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What are your thoughts on the Ka-Bar USMC fighting knife. What is the best blade length? Which is better the straight edge or half serrated? How good are the sheaths that come with the knife? What are some good aftermarket sheaths?

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from dukkillr wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

The Ka-Bar is a very respectable knife, personally I prefer the SOG Pup for hunting but the Ka-Bar is a very good blade. Blade length...the standard is 7", and that seems to work pretty well, so I would go with that one. I prefer the straight edge for aesthetic reasons, but it's a toss-up. You can get two sheaths (if you buy directly from Ka-Bar), a leather sheath and a glass filled nylon. I would go with the glass filled nylon, I'm just unimpressed with the leather. As for aftermarket sheaths...idk about this one, the standard nylon sheath is the best that I've seen so far. Good luck.

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

The Ka-Bar is a good quality knife. I personally don't have much use for this style of knife though. I prefer a regular folding lock blade knife & I don't need a huge blade for gutting game. I would say I go mostly for approx. 4" blades. As for blade style I prefer Straight edge. It's easier to sharped, easier to clean, and I personally feel it cuts better. As for leather for me it's hard to beat traditional leather.

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Sorry meant as for sheath it's hard to beat leather.

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from crm3006 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

For a fighting knife,it is a very hard design to beat.
For a hunting knife, there are many more useful designs, at about the same price, available. My two personal favorites for big game gutting/skinning or butchering are a 4" drop point or a 4 1/2" clip point.
Serrated edges are wicked looking, but I have not found that they serve much useful purpose. Leather sheaths are hard to beat, and with proper care will last for decades.

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from Sneaky wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

What are you going to do with it?

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from MarlinMan wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

It will be used for camping, hiking, and various outdoor chores. I already have a custom made skinning knife for that sort of thing.

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from MarlinMan wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

What I was trying to say is that I am not looking for a skinning knife, because I already have one. I am just looking for a good belt knife carry around in the outdoors and preform simple chores.

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

After reading your new info about how you plan to use it. I think this is going to be way too much knife also some areas carrying this large of a knife on your side is illegal. I think you will be much better served with a good folding lock blade with approx. a 4" blade.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

K-Bar has always been respected as top-quality. How are you going to sharpen a serrated blade?

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from J4huntfish wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I have 2 KA BARs an i think they are the best knives for the price. if you are doing it for camp chores or stuff like that get the 7 ich model its a bit big but it works well or if your skinning game get the 5inch model orhave small hands. best knife period.

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from crm3006 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

In that application, I would get the smaller model with the un-serrated blade, and leather sheath.

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from MarlinMan wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I already have 2 Gerber 3 3/4 inch lockblades, so I am really looking for a big fixblade for when Im way out in the middle of nowhere.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I was issued the KaBar and it was a decent field knife but the 7-inch blade was longer than necessary. 5-6 inch is fine. The Gerber Guardian has a shorter blade but it's an intelligently designed tactical knife. The KaBar's leather washer handle would be improved, in my opinion, with the use of Micarta. A serrated blade makes excellent sense for cutting rope; other than that, I don't have a use for it because it makes a ragged, imprecise cut on tissue and fabric. I do use a stainless half-serrated blade when I scuba dive because I occasionally have to cut lines or nets away from fouled propellers or cut monofilament line from another diver's regulator. I do not use one in the field, but I keep a small folding knife (with half-serrated blade) in my pack or vehicle.
Gerber's fixed blade Freeman Hunter, Cold Steel's Pendleton Hunter and Buck's Omni-Hunter and Gen-5 Skinner make a lot of sense to me.

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from Sneaky wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

The Ka-Bar will do fine. The serrations are not necessary, but they do come in handy for cutting rope and the like, especially when the blade is dull.

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I have two field knives I'm never without. My original issue Kabar, and a German G3 bayonet.

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from MarlinMan wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I am going to go ahead and get the Ka-Bar with straight edge 7 inch blade, and in the very near future a SOG Seal Pup Elite. Thanks for your insight and suggestions.

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from J4huntfish wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

cool that knife will last you generations

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from Eric Greene wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

Ka-bar is a good knife for camping, but can too long. I prefer the Air Force Survival Knife. Good strong knife, with a saw back. Comes with a leather sheath.

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from dukkillr wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

The Ka-Bar is a very respectable knife, personally I prefer the SOG Pup for hunting but the Ka-Bar is a very good blade. Blade length...the standard is 7", and that seems to work pretty well, so I would go with that one. I prefer the straight edge for aesthetic reasons, but it's a toss-up. You can get two sheaths (if you buy directly from Ka-Bar), a leather sheath and a glass filled nylon. I would go with the glass filled nylon, I'm just unimpressed with the leather. As for aftermarket sheaths...idk about this one, the standard nylon sheath is the best that I've seen so far. Good luck.

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

The Ka-Bar is a good quality knife. I personally don't have much use for this style of knife though. I prefer a regular folding lock blade knife & I don't need a huge blade for gutting game. I would say I go mostly for approx. 4" blades. As for blade style I prefer Straight edge. It's easier to sharped, easier to clean, and I personally feel it cuts better. As for leather for me it's hard to beat traditional leather.

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Sorry meant as for sheath it's hard to beat leather.

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from crm3006 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

For a fighting knife,it is a very hard design to beat.
For a hunting knife, there are many more useful designs, at about the same price, available. My two personal favorites for big game gutting/skinning or butchering are a 4" drop point or a 4 1/2" clip point.
Serrated edges are wicked looking, but I have not found that they serve much useful purpose. Leather sheaths are hard to beat, and with proper care will last for decades.

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from Sneaky wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

What are you going to do with it?

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from MarlinMan wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

It will be used for camping, hiking, and various outdoor chores. I already have a custom made skinning knife for that sort of thing.

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from MarlinMan wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

What I was trying to say is that I am not looking for a skinning knife, because I already have one. I am just looking for a good belt knife carry around in the outdoors and preform simple chores.

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

After reading your new info about how you plan to use it. I think this is going to be way too much knife also some areas carrying this large of a knife on your side is illegal. I think you will be much better served with a good folding lock blade with approx. a 4" blade.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

K-Bar has always been respected as top-quality. How are you going to sharpen a serrated blade?

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from J4huntfish wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I have 2 KA BARs an i think they are the best knives for the price. if you are doing it for camp chores or stuff like that get the 7 ich model its a bit big but it works well or if your skinning game get the 5inch model orhave small hands. best knife period.

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from crm3006 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

In that application, I would get the smaller model with the un-serrated blade, and leather sheath.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I was issued the KaBar and it was a decent field knife but the 7-inch blade was longer than necessary. 5-6 inch is fine. The Gerber Guardian has a shorter blade but it's an intelligently designed tactical knife. The KaBar's leather washer handle would be improved, in my opinion, with the use of Micarta. A serrated blade makes excellent sense for cutting rope; other than that, I don't have a use for it because it makes a ragged, imprecise cut on tissue and fabric. I do use a stainless half-serrated blade when I scuba dive because I occasionally have to cut lines or nets away from fouled propellers or cut monofilament line from another diver's regulator. I do not use one in the field, but I keep a small folding knife (with half-serrated blade) in my pack or vehicle.
Gerber's fixed blade Freeman Hunter, Cold Steel's Pendleton Hunter and Buck's Omni-Hunter and Gen-5 Skinner make a lot of sense to me.

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from Eric Greene wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

Ka-bar is a good knife for camping, but can too long. I prefer the Air Force Survival Knife. Good strong knife, with a saw back. Comes with a leather sheath.

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from MarlinMan wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I already have 2 Gerber 3 3/4 inch lockblades, so I am really looking for a big fixblade for when Im way out in the middle of nowhere.

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from Sneaky wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

The Ka-Bar will do fine. The serrations are not necessary, but they do come in handy for cutting rope and the like, especially when the blade is dull.

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I have two field knives I'm never without. My original issue Kabar, and a German G3 bayonet.

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from MarlinMan wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I am going to go ahead and get the Ka-Bar with straight edge 7 inch blade, and in the very near future a SOG Seal Pup Elite. Thanks for your insight and suggestions.

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from J4huntfish wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

cool that knife will last you generations

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