January 10th, 2014 01:08 AM
Legality of carrying karambit knives in Texas
I have a question for my fellow Texans...It has been a few years since I carried a blade of any kind for self defense. I've looked at several kinds of knives and have settled on the Karambit for its compact size, quick draw and overall use. Are they even legal to carry in State of Texas or do I need to look for another alternative to this type of knife.
January 10th, 2014 01:15 AM
Had to google to know one. Looks like you need to measure blade length, & go from there. I believe if less than 5", you should be good.
January 10th, 2014 01:15 AM
If it has a 5inch or less blade you are ok . I think some towbs have local ordinance that are more specific
Also it looks like auto knife are ok now but I think double edge blades ( ie daggers are a no go) are not
But from what I remmebr of Karmbient knifes the should be fine and a good choice they are very nasty what brand and fix or folding are you going with?
Accord to the gun and knife travel books you can carry open or concealed a knife if it is not a dirk/darger etc etc and at or under 5 1/2 inch .. But it looks like this the whole knife leght not just the blade ...
also no carry at racetracks and some other places
and it looks like Laradro/San Antion/ TExaharwa have there own local laws ,,
I am not a lawyer def ask someone who can tell you 100% yes or no esp for what could be consider a fighting/combat knife...
To me it sounds like a state where you got to know the laws and the local laws as all it would take is one mis informed cop finding that kind of knife...
My two cents as a non lawyer are make sure you know the law of the the citiys you may go to ( looking like some ban knifes in some places or have shorter lengths) also make sure the blade is not double edge or can be "thrown " and is not more then 5 1/2 inc total ..And oh yeah try to get state preemption passed for knifes ...
I am not knockign your chocie thouse are very nast blades . Some of my fav planning of geting a auto version very soon when the funds are there for the blade and training with it ( might stick with a fix blade one too as they are very good too) ..
January 10th, 2014 01:55 AM
I'm looking to get a Fox Knife Karambit set with the included trainer so I can learn how to use it without cutting myself to shreds with the actual knife. I watched the DVD portion posted to You Tube and I want to get a quality self defense knife that wont fail me and will be good for general use...
January 10th, 2014 02:14 AM
Is this going to be your only carry weapon ( no gun/taser etc)?
Originally Posted by CBear44
Then I would strongly suggest you train in the marital art this is is used this Silate I think. A few vides on youtube does not make one a knife master imop .. Not knocking it just saying if this is all you are going to carry then get formal training ...Maybe add krav maga to this or Sambo so you can learn unarmed defensive guns .
My fav self defensive knife is a push knife massive blade and no real training just punch with it but I think it is a double edge so no go
Looking at the knife I think it should be legal but not a lawyer OAL lenght is 8.6 which could be bad as the limte may be 5 toald but since the balde is small I think it should be ok but not a lawyer again
Also the fix blade version would be more relaiby and faster into action then assited blade just saying
January 10th, 2014 03:28 AM
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January 10th, 2014 03:52 AM
Sometime in the next year or two, I'm going to buy a 9mm handgun and learn how to properly shoot it and carry for concealed carry. However, as I have read across many forums, often times a knife is just a good deterant as a handgun is. Plus there might be times where getting to your handgun is not the quickest method of defending yourself and your attacker closes the distance faster then you can draw your firearm.. In addition, being able to deploy a good knife keeps the fact that you are carrying a handgun unknown more so to the people around you and all they think you are carrying is the karambit in your pocket...
Originally Posted by WrongRecroom
January 10th, 2014 09:25 AM
I second the recommendation to obtain some training BEFORE you start carrying a karambit. The filipino martial arts such as Arnis, Kali, and Escrima are what you're looking for, or Silat if it's available. Yes, the karambit looks nasty, but it's not used the way that you'd think from looking at it, and no offense, but knife fighting is the toughest discipline you'll ever embrace, and it takes a long time to become competent. It can't be learned from a video, and it can't be practiced alone. You need a good martial arts environment, and there are plenty of schools in Texas. Good luck with your journey.
January 10th, 2014 11:06 AM
CBEAR44 I think your thought process is faulty. First do a little looking at pictures of knife fights. If you are involved in a knife fight you will get cut. Not a good way to start an exchange knowing you will get cut. Second using a knife is deadly force no different than pulling a gun.
The curved design precludes plunge cuts allowing you to get to a vital organ. It would work good on a femoral artery cut.
Rethink your thought process. Knives are not what most people think they are. Also remember what was so well pointed out here before. There are jobs and cultures that use a knife everyday. Be careful of a man who only has one weapon. he knows how to use it. You will never out perform a Phillapino fisherman in a knife fight. I would guess a Greek fisherman would be the same.
Good luck with your endeavor
January 15th, 2014 10:39 AM
As I have read the laws being brand new to TX, the double edge would make it illegal. OAL doesn't matter, it's the length of the blade. All that said....I'd consult an actual lawyer.
January 15th, 2014 11:51 AM
(6) “Illegal knife” means a:
(A) knife with a blade over five and one-half inches;
(B) hand instrument designed to cut or stab another by being
(C) dagger, including but not limited to a dirk, stiletto, and
(D) bowie knife;
(E) sword; or
(7) “Knife” means any bladed hand instrument that is capable of
inflicting serious bodily injury or death by cutting or stabbing a person with
If the blade is sharpened more than 1.5" on the second side it's an illegal knife
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January 15th, 2014 02:53 PM
I know a great deal about knife fighting.
#1. You will prob never see the attacker's knife (they get in close before striking).
#2. It is a poor defensive weapon as it takes a while for the effects to work.
#3. A long thin fixed blade will kill immediately (my choice would be my M16 bayonet from 'Nam). Stab w huge force, then twist around to do fast damage.
I once got the dreaded 'upper crotch cut', 600+ stitches & nicked my femoral artery (just missed the jewels).
Got stabbed in the head once with a stiletto; went in at my eyebrow by nose & came out behind my right ear. (I couldn't get it out & had to sit in the ER waiting room looking like an idiot). That one could have been bad, but only lost a little bone at entry.
Once was 'ear-to-ear' throat cut; saw it in a MV side-view mirror & it looked like a giant set of ugly lips from 'chest-to-chin' (over 1 1/2 years of Maxio-Facial Surgery). Close call, but not as threatening as one might think.
Had left thumb cut in half longwise (tried to block that one), prob good I did.
One stiletto type blade through foot when trying to 'kick it out of attacker's hand'. (I weren't any Chuck Norris).
Many stabs punctures) where knife was removed at ER.
Many, many serious cuts, some with major blood loss & nearly bled-out with some.
One was a 3 inch blade stuck in my backbone during the Detroit riots in 1967 (dumb teenager at the wrong place & knew better).
About 3400 stitches in all, IIRC. Never even saw most of them coming.
I have NEVER seen a knife-fight like in Movies, where 2 guys square-off with each having a knife.... both would prob die & they know it.
A knife is a stab & twist or slice & run action. Even if you cut someone's major artery, they are still going to have 2 full minutes to work on killing you... and probably will try.
I have never used a knife as a weapon (outside of military)...... I would probably cut myself.
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January 31st, 2014 09:09 PM
After all that patriot, I hope you are taking an easy retirement and enjoying life.
January 31st, 2014 11:19 PM
Holy crap do you have some crappy luck. You have a giant magnet inside of you that pulls knives toward you? Jeez.
Originally Posted by patri0t
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February 1st, 2014 07:01 PM
Patroit, wow what a story, You must feel like a lightning rod in a thunder storm! Sounds like you need to get a CCW and use it wisely.
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