Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Review of Siegle Custom Karambit.

About a year ago I participated in a Giveaway on the USN and won this Siegle Karambit from Belladeau. For a long while I didn't carry it, but about a week ago I opened my Box of Evil and found it in there with my tools. I thought, "What's the point in participating in GACs if I don't use what I win?" So I decided to give it a better home life and take it out for a test drive, so to speak. This review will focus mainly on factors other than edge retention, since I haven't used it to cut things on a regular basis.

For about a week I've been carrying it, and I must say that it's been a pleasure to carry. Very comfortable with the Tek-Loc fastener, which I attach to my belt. Below are some pros and cons:

  • Very comfortable to carry. The flat, skeletonized design is lightweight and non-obtrusive. It (for the most part) does not rub me wrong and in fact tends to lay right against my side under my shirt, and does not print at all.
  • There is absolutely no rust on this knife after a week of being pressed against my side, against my sweaty skin. This is due to the ATS-34 steel which it is machined out of.
  • Very strong design--single piece of steel, cut and ground into the traditional Filipino "tiger claw" Karambit blade shape with finger-hole. There are no handle scales to come loose.
  • Kydex sheath that it came with is top-notch, for the most part. Comes with a Tek-Loc, too.
  • As far as I can tell, the selectively-hardened ATS-34 steel has great edge retention. I haven't cut anything (or anybody) with it but I did hone it when I received it and let me tell you it is a LOT harder to sharpen than your standard AUS6 or AUS8 steel! I've never had a knife with this quality of steel before. Good Stuff.
  • There aren't many things that I would consider downfalls, in regards to this knife. The main thing that bothers me is the complete lack of extra grommets on the sheath, for use with a Mercharness. I suppose I could get a grommet-gun and do it myself but I don't trust myself, having never worked with Kydex before (only leather).
Some pics:

Maker's Website:
Price: Unknown. It must have been a one-off creation.
Berserker's Overall Rating: 5 Stars!

Bill Siegle knives are Berserker-Endorsed!

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