Today's KA-BAR consists of 1095 Cro-Van Steel

The American USMC KA-BAR Fighting/Utility Knife became probably the most successful knives being used. Developed by the Union Cutlery Company in 1941 this all-purpose survival tool was exclusively government order and designed to work as a defensive weapon, hammer, can opener, digging tool, and cutting tool.

The origin from the first prototype of the KA-BAR, the 1219C2, had its roots in The first world war.

The first world war

The stalemate entrenchment of The first world war officially brought the fighting knife to the battlefield. The trench systems in Belgium and France extended for countless miles and close-quarter fighting between the Allied and German troops continued inside the environment of the trench. Soldiers was required to cut-down their 19th century long-sword bayonets that many nations still issued. These cut-down weapons enabled close-quarter hand-to-hand combat.

It became apparent during the end of The first world war that a new knife design was needed to meet the demands of not only close-quarter fighting but versatility of use. After detailed comparison of the trench weapons then in use the United States and France began manufacture of the Mark I Trench Knife, in 1918, over the past months from the war. Most of these weapons were never issued.

The Mark I was a cast-bronze knuckleduster. The pommel was secured to its cast-bronze hilt with a nut that had a significant point which if combined with enough force could fracture a guy's skull. The weapon could be carried while crawling and kept securely within the hand. With a 7″ double-edge blade, it had been helpful for thrusting and cutting. Yet, because of expense and soldier complaints of blade breakage magista pas cher, the Mark I'd a short production life and only 120,000 were created.

Using the wars end in 1918 the evolution and development of the military fighting knife continued.

World War II

Once the Usa entered The second world war in 1941 most Americans were equipped with the pre-World War II 16″ M1905 Pattern Bayonet (later renamed M1942); and the U.S. Army had just one fighting knife ' the Mark I.

The Marine Corps issued the Marine Raider Stiletto to the elite forces however the stiletto was best for silent killings instead of general utility tasks. Many Marines obtained their very own knives before deploying. These were typically the hunting/utility knife L76 and L77 by Western States Cutlery.

The proposed reproduction from the Mark I had been rejected and the U.S. Government requested military knife suppliers to build up specifications for any modern fighting knife utilizing the designs of the Mark I and the civilian hunting/utility knife patterns.

Several changes to previous pattern designs resulted in the 1219C2 prototype. Made with thicker blade stock, added fuller, straight cross-guard and peened pommel; it also had the now famous compressed leather washers in the handle. The 1219C2 was later coated having a non-reflective matte phosphate finish to lessen glare. (Marines to this day still add an additional coat of black paint for glare reduction and corrosion resistance).

On November 23, 1942 the United States Marine Corps adopted the 1219C2 which it later re-designated the USMC Mark 2 Combat Knife. The United States Navy also adopted the 1219C2 because the US Navy Utility Knife, Mark 2.

The objective 2 became general issue to the Usa Marine Corps, and returning veterans were impressed by its combat effectiveness.

The Union Cutlery Company stamped their Mark 2 Combat/Fighting Utility knives with the "KA-BAR" trademark, so that as early as 1944 ' regardless of manufacturer mercurial pas cher ' all Mark 2′s became known as the KA-BAR.

Used in eight wars ' World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Grenada, Operation Just Cause, Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq ' the KA-BAR has hit the mark among the best knives made.

Today's KA-BAR consists of 1095 Cro-Van Steel, flat ground, easy to sharpen, and features a 20 degree edge angle and is effective as a combat knife and utility tool. Having a hardness rating of 56-58 HRC, the moderate carbon and low chromium steel combination enables the blade to carry its edge quite well.

'and the legend born during The second world war continues, and over seventy years later the dual-purpose design is still doing its job.