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Posted: 9/16/2009 11:17:25 AM EST
I've narrowed it down to these two:

Choice #1

This blade is chrome vanadium, and retails for $100.



Choice #2

This blade is "D2" steel, and retails for $160.



I don't even know what "D2" is, is it worth the extra $60?
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:19:42 AM EST
Get both, duh.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:20:04 AM EST
Which ever one makes you feel more like the guy in your avatar...
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:20:26 AM EST
a busse
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:20:39 AM EST
Fuckers lol
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:21:12 AM EST
Neither.........get an original Marine K-Bar and do it right!!
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:21:47 AM EST
It's futuristic steel.

It was used to make R2.

DUH!
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:22:38 AM EST
Gerber LMF instead.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:23:48 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:24:28 AM EST


Thanks!
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:25:13 AM EST
Originally Posted By beltfed74:
Gerber LMF instead.


I just picked up a pair of them. Very nice for the money.

As for the KaBar, I'd rather get the original.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:25:50 AM EST
I wouldn't get any of the serrated ones. I have the regular Marine one, it'd be more useful for regular knife duties (instead of fighting) if it had a shorter blade.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:26:22 AM EST
This one:



In fact, I have one. Not to mention the one tattooed on my right arm.

Is there a particular reason you're looking at getting one of the newfangled overpriced ones instead of a standard KaBar?
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:26:34 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 11:27:12 AM EST by Cypher214]
FML
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:26:44 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 11:27:00 AM EST by Cypher214]
Triple tap
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:27:33 AM EST
someone has it suck on 3rd burst
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:27:51 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 11:28:35 AM EST by Squid1]
Originally Posted By Cypher214:
This one:

http://www.thompsonoutdoors.com/b/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/kabarusmcseveninch.jpg

In fact, I have one. Not to mention the one tattooed on my right arm.

Is there a particular reason you're looking at getting one of the newfangled overpriced ones instead of a standard KaBar?

Originally Posted By Cypher214:
This one:

http://www.thompsonoutdoors.com/b/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/kabarusmcseveninch.jpg

In fact, I have one. Not to mention the one tattooed on my right arm.

Is there a particular reason you're looking at getting one of the newfangled overpriced ones instead of a standard KaBar?



Double Fap

ETA- Oh teh noes. Triple Fap!!!!!

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:28:02 AM EST
Originally Posted By Cypher214:
This one:

http://www.thompsonoutdoors.com/b/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/kabarusmcseveninch.jpg

In fact, I have one. Not to mention the one tattooed on my right arm.

Is there a particular reason you're looking at getting one of the newfangled overpriced ones instead of a standard KaBar?


No reason really, I would prefer a black handle, that's all.

I was thinking a serrated section would be nice, but it's not an absolute necessity.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:29:27 AM EST
D2. I have a benchmade CSK made of D2. That shit is tough!
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:08:49 PM EST
Ok, which one is the original KA-BAR, the 5-1/4" or 7" blade?

They are both $80, that isn't much cheaper than my first choice.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:12:54 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:14:40 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 12:15:27 PM EST by Shootist_Jeff]
Get it in the 5 1/4" size. It's definitely large enough while still being practical. It's not the original size but in my opinion it's more useful.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:15:14 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 12:16:23 PM EST by Itracc]
80 smacks for a plain vanilla K-Bar?
Just bought one from Amazon for 47.& change.

shipping was free too.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:16:15 PM EST
I say both. You need at least two Ka Bars
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:16:50 PM EST
I don't plan on paying retail, I am quoting retail prices for comparison.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:16:50 PM EST
7"

Get an Ontario
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:18:13 PM EST
D2 is a high carbon tool steel.
This means it won't snap as easy as stainless, retains an edge like stainless steel, is easy to sharpen like high carbon steel, and much tougher than either.

Oh, the structure of D2 steel also allows a coloring finish to be applied that is durable and long lasting.
Color finishes applied to knife grade stainless steel tend to wear off quickly with moderate use.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:19:23 PM EST
Originally Posted By Milo5:
D2 is a high carbon tool steel.
This means it won't snap as easy as stainless, retains an edge like stainless steel, is easy to sharpen like high carbon steel, and much tougher than either.
http://www.fototime.com/91708E6DF7C6721/standard.jpg
Oh, the structure of D2 steel also allows a coloring finish to be applied that is durable and long lasting.
Color finishes applied to knife grade stainless steel tend to wear off quickly with moderate use.


Great info, thank you.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:21:32 PM EST
You're thinking about paying WAY too much.


www.thebladeshop.com

You're welcome.

Oh, and I'd get the original for display and the D2 for use.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:22:50 PM EST
Originally Posted By TrojanMan:
You're thinking about paying WAY too much.


www.thebladeshop.com

You're welcome.

Oh, and I'd get the original for display and the D2 for use.


Awesome, thanks for the link.

Prices look like they're around 20% below retail.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:22:55 PM EST
Get the classic.

Tough as nails.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:23:47 PM EST
Originally Posted By ftwm:
Ok, which one is the original KA-BAR, the 5-1/4" or 7" blade?

They are both $80, that isn't much cheaper than my first choice.


The original is the 7" one.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:28:21 PM EST
+1 for the original
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:38:07 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:38:43 PM EST


Original model does just fine, from pounding tent stakes to cutting wood for the fire. Keeps a nice, sharp edge as well
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 12:48:37 PM EST
I like the 2nd one.

HH
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 2:36:20 PM EST


No reason really, I would prefer a black handle, that's all.



Get the original and a bottle of leather dye.

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 2:46:56 PM EST
I own the D2 version, and the classic USMC leather griped version. I use the D2, as my go to all purpose knife. The knife holds a good edge, and won't rust. I mostly use the knife to open boxes, and to pick ice out of my freezer. The top knife doesn't even look like a classic K-Bar; the metals used in that version are also good, but I'd rather take the D2. The D2 also includes the Eagle sheath, which is a very nice condura nylon sheath.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 2:51:11 PM EST

Originally Posted By ftwm:
Originally Posted By TrojanMan:
You're thinking about paying WAY too much.


www.thebladeshop.com

You're welcome.

Oh, and I'd get the original for display and the D2 for use.


Awesome, thanks for the link.

Prices look like they're around 20% below retail.

Amazon is still the cheapest place I ordered the D2 Extreme KB1282 for 20 bucks cheaper and free shipping to boot.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 2:59:29 PM EST
The ladies like this Ka-Bar right here.

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 3:59:57 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 4:15:24 PM EST
D2 is better blade material. I hate to say it, but check ebay. They are running around 90 bucks.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 4:17:23 PM EST
What's this all aboot inna here?

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 4:21:33 PM EST
Check your state laws. Back in the Rambo days a lot of states passed laws outlawing the original size and mandate blades less than 5 1/2 inches. I know it sucks, but if you buy the 7 inch one, you must be careful where you carry it.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 5:43:05 PM EST
Originally Posted By Shootist_Jeff:
Get it in the 5 1/4" size. It's definitely large enough while still being practical. It's not the original size but in my opinion it's more useful.



Excellent advice. I love mine.

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 5:51:32 PM EST
I have this one too.

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 5:57:33 PM EST
I have the D2 and fricking love it!
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 6:01:09 PM EST
Really, D2 is a serious knife steel. D2 FTW!
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 6:15:09 PM EST
This one.......likely made in the first 75 days of production during WW2....

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 9:56:53 PM EST




Link Posted: 9/16/2009 10:05:10 PM EST
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