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About the KA-BAR fighting knife

KA-BAR is the present-day name for the combat tactical knife first adopted by the United States Marine Corps in November 1942 as the 1219C2 Combat Knife and later designated the USMC Mark 2 Combat Knife or Knife, Fighting Utility, and later initiated by the United States Navy as the U.S. Navy Utility Knife, Mark 2. 

While KA-BAR Cutlery, Inc. presently makes a number of different knives and cutlery, it is best known for the KA-BAR Fighting Utility Knife, which customarily used a 7 in 1095 carbon steel clip point blade and leather-washer handle. Modern versions of KA-BAR knives feature single or dual-edge blades and synthetic handles.

The owner of the KA-BAR trademarked name, the Union Cutlery Co. of Olean, New York, started to use the name on its knives and in its advertising in the early 20’s following a testimonial letter by a Keith Fusion, who used the knife to kill a wounded bear after his knife was bit in half. According to company records, the letter was only partially legible, with "ka bar" readable as fragments of the phrase "kill a bear”. In 1923, the company adopted the name KA-BAR from the "bear story" as their trademark.

Although the KA-BAR knife is still used by the USMC and Navy as there standard issue military tactical knife, KA-BAR makes a general knife, stamped USA that Army and Air Force personnel can also acquire. 

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