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How To Sharpen A Karambit – Explained

Honing and sharpening in the simplest way!

A knife that is small in size and fits in hand easily is a Karambit. This handheld knife was born in Southeast Asia (Malay archipelago). Many other tropical knives also, like the Kris and shark blade originated with this. Some people call it a women’s weapon (can be hidden in the hair) too and they prove of great use when you face a close combat situation. This is a handy and compact knife that is treasured by many as one of the priced possessions.

An addition of a karambit in the modern times to your collections of knives is something interesting and peculiar.

The task of sharpening a karambit is easy and not complicated. This can be done with ease. They are ever ready for use once unpacked.

Sharpening a Karambit

Some Common Requirements for Sharpening Karambits

Though they have a razor like sharpness when bought, but with use or over-use and time they may turn dull and blunt. The frequent usage may require sharpening of the knife blade on a regular basis. The knife with a curved shape (inward curve) will require a sharpening stone of a round shape.

The proper contact between the blade and the stone has to be established. It won’t be justified if a flat Arkansas is used for knife with a curvy design. Even stone sharpeners with a flat bench should also be avoided. Making use of electric sharpeners for these delicate karambits is a big no! Triangular shaped or round rods work perfectly and are more reliable when the knife with a curved design needs to be sharpened. Proper honing of the steel will give the best results and you will get a razor-like an edge.

Preparations prior to Knife Sharpening

The preparations before the sharpening process should be executed in a proper manner. First and fore most comes the cleaning of the blade, dirt and dust of any sort should be removed and wiped of carefully with a dry cloth. Your karambit may be extremely dirty or feel sticky then a solution of soap and warm water to be used for cleaning. Prior to the actual sharpening procedure, the knife has to be made clean and dry completely with a cloth.

Using Fine Stones to sharpen

Establish a comfortable, flexible and a firm grip in your hand while you grasp your karambit. Ensure that the distance between the sharpening tool and the blade should be the minimum. This will prevent the blade from getting shortened or damaged. And the shape will also remain intact.

A small stone of good quality should be used for sharpening the karambit. The whole thing has to be done properly as the karambit is small in size and has delicate features. The stone you choose should be of medium size and the pointed part of the blade should be kept away when you sharpen. If the blade tip points towards you then there are chances that you may get hurt.

Using a sharpening of fine quality is recommended and the same brand of stones for both the steps should be preferred. The design of the karambit is as such that it needs the use of an extra stone for finest sharpening effects. The need of using an additional tool for sharpening the knife is required because of the smaller gap which happens between the blade and the stone.

Using a Fine Sharpening File

The karambit blade can be sharpened by making use of a fine sharpening file that is of steel and narrow in shape. The file should possess a rectangular or circular shape. Long and continued strokes should be performed while maintaining the smallest possible angle.
After filing, any extra residue, or powder should be wiped with a clean and dry cloth. Simultaneously, dust can be blown away from the blade and the tools both.

A piece of leather can be used to keep the knife as sharp as possible and the period can be prolonged accordingly.

We have tried to list a few things that are required for making the sharpening process a success.

  • Cloth
  • Liquid Soap
  • Coarse sharpening stone block
  • Fine sharpening stone block
  • Steel, narrow sharpening file
  • Leather

A few more Tips

A sandpaper can be glued to your sharpening tool to a convex surface

Never use electric sharpeners

Make your own sharpener or use a stone that matches the blade shape

These are delicate knives so sharpen them carefully

The Summary

By now, from the above description it is pretty clear that sharpening a karambit is no complicated science. You can make your own sharpening tool or used curved or round-edged sharpeners for making your task convenient and easy. A sharpener that supports you for long and stays dedicated and durable while you use should be preferred.