Disappointed with the KA-BAR knife.

Discussion in 'Other Weapons' started by Mkilbride, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. Mkilbride

    Mkilbride New Member

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    I got one off Amazon,

    http://www.amazon.com/KA-BAR-Marine...&ie=UTF8&qid=1342516510&sr=1-1&keywords=kabar

    Price was good, knife looked good.

    I got the knife. Dull edge, but this is normal according to reviews; they can't ship em sharp. So I decide to sharpen it, going at it and I get a decent edge on it, that I am happy with it.

    Now these are Legendary Knives for their durability and usefulness. So I sheath the knife and put it away.

    I pull out the knife the next day and I see the strangest thing; the tip of the blade has some chips of the anti-rust coating come off. I double take, do a few quick looks and yes, it peeled right off.

    So having accepted this fact, I re-sheath it.

    Take it out and decide to cut a few things with it and more of the anti-rust coating comes off.

    Then my Sister steals the Knife and probably pawns it for drug money.

    Overall, just not impressed from my experience. Thought these would be the Knife to last 100 years. :p
     
  2. g17frantz

    g17frantz New Member

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    I can't believe it. I have the exact same kabar with no problems at all. Bad luck man sorry
     

  3. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    How did you sharpen it?
     
  4. Mkilbride

    Mkilbride New Member

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  5. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    That's nuts. I've owned two, carried one in Afghanistan. Never had this issue.
     
  6. Mkilbride

    Mkilbride New Member

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    I talked to my Marine buddy about it and he told me they are really bad Knives. He told me no one he knew used one over there and all ordered ones from Benchmade or SOG or so.

    He said KA-BAR's are crap. Granted, that's just his opinion, but I felt it need be noted.
     
  7. Tiny_MN

    Tiny_MN New Member

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    People feel the same way about 1911's and prefer Glock, Sig, etc. Yet, it's been around for 100+ years and still a model which all others are compared to.
     
  8. rocshaman

    rocshaman New Member

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    It appears that the vast majority of the user reviews, from the Amazon site you posted, disagree with you. Even the best products can at times turn out a flawed unit. Maybe you should send it back for a replacement.

    My experience with Ka-Bar knives has been nothing but good.
     
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  9. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I just think it's funny... I ran into MANY guys that had the same opinion while I was active duty. They all ordered the biggest, most wicked looking knives they could find, spending hundreds of dollars. ALL of these wannabe knife gurus brought their blades to me to sharpen, because they didn't know how and didn't even have anything to sharpen them with. They had very serious discussions late into the nights about the best knife fighting techniques...

    Wanna take a wild guess at how many times Marines actually have to use a knife in combat? Wanna take another guess as to who actually has done so? I only know of one person, and have heard of a small handful of others.

    And some people wonder why I love KA-BAR.
     
  10. ineverFTF

    ineverFTF New Member

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    If you are implying you did indeed knife fight, you are legally required to tell the story :p
     
  11. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    That's a story I don't tell ;) but yeah, it happened. And it was a KA-BAR.
     
  12. ineverFTF

    ineverFTF New Member

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    well since you are here not telling the story :mad:
    i assume it went well :cool:
     
  13. Grizzly

    Grizzly New Member

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    Hello all. I know I'm the new guy here, but as a long time user of kabars I wanted to ask if this faulty kabar was an actual blade made by kabar or one of the many copies out there? I have come across several kabar style knives and advertised as such, but turned out to be made by a different manufacturer. Could this possibly be such the case here? If not I would contact Ka-bar and ask for a replacement. Regardless of where you got it Ka-bar stands behind their products, or so they claim.

    Just my two cents:cool:
     
  14. TWMIM

    TWMIM New Member

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    Depending on the model, alot of Ka Bars are now made in China.

    I picked up a smaller utility, it was crap.:mad:
     
  15. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    That explains a lot mine has been great but I got it pre sharpened at a gun store for 110 dollars with sheath
     
  16. MACV_SOG

    MACV_SOG New Member

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    I had my MARK II K-BAR stolen from my truck at a carwash!! This knife traveled the lengths of S.E. ASIA and served me well I went back and reamed the mgr for not searching the punk thugs that work for him. That knife serves so many functions in the field. The pure design with blood trench &bone guard ,topside blade ,,If you can find an old one at a surplus store use ultra fine steel wool & 3&1 oil and bring it to life! Good luck!
     
  17. Mkilbride

    Mkilbride New Member

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    It is / was an Official Kabar, as you can see by the Amazon Link.

    Says it was made in New Jersey or so. Came with a Leather Sheath, though I got a replacement.

    I don't know, the thing just felt flimsy overall, regardless of the chipping. I'm no Knife Expert though.

    Said USMC on it as well, which to be honest, I wish it didn't, cause I feel like a pretender / fake with that.
     
  18. rocshaman

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  19. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Are you sure that your Ka-Bar was not a knock-off? Is you Amazon seller still selling these? Did you get a large discount on it? If you still had it, you could return it to Ka-Bar and I would bet they would have made it good.

    The Chinese aren't the least bit shy about stealing logos and reproducing cheap crap with "designer" labels. My daughter was pointing out the differences to me in a Chinese knock-off on a "Coach" purse she bought for $25.00, and an original she bought for over $300.00. The knock-off would have fooled me. (but not her)
     
  20. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    Thats exactly right, that chinese knock off crap is out there everywhere posing to be the "real deal". Benchmade is the same way, the way that you can normally tell a fake benchmade is that a real one had USA under the butterfly, the knock offs do not