KA-BAR Full Size US Marine Corps Fighting Knife, Straight
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Presentation Grade USMC KA-BAR Knife
Perfect for gift giving, celebrating a military anniversary or retirement or just to showcase your pride in serving the USA. The KA-BAR Knife features a gold-plated brass guard and pommel. Made with tough 1095 Cro-van steel, the blade of this knife is durable and sharp.
Protective Leather Sheath
Durable, rugged, and strong. This leather sheath won't break like its plastic counterparts. Not only does it feel and look good, this sheath will keep the blade of your KA-BAR knife protected and sharp.
Our Most Famous Knife
The the legendary USMC KA-BAR is an icon in the world of knives. During the second World War, it was one of the general issue knives to the United States Marine Corps, and quickly gained popularity around the world. Today, this knife remains the first choice for many men and women of service who carry it as their personal knife.
We've been making knives since 1898, and each knife undergoes our unique manufacturing processes and testing to ensure corrosion resistance, strength, edge holding ability and an out-of-the-box razor sharp cutting edge.
The Ka Bar' was designed to serve our troops during WW II and is still doing its job, with honors, more than 70 Years later.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
My first KaBar got lost when I was wounded in Viet Nam so I purchased a model 1209 at a USMC PX in 1970 to replace it. Still have it and have used it for 47 years, but wanted something to leave in the camper so it will always be there. Lots of other brands, but KaBar has my vote.
The new full size model with a 7" blade is larger than the 1209 and has the classic stacked leather handle and pinned butt cap. Edge angle is a flat 20 degrees for a good utility knife. Treated the sheath with Neatsfoot oil and it got darker and more pliant, but still very sturdy with stitching and rivets. Both knifes will probably last longer than I will.
This beast cleanly sliced through a rock while I was digging for worms while fishing, and the edge held like I had only cut butter! I thought it was just a stubborn root, but nope; a rock. It scratched the black finish a little, but I'm aiming to make this knife look vintage anyway. Speaking of which, only about 7.5 months have passed (purchased 4/16/2015), but I've oiled the leather grip and sheath with traditional Neetsfoot oil at least once a week. I was so happy to see the leather darken over time to have that vintage WWII era look. The first KA-BAR I ever saw was in a museum, and mine is starting to look historical, too! I want to rough this bad boy up so I have something awesome to someday pass on to my grand children (I need to have children first, though! XD), stories included! The 5th image is how the knife looks now (12/31/2015). That cherrywood varnish look is so gorgeous in person; I wish I had a camera that could take a photo that would do it justice.
I added two 3D pictures of the knife for your viewing pleasure. One is viewed via the Magic Eye method of stereoptic viewing, the other is for standard cyan+red anaglyphic glasses. Enjoy!