Ka-Bar USMC Classic Knife

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Ka-Bar USMC Classic Knife

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Reference 131100
Colour Brown
Product type Fixed Blade Knife
Material 1095 Carbon Steel Blade
Blade length 18 cm
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Restricted to over 18s

USMC Ka-Bar Classic Knife: A Short History of a Legendary Blade

As far as legendary icons go, occasionally a tool can become synonymous with the group that makes it famous. It's hard to think of the Royal Marine Commandos without thinking of the Fairbain Sykes Commando Dagger and rarely do you think of Kukri's without thinking about the famous Gurkhas who wield them. It is with this train of thought that you'd be hard pressed to think of the United States Marine Corp and not think of the Ka-Bar Classic Knife.

The Ka-Bar USMC Classic was made in response to a specification requesting for a modern individual Utility Knife design for the U.S. Marines at the Beginning of World War II, The Union Cutlery Company were one of many to suggest their own design for consideration and beat out fierce competition. The 'Classic' as they call it, is based on the '1219C2' original version of the Ka-Bar and has been in production by Ka-Bar since 1944 in various forms, the Classicdesign is closer to the original version and there has been little expense spared on pretty much every aspect of it.

Let's look at the specifications of the USMC Ka-Bar:

  • Weight:  0.70 lb.
  • Blade Type:  Fixed Blade
  • Measurements:  Blade length 7"; Overall length 11-7/8"
  • Edge Angles:  20 Degrees
  • Shape:  Clip
  • Stamp:  USMC
  • Steel:  1095 Cro-Van
  • Grind:  Flat
  • Handle Material:  Leather
  • HRC:  56-58
  • Butt Cap/Guard:  Powdered Metal
  • Made in:  Knife Made in USA, Sheath As Noted
  • Blade Thickness:  0.165 inch
  • NSN:  1095-01-581-9100

Personal Review by Drew @ UkmcPro

The Ka-Bar Classic Knife was one of the first knives I purchased when I first started working at UkmcPro. As well as being a collector of weird and wonderful pieces of Militia I also appreciate the craftmanship of knives and this combination of both couldn't help but grab my attention! Whilst the need for smaller more concealable knives may be the priority of the Military these days, the Ka-Bar Classic still has its place among collectors or those who need a good Hunting or Utility Knife. The craftmanship is as superb as you'd expect from a company thats been making the knives for 50+ Years with attention obviously paid to each knife before they're shipped out. The Knife Handle is a hardened leather that feels solid to the touch (many mistake it for wood) and is treated against salt water and sweat. The blade itself is full tang and plain, the steel is 1095 Cro-Van (Ka-Bar's trademark type) and as with all of them can keep an edge for a long long time. The sheath is leather with the USMC insignia printed into it, which is a nice touch for any collector.

Final Thoughts:

Knives don't often stay around for this long unless they're built to the highest possible quality they can be. As you can imagine we sell the Ka-Bar range safe in the knowledge that faults are almost unheard of.  Anyone looking for a good quality Hunting Knife or just wanting to live out Sgt Rock fantasies of owning one will be happy to have this in their posession!

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