Survival-Pax Blog: Review - Ka-Bar Short

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Review - Ka-Bar Short

This is the first of what I hope will be many reviews from the Survival-Pax Community. Kevin, a very active community member, volunteered to write a review about a fixed blade knife that he is particularly fond of, the Ka-Bar Short.

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Now, here's Kevin's Review.

Review - Ka-Bar Short

I have almost four years of experience with the Tanto version of this knife. I have used it in many different conditions: below 0 and above 100 degrees, rain and shine, snow and mud.
The Ka-Bar Short - Tanto

Starting at the handle, its has a very nice, slightly soft rubbery feel that really grips to your hand. I am a huge fan of the kraton handle, its round shaped grip is extremely comfy and provides excellent grip and control.

Currently, I have around
eight feet of 550 paracord
wrapped around the sheath.
Moving up to the blade, its 1095 steel works great, the edge of the blade (the uncoated part) will rust on you after a bit, but this is a very easy problem to counter, just keep it lightly coated in oil, vegetable oil you plan preparing food or game. The steel can take a very sharp edge and is easy to sharpen. I have had no chipping or any problems with the blade.

The black finish on the blade has held up pretty well over the years, though if you use it for batoning it will wear the finish off a lot faster because of its blade style. You can see it on my knife where it has rubbed a lot more while batoning with it, but it does baton well enough. While as a full flat ground blade would baton easier, this knife still does well and I have used it many times. I have not had any rust where the finish has rubbed off, but this is mostly because of proper care.

Containing this excellent knife is a equally excellent sheath. There is three retaining devices (possibly overkill) that hold the knife in very snugly. The first one is the sheath’s built in lock, it requires you to press back on the sheath to make two retaining nubs move, releasing the knife. I believe that this lock alone would work just fine for many users, and many times this is the only lock I do use. When I use the knife a lot, there is no need to waste time with extra retaining devices.

Containing this excellent knife is a equally excellent sheath.
The next two retaining devices are two nylon straps with metal snaps. Both of the snaps are heavy duty and work well, I did end up cutting off the very top snap; it was just too much for me. The remaining nylon strap and its weave has held up very well, I did take a lighter to it a few times to burn down a few loose threads, but, overall, its holding up marvelously. Over a few years the black finish did wear off the snaps completely, so now it has a dark grey color, but this does not bother me. There is also a drainage hole near the bottom of the sheath.

Currently, I have around eight feet of 550 paracord wrapped around the sheath, all of the holes on it makes it very easy and recommended doing this (paracord is just so useful). You could easily double it over if you wanted more cord. I am a big fan of this sheath.

This is a super high value knife that will serve me many many many more years, in fact I even engraved my last name (best as I could mind you) on the blade, it will serve another generation I'm very sure of it. If they allow a crazy gear nut like me to reproduce that is...

Kevin - Survival-Pax Community Member

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4 Comments :

  • I do believe that Kabar knives are every good for self defence and everyday carry to outdoors.

    By Blogger Jennifer Martin , At November 3, 2015 at 3:57 AM  

  • Very well done review by an owner who actually USED his knife. Too many reviews nowadays by people saying how great a knife is without having really used it for a prolonged period of time. I have been using a full size Kabar USMC for all my outdoors activities for 30 years and wholeheartedly agree with the reviewer on the quality and usefulness of a Kabar knife.

    By Blogger Unknown , At February 13, 2016 at 9:02 PM  

  • Very well done review by an owner who actually USED his knife. Too many reviews nowadays by people saying how great a knife is without having really used it for a prolonged period of time. I have been using a full size Kabar USMC for all my outdoors activities for 30 years and wholeheartedly agree with the reviewer on the quality and usefulness of a Kabar knife.

    By Blogger maseta3 , At February 13, 2016 at 9:03 PM  

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