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Old 08-25-2009, 04:43 PM
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Hello I have heard many times that the kabar is weak for haveing a stick tang well any one here ever had a kabar usmc break on them.
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Hello, I have heard many times that the ka-bar is weak for having a stick tang. Well, anyone here ever had a ka-bar usmc break on them?
No, but I'm a cold steel man.
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I broke one but can't blame the knife was using as a pry bar/chisel whacking it with a large hammer. The proper tool for the job was not available so had to make do.
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Never heard of one breaking. I'd like to know as well. I was thinking of getting one to replace my cheap survival knife.
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had mine 2 years, ive put it through hell and no problems so far...
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Ive only had mine for a year and havent abused it so its fine. I probably could break it if I wanted too though.
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Nope. I have two newer ones and a WWll knife my uncle carried. Seem tough enough.
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Been carrying and using the same one since '76, no problems.
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If you go on YouTube there is a guy who pounds a Ka-bar (among others) through a cinder block - and yes he manages to break it. Still, it's amazing how much it does take. The bottom line is if you use a little common sense any good knife will out last you.
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I have a Ka-Bar. Hasn't broken, but I am now strongly considering a Randall.
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I am using the two that my father sent home from Nam in 66. Both are in great shape after 43 years.
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Any knife will break if mistreated.

Ka-bars are good knives, not my style at all but still good durable knives. Treat them well and they will treat you well.
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allright have had mine for a while know a little bit of paint is chipping off on the top of the knife were ive been hitting it with a baton for splitting but if you don't hit it wih a hammer or bash it against harder objects i'm sure it will hold up strong.
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I am still using the one I was issued in the Marine Corps. I've been using it for nearly 20yrs now and it is doing just fine. Actually, I have two of them. One is the USMC Kabar that is sold with a brown leather sheath and handle, with Marine Corps emblem etched into the leather... the other is an actual issued Kabar that is all black with black sheath.
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you can get any knive to break, a knife is used to cut, chop,skin.

not to be used as a screwdriver, a prybar or whatever else you can think of.

if someone tells me they broke a knife, the first thought is how was the person abusing the knife.
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I can agree with any knife will break if push beyond its limits. With that said I have broke two Kabars, both broke in the same place (my fault, PERIOD). So what that means to me is, the particular way I use a knife a Kabar is not the best choice for me. Kabar makes good knives for there intented purpose
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K bars are excellent mass production knives.Rat tang yes,but durable enough. I own 2 an older style and the new version(I prefer the older leather washer style)I would not hesitate to grab one as my only knife when the bell rings
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Many years ago, if you were to test a blade you just made, you put the blade in a padded vise and tried to bend or break off the tang with your gloved hand.

Full tang blades passed this test more often than a blade with something less than full tang.

That being said, if I were ever in trouble and needed a knife, I wouldn't object if my new best friend said "You can have this Kabar, will that do?"

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