There are many martial arts involving knives that are still studied and practiced today. Some of those arts involve karambit style knives. However, learning a new skill with a new, expensive and very sharp karambit knife can be hazardous. That is why many people studying fighting arts choose karambit training knives. These knives are so close to sharp karambits that training with them teaches all the skills one would learn with a real knife. However, training knives eliminate accidents, injuries and damage to an expensive new knife.
Karambit trainers look just as good as sharpened karambits. They have the same distinctive curved blade for slashing strikes. Usually, it is just that the tip and edge are dulled to prevent injury. There’s no reason to get hurt while training before you’ve mastered the necessary skills and techniques to use the knife without pain.
Even the handles on karambit trainer knives look like the real thing. That’s because the most effective way to train on a karambit trainer is by using a knife as close to the real thing as possible. This includes having a quality handle with the right feel and weight. Learning on a knife that isn’t close enough to a real karambit will not benefit you in the long run when you do switch to a real karambit but find the weight and feel awkward and unwieldy.
Practicing with a Karambit Trainer Knife
Karambit knives were often used in places like Indonesia by warriors who developed their own techniques and fighting styles. Pencak Silat is just one example of the types of fighting styles employed by warriors who choose karambit knives as their weapons of choice. The style emphasizes flexibility, pressure points and close quarters combat when engaging with an enemy.
Today, people train in this style and others using karambit knives. The training should be surprised by an expert, as techniques for knife fighting can be dangerous and involve personal injury when not done correctly. Such advanced techniques as Pencak Silat are more suitable for those who already have some knife fighting basics down, however, as this style is very advanced.
Karambit knives are best at slashing cuts and quick attacks, so fighting styles that use this knife employ these tactics often. It is small and can be drawn and opened in a quick flick, making it versatile and agile.
Karambit Training for Beginners
One of the first things to test with a karambit trainer is the grip. It is possible to grip a karambit knife reverse or forward. In both cases, the point should face away from the user. The karambit is a small knife, so often the entire hand grips the handle. For a more extended grip, you can loop a finger through the hole at the end of the handle and have the knife extended farther away from you, ready to flick out.
There are many other grips possible with a karambit trainer since it is such a versatile knife, but these are among the most common and flexible. The next thing beginners tend to take on are karambit transitions. This means changing the position and orientation of the karambit trainer.
Transitions are important to learn when training with a karambit. One of the biggest advantages of the knife is how agile it is. Learning transitions capitalizes on that strength. If a beginner skipped over this vital skill, they would miss out on a lot of what makes the karambit a useful tool.
Of course, often what people are most eager to learn are techniques like spinning. Being small and agile, karambits are excellent at spinning tricks and techniques. A karambit trainer knife is especially important for learning this kind of trick. Spinning a real knife is likely to result in injury until a user is much more proficient in the use of karambits and other types of knives. Spinning is flashy and very fun, but should only be attempted with a training knife until you have confidence in your skills.
Folding Karambit Trainer Knives
We carry a few karambit trainer knives that can fold. This is good for carrying the trainer without causing alarm. You know the knife isn’t dangerous, but someone else might not. A folding karambit trainer allows you to carry the knife in a light, compact form that is easy to bring along wherever you want to go practice.
Our Folding Blade Camping Karambit Knife is great for getting a feel for a karambit you may want to use while camping or outdoors. Find out if the weight and feel are appropriate while you’re in the wilderness before committing to a camping karambit knife.
We also have a Training Karambit with a folding mechanism. This knife is cheap and a great way to get started if you are considering a karambit but not sure if you want to commit to buying one yet.
Rubber and Plastic Karambit Trainer Knives
While you would not want rubber or plastic for a real karambit knife, it is a fine material for a karambit trainer knife. A plastic karambit may mean that the entire knife, including the blade, is made from plastic. This makes it a super safe knife. You can practice anything at all with this type of karambit trainer because you definitely won’t hurt yourself or others.
Of course, the downside to a rubber or plastic karambit trainer is that it doesn’t quite match the feel of a real karambit. So if you were looking to transition from a trainer to a real knife, you might find the change a little jarring at first. For a more realistic weight and feel, try a karambit trainer knife that isn’t made from rubber or plastic. It may be a little more expensive, but it will make the transition easier later on.
In the end, you will need to choose which priority you value more. Plastic trainer knives are very cheap and a fine place to start, or you can jump right in with a more realistic trainer in order to practice tricks and techniques with a knife that is very close to a real karambit knife.