Kerambit? Karambit? 3 Reasons People Hate It For “Knife Fighting”

Kerambit? Karambit? 3 Reasons People Hate It For Knife Fighting
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

One of the knives I keep coming back to during this time of “social distancing” is one specifically designed for extreme close-quarters combat.

When you absolutely need to get somebody the HELL off you, the kerambit is an extremely vicious tool.

I don’t know if you remember back when this knife first hit the market…

…but I remember all the people who kept cutting open their own wrists spinning these things around!

It may have started as kind of a “knife fad,” but it’s here to stay now…

…And you might be surprised just how strongly people feel about it!

Whether you love the knife or you hate the knife, it also might surprise you to learn WHY other people don’t like it – and why the knife might STILL be a good choice for close-quarters combat…

Especially now, when somebody who gets close to you could be endangering your life just by being there.

Why People Hate The Kerambit (And Why You Might Still Choose It)

Kerambit? Karambit? 3 Reasons People Hate It For Knife Fighting
Kerambit? Karambit? 3 Reasons People Hate It For Knife Fighting

Now, if you don’t know (and it’s okay if you don’t), a kerambit – sometimes spelled “karambit” – is a knife with a ring in the handle and a curved, talon-shaped blade.

It’s meant to be held in a reverse grip, with your index finger through the ring and the claw coming out of the bottom of your hand.

If you’ve seen movies like “The Man From Nowhere” or the sequel to “The Raid,” You’ve seen this type of knife on screen.

Spend any time talking about knives (especially self-defense knives) online, and you’ll read LOTS of strong opinions about them.

I can remember when the head of a major knife company wrote an entire article for his catalog about why the kerambit sucks, basically…

…and today, his company offers several versions of the design!

That kind of love-hate thing is really common with this wicked little Indonesian blade.

I’ve boiled down what I think are the top 3 reasons people hate it, though:

1. You Can’t Stab With It (Except You Can)

One of the things about a curved blade is that, obviously, you can’t stab in a straight line with it the way you can with a “normal” knife.

For a lot of people, this is a “no go.”

The thing is, you actually CAN stab with the kerambit.

You just kind of hook the blade into the target with an upward or side-to-side motion.

It will still go in nice and deep; you just have to practice the mechanics a little.

2. Reverse Grip Reduces Range (Except A “Knife Fight” Happens In Close Quarters

Another thing about reverse grip – the way the kerambit is intended to be held – is that it cuts down on your reach.

A lot of “knife people” believe this puts them at a disadvantage.

But, let me ask you:

If you were shooting at a target from across your living room, would you need a sniper rifle?

Fighting somebody while armed with a knife is a messy, brutal, close-quarters thing.

Range is pretty much non-existent when somebody is on top of you at knife distance.

This is where the kerambit works GREAT, in fact, because making reverse-grip slashes at extreme close quarters does a TON of damage!

3. They Can Be Expensive (But They Don’t Have To Be)

Finally, it’s a fact that kerambits can be pretty pricey.

Some of the nice ones out there will run you a couple of hundred bucks.

You don’t HAVE to spend a fortune, though, to get a great kerambit you can use at close-quarters.

There are plenty of inexpensive ones on the market, in both fixed and folding formats.

(Shop around, and find one that you like — because it will be a great addition to your survival and self-defense gear.)

Once you find one that works for you, you’ll find it’s an excellent tool for defending yourself at extreme close range.

And that’s what self-defense is all about, right?

Do You Love Or Hate The Kerambit? Or Maybe Both?

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Combat Survival Secrets Of The MS-13 Gang

Trump said it himself…

“These aren’t people. These are animals. They’ve spread gruesome bloodshed throughout the United States.”

He was talking about the notorious MS-13 gang — founded in Los Angeles in the 1980s and believed to have as many as 10,000 members in the U.S.

MS-13’s members are known for their distinctive tattoos… and for their extreme criminal activity, best summed up by the gang’s motto: “Mata, roba, viola, control” (Kill, steal, rape, control).

They’re vicious… they’re organized… they’re feared… and they’re EFFECTIVE in ensuring the survivability of their gang by making it well known that they are NOT to be f*cked with!

While I would never elevate the status of these complete wastes of oxygen, there are some critical lessons I feel you need to be aware of in what you can expect from the potential for violence following any kind of wide-scale disaster, collapse, or other crisis, so and here are…

Combat Survival Secrets Of The MS-13 Gang

Machete Combat Secrets Of MS-13
Combat Survival Secrets Of The MS-13 Gang

1. Safety In Numbers

Gangs band together for strength.

In any kind of collapse, emergency, or extended shutdown of infrastructure, gangs already established will have the advantage (including criminal gangs, motorcycle clubs, and patriotic “militias”).

In the world’s most dangerous environments, there is safety in numbers… and people band together along some tribal or shared line in order to protect themselves (just like criminals do in prisons).

You need to make sure, when things get bad, that you’ve got your own “tribe” of allies who can help back each other up.

That’s why survival groups are so important.

2. Project A “Badass Appearance”

You’ve seen the pictures just like I have.

MS-13 gang members can be spotted immediately by their fierce facial and body tattoos.

These tattoos show the world around them who they are… and to fear them.

Now, you aren’t going to run out and get a bunch of Mike Tyson tribal tats on your face… but you don’t have to.

You DO need to know how to project confidence, and to walk through dangerous areas like you’re aware of your surroundings and not an easy target.

As the old saying goes, “If you look like food, you will be eaten.”

3. Be Prepared To Abandon “Humanity”

Trump himself said it in reference to MS-13: These are animals, and they want you to think of them that way.

They use that fear to tell you, “Don’t mess with us,” because they know how fast human beings can turn aggressive.

This isn’t a “gang secret” — it’s simply called survival.

During a recent emergency in which a tourist cruise ship got stuck without power, passengers were stranded aboard with dwindling resources.

It was only a matter of days before fights broke out among passengers trying to get to the last of the food and water while frightened tourists barricaded themselves in their cabins.

You need to be prepared to defend against your neighbors and fellow citizens, who were “normal, civilized human beings” before things got desperate.

4. Know Your Weapons – And How To USE Them…

“Machetes, that’s one of their weapons of choice,” former police officer Mark Stephens said in a Newsweek article about MS-13. “Machetes and guns, and that’s only if they want you to die quickly.”

Stephens was talking about an incident in which MS-13 gang members EXECUTED one of their own members with a machete… to send a message.

They know just how powerful and fearsome the machete is…

… and so do I…

When I was in the military, the machete was MY personal back-up weapon, too… especially in combat.

Of course, just as with ANY weapon (knife, gun, whatever), it’s only as effective as the person who wields it, right?

I feel so strongly about this that I spent 3.5 years training in the legendary “Gatka” sword-fighting system of the legendary Sikh warriors…

…then another 2 years fine-tuning our own “Combat Machete” system, integrating elements of African and Central American machete arts (where real-world machete fighting is extremely common!), creating the ultimate fighting system that anyone can master in as little as 7 days.

If you’re serious about bladed weapons for self-defense – especially the machete – you might want to check out our free survival weapons guide you can get here…

You’ll then get the opportunity to get advanced training that shows you how to expertly wield 2 machetes at the same time… and multiple attacker techniques that are simple to train with and will truly make you a badass with any sword or machete.

I think you’ll be surprised at how fast you pick it up (and no “face-tats” necessary! hahahaha).


What Is Your Go-To “Survival Weapon” If You Can’t/Won’t Use A Gun?

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4 Realistic Knife Defense Training Aids From Your Halloween Store

Realistic Knife Defense Training

Want realistic knife-defense training? I found some great tips at my local Halloween store.

You see, this year my son is going to be a Ninja for Halloween (again!)

After picking up a black body suit and 2 plastic Ninja swords to unleash an unsuspecting fury on any foolish householder not willing to fork over the loot (that’s my boy!), I noticed something…

Halloween stores are a virtual paradise when it comes to
training for realistic knife defense training!

Now I’m NOT talking about grabbing your own Ninja outfit for your next trip to the mat with your training partner.

But once you open your eyes to the incredible props that are available to you for just these few short weeks out of the year, you’ll see that you can make your knife defense training more realistic for just a few measly bucks.

Here are a few things I found at my local store…

Training Knife: $2.50

I’ve seen training knives go for as much as $20 in martial arts catalogs. But the rubber ones these days look so incredibly realistic, silver blade and all, that it makes little sense to invest in expensive training models.

Look for one that already looks “bloody” like the one at my local shop. This added effect that’s meant to scare the Hell out of other trick-or-treaters adds visual realism to edged weapon defense training.

Fake Blood: $.99

Sorry…defending yourself from an edged weapon doesn’t work as perfectly as it does in the movies or on training DVD’s where you’re able to easily kick the knife out of your attacker’s hand.

In a real knife fight, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get cut at some point and blood has a dual drawback for the defender…

For one, the sight of a large amount of blood can be enough to put you into shock and make you less effective at defending yourself.

And second, blood is slippery and can make it harder for you to grasp your attacker’s hand and stop the stabbing.

Stage blood looks and feels like the real thing and is a GREAT training tool for your edged weapon training.

Stock up now while it’s only about a buck and during your training, put some on your hands and forearms (the most likely spots you’d get cut) right before defending from your attacker’s knife attack.

Fake Machete: $12.95

Oh, you thought that people are only attacked by 4″ pocket knives?

6 years ago, a woman in my upscale neighborhood was attacked by a man with a machete…in her own driveway.

Particularly for soldiers, the chances of facing an attacker wielding a machete aren’t as uncommon as you may think.

At my local Halloween shop, I found a great fake machete that was relatively heavy, durable, and even had an inner chamber where the blood oozed around the blade.

(Call me twisted if you must, but the more realistic my edged weapon defense training, the better!)

Red Lipstick Makeup: $.50

Here’s one of my favorite edged weapon training tips…

Grab several inexpensive red lipstick makeup containers from your local store. Since these are for kids, the lipstick is meant to wash out of clothes easily.

Next, right before your edged weapon training session with your partner, apply some of the lipstick to the edge of your rubber training knife.

NOW when you go through your knife disarm training, the red lipstick marks on your clothes will show you EXACTLY where you would have been cut had you been using a REAL knife!

When it comes to how to defend against a knife in a real street fight, realism is key – and as you can see, just a few dollars and a little creativity around Halloween time is all you need to take your edged weapon defense training to the next level.

Oh, and here’s a “Bonus Tip”: Wait until the day AFTER Halloween and you’ll probably find each of these items at about 50% off…IF there are any left on the shelves!

What Other Cool Tricks Do You Use To
Make Your Combatives Training More Realistic?

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