Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Alright, since "The Big Deal" has clearly stated in another thread, that I should buy another knife this year. I got to thinking. What do I need in a Knife?? The honest answer is, I don't need anything. I have enough knives. So I have decided for the good of the group. To lie to myself. Moving past that little detail. Andy has mentioned several times, that when he was younger, he had a passion for and relied on the KA-BAR. He said he did everything with that knife and a pen knife. The Duke I have read, was designed and implemented to be a direct replacement for his KA-BAR. With everthing uprated. I don't think I need to talk about Andy's fit and finish. It speaks for itself. I make no secret of the fact, I am a fan of the KA-BAR. https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/dogs-head-utility-the-first-thirty-days.1300572/ In fact I'm a huge fan. It is a very capable knife. It gets pigeon holed as a fighting knife because of its fighting prowess on islands like Iwo and Tarawa. But the truth is, it is a great camp knife, woods knife, and general purpose large blade. It's reasonably priced, well built, and has a loyal following. Including Andy and myself. So what breaks the Duke out? What & Where does it excel at? How exactly does it compare size wise? Pictures would be way cool here. Where is the Balance point? Can I beat on the pommel? Is the Duke really KA-BAR tough? Can I stab it into a 55 gallon drum of JP4/avtag? Will it crack a coconut? Has anyone done a test? The KA-BAR certainly isn't perfect. And I believe it can be improved upon. But I want more info. If I'm going to plop down my Wife's hard earned Christmas Money to make "Big Deal" happy. I want the facts. I want the Truth! I can Handle the Truth! I'm thinking the Pro Duke Model would be a good place to start. Because my KA-BAR doesn't have an easy life. But I'm open. If I suddenly found myself lost in the woods (Can you find yourself if you're lost?) If I did, would I love a Duke like I love my KA-BAR?? Pictures, dirt, camp stories, comparison shots, feedback, and outright lies accepted. What do you all have to share?