Active Response Kerambit (ARK)

Active Response Kerambit

Blade:  2"

Overall:  5 11/16"

Blade Thickness:  1/8"

Steel:  154CM

Finish:  Tumble Blast (Grey)

Retail Price:  $98.99

You’re on patrol when a call goes out over the radio.  An individual was reported trespassing around an abandoned building nearby.  You have responded to calls to this location several times before, as it is a common hangout location for kids smoking pot and making out.  You and your partner arrive on scene, and decide to split up to locate the trespasser.  What you don’t know is that the person you are looking for is high on a hallucinogenic.

As you step into one of the rooms of the building, the man jumps out from around the corner, pins you against the wall, and grabs your holstered sidearm.  You struggle to retain your weapon, but your position against the wall leaves you with no space or leverage to break loose of his grasp.  You determine that your only option is to draw your knife with your support hand and cut the suspect off your weapon, so you do.  The suspect releases your weapon and you are momentarily able to create some distance and draw your firearm, but you are left with a conundrum.

What do you do with your knife?  Do you drop it?  Do you try to sheath it?  Do you hold onto it and compromise your shooting grip?  You decide that ditching your knife is not a good idea because you might need it again.  Plus, you don’t want to introduce a weapon that the suspect could pick up and use against you.  The suspect regains his composure and charges you.  You don’t have time to sheath your blade, so you fire a shot one-handed, but your compromised grip causes your semi-automatic pistol to stovepipe.  It’s time for your immediate action drills to kick in, but you are once again faced with the dilemma of what to do with your knife.

What if there was an option that allowed you to draw your knife and cut the suspect off your gun and retain your blade without compromising your two-handed shooting grip?  What if there was an option that allowed you to reload, clear malfunctions, and even grab and redirect your threat without the need to discard or secure your blade?  Well, now there is!

The ARK just arrived today and in the few hours of intermittent work with it, I've already decided to make it my primary carry blade. I'll actually be switching from a Fox Karambit to this one, primarily due to how amazingly well it feels with a firearm. Thanks again for your work on this awesome retention blade!Rex A. - Law Enforcement Officer

The Active Response Kerambit (ARK) was co-designed by Dirk Pinkerton and Chad McBroom.  The ARK is a specialized blade intended for support-hand use in firearm-retention scenarios, though not limited to such application.

The ARK’s middle-finger ring coupled with its ergonomic finger grooves and an index-finger tension bar allows the user to retain the ARK while manipulating their firearm.  The ARK is designed to lock into the user’s hand, offering full dexterity of the support-hand for firearm manipulation.  The user is able to reload, clear stoppages, establish an effective two-handed shooting grip (thanks to the specially curved spine), and even grab or redirect an opponent, without having to ditch their edged weapon or lose precious time by sheathing the blade.

I love it! This knife has replaced my SOCP Dagger. I've played around (slowly) with both knives, doing magazine reloading and two-handed grip of the pistol, and the ARK delivers. . . The quality, form, and function of the ARK are great!John F. - Law Enforcment Officer

The ARK is one of the most versatile, functional, and well-thought-out tactical knife designs on the market.  It is the first and only knife designed specifically for the professional gun-toter with the capability of being used in conjunction with the firearm without compromising support-hand function.

The ARK is made by Pinkerton Knives and comes with a molded kydex sheath (1" hole spacing) that is compatible with the Spyderco G-Clip attachment (not included) for vertical and horizontal belt mounting, or can be lashed to gear or worn as a neck knife with 550 cord.

The Gen II ARK is a slightly modified version of the original ARK.  It has a hole just behind the cutting edge which serves as a locking mechanism with the sheath.  This allows the sheath to be cut lower, allowing the user to establish a full grip before drawing the blade.

NOTE:  The production ARK comes in the tumble blasted grey finish shown above.  The black version is the original prototype and lacks the chamfers along the edges, which makes the production version more comfortable in the hand.

It's primary use as a weapon retention aid and extreme close-quarters secondary is obvious from the way it sits in your hand. Its light weight and low profile means you’ll never have to go without it. In places where you can’t have a gun at all, the ARK makes an excellent choice for an alternate primary. While I don’t remotely consider myself a knife guy, I love the ARK. It unexpectedly ended my eighteen-month search for an EDC fixed blade to carry with my pistol, and since purchasing mine I haven’t looked back. Tom Marshall, Breach Bang Clear