KA-BAR Fighting/Utility USMC Knife Review: Too Old?

The KA-BAR Fighting/Utility USMC Knife has been around since WWII, and the big question is can it still hold its own in this new era for specialty blades or it is …

26 thoughts on “KA-BAR Fighting/Utility USMC Knife Review: Too Old?

  1. Ernő Kiss says:

    I would ask you, why does this blade stands a bit forward (and not in the middle of the crossguard)? In case of other type ka-bar knifes, the blade stands normal in the middle of the crossguard.

  2. Goattacular says:

    I find it funny when people poo-poo the sheath before touching it because it's "Made In Mexico." Why's that funny? Mexican and Italian leather craftsmen are regarded as the best of the best in the world, and you notice the second you feel that sheath. Good call on KA-BAR's part to go for the good stuff. Oh, and a tip for batoning if you absolutely must: hold the KA-BAR's grip LIGHTLY, like with your finger TIPS lightly. Hard steel is weak against vibration, and while the grip dampens some of that shock a little, it's still a full rat-tail tang, which makes it delicate when you start whacking it on hard stuff. It's primary function is to puncture cloth and human flesh with the objective being to end your enemy's life, not to build a thousand camp fires worth of split wood. KA-BAR won't even cover damage from being thrown in the warranty, because they no dumbasses are chucking it at hard, wood targets instead of soft, supple bad guy flesh (or cardboard, Styrofoam, ballistic gel, etc.) like it was designed for. Also, when pounding tent stakes with the pommel, you're supposed to put a block of wood between them to dampen the vibrations. A lot of camping newbies, and even some bush craft vets, don't do this AT ALL WITH ANY KNIFE. Be smart, and it'll last longer than your lifetime.

  3. Airik1111 says:

    Have you ever used their kbar Extreme D2 steel? I like that it has no top guard, they also have their new Dogs head utility knife with no top guard either. The Dogs Head has a larger grind, it goes a bit higher, its cool but hardly any review vids.

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