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Ka Bar / K Bar Folding & Combat Knives

Ka-Bar KnifeEveryone must know the KaBar story already, since it’s only one of the most famous knives ever made in America, but here it is again: in the late 1800′s a customer of the Tidioute Cutlery Company of Pennsylvania wrote a letter of appreciation in regards to the Bowie knife he had recently purchased. Although the man’s handwriting was barely legible and the letter had seen hard times, company employees were able to make out that the happy trapper had used the knife to k*** a b*ar that had tried to kill him. The trademark name Kabar saw first use in the 1920′s, but became truly famous when the parent company won the contract for the standard issue Marine Corps military knife of WWII. Today Kabar still produces tactical knives, but sporting and work knives make up a large part of the product line.

Company History

Thirty eight immigrant cutlers who had learned their trade in the industrial center of Sheffield, England, settled together in one area of what is now New York and Pennsylvania, late in the 1800′s. The limited partnership they formed took the official name Tidioute Cutlery Company. By 1900 the company failed, but Wallace Brown bought the company’s physical assets and went into business as the Union Razor Company. As the company’s products increased in variety, the name changed to Union Cutlery. Union Cutlery’s tactical knife design developed for the U.S. military included the trademark stamp, Ka-bar, on the blade. Servicemen during WWII quickly associated the brand with quality and reliability, and by 1952 Union Cutlery submitted to public opinion and changed its name to Ka-Bar. Ka-Bar’s history hasn’t been all success, including a bankruptcy which forced a sale to Robinson Knife Company and then to Cole National Corporation. When Cole also failed, Ka-bar sold to Alcas Corporation of Olean, N.Y., the company’s current home.

Knives

Ka-Bar’s produces its most famous knife, the Ka-Bar USMC Fighting/Utility knife, in exactly the same style as the WWII knife, plus several other variations using the same basic pattern but newer materials like molded Kraton handles. The knife’s “do-anything” pattern makes it popular as a sporting or survival knife as well as military sidearm, strong enough to cut through a steel drum or hammer nails, and still able to neatly field dress a deer. Ka-Bar also makes fixed blade and folding hunting and fishing knives with a much less military look, as well as modern tactical folders featuring rugged lockbacks and one-handed opening. Ka-Bar acquired the assets and designs of Becker Knife & Tool and produces many popular Becker designs like the Becker Necker and the Becker Tac-tool.

Where to Buy


Ka-Bar Besh Boga Neck Knife, Titanium Nitride

Womens Self Defense Dagger by Brent Breshara

Ka-Bar Besh Boga Neck Knife, Titanium Nitride | Womens Self Defense Dagger by Brent Breshara

The Ka-Bar Besh BOGA Neck Knife is the production version of a women's self defense knife designed by Canadian Special Ops soldier Brent Breshara. The Besh BOGA features Breshara's unusual "Besh Wedge" point -- a strong design which puts a third cutting edge on the dagger's chisel-shaped tip.

Made in ...





Ka-Bar Fillet Fishing Knife, Heavy Duty Kraton Handle

Industrial Stainless Steel Hollow Ground Blade w/ Sheath

Ka-Bar Fillet Fishing Knife, Heavy Duty Kraton Handle | Industrial Stainless Steel Hollow Ground Blade w/ Sheath

Made in Olean, New York, the KA-Fillet Fishing Knife requires minimal care. Built for the roughest working conditions, the knife is strong enough for tougher jobs than filleting fish.

The stamped high carbon stainless steel fillet blade seats in a large black Kraton handle which completely encloses the tang and ...





Ka-Bar Neck Knife & Lanyard, Black BK11

Becker Necker Fixed Plain Edge LDK Tactical

Ka-Bar Neck Knife & Lanyard, Black BK11 | Becker Necker Fixed Plain Edge LDK Tactical

The 6-3/4-inch Becker Necker, now produced by Ka-Bar, seems a bit much to hang around the neck. Though it's better suited for fixing to gear or hanging on the belt, the BK11 outshines many neck knives by simply being enough knife to actually use.

The Necker's 3-1/4-inch flat ...





Bull Bob Dozier Knife by Ka-Bar

Clip Point Hunting & Survival Black Blade

Bull Bob Dozier Knife by Ka-Bar | Clip Point Hunting & Survival Black Blade

Designed by Bob Dozier and produced in collaboration with Ka-Bar, the Ka-Bar Bull Dozier knife shows the forty years of knife-making experience Mr. Dozier has acquired. The Bull Dozier could work as a combat knife, hunting knife, or survival knife -- strong enough for any rough task and ...





Ka-Bar Bobcat Folding Knife by Bob Dozier

Lockback w/ Black Plain Edge, Zytel Handle

Ka-Bar Bobcat Folding Knife by Bob Dozier | Lockback w/ Black Plain Edge, Zytel Handle

Designed by Bob Dozier, marketed by Ka-Bar, and manufactured in Taiwan, the Bobcat Dozier from Ka-Bar looks much like Dozier's larger fixed blade designs when open and locked. The Bobcat offers similar grip strength and versatility in a folding lockback build with qualities tactical users and woodsmen both appreciate.

This ...





Ka-Bar Potbelly Hunting, Camping & Survival Knife

Adventure Gurkha w/ Zytel Handle 2-5600-4

Ka-Bar Potbelly Hunting, Camping & Survival Knife | Adventure Gurkha w/ Zytel Handle 2-5600-4

If you're looking for a heavy duty camp knife, hunting knife, and survival tool, stop here. Look no farther than the Ka-Bar Adventure Potbelly Knife. The Potbelly's seven-inch, hollow ground blade of 1095 Cro-Van steel has enough reach and enough weight to do the work of a camp axe as ...





Ka-Bar Baconmaker Adventure Recurve Knife Blade

Boar Hunter Magazine Steve Johnson 2-5601-1

Ka-Bar Baconmaker Adventure Recurve Knife Blade | Boar Hunter Magazine Steve Johnson 2-5601-1

One of three Adventure series knives released by Ka-Bar in 2010, the Ka-Bar Adventure Baconmaker satisfies anybody who likes a knife with great style but treats their tools a little rough. This pigsticker can take it.

Adventure series knives developed from a partnership with knife designer Steve Johnson, the field editor of ...





Becker Knife & Tool Combat Bowie, Black BK-9

Ka-Bar Survival Full Tang High Carbon Steel Blade

Becker Knife & Tool Combat Bowie, Black BK-9 | Ka-Bar Survival Full Tang High Carbon Steel Blade

Becker Knife & Tool once produced a wide variety of survival knives built to the specifications of founder Ethan Becker, who had a longstanding interest in big knives. Now produced under the guidance of Ka-Bar, the Becker BK-9 Combat Bowie is one of the best Beckers for the ...





Ka-Bar Last Ditch LDK TDI w/ Pistol Grip

Tactical Law Enforcement Neck Knife

Ka-Bar Last Ditch LDK TDI w/ Pistol Grip | Tactical Law Enforcement Neck Knife

The smallest knife so far in the Ka-Bar TDI series, the Tactical Defense Institute LDK neck knife could actually be stored in your wallet. The Last Defense Knife isn't much larger than a credit card and wields a wicked cutting edge just 1-5/8 inches long.

The flat build uses ...





Ka-Bar FIN Folding Knife, Tactical Black 5551

Comes In Drop Point, Tanto, Serrated, Combo or Plain Edge

Ka-Bar FIN Folding Knife, Tactical Black 5551 | Comes In Drop Point, Tanto, Serrated, Combo or Plain Edge

Ka-Bar made the FIN Folding Frame Lock Knife in both drop point and tanto blade styles and offered a choice of combo-serrated or plain edges on each version. This combo-serrated drop point FIN offers very little plain edge for fine cutting. Make sure it fits your purposes.

Open length of the ...





Ka-Bar Tac Tool Becker BK3 w/ Machete, Chisel

Fixed Emergency SWAT Team Knife, High Carbon Steel

Ka-Bar Tac Tool Becker BK3 w/ Machete, Chisel | Fixed Emergency SWAT Team Knife, High Carbon Steel

The Becker BK3 Tac Tool, now made by Ka-Bar, resulted from a collaboration between Ethan Becker of Becker Knife and Tool and John Benner of Tactical Defense Institute. The original purpose of the Tac Tool was to provide emergency entry into locked or barricaded rooms. Even though the ...





Ka-Bar Desert Fighting Combat Knife

Fixed Combo Edge High Carbon Steel 2-5014-9

Ka-Bar Desert Fighting Combat Knife | Fixed Combo Edge High Carbon Steel 2-5014-9

First produced by Ka-Bar in 2005, the Desert Fighting Knife came about because many military personnel serving in the Gulf region wrote the company to request a desert version of the famous Ka-Bar fighting knife. Ka-Bar's Desert Fighting Knife incorporates handle material and sheath in desert tan.

A combo cutting ...





Ka-Bar Extreme Combat Fighting Knife w/ Kraton Handle

Modified Bowie Fixed Blade D2 2-1282-6

Ka-Bar Extreme Combat Fighting Knife w/ Kraton Handle | Modified Bowie Fixed Blade D2 2-1282-6

This Extreme Fighting Knife from Ka-Bar works some important improvements into the classic Ka-Bar Marine Corps fighting knife design. If you liked that one, you'll love this one too.

Components show more attention to appearance and are no longer just the most rugged parts possible. The finger guard isn't a ...





Ka-Bar Becker Campanion BK2 w/ Grivory Handle

Fixed Survival Emergency Knife, Full Tang

Ka-Bar Becker Campanion BK2 w/ Grivory Handle | Fixed Survival Emergency Knife, Full Tang

The Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion brings back an older survival knife that became a collector's piece after the original manufacturer -- Becker Knife & Tool -- shut down in 2007. Ka-Bar holds true to the original concepts of the Campanion, and the new version still comes close to the ...





LaserLyte Ka-Bar Gun Knife Collectibles

Tactical Black Steel Pistol Bayonet

LaserLyte Ka-Bar Gun Knife Collectibles | Tactical Black Steel Pistol Bayonet

Collector's items aren't limited to the knives that survive the ages -- unique knives that come and go quickly also find a solid following. Let's put the Ka-Bar Pistol Bayonet by LaserLyte in that second collectible class, since it's a good idea which solves a problem no one had. ...





Ka Bar Bowie Knife, Black High Carbon Steel

Heavy Kraton Machete 1277

Ka Bar Bowie Knife, Black High Carbon Steel | Heavy Kraton Machete 1277

If you need a knife heavy enough for chopping wood, the Ka-Bar 14-1/4-inch Bowie could be a match. The tactical black high carbon 1085 steel blade is flat ground and tempered to Rockwell 55 to 57 -- it's a strong edge that will even hold up to rocks without ...





Ka-Bar Machete Cutlass w/ Leather Sheath

Black High Carbon Steel Blade

Ka-Bar Machete Cutlass w/ Leather Sheath | Black High Carbon Steel Blade

Ka-Bar's Black Cutlass Machete reaches back to the roots of both designs, coming up with a new approach that works well for modern campers and adventurers. The 16-1/2-inch rat tail tang knife -- with 11 inches of 1085 high carbon steel cutting edge -- chops brush, slashes rope, and in ...





Ka-Bar TDI Rig Police LDK Knife

AUS8 Stainless Steel Combo Edge w/ Cordura Ankle Sheath

Ka-Bar TDI Rig Police LDK Knife | AUS8 Stainless Steel Combo Edge w/ Cordura Ankle Sheath

Designed as an LDK or Last Ditch Knife for police, the TDI knife Rig from Ka-Bar comes in two sizes with two slightly different mounting assemblies. The larger knife is for belt wear, and the smaller rig straps discreetly to the ankle.

The unusual design of the TDI knife ...





Ka-Bar US Army Vietnam Commemorative Military Knife

High Carbon Steel Bowie Blade

Ka-Bar US Army Vietnam Commemorative Military Knife | High Carbon Steel Bowie Blade

First produced by Ka-Bar in 2006, the U.S. Army version of the Vietnam Commemorative Knife is the real thing, with a little added decoration. The 7-inch bowie style blade and stacked leather handle match the well known Ka-Bar fighting knife pattern that has been standard issue for American military since ...





Ka-Bar Black Serrated Tactical Combat Knife

Full-Size Military Fixed Blade

Ka-Bar Black Serrated Tactical Combat Knife | Full-Size Military Fixed Blade

This classic Ka-Bar military design has been only slightly modified from the original version, the mainstay fixed blade instrument of American military forces since WWII. The partially serrated blade makes rope cutting efficient and less dependent upon the sharpening skills of the user. That can be a bit of ...





Miss A Army Kit Pocket Knife

NBC Today Show | Emergency Multi-tool | Makeup Fashion

Miss A Army Kit Pocket Knife | NBC Today Show | Emergency Multi-tool | Makeup Fashion

Obviously I'm in favor of carrying knives, but not only for self defense. We all constantly run into circumstances that require tools. Knives are among the first implements that humans invented. Leaving your knife behind is like leaving your teeth behind.

In modern circumstances our needs are ...





Ka-Bar TDI Ankle Knife

Law Enforcement Self Defense Boot Blade

Ka-Bar TDI Ankle Knife | Law Enforcement Self Defense Boot Blade

Designed for law enforcement use and with obvious features of interest to military personnel as well, civilians may do well to think of this as a collector's item. This scaled down version of Ka-Bar's popular TDI "last resort" knife is small enough to be worn at the ankle. A ...





Ka-Bar TDI 1480 Law Enforcement Knife

Stainless Steel Tactical Combat Blade

Ka-Bar TDI 1480 Law Enforcement Knife | Stainless Steel Tactical Combat Blade

Yikes. An easily concealed belt knife created by John Benner of the Tactical Defense Institute, this small pistol-grip weapon is intended for law enforcement use, as a "last option" knife. The downward style of the wide 2 5/8" stainless steel blade makes this knife very limited in ...





Full Tang Japanese Ninja Display Sword

Replica Combat Katana Stainless Steel

Full Tang Japanese Ninja Display Sword | Replica Combat Katana Stainless Steel

Buying a sword with absolutely no pedigree, like this replica Ninja sword that borrows as much from schools of kitchen cutlery and pirate movies as it does from real ninjutsu, is only risky if you expect a real sword. If you want a sword for other than real reasons, ...





Ka-Bar US Army Fighting Knife

Tactical High Carbon Steel Blade

Ka-Bar US Army Fighting Knife | Tactical High Carbon Steel Blade

This classic fighting knife from Ka-Bar, first manufactured at the onset of WWII, has survived more than fifty years of industry changes unscathed. Look around you for other items with that longevity and you'll find only a few. Hammers, wrenches, and Ka-Bar knives head the list.

Ka-Bar makes several ...





Ka Bar Black Tanto Knife

2-1245-1 Tactical Full Tang Blade

Ka Bar Black Tanto Knife | 2-1245-1 Tactical Full Tang Blade

Tanto blades look just plain dangerous, all angles and points and edges. They remind me a little bit of shark's teeth. It's a cultural thing, a remnant of old Japan in the blade style. An American fighting blade is nearly always a modern version of the Bowie ...





Ka Bar Black Kukri Machete Review

Wilderness Knife | Carbon Steel Blade

Ka Bar Black Kukri Machete Review | Wilderness Knife | Carbon Steel Blade

If I hear the name Ka-Bar I think of the tried and true fighting knife that's standard equipment for U.S. Marines. It isn't fancy, but most Marines can't break it. Ka-Bar does branch out into other parts of the knife industry from time to time, and the 17" ...





Ka-Bar Next Generation Knife

ComboEdge w/ Sheath

Ka-Bar Next Generation Knife | ComboEdge w/ Sheath

So, is this really the "next generation" of fighting knives? There's no doubt that it looks pretty intimidating. The next generation might be talking about how scary this one looks.

Ka-Bar's Next Generation Fighting Knife, hereby referred to as the NGFK, is designed as a heavy-duty, combat-friendly knife. It's widely ...





Ka Bar Warthog Knife #KB1247

Black Fixed Blade, Nylon Sheath

Ka Bar Warthog Knife #KB1247 | Black Fixed Blade, Nylon Sheath

This sturdy knife by Ka-Bar is made for many purposes.

One of the first noticeable features of the Ka-Bar Warthog is its unique shape, which contains cutting surfaces on both the front and back side of the blade for multi-purpose use.

The blade can easily handle any of many possible uses from prying, ...





Ka Bar USMC Combat Knife

US Marines | 100th Anniversary

Ka Bar USMC Combat Knife | US Marines | 100th Anniversary

Ka-Bar knife company, originally known as Union Cutlery Company, has been making a variant of this knife for over one hundred years.

Originally designed to be a hunting knife, it became popular with US Marines during WWII. It quickly became the edged weapon of choice or the Marines, and is still issued today to ...





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