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KA-BAR Fighting/Utility Serrated Edge Knife with Hard Sheath, Black
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- 100% Synthetic
- Used by all branches of military and service members
- Black utility knife with partially serrated edge
- Man made Kraton G handle fits comfortably in the hand;Easy-to-sharpen blade made of 1095 Cro-Van steel
- 20-degree edge angle; 7-inch blade length
- Overall length 11.875-inch;weighs 0.7 pounds
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- It's a KA-BAR, so all standard KA-BAR pros go in this line,
- The Kraton polymer grip in any weather will last for centuries without need for maintenance, and has excellent grip,
- The hard sheath is fantastic in its mounting practicality and durability,
- The rounded serrations minimize the chance of snagging obstacles between the blade and the target's skin (cloth, zippers, loose change, etc.),
- Serrations provide added utility, namely the ability to craft feather curls (a type of wood shaving) for building a campfire,
- The hard sheath secures the cross-guard, which allows for inverted carry while the hilt buckle strap is undone,
- The knife is balanced near perfectly at the index finger grip point, and allows for easy and reliable no-spin throwing,
- The 1095 CroVan steel holds an edge through a lot of abuse, and can be sharpened with any sharpening stone/ceramic/diamond,
- The hard sheath repels water and moisture quite well.
- 1095 CroVan steel can rust, so you'll still need to periodically maintain any exposed steel with a light film of oil,
- The grip is about 0.4 inches shorter than the leather grip model (I assume the Kraton is heavier than leather, so the grip is shortened to keep the knife balanced at the same point as the leather grip version), so it's not quite as comfortable as the leather grip for those of us with large hands,
- The Kraton grip is more slippery than the leather grip,
- The serrations make the knife less effective for combat as they are still capable of snags,
- The shorter grip makes removing the knife from the hard sheath more cumbersome than the longer leather grip,
- The hard sheath doesn't absorb oil like a leather sheath, meaning the only oil on the blade is what you put on it before entering the sheath (leather sheath holds oil in place where as the hard sheath doesn't),
- Serrations are a pain to sharpen when the day finally comes to sharpen them,
- The Kraton grip and hard sheath doesn't look as keen as the leather grip and leather sheath. Yes, style counts.
If you want a superb, affordable, and reliable fighting/utility knife and sheath that won't quit on you, and has already proven itself in battle/survival situations for what seems like countless times throughout the past 100-or-so years, this is your knife. If you are willing to put in a little extra in money and maintenance, get the leather USMC version. The leather on the USMC version will develop a beautiful vintage cherrywood varnish look, while this polymer one will look the same for centuries
As always, know and abide by your local knife laws. It's unlikely you'll have any troubles with this knife, legally, though. If/when an officer of the law ever stops you for questioning, always be polite, show respect, and stay calm. They're just doing their job. I myself have been stopped numerous times because some nervous nancy called 911. Each encounter ends the same; the cops and I bid each other a good day, and go our separate ways. Never, EVER, draw your blade in public unless you intend to use it. Showing someone your cool knife can be interpreted on a blurry silent security tape as an act of coercion. if you never draw the knife, no one can say you were threatening anyone. NEVER remove the knife in the presence of a police officer. If the officer wants to see the knife, politely inform them you don't remove the knife unless you intend to use it. An honest cop will not insist you remove the knife. If you absolutely must remove the knife while a cop is questioning you, inform the cop that he/she must be the one to remove it. In short, be smart, and be safe.
1. I can grasp the knife handle solid and remove easily
2. I want to wear as a horizontal sheath on my back as well by adding police belt keepers to the sheath and attaching to my belt
3. Using the belt sheath is cumbersome and not in anyway efficient especially when hiking.
4. I am only out $14 if I decide I don't like what I've made.
I use it on my camping trips and it has been used to split fire wood into kindling because we didn't have a hatchet, as well as cut the meat and vegetables for dinner, since we also forgot kitchen cutlery on that trip. It's a strong, tough, versatile knife.
With that said, the factory edge on the blade is horrible. Maybe the blade is intentionally honed with an angle from 30 degrees on the main blade to 45 degrees at the tip, but that makes it nearly impossible to sharpen. I had to fix the nearly 45 degree bevel near the tip of the knife with a metal file before I could even begin to sharpen it. It then took me well over 30 minutes of sharpening with the roughest stone in my Lansky sharpening set to get the blade to a consistent 30 degree angle, and I still see a few spots near the tip that need more work. But I was then able to progress to smoother stones and produce a decent, consistent, sharp edge.
But it is now ready to go again and stays in my camping supplies bag.
My only complaint is that the serrations could be a bit more sturdy as they sometimes take "splash damage" when using the straight part of the blade for chopping, but overall this is an excellent blade and has held up all sorts of abuse the ~3 years I have owned it and I would highly
recommend buying one.