KNIVES: The Short KA-BAR Fighting/Utility Knife


I have been a huge fan of the KA-BAR ever sence I was a kid, in my opinion it is one of the best bang-for-the-buck multi-use fighting and wilderness survival knives out there. I have personally used the KA-BAR for a camp knife, hunting knife and as a fighting knife in Iraq (I have yet to get in a duel in Iraq, but one can always hope).

But the biggest problem I have run into with the KA-BAR is its sheer size; the full sized KA-BAR is a 7” bladed beast that is almost a foot long. That pretty much discounts it as a concealed EDC (in 3rd world countries where I can’t carry a gun) and even a bit too long for hooking on a chest rig.

So when I saw the Short KA-BAR Fighting/Utility Knife in the PX I scooped it right off the rack (I was also with a dude who owed me 50 bucks from a bet so lucky me, free knife).

The Short KA-BAR Fighting/Utility Knife has a 5 ¼ inch blade and is about 9 inches overall (a 3 inch length saving over the full sized KA-BAR) – it is also not as wide as the full sized KA-BAR (not sure the width savings, but it is about 30% less). It has the epoxy powder coated 1095 carbon steel blade that you see on most KA-BAR’s.


The one I bought has a Kraton handle (the traditional KA-BAR has a leather handle) and partially serrated blade. I actually prefer the un-serrated blade but they didn’t have that model in the PX.

It also comes with a Kydex sheath that has a clever thumb release lock-in closure and a nylon snap strap. The sheath also has a shit-load of holes and slots to run 550 cord or straps through (I am thinking about making an ankle rig for it).

Because of the shortened length and width this KA-BAR is more concealable and fits neatly on a chest rig without looking like you are trying to impersonate Rambo. Overall it is a great USA made knife that still maintains the spirit of the KA-BAR in a shorter package.

Short KA-BAR Fighting/Utility Knife >>> KA-BAR Knives Inc. 37.00 to 60.00 Bucks


~James G Founder - Editor in Chief

James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long; he has traveled to over 50 countries chasing fortune and glory. He spends his off time in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns, writing poorly written articles and stabbing people with his new KA-BAR