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Ka-Bar 120th Anniversary Dog's Head U.S.M.C.

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Item #: KA9193


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Ka-Bar® has been making knives since 1898. Designed to serve our troops during World War II, "The Ka-Bar" is still doing its job with honors, more than 70 years later. Logos and imagery are an important part of the Ka-Bar story. From the Dog's Head – which has been used since the early 20th Century, though for unknown reasons – to the iconic North American "The Union" shield, Ka-Bar has always had a strong visual presence. The most famous is the "Kill A Bear" logo, which illustrates an important part of how Ka-Bar got its name.

This year marks Ka-Bar's 120th anniversary and they are celebrating by offering this laser engraved commemorative knife. The Dog's Head Utility knife presents an alternative to those who wish to have the legendary performance of Ka-Bar's military knives in a non-military setting. Ideal for bushcraft, camping and hunting.

This knife is the same as the first U.S.M.C. combat knife with more modern blade steel and is stamped with the Ka-Bar Dog's Head Pirate near the guard on the reverse side. The obverse side is laser engraved with the 120th Anniversary logo which includes the Bear, the Union Stamp, and 1898-2018 Olean New York. The 7" powder coated blade is 1095 at 56-58 Rc., available only with a plain edge. Stacked leather handle, steel butt and guard and brown leather sheath which is stamped with Ka-Bar Dog's Head Pirate logo. Measures 12" from blade tip to butt. Weighs 10.3 oz. Made in the U.S.A. Suggested retail is $120.39.

  • Type
  • Blade
    Clip Point
  • Blade Length
  • Finish
  • Blade Steel
  • Rockwell
  • Hilt Guard
    Black Coated Steel
  • Butt Cap
    Black Coated
  • Handle
    Stacked Leather
  • Tang
  • Overall Length
  • Weight
    10.3 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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