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Spyderco C170GP Karahawk Folding Karambit 2.35" VG10 Satin Blade with Emerson Wave, Black G10 Handles

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Part Number: SP170GP
Manufacturer: Spyderco Knives
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SP170GP: C170GP Karahawk
The Karahawk — Spyderco's folding interpretation of the traditional karambit — just got better. This iconic knife features a ring at the butt end of the handle that allows it to be spun around the index finger with specific martial arts techniques. To make these specialized tactics even more effective, the Karahawk now features a reinforced ring. A layer of G-10 has been added between the handle's stainless steel liners to strengthen the structure and provide increased surface area. The internal corners of the ring's hole have also been radiused to eliminate square edges and ensure smooth, comfortable manipulation.

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 the 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 lockback system has been used for many decades. It can usually be found on the knife spine and it provides a strong lockup that will wear well.
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.
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.
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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5 out of 5
Nov 11, 2016
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: Lock Type, Lock Ease of Use, None
Newly designed
Like all Syderco knives it came razor sharp. The wave feature opens the blade flawlessly. I really like the newly designed finger ring. The old style left the two liners unsupported but now the two are connected and do not flex. Super thin and light weight. I wish it was a liner lock but I manage to close it one handed. I have a Fox 599 as well but I think I will use and carry this one more.
5 out of 5
Jul 29, 2016
Pros: Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Excellent Self Defense Blade with Class
Purchased 7/8/16. Great knife. Usual spyderco quality. Small and unobtrusive to carry; thin but strong. Very handsome. Came shaving sharp. Feels good in hand. Invokes a certain air of confidence when it waves open and locks in your hand. You can tell it means business. Highly recommend. Knife was shipped extremely quickly. Great Service from Knifecenter. *Note. The model I received has a G10 backspacer between the rings. I know there were some complaints about the rings digging into fingers or feeling flimsy as they were just two thin rings pararell to each other. However with the black g10 between them the knife feels extremely sturdy.
5 out of 5
Ryan K
Colorado Springs
Jun 20, 2016
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
Fantastic Knife
This knife has one specific purpose. Self defense. Aside from self defense this is not the most practical knife. You can definitely use it to open boxes and maybe do some gardening and potentially it's blade curvature lends itself to certain tasks, but on the whole it is not the most practical knife in the world. That being said I still use it as an EDC (Along side my trusty Endura 4) because, quite simply, there is no contest on which knife I want in my hand should I need to protect myself. The SpyderCo KaraHawk is very easily concealable (aside from the giant ring seemingly sticking out of your pocket) when it is in your hand, the blade length and the level of curve is flawless, and if held properly it can maneuver with your hand as if it wasn't even there. If holding this knife in standard grip (Index finger in the ring, blade pointing backwards), the motions for using it as a weapon of self-defense are very intuitive. That said, receiving professional training should be a massive priority if self-defense is important to you, and if you are looking at this knife I'm guessing it is. To compare to other karambits in this category: This is the skinnier, lighter, stealthier option. Emerson's are much wider, much heavier, much more heavy duty. So depending on your style, you may prefer one to the other. All I can say is, with how light-weight and how thin profiled this knife is, I can hardly tell it's in my pocket most of the time.
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