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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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The Riding Bean
Plano, Texas
Jan 09, 2017
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Lock Type, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: Weight, None
Great overall Blade
Makes a good EDC for the talon blade is eager to make quick work of the task. Defense is also a big help, though advise least check out some YouTube videos on some holds and stances. There some quick moves and deploys that can also be performed. Say get a trainer knife for that or get a real trainer. Have not jabbed myself but know some people that have. Takes being comfortable, confidenc,e and doing the same motion over and over the correct way. Emerson's quick deploy works like it should, the knife's handle also is grippy. Seems like allot of extra steel for such a small knife, but you will see this work once you learn the holds you can do. Good tip to not use the circular hole for your main grip as could break a finger in an intense fight. It's a good dual purpose for defense and EDC. Just be sure you know how to hold it properly in a defense situation as many ways to use it.
5 out of 5
Washington State
Jan 07, 2017
Pros: Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Handle Material, Weight, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: Handle Feel, None
Couldn't be happier
This knife lives up to its very lofty reputation. It's disappears into my pocket where I forget about it until needed. And by "needed" I mean, "Hey, wouldn't it be fun to rip that thing out for fun?" Yes, I suppose it's a great SHTF ambush defense but come on, I'm about as likely to use it for that as I am my lava proof socks to save a virgin about to be tossed into a volcano. Still, that said, the blade came out of the box is sharper than god. Sharper than a lightsaber. To be clear I DO NOT USE THIS KNIFE for, well, anything really. I have a Leatherman Charge TI for real work, but I tested this thing out because it fell REAL d#mned sharp. I casually swiped through a piece of construction paper, thought, "D#mn, that was sharp." So then I picked up a napkin and sliced through it as well. A napkin. I shudder to think what this thing would do a baddie's soft and necessaries. The build quality is impeccable. The new G-10 inserts on the ring are perfect and needed. I'm amazed they ever made them without it. The clip is perfect. Strong enough for retention, but you can still deploy it. Deploy it? Oh yes, out of, I don't know, a couple hundred draws it has failed to deploy, once, and that was my fault. The Emerson wave works very time you don't screw up. If you have a decent pair of jeans (I wear Duluth) it doesn't even really destroy your pants that much. I mean, if you're a Dockers guy you're going to need to head to JC Penney for a stack of $10 pleats, but past that I'm surprised how little damage it does to the pocket. The single only thing I can say that is not 100% glowing about the knife is that it feels a little lost in my hand. You really have to grip it JUST right to get it seat itself in there correctly because it is so damned thin. Obviously that's the price you pay for the ultimate carry-ability. I goof on its utility (right next to none), but, on the other hand, this can go a lot of places my Sig can not, and, I will very likely never be unarmed again.
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.
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