"KA-BAR D2 Extreme - The First 30 Days"


Gold Member
Jan 1, 2009
This morning I was sitting in Ma's basement happily typing away.

Then I hear "Pssst"
I ignore it,

Then, I hear it again, "Pssst"
I still pretend not to hear it.

Then I hear "Pssssst"
What I ask?

It's D2, he asks, "What are you doing?"

I say, "I'm pontificating to the cyber world about what a genius I am"

D2 asks, "Do you think they care"
I answer "No!"

He says, "Let's go do something real"
I say it's 16ºF, windy and snowing.

He says, "I thought you were Extreme?"
I say, "No, That's You"
I just am.

He says, "Well, you'll never get to extreme sitting in front of that keyboard"
"Grab your gear, grab some beer, and let's get out of here"

I'm here to tell,
Having a talking knife, ain't all it's cracked up to be.

So for the next hour we made a slow journey up some ice trails in search of something real to do.

D2 says "Grab some Birch Bark"

I say, "What about the greenies?"

He said, "Show them it's already dead"

The wind was still whipping, but the snow was easing up. We spied this spot down a hill in sort of a bowl.
I thought at least we'd be out of the wind.

I found some downed branches and dragged them out into the snow. Not wanting to set the grassy patch on fire.

D2 told me I could baton these. But if I just set them on the log, and step on them, they would break and his edge would remain sharp.

He did slice some branches off a pine limb,

And he even did a little chopping,

I used to do the pencil lead, pencil, thumb route, and sometimes I still do. But i have gotten quite fond of the set it and forget it method.
With logs to keep it off the snow. I piled all all the dry stuff I could find.

D2 wanted me to point out, when you're out in the woods, in the snow, in winter. It pays to look up for dry wood.
Branches hanging in the air can be dry and ready.

I had a ferro rod with me and all the fix-ins. But I opted for the Zippo, it was cold and windy, and I wanted a fire sooner rather than later.

Birch Bark is amazing stuff, it took off so fast, D2 almost lost his handle. We had to switch sides.

I said well, "I guess it's time to baton down some wood for fuel"
D2 said, "Well yeah, I suppose we could. But how 'bout we leave them long and just feed them in as needed?"

I said, "I thought you were Extreme?"
He said, "Work smarter, not harder"

With the fire going nicely, we fooled around with the new pack we hauled up here. Trying to decide if we like it.

Things were going well, so we decided to chill a bit, and cracked a beer,

Off in the distance, we heard an engine. Thinking it might be a T-90 we took cover in the trees, and donned our jackets,

Turned out to be a small single engine plane.

A piece of ash log burned through and had a pretty interesting center fire thing going on.

We were having a good time, but the wind was howling, the sun was nearing the horizon, and the beer was almost gone.
So we squared up the fire, so it would toss off some heat before the cold hike back.

D2 was right. Leaving the keyboard behind was a wise move.
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Jan 1, 2009
After a big day (well large medium) D2 said, "Let's do breakfast"

So we chopped up some veggies,

I'll say it again, the KA-BAR is a fun knife to use in the kitchen.

***Extreme tip of the day***
Whether you are in the bush, the field, or the kitchen. When you don't have a lot to go around, divide it into smaller pieces. If you have one piece of bacon and two people. Just cutting it in half, makes it even. Cutting it into six pieces gives each person three pieces. Or six folks one piece each.

This is one piece of bacon divided many times,

Once the bacon was close to done, the veggies were added.

My subconscious (Id) was in play this morning,
(According to Freud's psychoanalytic theory, the id is the primitive and instinctual part of the mind that contains sexual and aggressive drives and hidden memories, the super-ego operates as a moral conscience, and the ego is the realistic part that mediates between the desires of the id and the super-ego.)

Not knowing if this was just a normal breakfast, or a prelude to GD2 or WW3, WTFK, I felt the need to experiment with stretching meals a bit.
My conscious mind rationalizes all this crap well enough. But I can feel it at a lower level.

So I modified those saltines slightly. One could say, I divided them with "Extreme" prejudice, (Sometimes, I crack myself up)
This shows just how usful that flat pommel can be. Coffee beans, nuts, tent pegs, it has purpose.

Try this with one of those fancy french chef knives,

I stirred the cracker dust into the eggs,

When the veggies were done to my liking, I dumped them into the egg bowl and stirred it all together,

It all went into the pan,

Fold and top with chesee, One piece of cheese divided, most on the inside. But I like to see some on top.

If my toaster worked as good as my knife, I'd be a happy camper. I think a new one is not far off. But all in all a fun breakfast.

I think the key to liking a knife is having fun with it. This knife just makes things enjoyable.


Gold Member
Feb 20, 2012
LostViking, I'm really enjoying this thread. I remember your Dog's Head review a few years back. The D2 Extreme appears to have the same profile as that knife. Do you have a preference between the two?
Jan 3, 2012
My first D2 broke on the third hit using it to hammer in tent pegs!
Combination of hard tang(no differential heat treat)rubber grip and right angle corners.

Interestingly though,ALL the D2's I have rehandled over the years have NOT failed in this area,not one!
Even the one which ol' mate hammered into a tree with a 3 pound sledge!
Yes,the knife broke when he stood on it to use it as a climbing aid,but the pommel help fast.

I like the edge holding,but I would never get another one,serrated or not.
If it doesnt out perform my old 1217,I cant see how you could call it "Extreme"
in any way but in price and hype.


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Jan 1, 2009
After breakfast, we had some chores to do.
I had some roads to grade. The frost is starting to come out and things are a mess. Some sections are still froze somid, others are a mix of mud and melted snow.

D2 sucks at running a tractor and York Rake.

We were planning on quitting early for St.Patrick's day anyway.
We were almost done, things were looking pretty good, then a propane truck came through the gate.
Leaving a nice big set of ruts right up the middle of my newly graded road.

D2 wanted to slit his throat, but I talked him down.
We said enough and headed for the barn.

Next plan, I wanted to head to the Tilted Kilt. But the closest one is in Chicago 330 miles away.
Scratch that.

We decided to do a corned beef outside in the fire pit.
So D2 made some sticks smaller.

I went to dump the ashes out from last night and noticed I still had some coals. Even thought it was 14:00 the next day. So I scraped them together.

D2 shaved me up some feather sticks,

Almost like magic, we had fire.

With the fire going, I set the pot on the stand and opened the corned beef,

A bottle of Guinness was sacrificed in the name of better tasting brisket, then enough water was added to cover the meat.

Cover and simmer for roughly three hours.


Gold Member
Jan 1, 2009
Needing more fuel, we started to break down a rather gnarly little piece.

D2, (knowing the KA-BAR folks get a little weak in the knees seeing all this batoning) pointed out, you don't always have to beat your knife through the whole log. You can use the opening at the top and pound another stick in saving your knife from some abuse.

This works surprisingly well,

He also mentioned, if you can find wood with a head start from nature, life is good.


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Jan 1, 2009
Deciding we would like more flavor, we sourced an onion from the bride,

Peel, and slice,

When we added the onions, we also tossed in a few hot dogs, having not eaten since the hash, and knowing there was beer involved, we opted to boil a few up. Not as good as "Dirty Water Dogs" but pretty close.

These Irish folks are pretty smart, once you get the water boiling, it's pretty much coast city.

Twelve minutes later, toss the rolls on to warm them up a tad,

Pull the dogs and eat,


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Jan 1, 2009
After roughly three hours of slaving over a cold Guinness, it was time to pull the beef and let it rest.

I screwed up and purchased a Point Cut instead of a Flat Cut, so this was a little on the marbled side.

Wrapped in foil to retain heat and more slaving.

With the meat safely wrapped, some potatoes, carrots, and additional onion went in.

I had been craving a Corned Beef Sandwich all day. I had swiss and sourdough rye with caraway.
So I set some rye on top of the pot to warm,

D2 after the allotted resting period, sliced into the star of the day,

We were both getting excited,

The results were fabulous.
Great tasting corned beef, paired with good bread, good cheese, & reasonable mustard.

Today was the first really nice day since last fall. It was sunny, 65ºF, not much breeze, just perfect.
We have had some warm days, but they were 40ºF with crazy winds, or pouring down rain, or ice.

So this was a special treat to have nice weather and good food.

After thirty minutes we pulled the extra veggeis.
We didn't even get to them last night. They will get eaten tonight,
or go towards hash over the weekend.

Take Aways;
Once you get the water boiling, it takes very little wood to keep it simmering. Of course it was warm out.
When the ambient temperature is +10ºF it takes a bit more.

Doing meals outside, is way more fun than doing them indoors.

The D2 rocked everything I had it do.

"One Life Chance"
Get out and do stuff.



Gold Member
Jan 1, 2009
***D2 Survival Tip of the Day;

So you forgot your bottle opener.

No worries, grasp the bottle firmly up near the neck. Place the spine of the knife under the bottle cap.
Tilt the spine up, while squeezing your hand firmly. Pop, it's like magic!

This will also work with lesser knives or the end of a stick.
But the KA-BAR owns it.