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  • #9070
    Tolik
    Tolik
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    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 .

    Specifications:
    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 .

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    #9074
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    matt76
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    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.

    #9089
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    matt76
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    Here is a picture of it.

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    #9093
    Whirlibird
    Whirlibird
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    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.

    225Q Quartermaster knife photo output_zpsuof8sof4.jpg

    #9126
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    74
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    rnews

    Good review, I’sure it will do good service for you.

    #9130
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    freedom
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    USMC Ka-Bar, does make some of the best knifes around.

    #9223
    Jay
    Jay
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    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")

    #9273
    Tolik
    Tolik
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    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 .

    #9278
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    freedom
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    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.

    #9340
    Tolik
    Tolik
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    Very true

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