The Red Spacer KA-BAR is arguably the most collectible KA-BAR Knife made during World War II. The distinct red spacer below the hand guard and above the leather washer has caught the eye of collectors for decades. Though originals are rare and expensive, KA-BAR’s State & Union shop has made a small batch of this iconic knife.
The leather washers are shaped by hand and dyed to create an aged appearance. The pommel is ground down to replicate the dimensions of the original. Each red spacer is hand made to be slightly longer than the current spacer used on KA-BAR Fighting/Utility Knives. The blade is sandblasted, then cold gun blued. The sheath undergoes an ageing process to darken the leather and match the original sheath color.
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Absolutely fantastic limited edition addition to the Kabar family. Balance was dead perfect. Sharp enough to shave, yes I did shave with it. Beautiful all around. Thicker than usual hilt is a fantastic change. Incredibly happy to have snagged one before they were gone.
Amazing, truly amazing. I feel blessed to own this. Every detail crafted perfectly and it feels like you are holding a piece of history. This would make my Grandma proud. I would give this 10 stars if I could, outstanding quality.
Perfection! Not sure how these folks are able to make something so good and timeless even better... but, they did.
When I opened the box, I just wanna say "What's this?" The appearance of the product is different from the picture. In fact, I received a Ka-Bar with a black handle. It just adds a red gasket under the hand guard. The bottom is flat and there is no diagonal detail in the picture. Two stars because of the blade is as good as ever. The whole product is not as expected, it's a very disappointing shopping experience!
As a Marine ("once a Marine, always a Marine"), Ka-Bar knives have always held a special place in my heart. I have several different ones displayed in acrylic cases on my desk and had always had the "red spacer" WW-2 Ka-Bar on my bucket list to get. They are super expensive but more than that, I just couldn't find one in pristine condition. When this modern day "red spacer" Ka-Bars came out it wasn't even a question. I now have one on my desk accompanying the modern-day Medford and Hinderer Ka-Bars... but at a fraction of what I paid for those!
Unreal knife. Love it.
Incredible knife. It's easily understandable why the originals have the mystique and legend. This version is a beast. I bought it to have it. Just an impulse for the collectible aspect. Well I'm not gonna box this. The balance is on point. It's blade is sharp from the box (first Ka Bar I've gotten that came in the leather sheath, not separate in a cardboard one). The blade being cold gun blued, so legit. The handle has a great grip. I'm thinking it will obviously grip better after some use. The sheath is money. Leather, stitched, with heavy staples and a rivet. Very old school manufacturing and look. Not even needed but I hit it up with a quick sharpening. Damn. Well done Ka-Bar.
I wanted it to collect, but this knife was made to be used.