KA-bar USMC Fighting Knife

by Knife Expert on September 24, 2014

The Original KA-bar – The Fighting Knife of the USMC

This knife was was made popular by the United States Marine Corp as piece of standard equipment for the soldiers who carried them. The KA-bar USMC Fighting Knife is a solid, well built knife that can take a great deal of abuse and still remain sharp and functional for almost any outdoor adventure or survival situation.

For a number of years now, the KA-bar has been my go-to knife for hiking.  I even manage to slip it into my EDC bag so that I can have a proper fixed-blade along with my pocket folder.

You can read more about my EDC knife elections here.




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KA-Bar Specifications:

Most well known fixed blade knife design in the world.
Features 1095 Cro-van steel, (1095) Cro-Van steel blades have a hardness rating of (HRC 56-58)
Easy grip Leather Handle, USMC Fighting Knife.
7″ Serrated or Straight Edge Blade.
The edge angle is set at 20 degrees.
Knife Made in USA (Olean, NY)
Leather Sheath made in Mexico.
The knife is also available in:
Powder black blade with black leather handle,
Chrome Vanadium Blade with brown leather handle,
Powder black tanto blade with hard Kydex sheath
Straight edge, serrated edge or combination edges are available.
The sheaths available are hard, leather, or hard nylon.
The KA-BAR U.S.M.C. also comes complete with the embossed leather Eagle, Globe, and Anchor sheath.
Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 3.2 x 2.3 inches weighs 1.1 pounds




Every single KA-bar USMC Fighting Knife goes through an intensive process to create this exceptional knife, before it is presented for sale.
1st, the blades go through a 3 step heat treating process that begins with an hour long heat treatment.
2nd, the blades are then sent through a cryogenic quenching process where the blades are frozen to -120 degrees F to optimize the overall performance of the blade.
3rd the blades are then put through an intensive tempering process for roughly 7 hours to enhance the toughness and durability of the steel.

The history of this knife dates all the back to World War II, when it came standard issue for the US Marines, and it is currently still used by US Armed Forces even today. If you are in need of a good, high quality utility/survival/combat knife, then this is the knife for you. There is just something about a good American made knife, regardless of the particular style you choose, you really can’t go wrong here. The knife really stands up to rough use and still holds a great edge. It can also be sharpened further if you wish, but that’s optional.
Makes a perfect gift for anybody who has served in the military, outdoor enthusiasts, survivalists, and collectors as well.  The value of this knife is one of the best you will find (performance vs $).




Click Here for detailed reviews and pricing for the KA-BAR Fighting Knife

{ 1 comment }

Greg September 29, 2014 at 10:14 am

Thats’s definitely a beautiful knife, and a piece of history.

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