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Posted: 12/29/2003 9:08:00 AM EST
I just got one of these for christmas. Wow. With a knife like this available fo $50, why do people spend $500 on custom knives?
Link Posted: 12/29/2003 9:13:59 AM EST
Me too!

[img]http://www.hunt101.com/img/082205.jpg[/img]
Link Posted: 12/29/2003 9:53:06 AM EST
Originally Posted By MuzlFlash:
I just got one of these for christmas. Wow. With a knife like this available fo $50, why do people spend $500 on custom knives?
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LOL why did you spend $50 on a Kbar when you could have bought a sharp piece of CHINESE steel for $5?

Tom
Link Posted: 12/29/2003 10:12:32 AM EST
Where is a good place to get a KA-BAR?
Link Posted: 12/29/2003 10:45:32 AM EST
The KaBar pictured is a great military field knife, but ditch the leather sheath for a synthetic one.  The leather will hold moisture and cause rust, plus it just doesn't retain the knife very well.

The real 'KaBar' brand KaBars are top notch for the price.  Avoid the imitation imported ones that look the same (from a distance) and cost much less.  In my opinion even the other government contract makers, like Ontario suck.
Link Posted: 12/29/2003 10:47:19 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/29/2003 10:49:03 AM EST
I have a new one marked USN.  Very cool knife even if i have it just for show and display it is a great value for $50 bucks or so.  
Link Posted: 12/29/2003 10:57:01 AM EST
Cabelas and Cheaper than Dirt have them (but CTD always seems to be out of stock).
Link Posted: 12/29/2003 11:11:57 AM EST
my brother sells the real kabar knives at cost, plus shipping, i have a bunch of them, awesome
Link Posted: 12/29/2003 11:57:41 AM EST
Originally Posted By MuzlFlash:
I just got one of these for christmas. Wow. With a knife like this available fo $50, why do people spend $500 on custom knives?
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Because some custom knives perfom much better than a factory made knife, regardless of the factory. Ka-Bar's are a good slice for the dollar though. If one is severely limited in one's funding. Bad handle material, bad guard. Get a Kydex sheath for it, defitintely. 1095 will rust, keep the blade slightly oiled. Until you've really ecountered one of the $500 customs, or god forbid the $5000 jobs, I wouldn't be so quick to talk pooh. How a knife with a blade 3" longer a spine 1/16" thicker can weigh less than a Ka-Bar and have better balance and lightening speed and seem to dance in your hand like nothing you have ever experienced, will astonish you. It will take your breath away. Then your wallet. Honestly, they're kinda like boobies in that sense. They astonish you, then your wallet is empty, and your wife is pissed off.
Link Posted: 12/29/2003 8:52:55 PM EST
i've got one of those Ka-bars, and they're excellent knives. Of course you can be more knife, ie with Micarta handles heavier/thicker blades etc, but you can beat the performane/price from the Ka-bars. Ka-bars are light, good for carrying, other blades are better but where weight is an issue, the Kabar will win. The 1095 steel is the same steel used to make road grader blades, springs etc.
Link Posted: 12/29/2003 9:25:12 PM EST
Honestly, they're kinda like boobies in that sense. They astonish you, then your wallet is empty, and your wife is pissed off.
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[ROFL][ROFL2][ROFL][ROFL2][ROFL]
Link Posted: 12/29/2003 10:13:21 PM EST
I carried a KBar for 21 years, my father gave it too me after Boot Camp, its been through hell and still in very good shape. I've used it as a hammer to drive in shelter half pegs, no problem. Went through about 4 sheath's in all that time, it was submerged in salt water for over 24 hours (my web gear was in a rigged raider and the boat filled up with water) and after I cleaned it and put a new edge on it good as new. I plan on passing it on to my son when he graduates Boot Camp. Great knife
Link Posted: 12/29/2003 11:01:36 PM EST
I picked up a model 1217 from Sportsman's Guide a couple of years about for $30. Not a bad price.
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 1:18:16 AM EST
i like kabars

[wave]
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 2:40:11 AM EST
Can someone point me to a source for a good sheath for my KaBar?  Right now I'm using the leather one that came with it.
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 2:43:45 AM EST
Ya know, just like half of the threads I read on here, I have now come to the conclusion that here's [i]another[/i] thing I have to go buy.  You guys are killing me!!  And my wallet!
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 3:02:29 AM EST
Originally Posted By AR_Shorty:
Can someone point me to a source for a good sheath for my KaBar?  Right now I'm using the leather one that came with it.
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What part of Pa are you in?  I know a couple of guys that do custom Kydex sheaths.
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 3:22:33 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 3:33:38 AM EST
Originally Posted By Pat-Riot:

Ka-Bar's are a good slice for the dollar though. If one is severely limited in one's funding. Bad handle material, bad guard. .
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So if someone wanted something a bit better, willing to pay up to $100, what ones should they look at?
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 2:43:07 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 3:29:35 PM EST
Originally Posted By Pat-Riot:

Because some custom knives perfom much better than a factory made knife, regardless of the factory. Ka-Bar's are a good slice for the dollar though. If one is severely limited in one's funding. Bad handle material, bad guard.
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Just curious, are you referring to the leather handle?  What's wrong with that?  Randall uses the same material on their $270 version of the Ka-Bar.
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 4:56:19 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/30/2003 4:57:14 PM EST by Hoplite]
my $40 Kabar next to my $300 Chris Reeve knife.  Had the kabar for about 3 years.  Got it after I enlisted and used it as a tool in the field many times. [img]http://216.91.19.105/images/kabar.jpg[/img]
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 5:09:43 PM EST
1911Shootist: In extremely humid environments, leather can & does rot. Same for leather sheaths. On the other hand, sythetics such as Koraton, micarta etc don't rot are impervious to most solvents.
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 5:35:58 PM EST
Originally Posted By avengeusa:
my brother sells the real kabar knives at cost, plus shipping, i have a bunch of them, awesome
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Does he sell to the public?
I'd like a couple of the style shown in the first pic.
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 7:33:53 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 8:56:46 PM EST
Originally Posted By warlord:
1911Shootist: In [red]extremely humid environments[/red], leather can & does rot. Same for leather sheaths. On the other hand, sythetics such as Koraton, micarta etc don't rot are impervious to most solvents.
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Oh, you must mean like what the Marines encountered in the Pacific in WWII. [BD]
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 3:14:50 AM EST
[headbang]

Got the K-Bar to go with my Cold Steel Gurkha Kukri. A formidable combo
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