Full-size US ARMY KA-BAR, Straight Edge
US ARMY KA-BAR Knife
KA-BAR Knife history dates back to the very beginning of the 19th Century and includes more than 100 years of quality knife making. The Ka-Bar was adopted by the US Marine Corps in 1943 during WWII and has been a trusted companion to every Marine ever since. The USMC Ka-Bar has a 7" straight edge blade made from 1095 Cro-van steel and a stacked leather grip
KA-BAR makes Army and Navy versions along with USMC versions. They are the same as the Marine version except for different initials at the bottom of the blade and different symbols on the sheath. Marines today often give the blades, guards and pommels of their knives a few coats of non-reflective matte black spray paint to reduce reflected light and give them a little more protection against saltwater corrosion. Its moderate carbon and low chromium steel mixture allows the blade to hold an edge very well. The 1095 chrome-vanadium steel used in the blades of contemporary KA-BARs has a hardness of 56ï¿½58 HRC, while the guard and pommel are made from sintered 1095 carbon steel.
Besides use as a fighting knife, the Ka-Bar 2 has proven its usefulness as a utility knife, used for opening cans, digging trenches, and cutting wood, roots, wire, and cable.