A little while ago I was researching what the best fixed blade knife was, as I was in dire need of a new one for a trip I was taking. Time and time again I kept hearing that the best you could get for fewer than 100 dollars was the Ka-Bar USMC fighting knife. I decided that with all the people telling me that, they had to be on to something. So I purchased the KA-BAR USMC and put it to the test.
A little history on the knife from their site is as follows
“On December 9, 1942, after the start of World War II, KA-BAR submitted a knife to the United States Marine Corps in hopes that it would become general issue to that branch of the military. Production began of an improved fighting and utility knife for the Marines. As the War escalated, the USMC KA-BAR knives became so well-recognized for their quality and so abundant in number that “Kabar” became the name by which many referred to this knife pattern, regardless of whether the knife was manufactured at the actual KA-BAR facility.
Today, the original USMC Fighting and Utility Knife remains the first choice for many men and women of service who carry it as their personal knife option. It is also a favorite of adventurers, survivalist, outdoor sportsmen and, of course, knife collectors who know that this knife deserves a place in their collection.”
The first thing I noticed when I saw this knife was that it really is beautiful. It would be a great knife for a collection if I didn’t want to use it as a fixed blade. The sheath itself is leather and has a USMC emblem that appears to be burned into it. It really makes the knife look pretty, if I can say as much about a knife.
The knife itself does not disappoint either on first view. The toned leather handle provides a good grip for the knife and the full tang build makes it feel really strong. The knife itself has a full 7 inch blade and comes sharp from the manufacturer. The look is sleek and the blade is sharp. I tested it on a water bottle and it sliced clean through it (you can see the video review below to see that).
I have yet to find any real faults with this knife. It should be known though that the knife is around a pound, so if you are going on a long backpacking trip it may be more than you want to carry; however, for a knife that works as well as this one you may make the sacrifice.
- Blade Detail: Plain
- Blade Length (inches): 7
- Blade Material: High Carbon, Black
- Carry System: Leather Sheath, USMC
- Handle Material: Leather Disks
- Overall Length (inches): 11.88
- Made In: United States
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