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I’ve been playing with some Karambit techniques for the past year or two.  I finally picked up an inexpensive model from United Cutlery to practice with after talking to guy at one of Pete Kautz’s “Seeking the Path” events a few years ago.  Since I just wanted to dabble and I wasn’t planning on carrying it, it’s hard to beat for $12. 
 
Then I made a wooden trainer so I could practice with a partner without fear of laceration.  The wood’s not as forgiving as a high-density foam trainer, but I’ve used wooden trainers for years with great success. A little sanding and shaping, maybe a little duct tape to prevent splinters and you’re good to go.  
 
My most recent purchase was the Boker Plus “Batman”. For years I have been keeping my eyes open for a reasonably priced Spyderco Civilian, but gave up hope and dropped $30 instead on something that I could easily pocket carry, but still use for Karambit-type techniques.  The only two drawbacks I see with the Batman are that it’s fairly bulky and the clip attaches low on the handle.  This means that it’s fairly obvious and sticks out of the pocket more than I prefer.  
 
Now I use each of the devices to practice a 35-step kata that covers a range of blocks, strikes, slashes, punches, and hooks.  Both left and right hand, as well as holding the knife in a forward or reverse grip. It’s interesting to see how the application of the technique changes slightly depending on the blade orientation, but using the kata as a conceptual starting point, the movements can be used with not only these hooked-blade
devices, but with straight blades or even empty handed.  As with most katas, there are a lot of things to discover under the hood, if you only take the time and broaden your
perspective.

If you haven’t considered any of these kinds of curved implements before, pick one
up and give it a try.  Not only is it fun, it can also broaden your martial horizons.

chris usery
11/13/2013 21:43:29

which kata do you use for the practice or did u make up your own,thanks?

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Don McCandless
11/14/2013 11:03:28

Hi Chris -

I picked up the karambit kata from an old video by Guro David Seiwert from Dynamic Fighting Arts in Cincinnati, OH. It consists of 35 steps on the high line plus an additional 10 on the low line.

Best Regards,
Don

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Jennifer Martin
12/7/2015 21:27:04

The <a href="http://www.knifeindia.com/knives/karambits-and-curved-blades.html">karambit</a> is no doubt the most tactical knife which does need some training as well.

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