The perfectly sized fixed blade knife, the Short Ka-Bar performs as well as the larger original (#1217), but is a more practical size for camping, carrying and general utility. The American Legend, now in a smaller knife with oval-shaped Kraton G handle.
-Blade length 5 1/4"
-Overall length 9 1/4"
-1 1/4" serrated edge, U.S.A. tang stamp
-Kraton G thermoplastic elastomer handle
-Epoxy powder coated, high carbon steel (1095) blade (HRC 56-58)
-Buff polished edges
-Powdered metal butt caps, carbon steel guards, both powder coated
-Comes with black leather Ka-Bar U.S.A. sheath
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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.