Hogue Knives was displaying some of their newest products at SHOT Show 2015. The eye-catcher was this karambit prototype with purple and black G-Mascus handle scales. That was hard to miss in a sea of blackened knives!
The new Karambit Scale Knife is a modification of the EX-F03 neck knives already in production. Available in either the clip point or modified hawksbill blades, the Scale knife adds a “piranha” textured overlay with a karambit-style ring at the butt. The Karambit Scale knife will be offered in black or the purple G-Mascus G-10.
Blade steel for the EX-F03 is 154 CM stainless, heat treated to 57-59 RH and cryogenically treated. Its blade length is 2.25″ with a .16″ blade thickness. As either the neck knife or the Karambit Scale Knife, its finish is tumbled. The finger ring adds an extra inch to the length of the knife, bringing it to 6.5″ overall from the 5.5″ of the necker.
The Karabmit Scale Knife will be shipped with two sheaths. One will be the standard neck knife sheath with eyelets spaced for MOLLE mounting. The other is a retention model. The automatic retention sheath is intended for belt wear. It is constructed of polymer and has a push lever to release the knife. This sheath looks to be adjustable for ride height and orientation.
As with the other Hogue Knives, Allen Elishewitz is the mind behind the design. Though Hogue touts the karambit’s gripability for use in “hunting, fishing, or as a utility knife while working at home,” it will obviously be seen for its defensive capabilities as well. MSRP for the karambit will be $159.95.