Intense passion for self-preservation and the belief that each of us has an inalienable right to protect ourselves were the seeds that harvested “Mandiola Defense” the most versatile utility and defense knife on the planet!
Our story began when Founder Lad Mandiola, a resilient and naturally inquisitive person, found himself hitting a rough patch in life, wondering where his next calling would lead him. While searching for his next venture, his natural curiosity led him to conduct intense research about economics, world relations, and the future of our planet. This comprehensive research fueled his determination to help people protect themselves with the right knowledge, skills, and tools.
Lad began by providing personal protection products such as home security cameras, green lasers for guns, and proprietary protection flashlights. He knew he needed to provide more, though. From having a good connection with his customers, he knew some of them live in states where guns weren’t allowed, or they simply weren’t comfortable with guns.
Logically, he wanted to add knives to the lineup. However, he didn’t want to add just any knife. He knew it needed to be something special if it were going to match up with his reputation for bringing unique, high-quality tools at competitive prices.
Then a serendipitous encounter at a gun show offered the answer to Lad’s search. He noticed a man flipping a folding knife. While seeing a knife at a gun show isn’t that unusual, there was something different about that knife. It was a folding Fox Karambit knife with an Emerson “Wave Shaped Opening Feature.” Lad briefly inquired about the wave opening feature of the knife, and then he went on his way, bringing with him the information about the knife.
After a few months of pondering, he was driven to discover what could have made that knife unique.
Research revealed that the word “Karambit” (also known as “kerambit,” “carambit,” “kurambik” and “karambiak) was used to describe the shape of a blade. Karambit is a small claw-like curved knife of Southeast Asian origin.
Lad continued his insatiable search and discovered that the unique Karambit knife was originally developed for the Italian Special Forces. He knew this would make a great addition to the tactical lineup. And it did!
Lad eventually became a US provider for the Italian line of Karambit models folding knife, and he was able to offer a superior tool for a highly competitive price; almost half cheaper than its competitors.
Over the next year and a half, the popularity of these knives gained tremendous traction. Customers loved the blades. They had one major complaint, though. The knives didn’t fit into everyone’s hands. In fact, those particular Karambits were too big for 98-99% of the population’s hands. The knives were too large for the grip as they were originally designed for use while wearing tactical gloves. So, while customers loved the blades, and the knives were great for the 2% of the population with XXL-sized hands, the fact that those Karambit knives were of off size for the average hands. Lad’s uncompromising approach to providing the ultimate knife prompted him to act fast. It became his mission to redesign the knife so it would truly be “The Ultimate Knife!”
Lad used his background trained in technical graphic design, and when he came up with the design he needed, he made modifications to the knife to its now compact appeal. The ever-new Italian made knife series was finally ideal for the 98% of adult hands.
Continuing to push his designing skills and higher quality made knives, Lad decided to collaborate with one of the top knife designers in the industry (Mike Vellekamp) and there was born… The CDHK – short for – The Cold Dead Hands Karambit! Going even further was producing a (Patent Pending) Karambit and Tanto blade in one, called – The ALL NEW Karanto!
Key Features of both the CDHK and Karanto models::
Ergonomic Pistol Grip Handle Design fits Forward and Reverse Grip perfectly
Total Ambidextrous (Reverse or Forward Grip) Direct Deploy (TM) opening
The Clip can be switched for BOTH right and left pocket deployment use
Amazing Vex Drive (TM) Tooling Feature – For use with any 1/4″ Hex Nibs
Gimping has been added to the ring feature for increased grip and Window Breaking Tip – also for knuckle dusting pressure point
American Made Steel – 154CM Stainless Steel
Mandiola Defense Knives are three tools in one:
1) Utility Knife
2) Martial Arts Knife
3) Self-Defense Knife
Lad will continue to push his passion to make the Fastest One Handed Deployable Defense Knives and other defense tools on the market. Further delivering on the promise to arm our customers with the correct knowledge, as well as tactical devices. Mandiola Defense also provides a plethora of FREE instructional training videos.
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