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I hope nobody is actually getting one of these for the express purpose of self-defense. It's more likely to get you in trouble with law enforcement than out of trouble with attackers.
I learned a long time ago that if you're holding a knife in a fight and you aren't skilled in knife fighting, then that knife belongs to your opponent (NB 'skilled in knife fighting' does not mean having watched a lot of videos on YouTube ).
The best self-defense skill for most people is running really fast while screaming your lungs out. If you really must prepare for a knife fight though, I recommend attending classes on how to deal with knife attacks bare-handed, and practicing the shit out of those moves until they're muscle memory.
As a bonus, set up a shortcut on your phone to play "Beat It" at full volume, and hit it when the knives come out. There's a small chance it'll defuse the tension and cause everyone to break into dance, but if not, well then at least you died to an epic soundtrack.
Where does one learn to use a knife?
The same classes that teach you how to disarm a knife attacker should also teach you what to do with a knife once you obtain it.
I don't think I can endorse learning specifically how to fight someone knife-to-knife, as the results are likely to be lethal to one or both sides.
I agree with all you said. In a knife fight, even if you win, you're still going to get cut up. It's not like the movies.
True, but sometimes you don't have a choice.
Hm I think you have a choice as to how you train for such scenarios, and what you choose to carry about with you.
If you take self-defense classes and carry around a more low-profile self-defense tool like mustard spray, a rape siren or maybe even a robust umbrella or walking stick, I think that's more likely to have a better outcome than if you choose to carry around a karambit (especially if you don't know how to use it).
If you get into a knife fight armed with this thing, then you will find yourself fighting knife-to-knife, and as wonbul pointed out, even if you win, you're going to be cut up. On top of that, it's also likely that the other guy will be cut up worse. If you have caused serious injury or even death in the process, you might find yourself facing serious criminal charges.
In that case, this thing would seriously complicate your legal defense. You might find it difficult to convince a judge or jury that you were an innocent victim and not the aggressor when you were walking around armed like a goddamn velociraptor.