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KaBar Becker Black Harpoon

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Item #: KABK-18BK


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In the early 1980s, Ethan Becker founded Becker Knife and Tool, focusing on the large tactical and survival knives he had always wanted for himself. In late 2008, Ka-Bar took over the production and marketing of his most popular designs. The Harpoon (BK18) is a great addition to this selection. A great size for campers, hikers or hunters.

The 4-1/4" blade is 1095 Cro-Van high carbon non-stainless at 56-58 Rc, with a black powder coat that matches the color of the handle scales. It measure 3/16" thick and 1-1/2" wide. The edge angle (20 degrees each side) is designed for the uses you would expect for this type of knife. The handle scales are black injection molded Ultramid®, a material known for its high mechanical strength, stiffness and thermal stability. They are contoured and smooth to ensure there aren't any rub spots that blister your hand when the work day is long.

Measures 9-1/4" overall. Weighs 7.2 oz. Includes a MOLLE compatible black injection molded sheath with nylon belt loop that allows it to move freely on your belt. The knife is made in the U.S.A. The sheath offshore. Suggested retail is $144.95.

  • Type
  • Blade
  • Blade Length
  • Finish
    Black Coated
  • Blade Steel
    1095 Cro-Van
  • Rockwell
  • Handle
  • Tang
  • Overall Length
  • Weight
    7.2 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.

$ 109.95