Ka Bar “porn”

If you are into knives, you probably already own one of these. I recommend getting the “original” made today in Olean, NY, USA. Especially the straight edged Model 1211 with its very comfortable Kraton handle. It just feels a good tad better than the leather handled version, which is why I leave my USMC unused for display. Your standard 7 inch KaBar is a remarkably lightweight (310 grams) universal “field knife” that can serve a soldier or an outdoorsman equally well. The short KaBar, to me, feels like a toy (or very massive letter opener) in the hand, and seems more at home as a christmas present to a 10-year-old, from an ergonomic standpoint.

When using your KaBar, bear in mind that it is a “rat tail” knife with 90 degree angles at the tang/handguard junction. These are generic stress risers, so care has to be taken when hitting the back of the blade with a wood baton. Knives like these must not be taken granted to tolerate these somewhat punishing techniques. I do not think it has to do with the heat treatment at the factory.

I have done it on three to four inch diameter trees, using short strokes and a lighter baton, with no negative results on my 1211, but it is not recommended. The youtube-kids are able to destroy Recon Scout or Trailmaster knives made of good carbon steel with this “survival skill”, so the not-so-thick KaBar is even more endangered. A knife like the Peltonen M95 cannot be broken this way.

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