Another Military Anniversary: The K-Bar Knife


Red, Yellow, and White Tulips reaching for the sky
Tulips are my favorite spring flowers. I love looking at them when it’s very sunny out and they are spread out to catch some rays.

Spring is still trying to kick winter out.  We were sunny and gloriously warm yesterday and sunny today, but windy and cold.  But I’ve been able to do some tulip sight-seeing.  I think they’re probably only a couple days away from passing the torch to the next batch of flowers.

This week has another anniversary: The KA-Bar, which is a military knife.   This is like an all-purpose knife.  When you look at the link, skip over the first picture, which is a bit disturbing.

When I was in Desert Storm, I was one of the few in my unit to be issued one, or one that was like a KA-Bar.  The knife came with a whetstone, which it needed.  It dulled cutting through air!

I worked on fuel point, filling up the convoys that came in, and issued POL–Petroleum, Oil, and Lubricant (it’s been so many years that I had to think about what stood for).

Knives are useful things.  I used to have a Swiss Army knife like MacGyver (the 1990s version, not this remake, which has none of the charm or fun).  I was surprised at how many uses I had for it.  Of course now it’s hard to carry a knife anywhere, even it’s small and for everyday use.  People are so afraid that someone will do something something bad with it.  In Washington, DC, we have to go through metal detectors to get into the museums, and bags are subject to searches.

Things have changed a lot from when a knife was just a tool we used every day.

5 thoughts on “Another Military Anniversary: The K-Bar Knife

  1. Harvey Stanbrough April 30, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    If the knife you were issued went dull, it wasn’t a K-Bar. Mine’s still razor sharp and i’ve had it since it was issued to me in 1970.

    I went to the OP too. Silly, IMO. And the fourth photo from the top in the OP, that’s a K-Bar, but the sheath is for a bayonet. Sigh.

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    • Linda Maye Adams April 30, 2018 / 6:44 pm

      What was interesting was that it looked like the pictures in the post. But yeah, I doubted it was a K-Bar. Probably a cheaper version.

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  2. Pagadan April 30, 2018 / 2:37 pm

    Yes, knives come in handy, and boys used to carry them because they are so useful.

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  3. Pagadan April 30, 2018 / 2:39 pm

    Btw, I have a Swiss army knife in my purse, and it hasn’t yet been confiscated, but I’ve had to ditch it somewhere on occasion.

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    • Linda Maye Adams April 30, 2018 / 6:46 pm

      I had one until the red cover fell off and stopped carrying at that point. I have a Leatherman now that a friend gave me.

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