I have the Kabar USMC with both the leather and rubber handles, they're both great, strait is better but combo edge is not bad either. I don't know what these people are talking about as far as it being weak, I've had one of these in one form or another for years and I've put my leather handled one through quite a bit of hard use and have never had one fail on me in any way. The only reason I don't have my first one anymore is because the sheath ripped off when my canoe capsized and I wasn't able to find it afterwards. I also have the SP1, haven't used it much yet, but as long as you're not throwing it, not sure why you would ever do that to any knife, other than a throwing knife, it shouldn't fail doing any kind of normal task.
A repeat of history would mostly not be a good thing.