Wednesday, September 12, 2012

KA-BAR 1213 Full Size Fighting/Utility Knife Review


The Ka-Bar Full Size Black Survival Knife features a Clip Point blade with a 20 degree angle . It is made from 1095 Cro-Van Steel with a Rockwell hardness of 56-58 and is very easy to sharpen. Since it is not a stainless steel you will have a little more maintenance on your hands, but nothing major, just keep the blade oiled between uses and when storing your survival knife. The length of the blade is 7 inches and the overall length of the Ka-Bar 1213 Knife is 11.75 inches. The blade shape and design has a proven design and has been used not only on the battlefield, but also by woodsmen. This knife is ideal for self defense, hunting, dicing, cutting, carving, hacking, whittling, slicing rope, cords or bandages and a variety of other utilitarian purposes. Also, this blade is thick enough to use as a pry bar if you really needed to, although I don’t recommend that you use your survival knife for prying unless you absolutely, positively had no other choice.

KA-BAR 1213 Full Size Fighting Knife 7" Black Plain Blade, Kraton G Handle, Kydex Sheath
KA-BAR 1213 Full Size Fighting Knife 7" Black Plain Blade, Kraton G Handle, Kydex Sheath

The handle is Ka-Bar’s Kraton-G which gives a secure grip even in wet or muddy conditions, which is something I look for in a survival knife, unless you are going to be using it in perfect weather, this is an important consideration for proper functionality and safety. One point to note is that the Ka-Bar 1213 survival knife is still manufactured in the U.S.A. and most survival knives are no longer made in the U.S.A.

KA-BAR 1213 Full Size Fighting Knife 7" Black Plain Blade, Kraton G Handle, Kydex Sheath
KA-BAR 1213 Full Size Fighting Knife 7" Black Plain Blade, Kraton G Handle, Kydex Sheath

The Ka-Bar Full Size Survival Knife comes with sheath that is not made in the U.S.A. but it does the job as well as a sheath can. The sheath is made of Kydex, a tough, durable reinforced plastic which provides a hard surface which protects your knife during rough use. The Kydex sheath gives you a variety of mounting options which is helpful for a knife this large. And most importantly the Kydex sheath won’t retain moisture like a leather or nylon sheath will. Overall I rate this knife a 9 out of 10. The Ka Bar 1213 is an great knife if you are looking for one this large, this is one of the best survival knives at this length at this price point.


To buy or get more information on the KA-BAR 1213 Full Size Fighting Knife with 7" Black Plain Blade, Kraton G Handle and Kydex Sheath, click the link below.

KA-BAR 1213 Full Size Fighting Knife 7" Black Plain Blade, Kraton G Handle, Kydex Sheath



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