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Ka-bars. Looking for people with experience

So my wife and i have been looking to get general utility knives for outdoors

Shes partial to the becker companion/bk2
canada knife|becker by ka-bar becker companion

And im leaning towards the short black USMC style
canada knife|ka-bar short black ka-bar combat knife

Im looking at plain edge with kydex sheath

My wife would only use hers for camping, while since im military i would also use mine as an EDC knife

Im looking for people with experience with either of these two knives, good or bad

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While my dad was stationed on Guam, I did lots of jungle camping, and hiking. I was out camping with a retired marine and mentor, when we found a WWII era marine issue kabar stuck in the middle of a palm tree! It had been there a long time, but after an additional piece of leather in the handle ,sharpening, and re-blueing the blade, I am still using it 25 years after I found it as a hunting knife. Kabars are very good knives, you probably won't need another anytime soon if u get a USMC kabar.


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You cant go wrong with Ka-Bar. I have one as part of my gear.



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They're considered 'good enough' in every way, meaning 1095 steel will deliver, but needs maintenance, handle etc. are built reasonably well.
I would buy either swamprat or scrapyard for not much more, better steel, unconditional lifetime warranty...
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Re: Ka-bars. Looking for people with experience

both are good knives, the becker is much stronger than the usmc kabar. The only issue i've ever had was snapping the tang on the kabar, I was battoning it through a log though. The becker will take it and laugh.

As Helmut said if you have a little extra the swamprat and scrapyard knives are a serious step up in quality.
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Re: Ka-bars. Looking for people with experience

In an actual survival case, I can see why many would suggest the expensive and high quality knives for chopping.

I've never understood why everyone wants a knife that does the job of an axe when you are doing anything other but pure survival.

The Ka-bar is half the cost and a good knife, what you saved from not buying the becker, buy an axe. Now you have 2 tools each better suited for its purpose.

I use SOG Fusion Tomahawk, pretty cheap and does an excellent job for splitting and chopping.



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Re: Ka-bars. Looking for people with experience

With a Busse kinife, you can cut yourself out of your car, if needed: it will go through a door hinge, through whatever sheet metal and supports are in the way, simply batons through milder steel, including Kabar knives, according to some
Plus, look at the warranty: ANY UNINTENTIONAL DAMAGE!
Here's a bladesforums thread with links to abuse tests and examples from Busse knives:
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You have to wade through quite a bit of gab, and some old links may be dead, but there's still a lot of good stuff there.
Consider this: if you rolled your rig in some far away place, or drove it into the ravine etc, would you rather have a Kabar, which had to be cheap enough to be issued to thousands, or would you want your knifey to be considered so special, that the maker warrants it against practically any abuse, and and that even the cheaper models cost more on the second hand market than new?
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Re: Ka-bars. Looking for people with experience

Ok. Im impressed with the story about chain chopping... And the warantee!!!
(seen here: http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/sh...t=triple%20cut)

Now i have a question for you knife guys.. How do the scarpyard knives relate to busse? Its busse thats makes them outta left overs? Or what... Im not sure i fully understand... And im liking the Sykco 511. I dont wanna go much over 5 inches in blade lenght. I want to carry it daily at work in uniform and well, we kinda laugh at the guys with huge knives since were not combat trades. I just want a good can do everything and is tough as hell knife...
(and i find 89$ to be totally reasonable)

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Re: Ka-bars. Looking for people with experience

It's some kind of family thing: I believe that Swamprat got started by Busse's wife, and scrapyard by his brother, or thereabouts. In the beginning, Scrapyard was using leftovers. At this point they are simply the value line, their handles are preferred by many for chopping, their tangs are technically not full, as the handle material encloses them completely. The warranty is the same, though.
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