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Ka-Bar Kraton Handled Straight Edge Mark 1 Knife
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A remake of the ever-popular and sought-after knife issued to the department of the navy during wwii, the mark I features a non-reflective black blade that is epoxy powder-coated. Tests prove the finish is more durable than ever. The classic oval shape of the original KA-BAR remains and has been modernized with a material nearly impervious to sweat, chemicals, water and wear - kraton G
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9.1875" overall length.
Great 3 pt. attach sheath.
Fits perfect in the Ka-bar Leather sheath if you prefer.
Ka-Bar USA Leather Sheath, 5-1/4 Inch, Brown - $9.47
Mind you it is a tough call, so don't shoot me (Just an opinion).
The Mark 1 is better than the mora bushcraft black- which has a "shorter blade and plastic sheath" ($48.92) and the Gerber Strongarm - which is "harder to sharpen" and keep sharp ($48.92).
Both have larger handles than the Mark 1 (all are comfortable in the hand).
I own/like and recommend all!!!
You can not go wrong with any one of these 3 knives for about $50.
The ergo's on the Mark 1 just fit my hand perfectly (I have a 3 3/4" wide palm).
I like the Mark 1 overall blade specs. and steel, + better sheath.
(If your palm is wider than 4", this will be a little small for you).
Quality made in USA knife.
I do not have anything negative to say about the Mark 1.
PS: For about $20 you can get a Mora Allaround 5.8" carbon steel blade, if that suits your needs and budget better.
Morakniv Allround Multi-Purpose Fixed Blade Knife with Carbon Steel Blade, 4.0-Inch
I would NOT put it in the same class as the Mark 1, but it is a great knife (IMO).
Great handle. However, a lot more "flex" in the blade (.10" thick).
I believe the Mark-1 has become very under-appreciated, compared to other knives in this category. I believe the classic Mark 1 has only fallen out of favor because it is not as "aesthetically pleasing" as other more popular knives like the SOG stuff. I bought some Multicam Camo Form and wrapped it around the grip and kydex sheath. Now it is truly badass looking! Check out the picture! The grip, witch was already more grippy than it looked, is now very grippy. And the Multicam on black is awesome!
The factory edge was hair popping sharp and held this edge for a few weeks of very heavy use. I used the knife daily all last winter (split kindling twice a day and misc food prep) without any maintainence. After 12 months of heavy use, it only took about 45 seconds to get back to shaving sharp using my Work Sharp guided field sharpener. (3-4 strokes per side on the fine diamond and 5-6 on the fine ceramic.)
I used the knife this last season for field dressing and meat cutting. The full height grind geometry works very well and the knife is easy to keep clean. I now use a few strokes on the WorkSharp's leather strop after each use and the blade holds a hair popping edge.
The factory plastic sheath held the knife well and was easy to deploy. I didn't notice any issues with edge dulling as others have mentioned. However, I would prefer a more compact carry solution. The nylon loop allows the sheath to hang too low for my taste. I'll probably make a more compact sheath out of my next hide. I give the sheath 3-4 stars and the knife 5 stars.
This is a knife that was designed for the Navy as a "deck knife". This means that it will serve across a broad spectrum of services. The Mark I is a knife designed from the hunting knives men bought and carried during the 1930's that men used daily in the field and on the farm. This was the template that the both the Navy and the War Department used to good effect.
I can't speak for anyone else, but I wouldn't trade my Mark 1 KaBar for any other knife... at twice the price!