Pick 3!

Discussion in 'KA-BAR Knives' started by TBL, Mar 16, 2015.

  1. TBL


    Dec 26, 2013
    Here is a link to the 2015 Ka-Bar Catalog: http://www.kabar.com/media/2015_KABAR_Catalog.pdf

    Of all the knives you do not own, which 3 would you most interested in testing / trying/ adding to your users? and why?

    For me:

    #2486 TDI/Hinderer “Hell Fire" - look like a nice EDC. I like the eurgos on the other Hinderer products I own. The tanto-ish style blade looks ideal for the biggest challenges of my day when I'm on the warehouse floor (cardboard / shrink wrap)

    #5102 Snody “Big Boss” - I like how it looks. Its made of a stainless S35Vn :thumbup: I like the big belly, looks like it could be comfortable to carve with.

    #6112CU KA-BAR® Dog’s Head Coppersmith Lockback, Small - I dont own any traditional style pocket knives (yet). It reminds me of what my grandfather used to carry. Looks classy and could handle 99% of my EDC tasks.

    Also, please feel free to comment if you do own any that somebody else wants to try (pro's and cons)
  2. Guyon

    Guyon Biscuit Whisperer Staff Member Super Mod

    Mar 15, 2000
    Cool thread idea. I was just looking at the catalog this morning. I'll get back on this one.
  3. Noswad0208


    Sep 8, 2014
    The short USA, BK4, and BK17.
  4. ocnLogan


    Jul 31, 2011
    This is an interesting question actually. Great idea.

    JAB Parangatang (#5603): This looks ideal for a machete/parang for the heavier wood processing tasks that you find farther north. Its nice and thick, should have great weight and design for chopping. It seems like it could be a great replacement hatchet that can also attack some brush, and would be great at limbing. I could see this one being used/left at my parents cabin to help with the downed trees, and it could easily be strapped to an ATV.

    Becker BK10 "Crewman": Really, this would be to see if it could replace my BK2. I no longer feel the need for that thick/short of a knife. I like having something stout, but don't know if I'd ever need that much again/in the future. I'd be looking to save some weight mostly.

    The last one is hard to pick actually (warning, rambling reasoning below).

    The Snoddy boss looks great, but too small. The big boss is the right size, but I'm not a big fan of the swedge. And I'm not sure about the handles... I'd have to hold it to know if I'd be ok using it. I also like the JAB gamestalker and wharnstalker. The wharnstalker in particular is just intriguing to look at. It seems like it would be a great knife if you were opening boxes all day (with gloves on). I just don't do that is all. I also have always kind of wondered what the BK14 was all about (particularly with the Zytel), add that to the fact that I've never tried D2, it makes the BK24 seem pretty interesting. And finally the 1117 has had my eye for a while as well, mostly because I love how the blade looks (baby USMC, who wouldn't like that :p). The handle is a bit short though, but it might be fun to make some Micarta scales for, as its ~4in blade is perfect for normal camp use. Plus its pretty thin and light.
  5. TBL


    Dec 26, 2013
    Thanks! I went out today and got my hands on the boss and big boss :D You sir are correct in your assumptions, or should I say I share your opinion. I found the boss to be a little small, but if you are looking for a small edc fixed blade it's nice (in the same size range of a bk11 or 14). I'm personally not a fan of chisel grinds, don't know why they just dont 'do it' for me. I found the scales to lack the texture I'm looking for and if I ever found myself with one, I would see if I could get somebody to give it the same wrap as a katana. Sheath was great for the knife and it allowed for many carry options (pocket, strapping some cord on for crossdraw, or I bet you could even make up some kinda dangler for it).

    The big boss was perfect size. I loved the weight and balance. The shiny polished stonewash of the S35VN was great. I had the same impression about the handle/ grips. If I were to buy one, I would get somebody to give it an authentic katana wrap, or maybe even try a set of scales. Size is right, texture just seems a little off for me.

    Please keep in mind this is just my personal opinion of how it felt to me, I would love to hear other's impressions.

    There may be one in my future some day, but just not today. Got 'that' look from the wife ;)
  6. zzyzzogeton


    Feb 17, 2013
    Just 3??? Well there are about 2 dozen currently shipping fixed blade Kabar models that I don't have, not counting the "presentation commemorative versions). Out of those, I guess the first 3 would have to be the

    1249 Kukri Machete
    1279 Grass Machete
    2211/2212/2217 Big Brother (Black Kraton, Zombie Green and Stacked Leather handles)
  7. BeeKayNutCase


    Jan 26, 2015
    My choices are the ZK Tanto, the ZK War Sword and the 5011 FU. Reasons? The Tanto because I don't own a Tanto (probably a poor excuse, but you know, zombies) the War Sword because I want to see my sweet little wife running around the back yard hacking at trees and shrubs screaming "die scum!" and the 5011 because I love the FU shape and feel and want another in Foliage Green Kraton. Again, these are pretty silly reasons but they are what they are.

    On a side note, ocnLogan, pull the trigger on the 1117. I have one and its a really cool little blade. Yeah the handle has a bit to be desired for but that can be fixed with a bit of ingenuity..
  8. druid189


    Apr 27, 2008
    Big Brother, Tac tool and D'Eskabar I think I'd like to test out.

    Big Brother to see how it handles batonning through large trees. Tac Tool forthe same reason and the little one as an EDC blade.
  9. Endel


    Jan 7, 2007
    1) Snody Big Boss
    It's such a cool looking little blade out of wonderful S35VN.
    Tip looks very strong and functional.
    Haven't tried it in my hands, so not sure about the handle.
    Some kind of micarta option would be really nice imho.
    This leather sheath looks wonderful, however some kind of optional clip to it or
    optional cordura sheath would be great.

    2) Becker BK-9
    i have plans for King, to re profile the blade to be more pleasant for me.

    3) 1275 Bull Dozier
    It just looks great and i really like how it feels in hand.
    This kydex sheath is really good and looks very bad-ass.
  10. rkmoore

    rkmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 30, 2010
    Got me thinking on this one. Hmm...

    Ok, I'm back.
    #1 Dog's Head Trailing Point Hunter #3586
    Because I need a new hunting/processing knife and I'm trying to class up my act.:D
    #2 KaBar Cutlass
    Because it's a little bigger than my 9 but doesn't weigh more and looks like a chopping BEAST! possible usurper to the throne
    #3 TDI Law Enforcement Master Key #2484
    Because I think it would be an excellent tool to keep in my car and would be useful in an urban bug out situation.

    I did not include any Becker knives because I was trying to make myself reach a little outside my comfort zone. :thumbup:
  11. wazu013


    Dec 14, 2011
    1451CP K-fillet knife. This is the size I need for the saltwater fishing down here.
    1279 Grass machete. This will be great whipping the tropical vegetation into shap.
    6123CU Barlow. This one will go right into my collection. Maybe some lite EDC duty as well.
  12. Ulf Krogstad

    Ulf Krogstad

    Nov 19, 2013
    Kabar Fillet 1451CP (Getting one soon)
    Hobo 1300 (have one on the way)
    Snody Boss

    you really should get a Dog’s Head Coppersmith Lockback TBL. I had one but got rid of it. If I was more of a Trad. knife guy would have kept cause it really was one of my favorites. Honestly liked better than any GEC I've had.
  13. hawaiianhawk


    Dec 25, 2009
    I'll play. There are a couple I've had my eye on for a while here.

    1) Snody Big Boss. I love S35VN, and I like the blade shape and stonewash finish as well. Like others have stated I'd probably get a nice handle wrap done on it and then do up a leather sheath for myself. I've seen (not handled) the Boss and it looks smaller than I like and also don't care for chisel grinds for EDCs.

    2) The Swabbie, because pirates and zombies and I love scimitar-type swords and it's just COOL. :D

    3) And the Union Cutlery Co. Pigsticker. I like that old-school WWII vibe. That retro feel is nice. Can't wait to see what Kabar does with the EK line.
  14. TBL


    Dec 26, 2013
    Funny you say that Ulf ;) I've been looking at different traditional s lately. I was thinking about waiting to see if I could catch this year's forum knife (kicking myself for not getting last year's). But I do really like the looks of the Dog's Head collection. I just need to get that into my budget ;)
  15. TBL


    Dec 26, 2013
    I'm going to add another to my potentials list ;)

    #5706 Zombie® “Swabbie - its big and heavy and looks like it can chop like hell. That and I just like to say its name SWABBIE!
  16. Tdhurl1103


    Dec 6, 2012
    BK4- Cause its a Machax
    Zomstro- Cause its HUGE!!
    Grass Machete- Cause who doesn't need a machete?
  17. Jerry D.

    Jerry D.

    Sep 17, 2008
    Easy one, TBL!

    JAB Potbelly - It's a neat design that would be quite versatile.
    Leather Mark 1 - Great size knife with the classy old-school touch of the warm stacked leather.
    Becker BK-17 - I like my BK16, but the clip point is beckoning.
  18. TravisH

    TravisH Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 22, 2014
    #2486 TDI Hell Fire - Interesting tanto-ish blade has got me seriously thinking about a fixed EDC.

    #4072BO Mini Dozier - just a sweet little-n-light drop-in-ur-pocket-n-forget-it EDC for 'restrictive' situations.

    #1226 Little Finn - cuz it reminds me so much of my first fixed blade, a BSA-branded Western.
  19. Zemapeli


    Jan 26, 2013
    I like everything about the TDI line. It is a comfortable EDC blade, and is ideal for just about everything. A great self defense blade as well. I like the fact that it works much like a push knife, but is a fixed blade. Great for carry and a great user.
    1483 Large TDI Original TDI Half-Serrated
    Blade Length 3-11/16”; Overall Length 7-9/16” Blade Length 2-5/16”; Overall Length 5-5/8”
    Sheath: 1482S - Hard Plastic/Velcro® Straps (MC) Sheath: 1477S - Hard Plastic/Belt Clip
    Color: Black #1477CB*
    MSRP: $72.50 Color: Coyote Brown
    MSRP: $61.38

    I like this knife very much. The handle scales are beautiful. It looks like a knife I would like to EDC and looks to be built well. The Kabar Mule Folder looks like a great knife to me as well. Thinking about getting one to EDC.
    #6199CU KA-BAR® Dog’s Head
    Coppersmith Lockback, Large
    Blade Length 3-1/2”; Open Length 8-5/8”
    Handle: Bone
    MSRP: $189.12

    #3053* Desert MULE
    Blade Length 3-7/8”; Open Length 9-1/8”
    Handle: Zytel®
    Sheath: 3052S - Desert Polyester Sheath
    Blade Serrations MSRP: $72.06


    Feb 2, 2014
    1.) coppersmith trapper
    2.) snody big boss
    3.) snody boss
    Alt. 3.) bull doizer FB

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