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The 'Ka-Bar' or the 1219C2 USMC Fighting/Utility knife was a combat knife that was issued to US troops during the Second World War.


The knife had a 7 in Bowie type clip point blade, with a fuller or 'blood grove' on both sides. The clip edge is slightly concave and sharpened. The scabbard that was issued with the Ka-Bar was made of leather, stitched and stapled, with the insignia USMC and the US Marines globe, eagle and anchor symbol.[1]

The blade is made of carbon steel with a black protective finish. There is a straight double guard made of steel, and the handle is made of brown leather washers stacked on the tang, and held in place by a steel butt cap pinned through the end of the tang. The cap can be used as a light hammer.


The Ka-Bar knife was developed out of the need for a newer combat knife to replace the older Mark I combat knife. When it was first issued, it was used almost exclusively by elite USMC forces such as Marine Raiders. Later on, it was adopted by all units of the USMC and it saw service throughout the war.[2] It's uses varied from can opener to combat knife. It is still used today by modern USMC forces.


  1. Marchington, James. The Encyclopedia of Handheld Weapons. Brassey's. 2002. ISBN 1-85753-360-7, Page 328.

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