Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Finish, Blade Material, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, Weight, None
My friends say I'm a Velociraptor now...
I hope this review helps some of the more skeptical folks out there as well as some seasoned karambit carriers. From out of the box, this thing has been on my belt every day (3 weeks at this point). Now the sheath is chunky and positioned completely backwards (if drawing reversed grip), but I've wanted to conceal carry this bad boy with a custom sheath for months so I knew the sheath wouldn't factor in on my purchase. I was surprised it came in a different kydex sheath with more suspension grommets and a detachable belt loop which may enable this sheath to belong on a backpack or MOLLE plate carrier later. Now the knife. It's fat, but in a good way. I like the balance, proportion, and arc angle compared to every other karambit i've played or worked with as it functions naturally forward and reversed. I find that more curved blades almost work against you in forward grip. The negative on it's weight is that you have to carry it well or it'll drop your pants or slide all over the place. Similar to carrying a pistol. The pommel ring is 1" in clear diameter and fits my medium fingers well. I think it could deliver on a pommel strike and protect my finger well enough. The simple ergo is smart for accommodating multiple hand sizes while the routed index groove and 3 gouges in the micarta don't even slip when wet. On sharpness, the karambit is not intended to be a razor as many tanto or drop-tips are, but rather utilizes the point/tip to slice as the body of the blade applies the pressure, like pricking a balloon. That's why you can effectively split heads open as easily with the sharpened edge as with the spine of the blade. This EOD even helps that by beveling the spine to a needle-like point, making it a truly effective melee option from many angles of attack. This thing is the real deal, OKC Ranger EOD and no knock-off, just make sure you get some training with it before you depend on it to save your life.