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Ka-Bar 5698 KA bar, ZK Zombie Knife Series, "Kharon" Tanto Folder
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In an ever-changing world, the need for preparedness has never been greater. Without notice the game can change and the rules no longer apply. Questioning your gear at a crucial moment is not an option. Whether setting up camp or securing your perimeter, ZK knives are designed to perform under the most rigorous, unexpected and apocalyptic situations. Are you prepared. Specifications: - overall length: 7 7/8" - blade length: 3 3/8" - blade stamp: ka-bar/ZK - steel: AUS 8A SS - lockback - handle: GFN-PA66 - made in: Taiwan
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Their Zombie Killer (or ZK for short) line of knives has been out for quite a long time now, and while I am a bit late to the party, the Kharon is a great entry level knife in their collection. Perhaps the most practical and usable of all, this folder features a 3 & 3/8 inch blade and a total length of 7 & 7/8 inches. Some may consider that large, others may think of it as medium but, it has a very slim and streamlined feel in your hand. I wouldn't perceive it as a big knife and certainly it is easy to carry.
The toxic green handle features a dimpled, almost reptilian-like texture. It is a simple, no frills plastic handle so it's low price point certainly shows here, but it does feel good in the hand and provide and adequate grip when using the knife. The clip is reversible, but either way it only allows for "tip up" carry, which I don't mind. The handle has a bit of a pronounced bump at the top near the blade, almost like a pistol, that helps with grip as well. The one major flaw with the ergonomics of the Kharon is the lack of a deep finger choil. There definitely needs to be a better finger rest here as there is very little keeping your fingers from sliding onto the blade. It hasn't happened to me yet, but with wet hands (perhaps from the blood of zombies?) I could imagine this being an accident waiting to happen. Some jimping for your thumb would have made a nice difference, too.
I'm not a big fan of lock back blades, but being this is an inexpensive knife, it's not a huge deal. It locks up very solid, nice positive click when opening. The lock takes a fair amount of pressure from your thumb, but not a great deal. Opening was extremely stiff at first, almost to the point where I was ready to break out the oil but it does break in quite quickly. After some use, I was flicking it open with ease. Very smooth.
The blade itself has a nice black coating which goes nicely with the zombie green handle. The "ZK" logo is a nice touch too. It will undoubtedly wear with use, but the color scheme is nice, nonetheless. AUS8 isn't the best steel, I've often found it slightly lackluster in terms of keeping an edge, but again, for the price point I can't complain. It came reasonably sharp out of the box, with a good point at the end.
Overall, the Ka-Bar ZK Kharon is a decent knife considering its $15 price point. Whether you need a decent, inexpensive knife for outdoor use (the high visibility and low price make for a good beater) or just want something fun and unique for your collection, its good knife for price. If you have high expectations with your blades, then a $15 knife is probably not for you. However, while it is a capable knife, above all, the theme is pretty darn cool. It is a useful blade for everyday tasks....and who knows...maybe a zombie apocalypse, too.
black painted blade makes it appear cheaper than the other Ka-Bar I ordered with a shiny stainless blade.
Though the handle of this one feels a bit more substantial than that other smaller Ka-Bar (4062 BL $20 on Amazon).
Knife itself is a bit bigger than I'd personally want to EDC,
I'll probably use it in the shop,
bright green handle should keep me from misplacing it.
Decent knife for $14, but I'd pass on it at $20.
the color came already scratched a bit. I know its a knife, but, I would like my products to be perfect when I first get them.
the lock is on the back. Annoying to me.
Its a good knife and is perfect for the person looking for a zombie collection. Though this would not do well against zombies.
-very sharp out of the box
-strong lockback mechanism (just a little bit of up-and-down play)
-blackened clip rides very low in the pocket -- good for EDC, but don't expect that bright green handle to blend in!
-opens really quick with the thumb studs
-clip can be adjusted for lefties
-satin black blade with ZK logo treatment
-strong tanto tip (good for light prying and for piercing tasks)
I purchased mine from Amazon and it came with a small chip in the tip, as if someone had dropped it. I'm guessing that it happened at the Ka-Bar factory since there's no reason Amazon would take this knife out of the box. It was minor and certainly not enough to make me return the knife or change my opinion of it.
Take home message:
For less than $30 it's an awesome knife. Unique and truly functional for EDC tasks.