KA1245-BRK Black Tanto
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Ka-Bar 2-1245-1 Black Tanto Knife
The Tanto blade shape, of Asian influence, has a thick pointed blade that's good for penetration. Coupled with a glass-filled nylon sheath this knife is designed for the toughest of tasks. Tang stamped USA. Comes with hard plastic MOLLE compatible sheath.
Weight: 0.70 lbs.
Stee: 1095 Cro-Van
Blade Type: Fixed Blade
Lock Style: N/A
Measurements: Blade length 8"; Overall length 12.8125"
Edge Angles: 20 Degrees
Handle Material: Kraton G
Butt Cap/Guard: Powdered Metal
Made in: Knife Made in USA, Sheath Made in Taiwan
Blade Thickness: 0.165
All Black Ka-bar features a 8 in. Tanto blade made form 1095 Cro-Van steel with a non-reflective epoxy coating and a black Kraton G handle. Knife has an overall length of 12 7/8 in. Andes with a black hard plastic sheath. ATTRIBUTES Blade Detail: ComboEdge Tanto Point Blade Length (inches):8.00Blade Material: Carbon Steel Black Carry System: Kydex Sheath Handle Material: Kraton Overall Length (inches):12.88
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On that note, this sheath is a total garbage design and so ridiculously overly busy from the cross snap up. First, the cross snap is completely redundant as the hilt clicks under pressured teeth and the snap is so gaudy it takes away from the simple molle construct. Second, the plastic for said pressure teeth goes way to high to be able to draw in any quick or reliable fashion. Third, the belt loop is fully enclosed, so easy on and off is a no go and because the plastic goes so high is is extremely uncomfortable to sit down. Take a minimalist approach from Cold Steel and their Secure-Ex sheaths. A sheath should hold a knife and not have to come with instructions.
I give this 4 stars only because of the just flat out dumb sheath. Buy the leather sheath and save yourself the annoyance of trying to figure out how this sheath got out of the board room and into mass production.”
The minor gripes:
The two sides aren't totally symmetrical but that doesn't affect the performance. What I would appreciate is a sharp 90 degree spine on the back for using a ferrule rod. Time to break out the diamond file, I guess. It's also awkward to wear in any meaningful way. It's hard to sit with it hanging from the belt. I also can't for the life of me figure out what the loose plastic piece on the belt loop is for.
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ADDENDUM: The Kydex sheath is very nice and offers three knife retaining mechanisms. (1) A strap coming from behind to hold the knife by the guard. (2) Two bumps holding the knife by the guard, pressing with your thumb on the top of the sheath will free the knife. (3) A second strap holding the knife by the handle.
So, if one of the mechanisms breaks, you have two more to fall back on.
I usually don't buy knives with serrations, but on this knife they are perfectly place if you have to cut something, a cord, that is bothering you.
It won't do the job of a BK9, you don't use a Bowie for everything, it's light, the handle fits my hand like it was made for it and it is terribly effective.
I really don't undstand those who are saying that kabar knifes are fragile? I'm a blade and knife collector, I have blade from many part of the world like blade from Gil Hibben and other blade from world reknown best forgerons and KaBar knives are easily in the top 5 of the chart, their blades are one of best seen everywhere, they used quality iron and are manifactured in the U.S. with care for each part of the process. The handle are made and craft using material like leather and kraton that ensure you to have a great take on the knife and that you will not drop it by mistake.
I recommand every Kabar knives in this series (US Marine,2211,1245-1 Tanto) I'm convinced that you'll not regret it like me and many others blade collectors
bought it as a gift for someone who just graduated from boot camp. we're asian, though not japanese, wanted to get something that would rep asians. they loved the gift. feels solid and reliable.
Seriously though, great knife for camping when you need to fashion a trap or make yourself a raccoon hat.
Only (big) bad point: delivred with rustpoint in blade OLEAN stamp. See picture. For this price, rust shouldnt be there.