Morphing Karambit is the hottest new knife project on Kickstarter

Morphing Karambit

Kickstarter and related crowdfunding platforms are thick with knife and EDC projects that range from the questionable (the Urban Kukri) to the unquestionably cool (Skalpel Steak Knife). I would put this latest project, the Morphing Karambit, in the latter category. Apparently I am not alone – in its first week the project has already raised more than $160k, or about 7x the initial $23k funding request.

As a general rule, I am not a fan of folding knives for defensive use. The chance of failure is too high. As we have discussed in the past, many “unique” opening mechanisms are of dubious utility. The Morphing Karambit seems to buck this trend. The mechanism keeps ones fingers out of the way in deployment, and doesn’t look like it could close on your fingers (in the traditional way at least) should it fail.

From Kickstarter – CASWELL Morphing Karambit:

  • Seamless, Intuitive Blade Deployment. No need to remove fingers from the tool to allow blade to pass.
  • User Safety is Enhanced because fingers do not cross a rotational path of a blade while the tool is grasped for use.  [While safety is enhanced with this design, it should NOT be construed that conventional designs, made and used properly, are “unsafe.”]
  • Convenient, Discrete “Zero-Profile” titanium pocket clip allows secure, deep-pocket carry without sacrificing accessibility. It does not create discomfort while the knife is grasped for use. It is much less likely to snag upon or damage objects encountered in close quarters compared with a conventional protruding pocket clip.
  • Elegant Design including just FIVE principle parts, plus fasteners (and pocket clip). It is compact, rugged and optimized for use under demanding conditions.
  • 100% MANUAL. MKV2 is NOT an automatic or assisted-opening knife! As such, it is generally legal to possess and carry anywhere a 2.5-inch locking folding knife is allowed. (Intl. backers: Please know your local import restrictions concerning pocket knives before backing.)


The Morphing Karambit has already won awards at the Usual Suspects Network show out in Las Vegas, so real knife people have seen and judged it in person. That is a huge stamp of approval in my mind.


This is a “NO-COMPROMISE” project, using only premium materials, high-precisionprocesses and best-available finishes.

We are excited to team with Millit Knives (Meridian, ID) for this superlative-quality MKV2 “Morphing Karambit” build!

Millit is well regarded for world-class quality and has the production “bandwidth” for high-end projects such as this. This combination makes a good fit for this project because Caswell Knives specializes in new-product development, prototyping and low-volume “custom” builds . Together, and with your help,  we can deliver this “Next-Level” design to more users, at a mid-range price, and with the uncompromising build quality usually associated with custom and premier semi-custom knives.


  • Blade Size:   2.5 inches
  • Blade Steel:   CPM 3V, Ion Bond/Tungsten DLC finish
  • Frame/Handle:   7075 T6 Aluminum/Type 3 Hard Anodize
  • Components:   17-4 PH (H900), Ion Bond/Tungsten DLC finish
  • Pocket Clip:   6al-4V Titanium, exclusive “Zero-Profile” design
  • OAL (open):   7.125 inches
  • Weight:   6.0 ounces.
  • Price:   $450 NOW on Kickstarter ($650 Retail)

Cool stuff. A bit spendy for my needs and current budget, but I think that the CASWELL Morphing Karambit definitely qualifies as an Object of Desire.




  1. Sam L. says:

    It’s slick, but doesn’t appeal to me.

  2. HandyDan says:

    I’m not wild about the way it closes, according to the video, but I would love a knife that opens like this as long as it was significantly cheaper, and not a karambit.

  3. Ed says:

    I can’t wait till someone bootlegs this idea and I can buy one for a SANE amount of money. $650 is more than some Heckler & Koch pistols sell for!

  4. Jason Julian says:

    I’m with Ed, posted above me. I don’t need CPM 3V and I don’t need to spend $450-$650 on a novelty knife. it isn’t hand forged, it’s CNC machined, it’s cool, but it is not practical. A karambit is a self defense or offensive bladed weapon, if I wanted to spend an avg of $550 on a weapon to do that, I’d buy a firearm.

    Give me one in 8Cr, 440C, 420HC, AUS8 or some other middle of the road steel, price it at $45 or so and it’ll sell. They should at least offer two versions, premium and basic. Maybe the basic one is painted instead of powdercoated and uses a budget steel…

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