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Ka-Bars?

Discussion in 'Knives & Other Discussion' started by Will_Power, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. Will_Power

    Will_Power OR via OK Active Member

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    Hey guys,

    I'm looking to pick up my first fixed blade knife for general preparedness (and SHTF) use and have decided to take a look at Ka-Bars. Good, long reputation for being tough as nails and plentiful, from what I've heard.

    Trouble is, I don't know the first thing about where to buy and which one(s) to look for. There seems to be a lot of variety of Ka-Bar types out there (e.g. 1212, 1271, etc). All I know is that I need to stay away from stainless steel and than a synthetic grip's probably a good idea.

    I could use your guys' knowledge here!
     
  2. bt97006

    bt97006 Aloha Member

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  3. Will_Power

    Will_Power OR via OK Active Member

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    Thanks for your reply!

    What would you say the difference would be between the Becker Companion you've got and the Ka-Bar Bull Dozier?
     
  4. huntpotter

    huntpotter SW WA Negotiator Bronze Supporter

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    I've got a few. Ka-Bar, Camilus, Ontario. All US issue fighting knives. They are good.

    I usually get mine at the gunshow, but you can get them online on gunbroker.com, or lots of other online retailers. Also Andy and Bax in Portland has a decent sellection.

    or:
    Cheaper Than Dirt - America's Ultimate Shooting Sports Discounter
     
  5. hatchetjack

    hatchetjack Western WA Active Member

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  6. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    i'm no knife aficionado, but the Next Gen Kabar i bought about a decade ago has served me fine. it doesn't get used daily, or even close to it, but i was once quite the woodsman, and it got a lot of use for the first few years i had it. good utility/survival knife.

    i got married, and my gallivanting ended, but it still gets used a week or two out of the year for buck season. sharpens up nicely, doesn't rust.. what more could i want?
     
  7. The Somnambulist

    The Somnambulist Portland Member

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    I would get the BK-7 over the Kabar. It has a full tang and a nice wide flat grind. I find the handle more comfy too.
     
  8. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    kabar's full tang... anything that's not shoulldn't even be considered
     
  9. Will_Power

    Will_Power OR via OK Active Member

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    Thanks for the suggestions / input, guys. I ended up going with the Ka-Bar Becker BK2 that bt reviewed. With any luck, I'll get it int he mail by this weekend!
     
  10. bt97006

    bt97006 Aloha Member

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    I think you will like it. I enjoy using mine.
     
  11. noworkjustfish

    noworkjustfish Battle Ground, WA Member

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    I love my Becker Campanion, can do anything with it. Indestructible!
    Sometimes it feels a bit large for some things but it I only had one knife that would be it.
     
  12. Martini_Up

    Martini_Up NW USA Well-Known Member

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    I"ve been testing out the Gerber LMF II all summer. So far it's doing well. My only complaint is the weight of it. Should be called a HMF II (Heavy Mo Fo):laugh: