Cosplay Karambit

Karambit complete

Originally from Indonesia, the karambit is a handheld knife whose design is said to be insired by the cat’s claw. The karambit features in the popular computer game Counter Strike.
I made this cosplay karambit knife for #1Son. The blade is made from black acrylic sheet and the handles from 6mm plywood. The parts are cut out on a CNC laser cutter.

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Viewed through the tinted window of the HPC3050 laser cutter, the handles of the karambit are ready to pop out of the 6m plywood sheet.

karambit-a02The blade is cut from 3mm thick black acrylic. I purchased the cross dowel nuts & bolts from Screw Fix in the UK. They are both M6 x 12 size. Parts numbers in the Screwfix catalogue (UK) Bolts 88785. Nuts 83501.

As the knife is for cosplay not for actually killing people, I have not sharpened the blade, that said, I did put a small chamfer on it with a half round file, purely for looks.

A couple of coats of woodstain seals the handle pieces.

Paper clips and a roll of kitchen paper make an excellent stand for hanging the handles out to dry. Give them a few hours to dry completely.

Join the two handles to the blade tightening the bolds with an allen key. (4mm)

karambit-a08And there it is. A thing of chilling beauty.

#1 Son tells me that you hold it like this. Wooarghhhh!karambit-a07

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