Originally posted by photoman12001:
Originally posted by Aeteocles:
Ok, now I want.
No need, just want.
I really like the WE (all black) and Spyderco Karahawk (bottom) shown in my photo. If I could only have one it would be the Karahawk. It's small, thin, and easy to carry. The Emerson Wave feature works extraordinarily well with that design and deploys very quickly. Older versions did not have a spacer between the rings. I recommend getting a newer one with the spacer. I would also get an all black version which wasn't yet released when I bought this one to replace my older version.
As I stated previously, I would avoid an Emerson or really any liner lock in this format. I don't trust Emerson locks in general but with this design a liner lock of any kind scares me. If you're using this in a self defense situation and happen to fall I feel there's a good chance a lot of force could be applied to the spine of the blade and possibly cause lock failure. Your fingers are going to be in a lot of trouble if that happens. The WE or any other frame lock would hopefully be held in the locked position by the force of your hand. The Karahawk has a good back lock that I think would be unlikely to fail. Of course a fixed blade is the best option if you're looking for the most solid design. That is my opinion. Others might disagree.
I would also suggest looking at a TOPS Cockpit Commander (second down, left). It's not a karambit but it offers some of same advantages in a more conventional, EDC-friendly design. It comes with a good IWB sheath. If I can't carry a pistol that often sits in its place. The one next to it is a double edged version called the Calcutta. That is a rare, older knife that would be difficult to find. I'd recommend the Cockpit Commander over it anyway.