MK Knives & Tools Claw “Real Brown” Karambit Knife | Vanadis 4 Extra | PVD is a premium karambit knife made in the Marcin Kampka’s workshop.
About standards and the knifemaking process at MK Knives & Tools
Knifemaker Marcin Kampka does not recognize compromises. Each of its products is planned down to the smallest detail, each project, especially the custom one, must have individual features. Each knife must have a perfect finish, grinding, 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 must fit the other, the patterns on the holster must be 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 studio. 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 model 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, stonewash, satin). The handle is usually made of a G10 composite, with a variety of colors and different original patterns, including those created by filling the designed cavities with resin in a color also chosen by the knifemaker. 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 Vanadis 4 Extra steel. So this is a full-tang knife. The steel used in the knife is an extremely durable material, very hard, resistant to overload, abrasion and chipping. The knife has been coated with a black PVD coating 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 double 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 cut 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 a very Micarta. Micarta 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 black PVD steel screws. The screws complete the knife’s design, elegantly blending in with a black-finished blade.
At the end of the knife handle there is a hole for attaching an additional wire, which can serve as a protection against dropping the knife during operation, or an additional gripper to facilitate the removal of the knife from the holster. Originally, it includes a paracord section with a shade matching the design.
The sophisticated 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. In the presented model, the holster is made of black material.
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: Vanadis 4 Extra (63-64 HRC)
BLADE FINISH: Black | PVD
BLADE STYLE: Karambit
GRIND: Hollow (grooves) | Double
HANDLE: Brown Micarta + G10 Liners
TOTAL LENGTH: 185 mm | 7.28″
BLADE LENGTH: 70 mm | 2.76″
BLADE THICKNESS: 76 mm | 3.0″ + 20 mm | 0,79″
FINGER GUARD: Not available
WEIGHT: 157 g | 5.54 oz without holster