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I have a Case brand and a KaBar brand. They are solid utility knives.
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While technically not a Ka bar but was certainly influenced one one I just picked up one of the new USMC bayonets.

Bought it from Coleman's surplus used for $90, it was carried often but from what I can see the blade was never used.
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Originally posted by eTripper:
I still have this discontinued KABAR model. A great blade in D2 steel.

that thing is sweet. Thanks to you I had to buy one. I found a D2 but the blade profile is a little different.!!!
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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.

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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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