When do you really NEED that 7 inch blade on a ka-bar?

Discussion in 'KA-BAR Knives' started by pastormarty, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. pastormarty


    Mar 22, 2010
    I will probably start a fight and be derided for asking this question, but other than stabbing somebody, what will the classic ka-bar fighting utility knife do that my Mark 1 with the 5 inch blade won't? I know it's way cool, class, and I even hope to have one some day; but when is it more useful? I can see that the larger blade might be better for wood processing and things like that, but I would probably get something full tang like a Becker if I was going to to that. Realistically, when do you USE the 7 inch blade?
  2. MrKnifekid


    Aug 1, 2011
    I use a 7 inch blade all the time.

    I like longer blades myself.

    Better chopping capabilities

    can baton bigger logs

    and a whole lotta other awesome stuff.
  3. zachtateknives


    May 4, 2010
    I have only found four uses for those two extra inches.
    Food prep (also a hinderence in food prep)
    Thicker batoning ability
    Better chop / swing ability

    I have found 4.5 to 5 is perfect for 95% of my outdoor adventures.
  4. Guyon

    Guyon Biscuit Whisperer Staff Member Super Mod

    Mar 15, 2000
    Chopping, batoning, digging, and (for our military) the possibility of fighting. It is, after all, called the Combat Utility.
  5. BRL


    Apr 27, 2011
    Prying, too. Had to pry apart a heavily checked log when camping a few weeks ago and my BK7 worked aces. Since the log happened to be ON FIRE I was grateful for the longer knife :)
  6. Barbwire68

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    Jan 27, 2012
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  7. TheSaltyPirate


    Oct 8, 2011
    ^^ this
  8. ocnLogan


    Jul 31, 2011
    Like what others have said. Longer gives more reach (for fighting), more power (for chopping), and the ability to process larger items (baton larger logs, cut larger food whatever).

    They also give you more edge to work with in terms of the actual edge. If a small part of the edge gets toasted (chipped, rolled whatever), then you have more blade to work with.

    I actually think the 7in size is pretty nice for carry in the outdoors. The USMC carries well, as its fairly light, but it will still do everything you need it to.
  9. GingivitisKahn


    Jun 8, 2010
    Baton through 6" logs. Wanna know what a 9" long BK9 will do that a 7" blade won't? :D


    Beckerhead #42
  10. Carolina River Rat

    Carolina River Rat

    Oct 29, 2008
    The Case Peanut will be standard issue when I become King.
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  12. Niconi


    Feb 14, 2012
    If you ever used a knife in a fight you'd better be prepared to get in some serious trouble. Unless of course the other guy pulled his first. Even still, I'd rather have a smaller knife. I KNOW this has been said before but I'll still say it anyways lol. If you have an axe or saw the 7 inch blade really isn't anymore useful then a 5 inch blade. The only time I'd rather have a longer blade is if I had nothing else with me.
  13. Moosez45

    Moosez45 Custom Antlers, Factory Knives... Moderator

    Jul 14, 2010
    Couldn't agree more. That 7" blade though does crest a burm of going from utility to combat though.

    Lets face it, knives make shitty defensive weapons, but great offensive weapons. Our soldiers use them for more than opening MRE's. Not EVERY soldier, but there are some whose mission success and lives depend on being able to use a blade to do their job. I've talked to quite a few of them, and if proof is what you need to see to believe me, well, you're just not going to get it.

    That said, their utility is still there, waiting to be realized, under all that black combat knife looking facade, lies the heart of a true work horse. :D

  14. thatotherguy


    Oct 9, 2011
    Well, I've thought about it, and I don't need more than a 5" blade for what I do, but my BK7 gives me options, which I like as many of as possible. Options are good.
    As far as fighting with it goes, if I have my 7 on my belt, I'm either hunting or getting ready to do so, so I have a fairly high powered rifle or a shotgun close by. If I run out of ammo, I can fight with it, but then again, if I, a civilian, have been stoopid enough to get myself into a situation where 5 rounds just won't cut it, I'm probably not gonna survive anyway.
    The option are still good though.
  15. Mack

    Mack Expert Ultracrepidarian Platinum Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    It's always better to have a few extra inches. I'd much rather have seven inches and only need 4, than to have only four and need seven.
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2012
  16. Samus_aran115


    Feb 15, 2012
    It makes it more threatening, plus, I don't have to be so exact when I'm cleaning logs and crap.
  17. darkdomino


    Oct 23, 2011
    I have both the 5.25 inch Kabar and the 7 inch Kabar. They both fill different roles. The shorter kabar is good for smaller cutting tasks and detail work where you need precision.... The larger kabar feels heavier in the hand and has much more cutting power.

    One isn't better than the other. It's just a matter of what you need.
  18. ocnLogan


    Jul 31, 2011
    Larger knives make better draw knives. And surprisingly I have done that many times with my larger blades (BK9 works great).

    Also, if it wasn't 7in it wouldn't be the classic USMC, it would be something else :p.

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