According to folklore, the karambit is inspired by the claws of big cats. While it is primarily used in a slashing or hooking motion, karambits with a finger ring are also used in a punching motion hitting the opponent with the finger ring, as well as some karambits are designed to be used in a hammering motion. The flexibility of striking methods is what makes it so useful in self-defense situations. Women used to tie the weapon into their hair to be used in self-defense. Even today, silat practitioners regard it as a feminine weapon. This Karambit is constructed from a single piece of steel. The blade is curved with a claw or talon shaped blade that has a black anodized finish. The handle is made of rubber with textured grips making a firm yet comfortable hold whether in wet or dry conditions. At the end of the handle is the karambits signature large finger hole which makes it difficult to disarm and allows the knife to be maneuvered in the fingers without losing one's grip. Two points adorn the finger hole just in case you need to crack some heads. Included is an adjustable nylon sheath with harness so you can where your knife on you at all times.