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KA-BAR Celebrates 120 Years Of Knife-Making And ‘BAR’ Slaying
Few pieces of gear are steeped in as much martial history as the KA-BAR Fighting Utility Knife — from stories of brutal close-quarters combat to myths about the knives being so durable that they were sent along with wooden shipping crates instead of crowbars during World War II.
Today marks the 120th anniversary of the company that gave the military its most iconic blade.
Even the name KA-BAR has its roots in legend. As the story goes, a fur trapper in the 1900s wrote a letter about killing a grizzly bear with a knife from the Union Cutlery Company, which began producing its first knives in 1898. The letter was so smudged, all that was made out from the passage was: “K A Bar.” And so the KA-BAR trademark was born, and years later, Union Cutlery was renamed after the brand.
And though the company hasn’t had a military contract since World War II — the halcyon days of issued knives — “KA-BAR Knives have been carried in every conflict since” Joseph Bradley, the sales and content manager for KA-BAR, told T&P.;
“Most troops are not being issued knives, yet everyone still carries one,” Bradley added. “Most troops are going out of their way to buy a knife of their choice.”
So we asked you, our “BAR” slay’n, crate and can-opening, tacticool knife-carrying readers, to send us your KA-BAR pics. You didn’t disappoint.
Okay, someone took the words “knife hand” a bit too literal:
And this guy, who got it backwards:
Even the Army gets in on the KA-BAR action:
Something tells me this one wasn’t ceremonial:
Well, it is does have the word “utility” in its name:
Expensive kitchenware is for suckers:
The tacticool KA-BAR:
Don’t bring just one knife to a gun fight. Bring them all:
Someone’s ready to re-invade Normandy:
Sure it’s rusty, but it still cuts and if the knife doesn’t get you, the tetanus will:
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Master Sgt. Luis F. DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, both died in Faryab Province from wounds sustained from small arms fire, the Pentagon said in a press release. The incident is under investigation.
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A series of blasts in the past few weeks have hit weapon depots and bases belonging to paramilitary groups in Iraq, many of them backed by Israel's regional foe Iran. The groups blamed the United States and Israel for the blasts on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that will make it easier for permanently disabled veterans to have their student loan debt forgiven.
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Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has expanded a review of the Judge Advocate General Corps to include the Marine Corps, a Navy spokesman said on Thursday.
"There is value in applying this review and its subsequent recommendations across the Department of the Navy," Cmdr. Jereal Dorsey told Task & Purpose. "The review's purpose is to confirm the uniformed legal community is structurally and organizationally sound and best supporting the good order and discipline our integrated naval force."