Cold Steel Nightshade

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Does anyone know anything about these knives? I know they're not made for constant use or utility use, but what are you opionions on buying one for personal defense? I am interested in buying a karambit, and would like some opinions. Thanks for the help.
 

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You can get a decent point on them, but the edge sucks. After many hours of work, I got a barely acceptable one on it. Make good trainers though. I like the look of the Nightshade Karambit, I'm hoping a real one like that is in the works. Use them as a trainer, after blunting it. Nice and cheap. A little light in the hand would my only hesitation for using one like that. Mine just collects dust.

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They look too agressive for personal carry. If you had to use one prosecuters would eat you alive regardless of your justification. Look for a knife that is designed for more utility. You should be abe to say in court and to police that you had a knife for everyday use and that you were forced to use it to defend yourself. Never admit to carrying a knife specifically for self defense.
 

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Wild Bill said:
They look too agressive for personal carry. If you had to use one prosecuters would eat you alive regardless of your justification. Look for a knife that is designed for more utility. You should be abe to say in court and to police that you had a knife for everyday use and that you were forced to use it to defend yourself. Never admit to carrying a knife specifically for self defense.

Good points.

I carry a Karambit because it's a MA weapon and is essential for certain attribute training. Plus, it's fun.

However, it's an absolutely terrible knife for personal defense for all the reasons Wild Bill states.
 

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My wife has the tanto and has been known in the past to carry it Most of the time it is on the night stand beside her bed. I agree it is a nasty weapon to have to justify to a law inforcement oficer
 

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I really like this one that Emerson makes. I ordered mine yesterday and will be receiving it in about a week or so.

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I also have the nightshade karambit from cold steel. For me, the blade is too long, 4" to be exact. I like this emerson because it has a karambit handle but the blade doesnt look scary.
 

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masherdong said:
I really like this one that Emerson makes. I ordered mine yesterday and will be receiving it in about a week or so.

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I also have the nightshade karambit from cold steel. For me, the blade is too long, 4" to be exact. I like this emerson because it has a karambit handle but the blade doesnt look scary.
I like those because the blade is not quite as "task specific" as the hawkbill blade on a traditional karambit. I don't have one though because I won't carry any knife with a liner-lock.
 

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I like those because the blade is not quite as "task specific" as the hawkbill blade on a traditional karambit. I don't have one though because I won't carry any knife with a liner-lock.

I agree. Do you carry a lockback blade?
 

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masherdong said:
I agree. Do you carry a lockback blade?
Yes, the folders I currently carry are Spyderco Endura's. I also like the Benchmade Axis lock (and variations thereof) and frame locks.

However, the strongest lock is a fixed-blade ;)
 

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I recently broke the tip off of my EDC, which is a Microtech Mini Socom Elite. I'm going to have to get me a new one sometime in the future.
 

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Shinkengata said:
I recently broke the tip off of my EDC, which is a Microtech Mini Socom Elite. I'm going to have to get me a new one sometime in the future.
Ouch, that's an expensive mishap. I carry a cheapie folder specifically so I don't mess up my good ones doing stuff that they're not supposed to do.
 
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