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Caswell Morphing Karambit Utility Pocket Knife

Editor's Rating
4.9?
Discovered on 2018-03-30

Carry a safer knife with the Caswell Morphing Karambit Utility Pocket Knife. Featuring intuitive blade deployment, you don’t have to remove your fingers from the Morphing Karambit to let the blade pass. Likewise, it is safer to use since your fingers do not cross the rotational path of the blade. Additionally, the Zero-Profile titanium pocket clip allows you to carry the knife deep in your pocket. However, you can still access it quickly whenever you need to. It also fits comfortably and is less likely to damage or snag upon objects in close quarters. The Morphing Karambit provides an elegant design using just five main parts as well as fasteners and a pocket clip. Furthermore, the knife is entirely manual, making it legal to possess and carry anywhere that allows a 2.5-inch locking folding knife.

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Overview & Specs
Blade Size :
2.5 Inches
Blade Steel :
CPM 3V, Ion Bond/Tungsten DLC Finish
Frame/Handle :
7075 T6 Aluminum/Type 3 Hard Anodize
OAL (open) :
7.125 Inches
Weight :
6 Ounces
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Joe Caswell
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M Arie Nugraha,
Yes, I'm just waiting for some photos from Millit to go along with the latest status report. I should be able to provide a complete update shortly. Thanks
M Arie Nugraha
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Any update ?
Joe Caswell
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Hi Javier,
I've consulted with the Millit team a few days ago and should have a new update to post soon.
In short, the report is that we are on schedule. I'll have details to share in the coming update.

Thanks!
Javier Romero
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How are the knives coming along?
Urduja
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Awesome and thank you. Hopefully you don't run out of them too soon. :)
Joe Caswell
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Urduja,
Totally understand!
Extra blades will be the same price as long as they last.
I plan to make enough to have on hand into the future, especially the standard blades. It is possible at some point I will run out of serrated blades if there's an unexpected "run" on them at some point after blades are all done, or something like that. But the plan is to make enough to maintain some number of blades on hand.
Urduja
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Reading the comments, I understand that the replacement blades will be the same price after kickstarter? I hope so, because I am really excited for the serrated version, but am just not ready to purchase another blade at the moment.
Joe Caswell
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L.T.
Thanks for the suggestion.
Yes, a lot of people have asked for a titanium version. I think mostly because it would be cool (and there's no denying it, or anything wrong with that! :)).
In general, I believe the materials and coatings used are optimal for this particular build for the greatest number of people. As you know, titanium is very strong for it's weight, but it is very heavy (compared with 7075) and a poor bearing surface (a very important consideration in this design). Using it would require additional parts (washers/bushings). By contrast 7075 with type III hard anodize is approximately as strong as mild steel, is very light-weight and is an excellent bearing surface. Consider its use for AR/M4 receivers, etc.).
As it is, the sealed type III hard anodize on the 7075 is highly corrosion resistant. The fasteners are 17-4 stainless (H900) which also has excellent corrosion resistance, as are the arms and locking ring, which are additionally Tungsten DLC coated, which is highly resistant to corrosion. The blade is 3V (not stainless), but is also coated with the Tungsten DLC. Overall, it's a very corrosion-resistant assembly.
An all-titanium dive knife version would be interesting and very cool. Perhaps with an SM-100 blade...:) If such a thing happens it will be a custom.
L.T.
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Hello joe,
Thank you for having the serrated options, and since I'm on an asking roll...how about making an all Titanium morphing karambit? I'm around saltwater a lot and sometimes forget to clean my tools, having an titanium morphing karambit would help me spend less time cleaning my tools and knives. Mission knives has titanium products made from their proprietary blend of Titanium.
Joe Caswell
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Hi Doug, There is no trainer blade at this time. I am advocating that option for the imported production model coming next year from a major brand. I think most people that train with these will appreciate a dedicated trainer that is less expensive.
The half serrated was announced this morning. If you haven't seen it yet, please check the Updates (above), and especially the comments where other backers have added and changed their replacement-blade selections.
In short, you add a blade through your original backer survey. For convenience, you can recover the link to your survey here: https://app.crowdox.com/retrieve/caswellknives/caswell-morphing-karambit-premium-utility-knife If you have any problems, please let me know.
Thanks!
Doug Robinson
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1. I'd love to obtain a trainer blade.
2. And order the 1/2 serrated blade.
How?
Joe Caswell
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Hi Mark!
Yes, I will have a final number sometime after all the surveys are in. At some point very soon we’ll be able to determine the total number of knives, some safety margin of additional knives, plus spares so material can be ordered sufficient to the task. I’ll have Updates specifying this sort of info as I have it!
Just met with Millit in Idaho today, will have an update about that once I get back. :)
Mark Hurrell
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Since these are pre sale now I was wondering after that wraps up will you have a total count of exactly how many of these will be made in total? I'm just curious since this is a limited run although not numbered would be nice to know :)
Joe Caswell
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Haha! Probably a good call! :)
Cale
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Awesome. I trust a company's ability to not loose random shit in a box in my closet about 1000% over my own. Thanks.
Joe Caswell
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Hi Cale,
The blades are expected to be available for the same price after KS (unlike whole knives, which will be retail). That may change, but that is the plan.
We will make a number more blades than typical % you'd make for spares. I usually overdo it on extra parts because I want to be prepared and historically so few spares are ever needed. I fully expect to be able to supply a blade many years down the road, but if it's something you think you'll need, it may be best to get one up front. Personal call. :)
Cale
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How much will blades be after the kickstarter/addon phase and what's the likelihood (stock) that they'll be available in 5-10 years when one could potentially be needed?
Joe Caswell
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Thanks, Jonas! :)
Jonas
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Joe, Perfect! Thanks for the quick response! Keep us posted on the serrated front regardless of which way it comes out. About a year ago, I saw your demo video of the first iteration of this design and I was sold. The price tag made me hesitate a bit when this popped up here on KS, but in the end it was a no brainier. Super excited to get my hands on this when it's ready! Thanks for doing what you do!
Joe Caswell
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Hi Jonas!
Thanks for the note!
The regular replacement blade seemed like a no-brainer, since it was the most-requested by far.
Regarding a trainer, it is my hope that the major brand that will have an imported version available in 2019 will offer a dedicated trainer version reasonably soon after launch. While it is comparatively easy to change the blade, it it's not super convenient (as in quick-detach). In other words, I wouldn't want to switch out blades every time I wanted to train, and the practical reality is I wouldn't bother. So I'd end up with a trainer blade that would be used once or twice and then cease to be a value to me. A dedicated trainer is the solution, but for most, the price of a high-end build such as this, precludes its use as a dedicated trainer. If it turns out the big brand decides against a trainer, I may revisit it. That is my thinking on that, I hope it makes sense.
Regarding serrated, I have not ruled that out. I will be meeting with Millit very soon and it is on the agenda. If we are able to work that out, I will announce the option in an update and there will be a way get one. I was simply not able to work out a definitive answer on that in time for the survey one way or the other.
Thanks!
Jonas
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Hey Joe, I'm looking at the survey and I don't see anything about/any options for a trainer. Or a serrated blade for that matter. Where did you come out on those two things? Any reasons you decided against offering them?
Joe Caswell
Review from Kickstarter
Thanks Kelvin! I really appreciate that!!
Kelvin Verrett
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Joe you killed it! As a creator, I'm happy to support this project.
Joe Caswell
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Thanks Brian!
I appreciate your interest in this design. My goal is that you'll find it convenient and practical beyond expectations :)
brian goodman
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Joe,
I have been a knife collector for some time. Never spent more then $100 or so on a good quality knife. I've been searching for years for a all around every day carry knife. I didn't care what I would have to spend but it had to be the right knife. I feel I have found this with your design and am excited to experience it first hand and appreciate the design and quality myself. Congrats on your success and I'm already looking forward to a future design of yours!
Joe Caswell
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Thanks! I can't wait to deliver these!
M Santus
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It is hard to be original in the custom knife world anymore but you have certainly achieved that with the CASWELL "MORPHING KARAMBIT". Looking forward to seeing it in person. Congratulations Joe!
Joe Caswell
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Jesus,
Thanks! :)
Jesus
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congratulations joe! I hope this work of art with enthusiasm
Javier Romero
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Thank you for your response!
Joe Caswell
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Javier,
The number of knives backed is consistent with projections. As such, delivery timetables are unaffected. I will have more detailed information soon and will keep everyone up to date along the way. The projection remains that knives will begin delivering in October and that they will be delivered in order in finish batches of about 100 at a time. I will have a better understanding of when the final knives will be delivered soon. Once delivery begins, I expect things to move pretty quickly.
Thanks!
Javier Romero
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Approximately how long do you think it’ll take to knock out all the knives?
Joe
Review from Kickstarter
Thank you for the explanation and I can’t wait to see mine in person! Good luck!
Joe Caswell
Review from Kickstarter
Joe,
Thanks for the kind words.
This is what I'd call "premier short production" (very short production). I guess some people call that "Mid-Tech", and the $650 retail price point is consistent with that classification.
I am teaming with Millit Knives in Meridian, ID for this build because they have proven over years to be reliable and can produce very high-quality knives in greater numbers than I can. (My focus has moved toward R&D resulting in very short numbers of prototypes and "customs").
For this design in particular, I do not believe building this in my shop would add value or build quality. I believe Millit will provide a truly top-shelf build and their "bandwidth" allows them to repeat it over larger numbers than I can. If I wasn't convinced of this, the campaign would not have been launched.
This is likely to be the best-quality iteration of this design. It is intended to announce and help define a new product category, so it has to be great!
Thanks again!
Joe
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I love your design for this knife and after seeing your website, I can tell you put a lot of thought in all your designs. I was wondering how you classify this build - midtech, production or custom - and explain.
Joe Caswell
Review from Kickstarter
HI Johnny,
Thanks for the note and your support!
There is a detent in the closed position and the nature of the action is not conducive to opening in a pocket. When you watch the opening action closely (particularly in slow motion), you'll see the blade travel out and away from the frame with the edge remaining basically parallel to and opposite frame/handle structure for much of its initial opening path. Forces acting upon the assembly in a pocket are generally contrary to those required to deploy the blade and if, somehow it is initially opened, its progress is naturally arrested by the confines of the pocket and the edge remains basically harmless for much of that initial path. This is in contrast to typical tip-up folders where a partially open blade condition can exist in a pocket that may pose an immediate risk of injury because the tip and edge are exposed to an incoming hand.
It is worth noting that, similar to the famous opening method that deploys the blade upon drawing from the pocket by means of a hook feature on the blade, this configuration can also deploy immediately upon drawing from a pocket. In this case, a rearward draw, causes the "ledge" formed by the blade and rear actuating arm (that you'd normally push against with a thumb for blade deployment) to catch on the pocket edge, deploying the blade as the blade is drawn.
Johnny Foley
Review from Kickstarter
I know I've seen your description of the lock for when it's open. Is there anything that keeps the knife in the closed position so it doesn't open when you take it out or it gets pushed while in your pocket ? Looking great man and I appreciate your time.
Joe Caswell
Review from Kickstarter
Thanks Mark!
I appreciate your support and am honored that the MKV2 will be your first knife in this price category! The bad news is you may find this beginning of a very expensive habit in high-quality knives. They can be very addicting, as many here can attest! :)
Thanks again!
Mark Hurrell
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I've been watching this since the campaign started. I have finally been driven insane by my desire and I pledged for one. I can't believe it because this is an entire paycheck for me Haha. This will be not only the most expensive but the nicest knife in my collection by far I'm so excited.
Joe Caswell
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Javier,
This is the "exclusive" U.S. build. It will feature specific nomenclature in the "window" on the clip-side ("reverse side") of the handle (the area that now says "prototype" etc. as seen in the pictures on this page). It will not indicate Kickstarter on it. While not strictly exclusive to Kickstarter, it might as well be. Once the campaign ends, we'll allow a limited number of "pre-orders" at retail ($650), and that will be it for this build.
Thanks for your support!
Javier Romero
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Can you show us what you had in mind for a KS exclusive engraving?
Joe Caswell
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Kevin,
Yes, I am planning on offering an extra-blade option for those that want that.
It will be something that can be added on when you receive the backer survey at the end of the campaign. I'm still working out the details on the price of the spare blade. Naturally, that information will be available and provided on the survey.
Thanks!
Kevin Chen
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Would it be possible to pledge for a spare blade edge with our order? If so, how much would the spare part cost?
Joe Caswell
Review from Kickstarter
Urduja,
These will not be serialized. They will be marked with unique nomenclature identifying them them as part of this exclusive build, however.
Urduja
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Will the knives be numbered?
Joe Caswell
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Jor-El
Thank you, sir! I can't wait for you to see this knife in person!
Jor-El Pamintuan
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It's wonderful to see a craftsmen like you take great pride in his work and that can be seen in the thought, ingenuity, and quality materials of your product. I'm very excited for this.
Joe Caswell
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Owen,
Please contact me by email concerning these details:
joe@caswellstudios.com
Thanks!
Owen Xie
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Will there be difficulty for transporting your product into China?
Joe Caswell
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Stan,
That is an interesting idea. I'll have to look into the logistics. Thanks!