The most famous fixed blade knife in the world-"the KA-BAR"- was designed to serve our troops during World War II as their main fighting utility knife and is still doing its job, with honors, more than 50 years later. The quality materials used and their classic construction-stacked leather handle, double guards, and pinned on butt caps-are what made these the best all-purpose knives manufactured today. The epoxy powder coated, Cro-Van steel (1095) full tang blade has a [HRC 56-58] hardness rating.
The full 7" blade is sharpened to 20 / 20 degrees with buff polished edges for better edge retention and an excellent cutting edge.
KA-BAR Fighting Utility Knives were designed and built to meet military specifications and use.
The knife comes with a KA-BAR / Molle compatible black hard shell plastic sheath constructed to be resistant to salt water and provides a hard surface which protects the knife during use in rough terrains. Together with its several lashing ports and knife lock in at the guard, it provides multiple tie-down and mounting options including inverted upside down in a shoulder area or strapped to a LBV, BA, or pack while still offering the traditional belt loop carry. The 5017 is the United States Marines version of the legendary knife offering a full size 7" flat ground blade with the original straight edge. This knife style is also available in a U.S.M.C. partially serrated combo edge, model (5018) or in the traditional leather sheath versions, models (1217) & (1218) Personalize This Knife with Custom Laser Engraving.