Sunday, November 6, 2016

Why The Ka-Bar Is The U.S. Soldier's 'Blade of Choice'

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Task & Purpose: How The KA-BAR Became The American Warfighter’s Blade Of Choice

There’s a reason every service member and veteran knows what a KA-BAR is.

Anytime American troops deploy, they’re sure to bring a few effects from home: A photo or two of loved ones, a hard drive of porn, enough cigarettes or dip to make their lungs and gums raw for a year, and of course, a knife. Often, one knife in particular: a KA-BAR.

The KA-BAR has an almost cult-like following in the military. The company’s knives are steeped in legend, from stories of soldiers and Marines taking out enemies in brutal close-quarters combat, to urban myths about the steel being so strong that wooden shipping crates were sent with KA-BARs instead of crowbars during World War II.

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WNU Editor: I still prefer my father's Soviet Army NR-10 knife.

1 comment:

RRH said...

I'll take Grandpa's Fairbairn-Sykes.