This is one of the biggest selling knives in the world.  It has a cult following dating back to World Word II and has influenced the design of many other knives since.

Originally the military standard issue for the US Marines it earned legendary status for its handle grip, strength and durability which it retains today.

You might think this knife is over the top as a general camp or belt carry knife, until you use it.

Most kitchen knives are around 6 - 8 inches long and this blade falls neatly in the middle at 7 inches, making it a handy length for camp cook tasks.  Its grind makes it a surprisingly good slicer.

We have tested it over time in the kitchen at home and found the length and grind to work well for the main camp task, slicing & preparing food.  

With its strength, it can also be used for a range of bush tasks and be a knife that is handed down for generations.

Besides the blade coating, we love there is no plastic, just metal and leather.   

For a tactical designed knife, we feel it can also be a good general-purpose knife in the bush when you want something large to depend on.


  • Large 7" / 148mm blade
  • 4mm thick
  • Leather handle
  • Large metal pommel
  • Finger guard
  • Leather Sheath
  • Long standing reputation
  • Blade Made in the USA

Note: Does not have a sharp spine for a fire steel.

See the 'Specifications' tab for technical details.

Jimmy's Tip: While the high carbon blade had a coating to help prevent rust the cutting edge is exposed. Keep maintained with a light coat of oil after use.

Part # 1217
Weight 0.7 lb (302 g)
Thickness  0.165″ (4 mm)
Blade Length 7.0″ (178 mm)
Blade Finish Black
Style Clip Point
Grind Flat
Handle Leather
Sheath Leather
Steel/Material 1095 Cro-Van
Blade Hardness HRC 56-58
Overall 11.75″ (305 mm)
Additional Feature No
SKU 97
Brand KA-BAR
Shipping Weight 0.6450kg
Shipping Width 0.085m
Shipping Height 0.060m
Shipping Length 0.350m
Shipping Cubic 0.001785000m3
Unit Of Measure ea
Assembled Length 0.320m
Assembled Height 0.050m
Assembled Width 0.060m


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