Ka-Bar USMC Military Knives
Ka-bar fighting been knives have been around since before World war II. The original design has been around since the 1920's and Ka-bar has now become a very popular knife. The Ka-bar fighting knife is used by different branches of the military and is considered a standard military hardware.
The Ka-bar fighting knife that is most commonly seen is the USMC version with a 7" 1095 high carbon steel blade that is epoxy coated. The handle is made up of 6 tightly wound leather disks separated by small gaps. It is a proven design with a military toughness. Ka bar also makes a 9" overall length with a 5" blade version. It is referred to as the Short American Legend I.
The USMC Ka-bar fighting knife is a well built knife that should provide good service. Whether you are out hunting, camping, or are a true survivalist, the Ka-bar fighting knife can fill your needs.
There is one thing that is different in modern Ka-Bar knives. The difference is that the swedge is not sharp like you would find on older Ka-bar knives. The swedge is the back side of the blade near the tip. The reason the swedge is not sharp is to comply with U.S. laws.
Another thing to keep in mind is that many knives are use a process called parkerizing to protect the steel from corrosion. This also provides the gray, blue, and black colors to these steels. Parkerizing is also referred to as phosphating. Newer Kabar knives use an epoxy coating to protect the steel from corrosion instead of parkerizing.
The epoxy coating makes the knife look very good and is durable. This makes the modern Kabar knife unique.
Overall, The USMC Ka-Bar fighting knife is a decent knife with much history and proven performance.