KA-BAR Full Size US Marine Corps Fighting Knife, Straight
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- 100% Leather Sheath
- 1095 Cro-van steel
- 7" Straight Edge Blade
- The most famous fixed blade knife design in the world
- Leather Handle, USMC Fightning Knife
- Knife Made in USA, Leather Sheath made in Mexico
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Well- it is likely that anything you've ever heard about this legendary blade is true. The original pattern, almost identical to the one carried and relied on through WWII, Korea, and Vietnam and now in constant use by present day heroes serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places around the world, has always had features worth far more than its price would dictate. Exceptional steel, the blade will take, and hold, a shaving edge, and it can be re-sharpened in the field with just a bit of effort. ( I use a V-shaped ceramic rod sharpener on mine and have always been able to get that razor sharp edge again after just a dozen passes.)
The leather-stack handle provides an excellent grip, and the balance of the knife is perfect. The shape of the blade is extremely well done - a very sharp point, sufficient curve, or belly, to allow slicing / skinning/ dressing, a long enough straight portion for anything else, and enough heft to make thrusting, chopping or slashing all second nature in a combat situation.
There ARE different blade sizes and configurations available in the Ka-Bar line, some of these come with partial serrations, some with a semi-tanto style point... I suppose to each his own. But this original style gives one a feeling of stone-solid reliability and confidence, like having a friend at your side who will always cover your back.
You can certainly find more exotic, more appealing and more 'tactical / cool looking' knives than this, and it is true that some military guys will shell out from 100 to 500 dollars for a high-grade custom style combat knife. Fine. But if you only have fifty bucks or so, get this one and take it into whatever situations you deal with. It will never let you down.
First...My knife didn't come with a razor sharp edge either, which I'm glad for. This way I could put my own angles on the cutting edge without having to fight the factory edge. Anyone who knows anything about knives should be able to sharpen their own knives like they want, not complain about having to take it to a specialist. What 'chu gonna do when it's dull and there is no specialist?
Next...The steel is 1095 CroVan, which is awesome. Stainless is very hard to achieve a good edge on without the proper honing instruments, such as ceramic. If your out in the middle of nowhere without a sharpening stone or any other store bought tool, you can sharpen this steel on virtually any rock you find with decent results. Not so with stainless. Sure it can rust, which brings me to my next piece of input.
The sheath...Leather is one of the toughest things out there. Sure it's made in Mexico, but, do you really know anything about Mexican leathercraft? It is some of the best there is. I live in New Mexico and have plenty of expierience in the matter. When you get your sheath, soak it really good with neatsfoot oil or olive oil really well. I mean REALLY well. The oils in the leather will make it waterproof and keep most moisture out, plus, everytime you sheath it, you will put a fine coat of oil on the blade. Rust problem solved. Plus, you can ALWAYS repair leather with needle and thread, not so with the synthetic sheaths.
Anyway, there's my two cents on the matter.
No, the KA-BAR isn't a new technological wonder, but it's a well made tool. It is meant for fighting, but it functions beautifully as a utility tool whose uses are limited only by the imagination and the task at hand. It's built to stand up to heavy use - even abuse - and live to fight another day.
I like the fact that it's made from good old 1095 steel, yes it will rust if you don't take care of it, but it will take a razor sharp edge without having to use specialized sharpening equipment. I'm an avid hand tool woodworker so I'm very familiar with some of the more exotic tool steels such as A2, D2, M2 as well as O1 etc... Some of those steels require diamond plates and a lot of work and patience to sharpen. Not 1095, you can sharpen it on just about anything you have, including a slab of concrete or a smooth rock. Obviously using those won't yield optimum results, but in a pinch... I've also been a bit of a knife hound my whole life and have purchased many knives made from the 400 series of stainless steels, none of them takes or holds an edge as well as good old high carbon steel. The bottom line is that 1095, if treated correctly, offers about the best combination of ease of sharpening, taking a keen edge, and edge holding of any steel out there. About the only drawback is that you MUST take care of it when you are done using it or it will rust.
I see some comments by people whining that the knife isn't razor sharp out of the box. This is true, but good grief, if you are going to own a knife, you should know how to sharpen it. It took me all of 5 minutes to put a shaving edge on this thing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I underestimated how much I would like the leather handle, but it's so nice in the hand - very pleased. Glad also for the (oil absorbing) leather sheath that keeps rust away.Published 6 hours ago by W. Crockett
This knife arrived on my doorstep yesterday. I immediately knew it was something special as I could feel the box pulsating with pure power and adrenaline. Read morePublished 1 day ago by stylez1001
The KA-BAR knife that I purchased , definitely lived up to it's expectations. A true legend!.. And I received it promptly , and in great shape.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Exactly as described. Quite sharp out of the box. Perfect, no scuffs, nicks, or etc. Marvelously made and sturdy. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Gregory Gardner
Quality blade. Arrived perfectly sharp. Nice leather sheath. Good buy.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great knife. Nice feel and slick looking blade. Sheath is nice and sturdy but when you put in the knife, it scrapes up the leather. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer