KA-BAR USMC Fighting Knife, 7" Blade, Leather Handle, Leather Sheath - 1217
KA-BAR USMC Fighting Knife, 7" Blade, Leather Handle, Leather Sheath - 1217
KA-BAR USMC Fighting Knife, 7" Blade, Leather Handle, Leather Sheath - 1217
KA-BAR USMC Fighting Knife, 7" Blade, Leather Handle, Leather Sheath - 1217
KA-BAR USMC Fighting Knife, 7" Blade, Leather Handle, Leather Sheath - 1217
KA-BAR USMC Fighting Knife, 7" Blade, Leather Handle, Leather Sheath - 1217
KA-BAR USMC Fighting Knife, 7" Blade, Leather Handle, Leather Sheath - 1217
KA-BAR USMC Fighting Knife, 7" Blade, Leather Handle, Leather Sheath - 1217
KA-BAR USMC Fighting Knife, 7" Blade, Leather Handle, Leather Sheath - 1217
KA-BAR USMC Fighting Knife, 7" Blade, Leather Handle, Leather Sheath - 1217
KA-BAR USMC Fighting Knife, 7" Blade, Leather Handle, Leather Sheath - 1217
KA-BAR USMC Fighting Knife, 7" Blade, Leather Handle, Leather Sheath - 1217
KA-BAR USMC Fighting Knife, 7" Blade, Leather Handle, Leather Sheath - 1217

KA-BAR, USMC 7" Tactical Knife with Brown Leather Sheath - 1217

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During the height of World War II, the U.S. Marines sought a fighting and utility knife that could meet the needs of the elite fighting force. That's where the legendary KA-BAR Fighting Utility Knife comes into the picture.

With the quality that you can expect from a standard issue knife for the Marines, the KA-BAR has many of the features that made it a constant carry for numerous armed servicemen and women both at home and abroad.

But before we jump into the admirable specs of the knife, to understand why the knife is truly formidable, we must first take a look at its rich history.

In response to a request for a modern fighting knife for the Marines, USMC Colonel John M. Davis and Major Howard E. America worked with what would become KA-Bar Knives to develop the knife we know today.

The 7-inch carbon steel blade features a black, non-reflective epoxy coating and an edge that comes razor sharp right out of the box.

Its stacked leather handle was designed to offer a better and more comfortable grip while the steel crossguard prevents the knife from slipping out of your hand in tough weather conditions.

All of these unique features, coupled with the included leather sheath, add up to create a knife that is perfectly stealthy and suitable for jobs that require the utmost precision and efficiency.

Brand: Ka-bar Knives
Catalog Number: 15698
Specifications
Blade Thickness 0.165
Brand KA-BAR
Model KA-BAR Fighting Knife
Model Number 1217
Blade Color Black
Blade Edge Plain
Blade Length 7
Blade Material 1095 Cro-Van
Country of Origin USA
Handle Color Brown
Handle Material Leather
Knife Weight 11.2
Knife Type Fixed Blade
Point Clip
Sheath Include Yes
Sheath Included Yes
Sheath Material Leather
Total Length 11.88

Making a quality KA-BAR product requires the talent of experienced craftspeople performing dozens of processes with precision and skill. Each knife undergoes specific manufacturing processes to ensure corrosion resistance, strength, edge holding ability, and an out-of-the-box razor sharp cutting edge.

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.

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Bruce Dunning

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Donald Jones
Review by Donald Jones from Kirkwood IL

I started collecting them a few years back I have several I bought 4 and picked some up at farm sales love them wouldn't go with out one best knife ever.

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Jake Jacobs
Review by Jake Jacobs from Huntington, WV

Found an original in Okinawa back in the 70's during a rat inspection . I've used it a lot camping over the years. My son whom now is in the service bought a new one and wants to trade me. Lol, no way. I'll will it to him. It's always on my side weather camping, hiking or out and about on the farm.

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Elijah Stauth
Review by Elijah Stauth from Vienna. Va

I love it.

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Tom Ludwick
Review by Tom Ludwick from Chicago IL

Bought as a present for my daughter an ex marine. She loves it! Great quality and fast shipping total thumbs up!