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20 10 26 10 18 50 original 600x600 ka bar fixed blade knife

Ka-Bar Fixed Blade Knife

The Ka-Bar fixed knife is a great field knife. It's built by a company with a great reputation. The full tang makes it sturdy and a great value. It is made of reliable 1095 Cro-van steel with a polymer handle textured for limited slippage. The blade's upper edge has a convenient ridged thumb serration area to help with control during pressure cutting.

It comes with a quality sheath. For the price it's a great value.

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Survival Purpose

The Ka-Bar Becker 9 inch stainless steel, full tang fixed blade knife with 4 3/8 inch drop point is a great field knife. It is highly rated and reviewed.

We put ours to the test. We've whittled and chopped wood, scraped a magnesium block (made us cringe to dull the edge), cut paracord, cut meat and vegetables, and more. It held its edge very well (except on the magnesium scrapings) and was straight forward to sharpend again with the sharpening stone that came with it. 

Overall, for the price the knife and accessories are a great value. The 1095 Cro-van steel blade is sturdy and the knife is well balanced. Pressure cutting is enhanced with the spine thumb serrations. We consider it ideal for Stage 2 bug out bags. Compare it to the Schrade Fixed Blade Knife. Each has weight, price, and accessory considerations.

This tool can tackle many of the survival priorities. It can help you build shelter, prepare food, administer first aid, prepare fuel for burning, cut cordage, and so much more. It's just the right size to keep its weight minimized while providing the best function.

What's Included

  1. Single fixed blade (all straight), full tang knife
  2. Sturdy sheath

What We Like

  • Brand Name - Ka-bar is a trusted brand and highly rated.
  • Survival Fit - In the field this knife performs very well - it's balanced, holds a great edge.
  • Sturdy - The 1095 Cro-van steel runs the length of the knife and can hold up under stressful usage.
  • Blade - The blade holds a great edge and sharpens easily with the stone or with a pull through tool. We also like the straight edge with no serrations. 
  • Spine Serrations - The spine has several serrations for enhanced grip when using for controlled, high pressure usage.

Tips and Recommendations

  • Use as intended - while the tool is sturdy, use it wisely. The blade work great as a blade but not so well as levers.
  • Be safe - all open blades are a liability. Cuts and other injuries may occur if you don't use it correctly. 
  • Go-Bag - include the knife in your go bag for emergency situations. While the knife adds weight to a pack, the tradeoff is worth it because of the field functions.
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