And not just in the Marines -- all services plus Seals and other Special Forces were fans of the Ka-Bar. Providing that you use the knife for its designated tasks, the Ka-Bar company will replace or repair your knife or parts of the knife should it fail to satisfy. Cutco Cutlery is the largest manufacturer and marketer of high-quality kitchen cutlery and accessories in the United States and Canada. After 15 years of daily use, the vintage knife finally fell apart. This is what has kept it consistently popular for over 70 years. We actually had to start allocating product because we sold out regularly and gave priority to the military.
Hours Monday - Friday 9 a. Marines sit atop a pile of spent shells and provide cover for comrades moving inland on Iwo Jima. Steve had stood the final watch of two hours. While the photograph readily conveys the intensity of combat on the island, it was a relatively obscure detail that ultimately brought it the most notoriety. It measures 7 inches in length, and weighs in at 10. As a result, several other manufacturers were licensed to produce the same knife during the war. The material in this section is adapted from the Ka-Bar product brochure.
It became emblematic of the U. The Ka-Bar proved equally handy in close combat. This is one of the best knives you can get. In 1942, the War Dpt. With this accomplished the knife is assembled into one virtually indestructible piece and ready for the finishing operations of adding five grooves around the handle for a comfortable, slip resistant grip, polishing the leather and finally hand sharpening and honing the blade to a razor edge. Ultimately, more than 2,200 aircraft and 24,761 crewmen would touch down in emergency landings on the island. It is also a favorite of adventurers, survivalists, outdoor sportsmen and, of course, knife collectors who know that this knife deserves a place in their collection.
The struggle for Iwo Jima officially lasted 34 days, with the island being declared secure on March 25. Hillegas notes that it is a favorite of troops serving now in Iraq and Afghanistan. That picture was used on a display piece that we started years ago, and this is the first time anything like that has happened. It has been busy ever since, but that was a huge, huge bubble. That position on the equipment suspenders is designated for a or first aid pouch, but many soldiers and Marines carried a Ka-Bar as in this photo. In his well-known book Flags Of Our Fathers, author James Bradley tells the story of 20-year-old Marine Thomas Mayers of New York.
For several years after the war, the Ka-Bar company promoted its most recognizable product in an advertising campaign that featured the photograph of Garrett and his knife on the beach at Iwo Jima. The Navy already had a fighting knife, by Camillus, the Mark 1. Garrett was a member of the 30,000-man Marine assault force that began landing on Iwo Jima that day. We offer hundreds of quality cutlery products and accessories sold through independent retailers, distributors, mail order catalogs and our online knife store. In November of 1942, it was officially accepted into service by the Marine Corps. Using the original blueprints stored in the company archive files, the recreated knife was a true work of art that retained the look, feel and performance of the original battle ready combat knife. Navy Utility Knife, Mark 2.
It was used on posters, postage stamps, war bond drives, and even as the model for the 100-ton bronze monument to fallen Marines at Arlington National Cemetery. When it was over, 5,931 Marines had been killed and more than 17,000 wounded. Marine Corps for issue to fighting personnel. The knife was a great success with the troops, and the name , regardless of whether Ka-Bar was the actual manufacturer. Ka-Bar Knives are Highly Effective This knife is everything you would expect it to be. The leather sheath is stamped with the Marine Corps insignia.
Even more important, the tiny spit of land could serve as a haven for thousands of American airmen whose crippled bombers would be attempting to return safely to base after air raids against the Japanese home islands. The knife was so successful in the field that Union Cutlery could not meet the entire demand. But first it had to be taken from the Japanese—no easy task for Garrett and his mates. It had to be versatile, multi-purpose in nature, and ideally it would be made out of non-essential metals. In the photo Garrett faces forward, crouching, with his trusty M-1 rifle at the ready. The Marine Corps purchased a number of different knives of varied design from multiple manufacturers, but by far the most popular and best known was the Ka-Bar.
The knife itself was often circled for ease of identification. A doubly thick pommel was later secured with steel pins inserted directly through the tang for greater strength. After the war, he brought his Ka-Bar home with him and went to work as an electrician with the Tennessee Valley Authority. Another Iwo Jima image, the frame that caught Garrett and his comrades under fire during the initial landings, also gained a measure of fame. Eventually, other branches of the military also adopted the Ka-Bar as standard issue, and the blade stamp was changed to reflect the appropriate branch of service.