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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.
3.714 (14 reviews)
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2 out of 5
Ottawa, Canada
Jan 20, 2015
Pros: None
Cons: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Ease of Opening
Good knife for deciding if you really want that Fox or Emerson
Received this knife today. To start off, not at all impressed. lets go through the list. -Not sharp, I mean at all. There was no edge at all. I couldn't cut butter with it, well I could but you get the point, which btw, this has none.(I live in Canada and this was shipped from US, so i don't know if they do this purposely to get through customs or not, but was not pleased) -Handle edges are uncomfortable due to, surprise surprise, they are very angular and sharp...unlike the blade. - The pivot is extremely tight, making it not possible to flick open, which is fine, however it does not feel smooth when opening or closing. It has a lot of friction, and is rough. -The ring is not one piece but two rings with a gap, so when using the karambit as intended it starts feeling like it cuts into your index finger -the lock is a frame lock, which wouldn't be a big problem, but this one is again very rough and small and hard to push open. It also can sometimes get stuck or jammed in and hard to pry open. Minor things. -Blade is very thin and feels fragile. the pivot point feels like it would break with extended use. -Very light, which adds to the 'fragile' feel, but also doesn't lend to the use of centripetal force to help the karambit's twirling techniques. All in all it is an inexpensive karambit, and the product reflects this. I would recommend this if you simply wanted to practice the flicking movements of karambit use for fun, or for training. It is also a great item for deciding if you really wanted to spend the $200 for a Fox or Emerson, which happens to be why I bought it.
4 out of 5
Edmonton, Canada
Nov 06, 2014
Pros: Pocket Clip, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness
Good Quality
As an everyday carry, the Mantis performs quite well. It can in perfect condition with one of the best padded boxes I've ever seen with a knife. As a general utility knife it preformed adequately, however, you may find that the steep angle of the blade can make for frustrating box cutting. All in all, the knife exceeds expectations but I would have preferred a sharper blade out of the box (required extensive sharpening out of the box).
4 out of 5
Jul 13, 2014
Pros: Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Pocket Clip
Good knife for self defense, very dull
The delivery was very fast and the knife is very good quality. There is no blade play and it is comfortable for hold. If the edges of the handle were more rounded it would be perfect. The knife needs to be sharpened a lot as it is very dull out of the box. The blade is a chisel ground so it is only sharp on one side.
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