The karambit originated centuries ago as a weapon and tool of peasants in Java with design inspiration taken from the claw of large cats. Today in the west the karambit has developed a strong following as an excellent means of defense. A far cry from its humble predecessors, the modern karambit is manufactured with the best materials and assembly methods possible. Karambits come in many sizes and shapes, some folding while others are fixed. However all karambits have the famous hook blade shape in common as a mark of distinction. The karambit is a powerful piece of history and owning a karambit includes one in a lineage of determined and resourceful people.