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KA-BAR U.S.M.C Knife Review – Survival Knives

Famous in it’s own right with a historical background and part of an American legend – The United States Marine Corp. 12″ Overall. 7″ edge with black finish carbon steel blade. Polished leather handle with black coated metal guard and butt.

Ka bar USMC Knife available with plain or part serrated blade.

Includes brown leather belt sheath with USMC logo.

20 replies on “KA-BAR U.S.M.C Knife Review – Survival Knives”

I'd rather trust my life to my little marttiini because these are known to break. Besides being ugly and too big

Aaaa…I already knew it was a GREAT, all-around, virtually indestructible knife or Suppy wouldn’t have issued me one… (Oooh-Rah!)

A rat tail tang is a major weak point! I am not do sure if this knife is bombproof. This knife has a huge cool factor and has a long history but I would not depend my life on it! Thanks for the video

If only KA-BAR would take the USMC design, thicken the tang a little more, make the hand guard a tiny bit thicker then upgrade the steel to CPM 3V they would have a winner on their hands once again. They need to get with the program.

would not be my first choice of tool for wood. ive seen too many mixed reviews on these, I don't think kabar;s QC is up to much and they bend and break if you get a poor one.

a quick idea on tent pegs, it's less hazardous if you make the spike last. thus ensures that you don't accidentally impale yourself while moving the stick around carving the notch.

I've had mine since the early 80s, and the false edge on mine, is extremely sharp. But since I don't baton with a knife there is no problem. And remember the Ka-Bar is a Fighting/Utility knife, that is how it was designed. As for the hole at the bottom/tip of the sheath, lanyard or drain, take you pick.

I was discharged from the Marines in 1986. I still use my original KBAR to this day. There is a reason it retains its popularity, it is a tool of death and destruction. I always carried a pocket knife for carving, however the KBAR is grunt-proof. I have never seen one fail. In all fairness, it's not a bush craft knife. It was designed as an all purpose fighting/utility knife. In this category, it has few worthy opponents. In short, regardless of one's opinion, you should not carry any weapon that you cannot stand behind with 100% confidence. If you hate the knife, I can respect  your opinion. As for me, like a good dog, you can't place a value on it. Great review, I would agree on all points.

I find it hilarious that non Marines chime in saying that we carried them in WWI and WWII and that its not relevant anymore. My Ka-Bar was carried during Vietnam by my Father then passed on to my brother whom had in in panama then passed on to me which hung on me proudly during the Gulf War I got out in 98 and they were still being issued. I love my KaBar and trust it like no other knife however when I am doing a lot of Bushcraft I do pull out my TOP Tahoma for a lot of things but if I could only have 1 knife for self defense and bushcraft I would take my KaBar. Semper Fidelis A1/3 0311

Say Heah Ashley, I generally like using a multi knife carry, usually a larger knife with a smaller knife, recently that's been my preferred carry regardless which knives I use. One of my Fav's is my Rodent 7 and the Rodent 4, I recently got the Steel Heart Ergo and the Badger Attack Ergo which is similar to my Rodents in size but in the INFI Steel. I dismiss the word "Bushcraft Knife" because I saw in your hands that Ka-Bar did as good in your hands as a Jacklore would in a beginners hands. I paired my U.S.M.C. Ka-Bar with a MK-1, it's a smaller blade that's thin and a Flat Grind that's a real nice cutter. the two complement eachother really well and a nice matching set..Bushcraft other my knives are older and I had them a long time but their still in excellent condition and I keep them sharp. and I enjoy going into the bush with them because I know their both good kbives. I also take a folding saw and a hatchet. I have quite of few Combat Knives that do an outstanding job in the bush like my Son of Badger, I also like a choil, But another Tactical Set that I have that does ne right in the bush is my Cold Steel Tanto and my S.O.G. Seal Pup Elite you would think their too tactical, but I find them both to be good bush craft knivrs, both are made out of the AUS8 Stainless but because their tempered similar they both hold a good edge and are easy to sharpen. So yrah, what is excactly a bushcraft knife, I dismiss that word and from my own experience I think a knife that you can control fairly well and work wood well is it., I do have a custom.that I like for working wood, it's a 4" blade and 3/16th's" thick with a modified hollow grind that is scary sharp and hold's a great edge. But sometimes I wish it was just a little longer, Then I take my Potbelly and wish that sometimes it was just a little shorter heh heh heh so I neck carry a Top's Mini Scandi 2.5 with it. But I also go into the bush to practice my survival skills which I really enjoy, If I had to survive, I know I can do it with several of my knives and each one is a little different, but good qualities and practice makes perfect.

I LOVE mine. If I could only take one knife with me in a bug-out situation it would be this one (or my partially serrated synthetic version). Do yourself a favor, and frequently (1-2x a week) oil the leather on both the sheath and grip with Neatsfoot oil, and don't be afraid to bang up the leather a bit between then. After about a year, it'll have one of the most beautiful vintage looks you've ever seen. I'd link you a picture of mine which could pass as an authentic WWII model, but YouTube keeps getting more and more bitchy, and won't let me post a link. Grrr…

You can get a better grip on it by putting some size 15 o rings in the grooves. When I was in the marines a lot of us spent sometime customizing it, in that respect the metal is very forgiving to modifications.

Carver
Cut off the top of the metal guard so you can move you thumb on to the spline of the blade, then you get much more control

Use paint stripper to take of the black, so the knife is much slicker on the side of the wood as you cut with the blade

Buy a fine canoe sharping stone and work the edge with it.(gardening supply)
Take the stone to the blade
You will basically re-bevel the cutting edge to a much more acute angle
Then work the edge with a fine diamond then extra fine
Wicked sharp….

And all of this is easy and cheap to do

These mods to the knife jumps its usability
The Kabar is the classic Utility Knife

Hey guys I just purchased a razor sharp kabar brand new that could cut hair no problem and after a few small slices with it it became extremely dull to the point where I can't cut paper or even cardboard without it ripping. I was cutting plain foam (the soft kind not styrofoam). Any idea what happened? Yes it was a real kabar 1095 crovan. Not sure what the problem was.

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