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 Boar Hunter Magazine. Having spent years designing custom knives for fellow boar hunters and for military specialists, Mr. Johnson knows how to make knives for sticking. The Baconmaker resulted from a request by a Special Forces friend with his own ideas to contribute. Now built by Ka-Bar from high carbon Cro-Van steel, the Baconmaker was influenced by Persian blades but manufactured with stronger modern materials — including Ka-Bar’s new Adventuregrip handle slabs of textured Zytel.
Twelve-and-3/4 inches long overall, this full tang fixed blade includes 7-1/8 inches of recurved blade. The false upper edge gives the blade an efficient dagger shape for piercing, and the recurve makes the knife especially good at slashing. Recurved plain edges also do a fine job of gripping and severing cord and harness straps, without the sharpening problems a serrated edge presents. Grip features include a dropped bolster finger guard and a deep finger choil as well as a contoured handle for excellent reverse traction and a space on the knife’s spine for added thumb pressure.
The Baconmaker’s sheath allows rigging through MOLLE fittings or either of two belt loops. A small stuff sack on the sheath holds your favorite survival gear. If you’re thinking this is just too much blade for hunting, there’s a second skeletonized steel skinner, the Piggyback, already in its own slot in the same sheath. All that, plus 8 feet of Adventure Cord and Ka-Bar’s guarantee.
To see the second of Ka-Bar’s new series, go to Kabar’s Adventure Potbelly.
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