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on July 7, 2013
This knife is exactly what I expected when I ordered it. It is a rugged, no frills, knife; built to be "soldier proof" and able to stand up to hard use. The knife exhibits the type of fit and finish you would expect on a military issue combat knife. Nothing fancy, but well made with good fit and finish. The stacked leather handle of the 498 Marine Combat Knife is 5" long; it is weather proofed with some type of black coating, and features a Steel buttcap. Some have recommended removing this coating but I see no reason to do so.. This is a full-tang knife with a 7" clip point blade that is made of tough, tested 1095 carbon steel with a Zinc Phosphate finish. It is .165" thick, The knife comes with a substantial, black leather sheath. The belt loop on this sheath is large and will fit a military pistol belt.
The knife comes with a reasonably sharp factory edge but this can be improved with a stone and ceramic "steel". This knife is built to stand up to hard use and will likely be passed down as a family heirloom. A touch of mink oil or neatsfoot oil on the leather handle and some mineral oil on the blade from time to time will keep the knife in good shape. A real bargain and Made in USA to boot.