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Couldn't be happier with this knife, my first Ka-Bar. The FDE finish looks great and to have a Ka-Bar in a super steel such as Magnacut is as good as it gets.
Just received my Spartan Ka-Bar in Magnacut steel. When I went to USMC boot-camp 44 years ago I was of course bonded with the Ka-Bar and have a number of high-end ones (Medford, Hinderer, Red-spacer one, etc). When I saw this one being offered, I had no choice but to get one! Couldn’t be more pleased with it.
This is now my 3rd blade I’ve purchased from Spartan and I continue to be impressed with the overall texture, feel, and material of the products I buy from this company. I have even purchased a collab EK dagger that Spartan did with KA-BAR a few years ago and I was stunned by the craftsmanship of forging the blade. I don’t buy every knife made, but when you take a classic knife and add a modern spin on it I can’t help but spend my money on such cutting edge blade. Well done Spartan Blades.
Feels and handles lighter than the a regular Ka-Bar. Handle is more grippy, and feels a little but smaller than a regular Ka-Bar. Personally wish it came with serrations, but thats not a major deal breaker. Comes out the sheath pretty hard, so it wont just fall out, but putting it back in is like butter. Wish it had a snap, but the retention is so tight, I can see why it was not included. Overall great product in a great steel. It feels like a Ka-Bar refined. If Ka-Bar is Ford, Spartan Blades is Shelby, and this is a GT-500. You are getting 10 times the knife at 4 times the price.
This steel selection has elevated this already iconic blade. Opted for the FDE finish because Spartan does it best, and a kydex sheath to give a good amount of carry or mounting options. Knife came extremely sharp and the bevels were even. A collaboration winner for an iconic knife.
Blade had noticeable recurve, and the sharpened edge did not continue all the way to end of the plunge grind. Not deal breakers but I expected much better from a $350 knife.
Great upgrade of the KA-Bar fighting knife..Great fast shipping....
This is the email I sent to Spartan knives when i received my Spartan KA-BAR knife; "When I received my knife today I fell on my face crying in complete nirvana. Not really, but you have made the best KA-BAR knife I've ever scene. I should have one by every door and window in my house to keep the boogeyman away, but then they would just send John Wick." Great work on the greatest KA-BAR ever made. ?
On December 9, 1942, after the start of World War II, KA-BAR submitted a knife to the United States Marine Corps in hopes that it would become general issue to that branch of the military. Working with the Marine Quartermaster Department the original design was revised, and production began of an improved fighting and utility knife for the Marines.
As the War escalated, the USMC KA-BAR knives became so well recognized for their quality and so abundant in number that "KABAR" became the name by which many referred to this knife pattern, regardless of whether the knife was manufactured at the actual KA-BAR facility.
The USMC KA-BAR was adopted by not only the Marines, but also the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Underwater Demolition Teams. Years after World War II, many KA-BAR knives were unofficially reactivated in the Korean, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and The Global War on Terrorism conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2019 KA-Bar expanded by partnering with Spartan Blades, LLC to form Pineland Cutlery, Inc. It had been the wish of John Stitt, CEO of both KA-Bar and Pineland Cutlery, to produce a version of the venerable “KA-BAR” knife with increased edge retention, toughness, and corrosion resistance. During the period of development and research, a metallurgist named Larrin Thomas was doing his own in-depth studies on a particle metal with all the advances he had been looking for. That steel was CPM MagnaCut® and was just what this new knife required.
CPM MagnaCut® is a stainless steel manufactured by Crucible Industries, an American company renowned for its expertise in specialty steels. This very special grade has been developed specifically for the cutlery industry, and to meet the needs of the most demanding cutlers. A short time later, Spartan Blades was assigned the task of developing this knife using only the best processes. CNC Machining, deep cryogenic treating, and PVD coatings. The result? The Spartan-KA-BAR!
*** Please note: That a Flat Dark Earth (FDE) coated blade when inserted and removed from the black leather sheath with often get streaking or staining from the dye used for the leather sheath, this is not permanent. The blade can be cleaned with acetone, reoiled (WD40 or light oil) and wiped dry with a clean cloth to bring back the original clean coatings finish. ***
Knife Name: Spartan-KA-BAR
Designer(s): KA-BAR Knives®
Overall Length: 12”
Blade Length: 7”
Blade Thickness: 0.165”
Blade Steel: CPM MagnaCut®
Blade Hardness: 61-63 HRC
Blade Style: Fixed, Flat Saber ground Clip Point
Coating: PVD – Tungsten DLC (Flat Black) or ZrN (Flat Dark Earth)
Handle Material: Kraton G®
Butt Cap/Guard: 301 Stainless Steel, PVD – Tungsten DLC (Flat Black)
Weight: 10.8 OZ (Knife)