Richard Derespina is instrumental in bringing the karambit to tactical custom knives. He commented, "I have endeavored to improve on them over the years and my growth as a maker is witnessed by customers and collectors for the last decade. I strive to create new, interesting and useful designs for the professional and laymen alike."
Richard Derespina crafts each custom knife by hand, creating an edged weapon and tool. Derespina knives utilize the finest in stainless steels and often come with a custom kydex concealed carry sheath. He mentions specific areas of design concentration:
Ergonomics. "The industry as a whole has come a long way with design but there are still some key elements when designing a handle to your knife. I strive to bring you simple comfort. Coupled with a guard, your knife will serve you well and truly become an extension of the user."
Geometry. "Geometry is important in all aspects of life and is itself a metaphor for our relationships and altercations. Blade profile and edge geometry are as important as guards and ergonomics. Maximizing cutting power and penetration with minimal effort is where Geometry is most important for a knife maker."