The KA-BAR knife is a well-known combat knife, produced by the KA-BAR company, among many other companies. It’s usefulness reaches beyond that of its intended purpose, and it has a history of being very reliable.
The KA-BAR knife was named after the KA-BAR company. The story of how the company got its name is somewhat humorous. Apparently, a hunter used one of the company’s knives to kill a bear that was attacking him after his gun malfunctioned. The hunter wrote a letter to the company with poor English, thanking them for the knife, and writing that he had used it to “kill a bar.” The way the words were written made the note appear to say “k a bar.” After that, the company adopted the name and trademarked it. The KA-BAR knife was produced by several companies other than the company where it gots its name from, including Ontario, Camillus, and Case Knives.
The KA-BAR knife got its use during World War II in trench warfare. It replaced the M1917/1918 and Mark I trench knives. The KA-BAR was not standard issue, but it was the most common knife purchased for soldiers during the second world war. By the time the war was over, the Marines had decided that the KA-BAR’s design was best, and it became a staple military surplus item. The Marines made some slight changes to the knife, including a longer blade and a leather handle.
The reason the KA-BAR became so popular after its military inception is its great utility — it can be used for just about anything. It also costs little, but remains a high-quality knife. The blade itself is made from a durable carbon and chromium (hard and doesn’t corrode easily) steel. When issued the soldiers, the knife comes with a synthetic sheath.
Soldiers use the KA-BAR knife for just about anything, so why can’t you? It’s hunting, camping, and hiking knife, all-in-one! There are a few variations of the KA-BAR knife that are available, such as the serrated model and the non-serrated model. Check out Amazon’s complete selection, and remember to get a sheath for your KA-BAR. Also, this Barska Biometric safe review talks about a great safe that will keep your KA-BAR knife protected.
Written by Craig Kent, member of the Best Military Surplus team.