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The Drop: WE Knife Co. Envisage Karambit Knife

Authored by:
Chris Van Hoven
The Drop: WE Knife Co. Envisage Karambit Knife

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I’ve always been a fan of the karambit knife and its curved “tiger’s claw” blade, not just because it looks cool, but because of the finger ring at the end of the handle, allowing for a more secure grip and more ways to hold the knife. They aren’t the most versatile of knives, however. They’re great for slashing since the knife’s design was originally implemented in farming tools. Still, the traditional drop point blade will always have an advantage for more practical uses involving piercing or chopping tasks.

But what if you could have both? Custom knife maker Geoff Blauvelt of Tuff Knives fame wondered the same thing, leading him to design a premium pocket knife collaboration with WE Knife Co. that combines the best of both worlds: the Envisage karambit.

Featuring both the finger ring of a karambit and a drop point blade, the Envisage is a high-quality premium pocket knife that ticks all the boxes. The 2.42” blade is made from CPM 20CV, a premium stainless steel with excellent edge retention, corrosion resistance, and wear resistance. It’s one of the best steels for high-end knives and can handle any cutting task you throw at it. Its stonewash finish complements its black titanium handle perfectly, with the 4.88” handle’s ergonomic design offering a comfortable grip, made even better by subtle curves and grooves and milled patterns that add some texture and also reduce weight.

The blade is opened by a thumb stud that’s easy to access and provides smooth deployment thanks to the knife’s ball-bearing pivot system. The blade locks securely with a titanium frame lock with a steel insert for added durability. The lock is easy to disengage and has no blade play or lock stick. With a price of around $300, you’re paying for premium and definitely getting it. Its milled titanium pocket clip is reversible, low profile, and rounds outs its list of premium features.

What we love: Premium materials and craftsmanship in a knife that blends the awesome style and finger ring of the karambit with the versatility of a drop point blade–what more could you ask for? Well, besides a more affordable price, that is.

What to watch out for: Its thumb stud opener might be challenging for some to access or deploy.

Final verdict: The WE Knife Co. Envisage karambit is a stunning piece of craftsmanship that offers solid performance, style, and utility and is an excellent choice for anyone who loves karambits but wants something more usable and practical for everyday carry.

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Discussion (2 total)

okto ·
A karambit with a short blade, wide point, and deep belly is all the things you don't want in a fighting knife, particularly a karambit, and the only reason to get a karambit is to keep someone from killing you.
okto ·
Oh, I missed one: no Wave hook on the blade makes the finger ring completely pointless.