Emerson-style Karambit (Updated)

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Introduction: Emerson-style Karambit (Updated)

UPDATE!!! I HAVE TIDIED THE KNIFE UP, ADDED GROOVES ON THE HANDLE, JIMPING ON THE BACK OF THE BLADE, AND CARVED OUT THE "WAVE"


I love Emerson Knives. Sadly, I am too poor to buy any of their blades at the moment. So, until I can afford one, I decided to make a fixed blade version of the Emerson Combat Karambit. It's not pretty, but it is one of the best knives I've ever made. The blade is cut from a high carbon circular saw blade I got at Walmart for 3 bucks. The handle scales are cut from a piece 1/8" steel bar I had lying around. I used some JB Weld to secure the scales and added some nails for pins to reinforce everything. The knife is very heavy; I'm not sure what the exact weight is, but I'd say it's around 7-8 oz. Tools used were:
Angle Grinder
Bench Grinder
Drill Press
Dremel
Files
Sandpaper
Various drill bits
Hammer

Overall, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

The real knife, forward opening.
Reverse opening.
In combat.

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man, I love karambits, they're just so cool, and easy to use.

where to i find this template or blueprint. Thanks for your sharing.

good looking blade, i would like to make one of this design soon. quick question though, i thought modern saw blades were a poor choice for blade stock due to their high alloy content and being very hard to temper properly?

i had heard that as well. wasnt there something about how only the teeth are strong?

I don't know, I've always found that sawblades make exellent knives. As I mentioned to techhobbit, feel free to ask questions.

Not the material i was expecting haha but still very good what happened to the titanium however?

I have to get a few tools together first. I'll let you know when I'm done.

thanks and btw can you post some of your cleaned up pics like you said im very interested.

Good job on the execution. I'm going to try one very similar to this, just slightly smaller. If you don't mind: What is LOA of your design? How did you drill the finger hole? Are you planning on doing a custom Kydex sheath?

LOA is about 7", same as the orignal. I drilled out the finger hole by using a 4mm bit and going around the inside of the circle scribed in the metal, drilling about 10-15 holes and then punching out the middle. A dremel with a grinding bit and round files cleaned it up. As for the sheath, I'd like to make one, but kydex is a bit on the pricey side. I'll most likely make do with something else.