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Ka-Bar Adventure Potbelly Knife

3.8 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
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  • Used by all brances of miliary and service members
  • Great for collectors and outdoor services
  • Tested to ensure quality and durability
  • Hollow ground, 0.25" thick 1095 crow-van blade, HRC 56-58
  • Powder-coated for corrosion resistance
  • Multi-position handle with Adventure grip
  • Sheath with stuff sack
  • 8' of Adventure cord
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Product Description

The Potbelly -- the workhorse Adventure blade -- borrows its strength from legendary big blades like the kukri and the machete for amazing chopping power. This is a perfectly turned knife, with weight-forward balance for heavy cutting and multi-position handle that allows for delicate work. The handle is texture with our proprietary Adventure grip so you're always in control, even when things get messy. The blade is precision crafted from 0.25" 1095 crow-van steel, hollow ground to a razor's edge and powder coated for corrosion resistance.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 4.2 x 2.5 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0039B9GWU
  • Item model number: 2-5600-4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,953 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Not to many reviews online of this knife but there has been a few done on forums. I like the look and the fact it is made in the USA sold me on it for the cost. Shipping was quick and cheap. Knife arrived in a nice box over the factory ka bar box. The potbelly is super sharp right off the bat razor sharp would be the best way to word it as it took hair from my arm easy as could be. The smaller knife included was also sharp but mine had a small nick out of the blade ( it will be removed after the first sharpening but it was noticeable.) The handles are not my favorite type but they work good and give nice grip if you have small hands it will possibly feel to large. The sheath is nicely constructed it large so be aware of that. I do not care for the "adventure" cord its more or less a shoe lace Not anywhere as strong or useful as a little 550 cord. It would be nice if the smaller add on knife would be made in the USA as well as the sheath they are both made in china but the potbelly is made in the USA. The knife is a heck of a chopper fell a tree just sa easily as a small hatchet would have and has a lot more uses. It took about 40 to 50 chops to fell a tree about 6in across. I testing the blade i cut the tree thee more times through the same thickness and tested the blade after words I was sure it would have folded over some of that sharp edge it had out of the box but the knife everywhere along the blade was still razor sharp. Is it perfect? No but is it a amazing do all knife set? Yes and If you can look past the sheath and piggyback knife being made in china the adventure cord not being for heavy adventure and the handle material then it would be a great choice for any outdoor type no doubt about it.
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When looking for a knife I was looking for a knife that was about 10-13" OAL and that would excel at shelter building and firewood processing because of extremely cold and wet conditions that we have in my area. This knife is stout enough to hack through just about anything you put in it's way. I considered the BK2 but thought that the Potbelly would fit my needs just a little better. In particular I liked the extra length and the handle positioning. I think the BK2 looks better but that was not one of my criteria. I also liked the large pouch on the sheath. In the pouch I'm able to keep a small flashlight, cord, stone, and a emergency kit in a sucrets tin. I also have the "adventure cord tied to the back along with my ferro rod. The "piggy back" is a nice addition and helps to fill the role of fine tasks. I have to mention though that you can choke up on the choil and perform some surprisingly small tasks with the Potbelly. This knife comes extremely sharp out of the box! In the sheath this is a big knife and you know you have it on when you're wearing it. The BK2 is a bit shorter but I can promise you that the extra 2 3/8 inches and forward handle positioning makes a big difference when hacking or splitting wood. In closing if I was separated from my pack and all I had was my Potbelly, PiggyBack, and the contents I keep on the sheath I would have all the resources that I would need to protect me from the elements. Steve Johnson did a great job matching form with function on this design. If you are on the fence I would recommend that you check one of these out.
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This is a fantastic knife. It comes razor sharp and the 1095 holds it's edge incredibly well even after chopping and battoning it through quite a lot of wood. When it does lose it's edge, it resharpens easily. The handle is designed for multiple gripping options and I find it comfortable in ALMOST every position I would use a survival or bushcraft knife in.

The "piggyback" knife that comes with it is a cheapy import but that's not why I bought the Potbelly.

The pouch on the sheath is big enough to be useful and I'm glad they added it. I carry a firesteel, a flashlight, and a few other survival items in it.

All in all the knife is really well made and I'm sure it will serve me reliably for years.

This is not a small knife and it's a little bigger than I would like but when you want a knife that will do it all you have to compromise a little.

You can view my more detailed review and pics here:
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I am an Avid knife enthusiest, I own many upper end knives and probably about 35 ka-bars inclduing all of the becker series as well as many of their other US made knives (multiples of some), and even some of their imports such as the kukri. I recieved the Johnson Adventure Potbelly yesterday from Amazon. The grind is way off, the bottom inch or so of the blade was not even ground at all. I contacted Ka-bar via e-mail and included the serial number etc so they could hopefully address the QC issues and hopefully resolve my issue with this knife. Their response was basically you can ship it to us at your expense, we are not responsible for it, and maybe we will replace it. Never had to deal with ka-bar before as I have been generally happy about their products. However the poor customer service from the call/e-mail center irked me a bit as I generally enjoy their products and have never had to contact them.
Update:
I was able to get in contact with a senior engineer at ka-bar and he is taking care of the issue, the knife itself will be a 5 star product when I receive one that is properly ground. The blade of the potbelly is much thicker than the bacon maker at about 1/4". The grip feels good in the hand, not sure if I like the overall look of the knife but it has grown on me. I may come back to update this after I get the replacement and test it in the field. I am generally not one to write reviews unless I have a bad experience, but since this is posted I will try to update after the issue is resolved and I'm able to test the knife, it should be another 5 star product from Ka-bar.
Update: Ka-Bar is looking to remedy the issue in the manufacturing process to get the blade sharp all the down to the choil.
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