"Kabar" is the word used by the USMC
in refrence to the standard-issue combat knife
. The "Kabar" is made by the company Ka-bar, the company name has simply become synonymous with their combat knife
The Kabar has a seven inch blade
that is one and a half inches wide. The five inch handle was first made with leather washers packed together. This gave the Kabar a usable weight while keeping it well balanced. The total length of the knife is one foot.
The Kabar was refered to as "the Marine
Companion" during the Pacific
theater of World War II
. This was because the Japanese
had no qualms about jumping into a foxhole occupied by one or two marines. Of course the average marine only used the Kabar to open their C-rations
According to vetran E. B. Sledge
, author of With the Old Breed
, many marines had to use their Kabars on Japanese infiltrators or when the fighting fell hand-to-hand as a result of a banzai
attack. The Kabar did not play a very large role in the European Theater mostly because it was a very different war. The terrain and the mentality of the enemy was very different than the island hopping
of the Pacific. The German
troops were not as fanatical as the Japanese and would surrender
when they were defeated. The Japanese would fight to the last man, tooth and nail
if it came to that.
The Kabar was the only knife to have. Some of the Infantry
would cary stiletto
s or even throwing knives and daggers. But the marine knew that the only one you needed was the Kabar.
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