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Mantis MK-1 Cinq 1 Folding Karambit 2" Hawkbill Blade, Steel Handles

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Part Number: MNTMK1
Manufacturer: Mantis Knives
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MNTMK1: MK-1 Cinq 1
Mantis Knives

Mantis Knives describes this item as follows:

The first in our line of Karambit Fighters. It’s a favorite among folks from all walks of life…from mixed martial artists, to delivery truck drivers. The Cinq I has hawk-bill style blade that looks extremely intimidating. The 420HC provides lasting sharpness, but also allows you to sharpen it with ease. The spacer and pivot are both bright dipped type-3 hard anodized which of military spec.

  • Overall Length: 6"
  • Blade Length: 2"
  • Blade Material: 420HC
  • Blade Style: Hemispherical
  • Handle Material: 420J2
  • Lock Style: Frame Lock
  • Carry System: Pocket Clip
  • Weight: 4.1 oz.
  • Special Features: Exposed frame makes for an extremely light fighting
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 014978050677

Frame Lock
Frame Lock
Developed by Chris Reeve, it functions like a liner lock but the lock is comprised of one of the handle scales. It's an extremely strong and easy to manipulate lock.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Steel Handles
Steel Handles
Stainless Steel knife handles provide strength and durability while using chromium oxide to create a rust-resistant barrier.
3.818 (11 reviews)
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3 out of 5
Aug 20, 2013
Pros: Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness, Lock Type
Cons: None
Ring a bit small
This is a good blade, I have practiced with it extensively and found it to be durable enough. It is a good deal for the price and I recommend it for everyday carry. I do have a size 11.5 index finger and the ring is extremely tight. Just something to be aware of if you have larger digits.
5 out of 5
Feb 01, 2013
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
Great for the money
I recently recieved mine. First off mine came the more expensive M-VX steel and while it has the red rings at the pivot but not the back spacer as advertised. I actually like it becuase it conceals better with the black backspacer/ring. Lock up is bank vault solid. No up or down or side to side blade play. Lock up was so strong until it broke it it was quite hard to manipulate and unlock. But now after a few days of breaking in I can flick the blade out just fine and fast. and locks up solid. Phonsphor Bronze washers were a surprise since I expected teflon at this price point. The blade and opening is smooth. And mine came razor sharp out of box. Tt has revearsible pocket clip that allows for tip up, left or right carry, standard or revearse grip draws.With this you can also put a zip tie on the opening hole and zip tie wave it in either grip, with practice even allowing for a draw strike. Also the ring is nicely sized and should fit most people. I don't have small hands but find it to have plenty of room and I have no problem performing various karambit tricks.
2 out of 5
Juan C. M.
San Antonio, Tx.
Nov 14, 2011
Pros: Lock Type, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, Ease of Opening
Mantis MK-1 Cinq
Sharp, solid feeling knife. The black finish is nice. The red anodized pieces show some tiny imperfections in the manufacturing process. The blade is stiff and there is no way to adjust it easily. The frame lock is a bit awkward to use. You can adjust the pocket clip for tip up or tip down carry, I would however not recommend doing so. I loosened the torx screws to reverse the clip and I could not get one of the screws to catch the threads when I changed positions or tried to put it back to the original position. The threads are not stripped because the torx screw tightens without the clip in place. If you buy this knife don't loosen the clip and it should be all good. I also wish I would have bought the all black model.
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