Friday, October 28, 2011

KA-BAR Adventure Potbelly Fixed Blade Knife Review

KA-BAR The Adventure Potbelly Fixed 6-5/8" Carbon Steel Blade, Adventuregrip Handles

If you're looking for a heavy duty camp knife, hunting knife, and survival tool, stop here. Look no farther than the Ka-Bar Adventure Potbelly Knife. The Potbelly's seven-inch, hollow ground blade of 1095 Cro-Van steel has enough reach and enough weight to do the work of a camp axe as well as a full-sized, razor-sharp hunter.

The Potbelly Knife is manufactured by Ka-Bar in the USA. The black coated blade is 0.25" thick, 7 1/8" long from tip to handle panel, 1 5/8 " at the widest point and made out of 1095 Cro-Van steel (same as the Becker line) at HRC 56-58. The grind is almost like a saber grind, except this primary bevel is hollow grind (not flat). The first third of the blade has an unsharpened false edge on the spine and there is a choil area right in front of the handle. The handle itself is very nicely shaped and proportioned, has a palm swell and the Zytel scales have a texture not unlike sharkskin.

With a full length of 12-5/8 inches, the Potbelly reminds many of the gurkha knife, and actually will perform much like one. The gurkha became famous as a fighting knife but also served well around camp and even made a pretty good substitute for a machete. The Potbelly fits in that same category of all-purpose knife. Built with a full tang handle and injection-molded Zytel handle slabs, the Potbelly was made to fit all sizes of hands -- the efficient Adventuregrip texture and deep finger choil won't slip.

Designed by knife maker and boar hunter Steve Johnson, the field editor for Boar Hunter Magazine, the Potbelly evolved through several different versions and considerable field testing by Johnson before becoming part of the Ka-Bar lineup. According to Johnson, the production model exceeded his expectations.

Combined with the Adventure sheath, the Potbelly ought to exceed yours as well. With two belt loops at different heights and extra MOLLE points for custom rigging, the Potbelly's Adventure sheath fits any gear. A large pouch on the front of the sheath holds the basic survival tools you want, not the Band-Aids and the fishhook you usually get in survival kits. Best of all, the sheath's extra slot holds the Adventure Piggyback, a skeletonized high carbon stainless steel skinner for the more delicate field dressing work.

To buy or get more information on the KA-BAR The Adventure Potbelly Fixed 6-5/8" Carbon Steel Blade with Adventuregrip Handles, click the link below.

KA-BAR The Adventure Potbelly Fixed 6-5/8" Carbon Steel Blade, Adventuregrip Handles

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