Next Gen KA-BAR?


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Sgt.Saputo
September 27, 2010, 08:08 PM
I got one last Christmas and keep it either on my nightstand or under my pillow. I got the "Classic" USMC one, but I'm considering buying the "Next Gen" when I get some extra money. Anyone have any thoughts on the Next Gen?



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Feel free to post pics of your KA-BARs because we all know I love eye candy :D

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Piraticalbob
September 29, 2010, 02:13 AM
The "Next Generation" Ka-Bars were based on design modifications to the basic Ka-Bar advocated by the late knife writer Chuck Karwan as far back as the late 1980's in the now-defunct magazine Fighting Knives. Karwan's modifications included cutting off the top part of the crossguard and re-shaping the leather handle and pommel to allow use of a lanyard. He also desired the handle to be made of a modern synthetic material such as micarta or kraton, and the blade to be made of stainless steel. Such modifications were sometimes called "Kar-Bars" in his honor and Ka-Bar incorporated Karwan's modifications into their Next Generation.

They are a quality product, especially if you can find one in the less-common D2 steel (the A.G. Russell website might still have some) which is superior to the 440A that Ka-Bar used for most of the Next Generation knives.

Sgt.Saputo
October 1, 2010, 10:38 AM
Thank you! Very informative :)

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