Ka-Bar Mark I - Leather Handle
Item #: KA2225
Designed to serve our troops during World War II, the Ka-Bar knife is still doing its job with honors more than 80 years later. During World War II, combat knives were made by many American knife manufacturers, but Ka-Bar's reputation was so strong that this style knife became known as a "Ka-Bar" no matter who manufactured it. In 2011, Ka-Bar reintroduced the famous WWII Mark I knife with some modern upgrades. The updated version of the Mark I has an epoxy powder coated blade for excellent corrosion resistance and a non-reflective surface. "USN" is stamped on the blade tang and the sheath.
The 5-1/8" clip point blade is 1095 Cro-Van carbon steel at 56-58 Rc. available with a plain edge. The handle is constructed in the traditional fashion with compressed leather washers and a steel butt and guard. Measures 9-3/8" from blade tip to butt. Weighs about 7.5 oz. Includes a brown leather sheath. Knife made in the U.S.A.; sheath in Mexico. Suggested retail is $134.96.
Blade Steel1095 Cro-Van
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.