April 17, 2014 at 3:13 am #9070
I have often heard that there is nothing like a Ka-Bar , they are on the pricy side , but after I finally picked one up ….my other knives went on the shelf . This is a battle proven , rugged knife , made famous by US Marines in the Pacific during WW2 .
7 inch blade , 12 inch overall
Official Product Description:
USMC fighting utility knife
Why did you get it?
I had had some extra cash and needed a good all around knife .
What do you like about it?
The feel , once you have it in your hand , you feel the power and substantial , well , built design . It comes out of the box razor sharp ( seriously , you can accidentally cut yourself ) Its very well made , the stacked leather grip holds fast in your hand , even if wet . The blade is a good shape , and can easily see why it would be a favorite for fighting . The back of the knife can be used as a hammer if need be .
What dont you like about it? How could it be improved?
The only thing I dont like is the leather sheath , Not a big fan of leather sheaths , it was too bright for me , so I got some black shoe polish and toned it down a lot , then I got fabric glue and pasted some scrap German Flectarn fabric to the side ….then it fit well with all my other gear .
How did you hear about it?
In the US , ka-Bar is a legend ………..nothing more needs to be said .
Where did you get it?
Bass Pro Shop
How did it help you in the past? (Personal experience of using it)
Time will tell , but I am sure it will not let me down .
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.April 17, 2014 at 3:29 am #9074
This truly is a great knife. I have had one since I was about 11. I remember raking yards for months to save up the 35 dollars I paid for it. That was 26 years ago and you can only imagine the abuse it has seen. It even went through a flood and I did not find it for several weeks. After cleaning it up the only real damage was that the stacked leather washers in the handle seperated a little bit which made the hand guard a little loose. It is my go to knife tucked neatly inside my bob ready if duty calls.April 17, 2014 at 5:01 am #9089
Here is a picture of it.
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.April 17, 2014 at 6:51 am #9093
The KaBar never quite felt right to me. Rolls too much in the hand.
The Cattaraugus 225Q Quartermasters knife however, is stronger and has a better feeling grip than the KaBar.
I’ve broken a KaBar (don’t ask) but an old abused 225Q has stood up to all the abuse I can/could throw at it.
The unusual thing about the 225Q, it generally came with a left hand sheath. For carrying opposite a 1911.April 17, 2014 at 10:48 am #9126
Good review, I’sure it will do good service for you.April 17, 2014 at 12:17 pm #9130
USMC Ka-Bar, does make some of the best knifes around.April 17, 2014 at 4:36 pm #9223
I like the big guards on this one. Does it have a hollow handle?
I think this knife was known in my youth as “rambo knife” or “survival knife”. I had a really cheap knock off with all sorts of survival gear in the handle. Fell apart after a few weeks and was sharp like a spoon.
Alea iacta est ("The die has been cast")April 17, 2014 at 8:21 pm #9273
Naw , its pretty solid , it would be very hard to get that handle off the knife . I think that if the leather handle needed replacement ( very rare ) , you would have to send it back to the factory , it does have a lifetime guarantee .April 17, 2014 at 8:31 pm #9278
Tolik, it is a strong knife, even if the handle would ever have a problem the blade on this knife will not. So in a SHTF that is what you want. A handle is the less of any problem in a SHTF, you just tape it up and keep going.April 18, 2014 at 12:08 am #9340
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