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Ka-Bar Skinner

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Item #: KA1233


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With Leather Handle Hunter

The Skinner is one of six classically styled leather handled fixed blades and has been part of the KA-BAR product lines since the early 1900's. The blade measures 4-3/8" and measures 15/16" at its widest point, and is made from tough DIN 1.4116 stainless steel at 55-57 Rc.  Finger grips on the stacked leather handle and a knurled thumb ramp ensure a firm grip.  Brass guard, solid aluminum butt cap, and red/white/black spacers makes this a very good-looking knife. Measures 8-1/4" overall and weighs 5.2 oz.  Leather sheath included.  Knife made in Taiwan, sheath made in Mexico.  Suggested retail $83.18.

  • Type
  • Blade
    Upswept Skinner
  • Blade Length
  • Blade Steel
    DIN 1.4116
  • Rockwell
  • Hilt Guard
  • Butt Cap
  • Handle
    Stacked Leather
  • Overall Length
  • Weight
    5.2 oz. w/Sheath
  • Sheath
    Brown Leather
  • 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.

$ 59.95