C84 Warren Thomas Karambit

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The C84 Karambit by Warren Thomas was introduced in 2004 and discontinued in 2006. The design is influenced by a traditional type of knife used in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines (see e.g. here for more information about Karambits in general).

Appearance in catalogs

The C84 Karambit appeared in the following catalogs (older, newer):

  • 2004 Spyderco Products
  • 2005 Spyderco Products

Designer

Warren Thomas

Warren Thomas Makers mark

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

"Knives steeped in tradition of their homelands are generating interest with the American knife buying public. Throughout history every corner of the world and their respective cultures developed knives specific to their geographic area, religious needs and agricultural and protective requirements. They offer a new and exotic menu of designs, shapes and innovations to todays knife knut. The Karambit's claw-shaped blade originated in Indonesia initially for agricultural and protective use and has become a popular mainstream design. Custom knifemaker Warren Thomas has collaborated on this model with Spyderco.

Our Thomas/Spyderco folding Karambit is all-stainless with an arcing blade shape that carries through into a curved handle creating, in a sense, a large claw. Positioned at the end, for an index or pinky finger, the ring lets you to swing/rotate the blade into different grip positions. When closed an accessible nick/recess in the steel handle channels the thumb to, and then over, the Spyderco Round Hole for immediate blade deployment. To facilitate opening the blade even quicker, the hole is expanded to 13mm in diameter. On the backside, the handle scale is laser cut into a Chris Reeve Style integral Linerlock. The blade is made from VG-10 and double flat-ground with a finger guard behind the cutting edge and a sizeable thumb-positioning spine cusp above the hole. These ergonomics merge making the piece feel comfortably curved and easily controlled in the hand. A flat, broad steel clip completes the package and is outfitted with the necessary hardware to position for tip-up/tip-down and left- or right-hand carry."[1]

Variations

The C84 Karambit is made in Seki-City, Japan and has an

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C84P Stainless Steel PE VG-10 2004-2005 159.95$ (2004) N/A Flat Saber Karambit- clip LH/RH, TU

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C84 Karambit:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C84 143mm 128mm 54mm 46mm 13mm 2.5mm 145g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C84 Karambit:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C84 5 5/8" 5 1/32" 2 1/8" 1 13/16" 1/2" 3/32" 5oz

References

  1. The C84 Karambit in Spyderco's online catalog

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