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Ka-Bar® Black Tanto

Item #: KA1245


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The Tanto blade shape, of Asian influence, has a thick pointed blade that's good for penetration. Coupled with a glass-filled nylon sheath this knife is designed for the toughest of tasks. The 8" Tanto shaped epoxy powder coated blade is made from tough 1095CV high carbon steel at 56-58 Rc. and is combo edge. The carbon steel guard and oval shaped Kraton G handle insure a secure non-slip grip in extreme conditions.  It measures 12-3/4" overall. Suggested retail $110.11.  Made in U.S.A.

  • Type
  • Blade
  • Blade Length
  • Blade Steel
  • Rockwell
  • Hilt Guard
    Carbon Steel
  • Handle
    Kraton G
  • Overall Length
  • Weight
    11.6 oz
  • Sheath
  • Origin


Soon after its introduction in the mid-1920's, the KA-BAR trademark became widely known and respected. There have been many versions of how the KA-BAR name came to be, but all evidence points to a letter received from a fur trapper. This particular fur trapper's testimonial turned out to be the most significant ever received by the company.

He wrote, in very rough English, that his gun had jammed and that he had therefore relied on his knife to kill a wounded bear that was attacking him. In thanking the company for their quality product the trapper described using his knife to kill the bear. All that was legible of his scrawled writing was "k a bar". The company was so honored by this testimonial that they adopted this phrase and used it as their trademark, KA-BAR.

KA-BAR is best known for their military production knives. They were chosen by the U.S. Marine Corp. as the primary knife producer for World War II. They also have traditional pocket knives, as well as many options for law enforcement.

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