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Ka-Bar 1292D2 Extreme Straight Edge is from the Kraton G Handled Fighting/Utility Knives. It is made in the USA. The overall length of knife is 12 inches and bulk weight is .75 pounds. The handle is Black Kraton G. Blade specs include clip point shape and is 7 inches long, 1.188 inches wide and 0.175 inches thick. The grind is flat, angle is 20 degrees and HRC is 59-60. Blade marks are KA-BAR on mark side and USA on pile side.
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.