Form follows function, as the saying goes, right? The Quickie Karambit by TOPS exploits that adage in a way that gives it quite a visual advantage. Unlike most knives with thick, grippable grips and long, sharp blades, the Quickie keeps things short and sweet. The Quickie doesn’t give you a handle to grip onto, but rather fills the negative space of your hand when you close your fingers into a fist. This gives you a sense of comfort as you hold the blade, while also resulting in a karambit that’s unsettlingly thin, but just as effective. The Quickie also comes with an index finger ring that lets you hold the knife properly, and a two-edged talon-shaped blade that’s characteristic of Karambit designs.
The Karambit, originally believed to be developed in West Sumatra, takes inspiration from the claws of a tiger. As with most weapons of the region, it was originally an agricultural implement designed to rake roots, gather threshing and plant rice in most of Southeast Asia. It also worked as a self-defense weapon against predators or in combat. The modern karambit falls under the category of EDC, being used for cutting, shredding, and raking in the outdoors. The Quickie, built for utility, enables all sorts of outdoor cutting activities, and even comes with a neat sheathe to cover the blade when not in use!
Designer: TOPS Knives