KA-BAR Fighting Utility Knife Review

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At a Glance

KA-Bar Black Serrated

A knife designed for combat the KA-BAR Fighting Utility Knife excels in that area as well as many others. This knife has a history stretching back decades to World War II where it saw action at the hands of Marines. You can't go wrong purchasing this knife.

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10.65 oz

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Blade Material:

1095 Cro-Van


Another great knife coming from a great knife manufacturer the KA-BAR Fighting Utility Knife is an iconic piece of art. Battle tested this knife is something you can count on during tough times. It comes in various styles to fit anyone's needs and preferences. The 7 inch blade made from 1095 Cro-Van provide ample room cutting, slashing, chopping, and stabbing. While the handle leather or Kraton staked gives you a good ergonomic purchase letting you have control of that blade.


   Iconic Design

   Ergonomic Kraton Stacked Handle

   Battle Tested

   Seven Inch Blade

   Clip Point Blade Style

   1095 Cro-Van Steel Blade


The KA-BAR Fighting Utility Knife is one with a long history. It's an excellent knife for combat while still being able to perform some utility work if needed. Like the Gerber Prodigy this probably isn't a knife you're going to use for EDC purposes but it does very well out in the field where a more robust tool is needed. The KA-BAR Fighting Knife has been getting excellent reviews for decades stretching all the way back to World War II when the Marines used them in the Pacific Theatre. Today KA-BAR is still producing high quality blades that you can stake your life on. I highly recommend this knife and KA-BAR knives in general they do excellent work and consistently deliver great products.

KA-BAR Fighting Utility Knife Blade:

The KA-BAR Fighting Utility Knife has a blade length right at 7 inches. This gives you plenty of blade to work with whether your chopping, stabbing, or do some more detailed work. One complaint I've heard some people talk about is the fact that the blade has a false edge on the back and the tip slightly curves back due to the clip point design. This makes for a pretty poor skinning knife. Keep in mind though that this knife wasn't meant to be a skinner, instead it was designed to be more of a stabber. KA-BAR uses 1095 Cro-Van for the steel in this blade as well as a lot of their other knives. It sharpens well and holds an edge pretty decently too. With the addition of Chromium, Vanadium, Molybdenum you get some increased wear resistance and toughness when compared to the standard 1095. KA-BAR also offers their Fighting Utility Knife in a straight edge for those who don't like the serrations which account for about 1.8 inches of the blade. For those interested in a tanto style of blade KA-BAR also provides that as well.

KA-BAR Fighting Utility Knife Handle:

KA-BAR Utility Knife Handle

As with the blade KA-BAR also provides a couple options for you to choose from in the handle. Mine as you can see in the picture is the model with the black Kraton G stacked handle. It provides good grip and resistance to the elements. The other option available is the classic leather stacking, a lot of people like it simply because of its iconic look although it doesn't fair as well as the Kraton in more humid environments as it tends to swell and wear out over time. With that said both provide an excellent ergonomic feel and the handle is long enough that you can get a good purchase on the knife as well. The hand guard is great in my opinion it allows you to do exactly what the knife was designed to do. Stab. You could repeatedly stab with this and you'll never have your hand slip over the blade. If you look at the butt of the handle you'll see the pommel, it could be used for defensive purposes but I believe its primary use would be for hammering things like tent stakes.

KA-BAR Fighting Utility Knife Sheath:

KA-BAR Sheath

While the black leather sheath looks pretty simple it's actually a really nice sheath. It provides a good sized drainage hole, belt loop and a button strap that gives you solid lockup on the knife. You can also find the sheath in a standard brown leather with different insignia's such as the Army and Marines insignia's. The stitching is flawless on the sides and reinforced by rivets ensures that the sheath won't come apart on you while in the field. For those of you interested in Kydex the KA-BAR Fighting Knife can also be found with that and I believe it is MOLLE compatible as well. All in all while this seems like a pretty basic knife sheath it is well designed and will hold up to punishment very well.

Variations of the KA-BAR Fighting Utility Knife



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Black Kraton Serrated Edge With Black Leather Sheath

KA-Bar Black Serrated

Black Kraton Straight Edge With Black Leather Sheath

kabar straight

Extreme Fighting D2 Steel

Kabar D2 Extreme Fighting

Leather Handle, Straight Edge With Brown Leather Sheath

kabar serrated leather

Leather Handle, Serrated Edge With Brown Leather Sheath

kabar serrated leather