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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.

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Several years ago, two retired Green Berets, Mark Carey and Curtis Iovito, decided to take a stab at knife manufacturing (pun INTENDED). As elite operators, Carey and Iovito knew plenty about weapons, but hardly anything about making them — a major obstacle, but one that, as men who’d spent their entire adult lives mastering difficult skill sets, they were better prepared than most to overcome.

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