Karambit Combat Knives. Popular Southeast Asian Martial Arts Weapons For 4000 Years

Karambit

Indonesia’s karambit is a multi-use knife designed for the safety, accuracy, and efficiency of users.

Mankind has made thousands of improvements in the nature of swords, fighting knives, and impact weapons over the past 4,000 years. The main factors are linked to causes in our evolutionary course. The discovery of new materials or the ability to use a more functional method to handle old materials allowed humanity to move from sharp sticks to bricks. Human beings advanced to tools of copper, bronze, iron, and steel. A significant leap in weapon design and tactics was triggered by each discovery.

The karambit rapidly spread across Southeast Asia because of Indonesia’s booming trade industry. The blade eventually established strong roots in Malaysia and the Philippines, where it was used for daily chores and as a defensive and backup tool. The knife became rooted in the warrior culture over thousands of years.

Karambit
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It is also an iconic weapon related to the Southeast Asian martial arts of silat (pictured above), eskrima, and kuntao around the world. This unique combat knife has been around for almost ten thousand years. Depending on where you travel, the knife will have a varying design. The one constant is that the shape of the blade is taken from the shape of a tiger claw or Talon.

According to Black Belt Magazine, The Karambit of today comes in two types, each one with multiple variations. The traditional variant is the fixed- blade. It has all the characteristics that are coveted for fixed blades: strength, rigidity, and a lack of moving parts. The more modern variant of the ancient knife is the folding-blade. It can be made relatively strong, but it is never going to be as strong as a fixed blade.

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