In our knife review of the best survival knives, guess which one took the top spot? Yep, the Ka Bar Fighting Knife. But when you review Ka Bar, it\u2019s not just about fighting applications. It\u2019s a fantastic general purpose knife as well (OK, maybe not appropriate for cooking at home in the kitchen, but definitely at a campfire).\r\n\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Ka Bar Full Size U S Marine Corps Fighting Knife Review\r\nThe Ka Bar Full Size Knife has been around forever (dating back to World War II) and still remains to be the gold standard when you\u2019re choosing a survival knife, hunting knife, and combat knife.\r\n\r\n\r\nPerformance\r\nIf the Ka Bar didn\u2019t perform well, would the US Marine Corps use it? Ka Bar knives were born out of inadequate performance of standard issue knives during the Second World War, and thus the USMC Ka Bar came into being. To this day, it is the USMC fighting knife that all Marine Corps are issued.\r\n\r\nIn addition to its fighting utility, the high quality of the Ka Bar Knife lends itself to other applications as a useful tool when hunting and as a utility knife.\r\nDesign\r\nThe performance and longevity of the Ka Bar Full Size Knife is all in its design. It\u2019s a fixed blade knife with a full tang, which basically means that it has no weak points. Fixed blade knives are strong because there is no pivot point between the blade and the handle and, in this case, the metal of the knife blade extends through the handle.\r\n\r\nSpeaking of the material, the Ka Bar USMC Knife is crafted from 1095 Cro van steel. Cro van steel is a type of carbon steel that is resistant to corrosion. It's stainless steel on steroids.\r\n\r\nWhen they say full sized, they mean a seven inch straight edge blade with an overall length of nearly twelve inches. A seven inch blade is a long blade length relative to other straight edge knives of similar caliber. The spine of the knife has a serrated edge that comes in handy when shaving kindling for fires or breaking down wood.\r\n\r\nThe handle material is well designed, too. The Ka Bar USMC Fighting Knife features a leather handle that provides a strong, yet comfortable grip. Leather handles are great because of the comfort but also because the material is durable and long lasting. There\u2019s an updated model that uses Kraton G material for the handle if you want a modern aesthetic and possibly more protection from the elements. The knife comes with a leather sheath for protection as well.\r\nValue\r\nA knife made from such materials and for high stakes, real world scenarios isn\u2019t cheap (nor should it be). But, it may just outlive you. You\u2019ll be hard put to put a dent or chip in the impressive, full size blade even if you want to. If you want a survival knife that will last, it\u2019s worth it to get the Ka Bar.\r\nKa Bar Full Size U S Marine Corps Fighting Knife Review Wrap Up\r\nThe Ka Bar Full Size USMC Knife is not just a great knife, it\u2019s arguably the best in its class. It edges out competitors like the Gerber LMF II, Morakniv Bushcraft, and the BlizeTec Survival Knife with its durability and quality. Ultimately, you\u2019d be hard put to find a knife Ka Bar can\u2019t beat.