I've ordered a couple of knives the past week; one is a Mark I Ka-Bar (the internet says the USMC Ka-Bar we love today is the Mark II introduced in late 11/1942). Being a Navy vet, a Navy branded Mark II is next on the wish list.
Edited to add: My Mark I arrived today, very nice and pretty sharp out of the box. But to be honest, I think the Mark II is what I would want in my hand if the Orcs try to take Helm's Deep. Longer, fuller grip and larger hilt, sturdier blade. May get another Mark I though in a nylon sheath with the Kraton handle for a field knife, it's that nice.This message has been edited. Last edited by: rat2306,
I have had one since my USMC days and they are decent knives in a utility/camping Role, but not great. The ergos of the handle are just so so if you’re doing a lot of cutting. If you are planning to use your knife to baton firewood, there are better knives out there. The Ka Bar does not have a full tang, and I have seen one lose a handle from the beating. Also, the sharpened couple of inches of clip point blade digs into the wood you are batoning with.
I love the iconic value the knife has, and mine is more for nostalgia than for hard use.
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Posts: 4439 | Location: Michigan | Registered: November 03, 2002
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I guess it’s because when I find a good source I like to share it with others who may be looking for something similar to what I was seeking. I didn’t think my post was way off topic to what the op posted. Maybe go back and read his entire post asking about where to purchase. Hope that clears things up for you .
I've had probably a half dozen over the years that I've abused until I needed to replace them. Hopefully I'll live long enough to go through a half dozen more. Solid, dependable knife. I've got a bunch of knives I like more, but none that I'm more willing to beat the snot out of doing "not really knife things" with. KA BAR takes abuse well and if it breaks it isn't that hard to find a replacement. Plus the nostalgia is off the charts. It's just a simple, classic design.
I have a commemorative KaBar for my Navy days. Cool knife. My son wanted to join the Marines since he was a kid so one Christmas I bought him the modern Marine bayonet. Ontario OKC 3S. Ended up getting one for me as well. Great knife, its better than the KaBar for anything I do, still has the USMC logo, and as a bonus fits great on any midlength AR. (unless you have an M16/M4 laying around, works on those too lol)
Posts: 7184 | Location: Florida | Registered: June 18, 2005
Speaking of Ka Bars. Many years ago I bought one. A Camillus. Thing sat 20 years or so in a locker. Are they worth anything more then other brands? I seriously have no idea and want to let it go, but don't want to loose money on it.
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Posts: 765 | Location: Switzerland | Registered: September 22, 2002
I have a Dog Head KaBar. Excellent knife. I want all the WWII utility knives. So far, I have a Cattaraugus 225Q which I had Bark River Knives restore for me. And Bark River also re-habbed a Pal RH 36 for me. Bark River now makes a modern version of the 225Q that looks great. Next up will be the Case version of the 225Q and a WWII KaBar.
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Posts: 15922 | Location: Marquette MI | Registered: July 08, 2014
When the AWB expired, I re-barreled my AR to get the front end evil features added back. And looking at the bayonet lug, well, better get one for the lug. I have the USMC bayonet, and a year later when I got the opportunity to excel, and was sent to Iraq, it went with me. Ended up being my 'cool guy' knife, since the pocket folder and Swiss Tool saw more use.
* Beta C-Mag was borrowed from an HM1, the rest of the M16A4 was either issue, or personal gear.
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I got my first one in Vietnam, back in either '65 or '66. I've had one pretty much ever since. I bought the "short" one, maybe 10 years ago, maybe more, and it has served me well. Just picked up another, a used full sized one, and it is on the way here via USPS.
There are better quality knives, but the K-Bar would work well for self-defense (I never used one on a person) and have worked for me as a fixed blade around the house, the SUV/truck and, when I had one, the boat.
The smaller pilot/air crew knife was also issued in Vietnam (I brought one home and sold it this year since I'm getting older) and it worked pretty well, too.
I suppose one could break either of them, but I have never used my knives in such a way as to do that.
Posts: 1547 | Location: TampaBay | Registered: May 22, 2009
First and foremost, Thank you for your service! And thank you for your comment and feedback. Much respect to you, Sir! I agree. I visited a few fun shops yesterday and played with some popular knives. The Gerber Strongarm and Benchmade Nimravus are two examples. The Ka-Bar may be old and not made from fancy super steel, but it's still a very capable, and of course classy knife. Maybe I'm just getting old too!
Posts: 1954 | Location: San Diego, CA | Registered: July 02, 2008
Slightly off topic, but when I went to Iraq was issued the standard Army bayonet to go with my M16A4. Took it on a couple missions then took it off my kit and dropped it in the bottom of my duffle until I turned it in. Just another thing to snag and get in the way. I figured between a pistol with five loaded mags, a rifle and ten loaded mags, and being surrounded by guys with similar load out plus belt feds, the bayonet was really just a decoration
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