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Friends, this is an Air Force survival knife.
by: Mister Mills

As my comment title says, this model is the Air Force knife. The Navy model is a near twin and they are great knives to have. Either of them is nearly impervious to being harmed by use; they are hard to hurt, but they will lay it on an attacker.
I had a couple of Cammilus Marine knives before they went out of business as American made specimens.
They were mil-spec and contract grade, but they were not as handsome a knife as Ka-Bar. They were plain-Jane and bad to the bone, there was no cheapness to them.
Right now, I have settled on a Buck Special as my bad-boy knife. It is called the Model 119 and it is a classic: I like those, classics I mean.

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BIG KNIFE
by: retired doc

To "The Dude." I agree that Ka-Bar makes great knives. However, you mentioned that one should be careful because "they are big." That is one of my points for favoring the pilot's knife over the well known Marine Corps Ka-Bar fighting knife. The pilot's knife, whether from Ka-Bar, Ontario or any reputable manufacturer is my choice. After all, it's original design was for use by military pilots who may find themselves in a survival situation. Interestingly enough, the army colonel who once ran the survival school at Ft. Bragg, N.C. would not allow students to carry large knives but instead issued a folding knife not unlike your common Swiss Army knife. That all being said, it doesn't mean the big Ka-Bar has no place in the survival kit. As we used to say in the Navy: "Whatever floats your boat." If it works for you, there's no reason to change. And, you're absolutely right about knock-offs...otherwise known as "cheap chink junk. You certainly get what you pay for.
Joe Puckett

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Get a Real Ka-Bar
by: The Dude

Your best bet is to purchase a REAL K-Bar, from the brand Ka-Bar. They still make the mil-spec K-Bars for the marines, and they make a FANTASTIC knife.

I've had two of their blades (a Warthog and a USMC Next Gen Special Forces Ka-Bar, though it looks like they don't offer those models anymore) for at least 6 years now and I've never even had to sharpen them! I've cut wood, skinned game, whittled (careful, they're big) and cut all kinds of rope and wire, and the blades are just as sharp as the day I got them. No rust- low maintenance, inexpensive when compared to knives of similar quality.

JUST MAKE SURE YOU DON'T PURCHASE FROM Ka-Bar INTERNATIONAL! It's like Gerber International. Junk steels, poor handle materials- just a consumer mall-ninja version of their otherwise amazing products. If the Ka-Bar you find isn't at least $50, find a different one to buy.

/just my .02 cents.

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To:Anonymous
by: nj4x4fever

Thanks for the recommendation, I found the website and I have placed my order. Thanks again.

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to nj4x4fever
by: Anonymous

Check out Ontario Knife Co.'s "Spec Plus" brand. They have updated versions of most Ka-Bar's with Kraton handles. I have an older version of their Marine knife but it has a stainless steel blade that is almost impossible to hone to acceptable sharpness. The newer ones have carbon steel blades which are easier to sharpen. They also carry the pilots knife in original form with stacked leather grip. This company makes some pretty impressive knives and I can't imagine you'd go wrong with any of their products. By the way, I don't work for them.
Joe (Retired Doc)

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Thanks For Sharing
by: nj4x4fever

I have often wondered what would make a great survival knife, I carry a multitude of pocket knives, and multi tools around when I am outdoors, sometimes I have my trusty Camp axe.
I guess the Knife could be used like an axe and hack out parts in logs to make a decent shelter if the need was there. Where can one purchase a top quality K-Bar and how do you tell it is not a knock off brand.
Dennis

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