip, Handle Feel
Utility Karambit?
I actually do use this as a utility knife believe it or not. Being a karambit, I like the ability to multitask while keeping the karambit in hand (As was the ring's original purpose). It's not the sharpest knife but I can easily cut clean strokes through cardboard. I've read reviews where the handle's external skeleton is angular enough to cause discomfort in its grip, which is true but I'm always wearing work gloves when I'm using it so it really isn't a problem for me. Throughout the years, I've gone through 3 of these. Under heavy duty cutting, the first one lasted a little over a year. I lost the 2nd one, and am now on my 3rd. The clip isn't very functional so I don't even use it. The blade opening is actually easy. Unless you're sold by assist openers or the flashy quick draw of the emerson wave, I don't see how anyone could struggle so much in opening this. All in all, it's a basic folding karambit that I've found to work well.
2 out of 5
Ottawa, Canada
Jan 20, 2015
Pros: None
Cons: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Ease of Opening
Good knife for deciding if you really want that Fox or Emerson
Received this knife today. To start off, not at all impressed. lets go through the list. -Not sharp, I mean at all. There was no edge at all. I couldn't cut butter with it, well I could but you get the point, which btw, this has none.(I live in Canada and this was shipped from US, so i don't know if they do this purposely to get through customs or not, but was not pleased) -Handle edges are uncomfortable due to, surprise surprise, they are very angular and sharp...unlike the blade. - The pivot is extremely tight, making it not possible to flick open, which is fine, however it does not feel smooth when opening or closing. It has a lot of friction, and is rough. -The ring is not one piece but two rings with a gap, so when using the karambit as intended it starts feeling like it cuts into your index finger -the lock is a frame lock, which wouldn't be a big problem, but this one is again very rough and small and hard to push open. It also can sometimes get stuck or jammed in and hard to pry open. Minor things. -Blade is very thin and feels fragile. the pivot point feels like it would break with extended use. -Very light, which adds to the 'fragile' feel, but also doesn't lend to the use of centripetal force to help the karambit's twirling techniques. All in all it is an inexpensive karambit, and the product reflects this. I would recommend this if you simply wanted to practice the flicking movements of karambit use for fun, or for training. It is also a great item for deciding if you really wanted to spend the $200 for a Fox or Emerson, which happens to be why I bought it.
4 out of 5
Edmonton, Canada
Nov 06, 2014
Pros: Pocket Clip, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness
Good Quality
As an everyday carry, the Mantis performs quite well. It can in perfect condition with one of the best padded boxes I've ever seen with a knife. As a general utility knife it preformed adequately, however, you may find that the steep angle of the blade can make for frustrating box cutting. All in all, the knife exceeds expectations but I would have preferred a sharper blade out of the box (required extensive sharpening out of the box).
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