View Full Version : "K-Bar" vs. "Ka-Bar" Knives

March 27, 2002, 02:11 AM
Is there a difference between the K-Bar of WWII fame and the "Ka-Bar" in New York, such as the difference between Springfield Armory, the US govt factory, and SA, Inc. of Geneseo, Ill.?

March 27, 2002, 03:06 AM
It is the same design produced by the same company. I wear one around my land and use it as a tool. I've been very happy with myKa-Bar (http://www.ka-bar.com/cgi-bin/product_detail.cgi?product_id=61&cat=2) and think it is the best belt knife you can get for less than $62 (price has gone up mine was $40 a couple of years ago).

The limited production Commemorative was quickly taken up by Marines, knife enthusiasts, and collectors, and KA-BAR knew that it should now be returned to production, in its standard issue form, with all of the original specifications. Fortunately, the original blueprints were in the company archives.

Ka-Bar was there (http://www.ka-bar.com/aboutus/ka-barwasthere.html)

March 27, 2002, 08:56 AM
If you go to http://www.knifecenter.com you can get one for cheaper than $62. BTW, do you pronounce it "ka" (rhymes with ta) or do you say "K" (as in kay)? I've always wondered!

March 27, 2002, 09:29 AM
I have a Black Tanto and love it...i never take it in the field because I use it for making sushi.

Anyway, would you use a clip-point (their standard USMC knife) for camp/hiking or would you rather use a drop point?

March 27, 2002, 03:43 PM
For hunting use I prefer a drop point. For camping/hiking, I would just bring the tanto. It can always be washed ;) I use my Recon Tanto as a kitchen knife sometimes.

March 28, 2002, 11:11 AM
We say "K" as in Kay-Bar.

I have always used it to refer generically to the WWII era knives with leather handles and 6 1/2" carbon steel blades made by Ka-bar, Camillus, and others for the gomt.

March 28, 2002, 04:01 PM
Thanks BigG!