MK Knives & Tools Claw “Coyote” is a karambit knife made for outdoor and everyday use.
About standards and the knifemaking process at MK Knives & Tools
MK Knives & Tools does not recognize compromises. Each of its products is planned down to the smallest detail, each project, especially the custom one have individual features. Each knife is detaily and clean finished (grinds, chamfering, etc). All screws – even the smallest ones – are gently chamfered to remove angular finishes. Each knife is treated as a separate whole and the holster is treated the same way. One fits the other, the patterns on the holster are consistent with those on the handle, etc. Mirroring every MK Knives & Tools knife we see not only the product, but we “feel” the hours spent in the workshop. When we buy Marcin Kampka’s product, we buy many hours of his work. We can be sure that the knife has been polished to the smallest detail.
About Claw karambit knife in general
Claw (MK-05) is produced from different types of steel (Elmax, Vanadis 4 Extra, Vanadis 23 etc.), with different ways of finishing the blade (PVD coating, DLC coating, galssblastting, stonewash, satin). The handle is made of diffrent kind of materials including micarta, G10 composite and carbon fiber with a variety of colors and different original patterns. For each model, the knifemaker forms a suitable holster from kydex / holstex, whose colours (holster and accessories) match those of the blade and handle to make a consistent set.
About the presented execution of Claw karambit knife
Premium steel as the shank of the knife construction
The presented Claw knife is made of one piece of Elmax steel. It’s a full tang knife in construction. The Elmax steel gives excellent performance effects: long-lasting sharpness, rustproofness and reliable durability (high abrasion resistance, high resistance to mechanical damage).
The knife has been coated with a black DLC titanium coating (Diamond Like Carbon coating with hardness ~90 HRC), which additionally strengthens the steel and improves anti-corrosion properties. The coating has anti-reflective properties.
Claw knife dimensions
The dimensions of Claw knife are very compact. Compact, i.e. handy, non-oversized (the total length is 185 mm), which, combined with the shape, allows for vigorous and quick use. The handle with the finger hole is a section of over 100 mm that will fit even larger hands. The blade, 70 mm long, is sufficient for everyday tasks such as cutting, pricking, planing and slitting.
Grind and blade shape for effective cutting
An interesting fact about the knife’s performance is the innovative hollow grind. It is visible at first glance in the form of characteristic grooves on both the real blade and the false blade. The concavity of the grind is very subtle and, in addition to the visual effect, it is designed to support the cutting process (it reduces the effect of the material sticking to the blade and facilitates splitting of the material).
There is a jimpig on the back of the blade, which makes it easier to press the blade against the material to be cut. This element makes precise cuts, makes it easier to guide the cutting edge over the material and helps with pressure-intensive cuts.
The sturdy, ergonomic knife handle
The slim, shapely oval of the handle fits very well and lies securely in the hand, its gentle contouring helps to prevent the hand from slipping to the cutting edge. The rounded back protruding from each side of the handle makes holding the knife comfortable and secure.
The ergonomic, revised shape of the handle is made of G10 composite. G10 is resistant to moisture, temperature changes, most solvents and acids, has a high resistance to mechanical damage. . In the presented knife the cover material has a rough pattern to prevent the handle from slipping in the hand. The handle covers have been screwed with steel screws. The screws complete the knife’s design, elegantly blending in with the blade.
At the end of the knife’s handle there is a finger hole, which is primarily used as a gripping element, but you can also use it to hang a safety rope through it, e.g. when carrying it.
Durable kydex holster and various mounting options
The knife has a holster made of hand-formed kydex material, which is characterized by high impact and scratch resistance, characterized by low moisture absorption, resistant to various weather conditions and many chemicals.
We attach the holster to the belt with the use of kydex buckles, which can also be attached to MOLLE solutions. The initial mounting of the buckles allows the entire belt to be mounted vertically. However, it is possible to change the position of the buckles in a way that allows for more discreet horizontal installation (along the belt, on the back or at the front on the hip belt). Then just unscrew the buckles and change their arrangement. Strongly stable fastening (if we prefer it) can be obtained additionally by tying the holster through the through holes in it. Of course, you can use the paracord supply that the holster is wrapped in (its color corresponds to the section at the knife).
STEEL: Elmax (60-61 HRC)
BLADE FINISH: Glassblasted
BLADE STYLE: Karambit
GRIND: Hollow (grooves)
HANDLE: Coyote | G10
TOTAL LENGTH: 185 mm | 7.28″
BLADE LENGTH: 70 mm | 2.76″
BLADE THICKNESS: 5,0 mm | 0.2″
FINGER GUARD: Not available
WEIGHT: 119 g | 4.20 oz without holster