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Ka-Bar 1222 USMC Fighting Knife 

Blade Length:    7" stainless steel 
Blade Material:  Sandvik 12C27 with serrated edge 
Handle Length:   4.75" 
Handle Material: Kraton G handle 
Overall Length:  11.75" overall length 
Sheath:          Black leather or Kydex sheath 
Price:           £45 
US Made 

The Blade is Sandvik 12C27 high carbon, high chromium, stainless steel blade that has been heat treated to HRC 55-57, deep frozen (cryogenics) to -120 degrees Fahrenheit. The blade is then double draw tempered, passivated to inhibit corrosion and then high pressure bead blasted and the edges are finally buff polished. 

The Kraton G thermoplastic elastomer handles are oval shaped for better ergonomics, and the knife features sintered powder metal guards and butt caps. 

New on the Next Generation Fighters is the improved Kydex sheath, included with the KA-1221 and KA-1222. The knife "locks" into sheath at contoured lip / guard junction and is easily removed by slight pressure on lip.

The thick Kydex, rolled edges and double strut construction add strength and rigidity to sheath design. The easy on / off drop loop with snap and Velcro plus moulded belt slot for more permanent attachment allows for fast attachment and removal of the sheath from your gear, and features a moulded Elastollan snubber strap for additional retention. Six eyelet rivets and four strap slots for flexible and secure tie-down and a drain hole in back of the sheath round out the features.

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Khukuri Combat Knife 

Length:          8"-15" - 15" standard issue 
Weight:          600g 
Price:           £65 

Often spelled Kukri in the West no battle blade in the history of the world has more documented kills than the khukuri combat knife and is standard issue amongst the Gurkhas. 

Both the blade and hilt are curved. The blade is very thick at the back measuring a little more than a quarter of an inch in thickness. From the back it is thinned off gradually to the edge, which has a curve of its own, quite different to that of the back, so the blade is widest as well as thickest in the middle, and tapers at one end towards the hilt and the other towards the point. The steel of which the blade is formed is of admirable temper. 

The point of the Khukuri is as sharp as a needle, so that the weapon answers equally for cutting or stabbing. In consequence of the great thickness of the metal, the blade is exceedingly heavy. It may be imagined that a blow from such a weapon as this must be a very terrible one. The very weight of the blade would drive it half way through a mans arm if it were only allowed to fall from a little height. 

To make a complete set every Khukuri must come with two small knives at the back. The two smaller knives used are of very similar form, but apparently of inferior metal. These are kept in little case attached to the side of the Khukuri sheath. 

In the hands of an experienced wielder this knife is about as formidable a weapon as can be conceived. Like all really good weapons, it's efficiency depends much more upon the skill that the strength of the wielder. Generally strike upwards with the Khukuri to avoid self harm and to make hard to guard against. 

The blade is descended from the Greek kopis which is about 2,500 years old, thus making the khukuri one of the oldest blade forms in the history of the world. The blade was carried to the sub-continent by the troops of Alexander the Great and was copied by local Kamis. There are khukuris hanging on the walls of Nepal's National Museum which are 500 years old or even more.

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