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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
12 7/8" overall. 8" hollow ground partially serrated 1095 Cro-Van steel tanto blade with black epoxy powder coating. Black Kraton G handle with black epoxy powder coated carbon steel guard and butt cap. Black glass filled nylon sheath.
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No disrespect to the Taiwanese is meant. I myself am "made in Taiwan". But this oversight damages the blade and exposes it to possible rusting. I'm gratified that the knife itself is made in the USA.
I talked to the Ka Bar customer service and they were very helpful. Again, its a breath of fresh air to talk to an American company that still stands behind its products. I've sent the knife back so that they can inspect the problem. As fore mentioned, if you look at user posted pictures, it seems to be a common problem with these sheaths. Perhaps mine is a worse example than most.
I could have just returned it to Amazon. But I wanted to send it to Ka Bar to (1) benefit everyone if they can inspect the problem first hand, and (2) see how well their customer service was. I'll keep you posted.
Ka-Bar sent me a replacement knife. And they said that they would look into the sheath defect.
This tanto is much larger in person than I expected; that extra inch more than the standard 7" KA-BAR blade makes a big difference!
This knife is also super sleek in design, and is scary-sharp for being sharpened somewhere between 17-20 degrees.
The Kydex hard sheath is for the most part a good design. The cross-guard strap is totally unnecessary, though, since the cross-guard locks into the sheath for inverted carry. Using the tanto, I removed the strap by carefully slicing about half an inch up from the rivet on the back. I cut that high so I could seal the frayed threads with a lighter without damaging the nylon on the rest of the belt loop.
Since the snap on the sheath's front is not black and looks bad without the button, I carefully used the tanto to cut the nylon around the button leaving about 1/4" of threads in an octagonal pattern. I then took the button over to my sink, melted the frayed threads with a lighter one side of the octagon at a time, each time quenching the melted nylon against the cold metal of the sink. this created a slight overhang/skirt that hides the snap rivet on the sheath, improving display quality with the removed strap considerably.
I then braided about 30ft of 100lb paracord to the sheath, and stuck a mini ferro rod under the braids (not visible in pictures).
It also throws with bullseye accuracy (use thorn throw, aka "no-spin" or "quarter-spin" technique from 8-10 feet), not that you'd throw a knife at an assailant unless in the absolute most dire combat situation. Oh, and don't be an idiot; if you throw it, use a soft target. This is made to puncture and slice flesh, not to kill trees. Use a target that resembles what the weapon would be used on, or suffer the consequences.
All in all, a superb addition to my blade collection!
A little word to those that don't like the retaining strap that further anchors the knife, going above and over the cross guard... The wonderful folks at KABAR told me that, yes, you can cut it off. HOWEVER, it will void the warranty of the sheath/scabbard. Me? I'll just use some electrician's tap, securing it to the back of the seath/scabbard, and do the same for the snap/attachement that would/does further anchor the knife within the sheath/scabbard. If I need my blades, they'll need fewer steps to draw and use... For quiet carriage, the strap does end any possibility of vibration and noise- at the cost of speed...
All in all, price wise, the KABAR can't be beat. Likewise, as an adjunct to my Sig 226 TACOPS pistols, these blades do represent battle proven qualtiy, dependability, and reliability. You won't be disappointed when you need the best, and they're at hand, ready to go...
Five out of Five Stars, and no, these are mine, and you can't have them...
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.”
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