These days, Talon knives are getting popular primarily because of their curvy cousin, the Karambit knives.
Mere looking at these knives is enough to make you guess that they are the same. But what’s the difference if it’s not so obvious?
Karambit knives have been around for longer and use a much sturdier, longer, and non-serrated blade than talon knives. Karambits are also considered better for self-defense due to their blade structure, strength, and overall handling.
That’s not all that separates a typical Karambit from its talon knife counterparts. Read on to learn more about how these knives differ.
Is Talon Better Than Karambit? (3 Differences)
Before we say one is better than the other, there must be a basis for these things.
So that I don’t just speak out of sentiments, here are some differences between these two identical knives.
#1 Strength of The Blade
Karambits are well-made knives designed to stand up to abuse and work well in self-defense situations. Since they are made for combat, it makes sense that the blades are powerful enough for stabbing, hitting bone, and not causing any damage to the blade.
Talon knives also mimic this use case, which is one place where both knives are similar.
However, talon knives don’t use blades as strong as what you get on a Karambit. This makes them less ideal for a serious tactical knife unless you can find a custom-made unit that packs a solid blade.
#2 Karambits Cost More
Karambit knives are more expensive than talon knives on average.
Looking at it on the surface, I can think up a couple of reasons why that is:
- Karambits have been here for a while, so they can command their premium price with ease.
- Karambits are made with stronger steel which costs the manufacturers more, so more money.
Likewise, talon knives are trying so hard to make themselves known as the alternative, so they better be ready to compete on price.
I know that you always get what you pay for a knife. Likewise, some blades may be considered expensive, but the well-made ones give you a great value.
Consider both factors before choosing a knife based on lower price offerings alone.
#3 Holes in The Blade
Both Karambit and talon knives have a handle hole at the end of the knife. They draw the line and differ again with holes in the blade.
Before I go any further, let me say this:
I have seen some Karambit knives (like this Spyderco VG-10 Specialty Karahawk), but they are rarer than talon knives with holes. Almost all talon knives have holes in their blade.
I’m not going to delve into all that here again but if you want to learn about that design element, read this fun piece on why knives have holes in their blades.
That shows you everything you need to know about the possible upsides and downsides of stamping those holes in the blade.
Is the Talon Knife A Real Knife?
Online games like Counter-Strike (CSGO) popularised the talon knife, but it’s a real knife. Some manufacturers focus on making these blades and offering them as a more affordable alternative to Karambits.
There aren’t a lot of talon knives out there yet, which could make the few options in the market a little bit costly or not well made.
More manufacturers may soon start getting in on the trend, which should boost some innovation and quality addition into the market.
What Is A Talon Knife Used For?
The talon knife is designed as a combat knife that can be used for self-defense and other tactical situations. The handle makes gripping the knife easier for the user so that it never slips or falls out of their hands in extreme use cases.
They also feature handle holes for hanging the knife or latching it to other parts of the user’s gear.
Should You Get A Talon or A Karambit Knife?
If you’re a gamer and looking for which one of these knives is the best, your gaming style would determine that.
I’m not much of a gamer myself, so I cannot tell you for real here.
However, a Karambit is always the better choice in an actual-world application than talon knives.
Maybe later, when more talon knives come out and perform well, I could change my mind. Given the sensitivity of tasks that these knives are intended for, I’d choose one that I could rely on at any time.