The legend of how Ka-Bar knives were named tells of a fur trapper who used his knife to kill a bear when his gun jammed. His handwriting was so horrible, all that could be deciphered was "k a bar," which later became the company's trademark. Whatever your purpose for buying a new Ka-Bar knife, you'll discover just what you're looking for among the huge selection at Knife Depot. From pistol bayonets to military-spec fighting knives, they're all backed by our outstanding customer service and 30-day, money-back guarantee. And while we sincerely hope you never have to kill a bear with your Ka-Bar knife, isn't it nice to know you can?
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Soon after its introduction in the mid-1920's, the KA-BAR trademark became widely known and respected. There have been many versions of how the KA-BAR name came to be, but all evidence points to a letter received from a fur trapper. This particular fur trapper's testimonial turned out to be the most significant ever received by the company.
He wrote, in very rough English, that his gun had jammed and that he had therefore relied on his knife to kill a wounded bear that was attacking him. In thanking the company for their quality product the trapper described using his knife to kill the bear. All that was legible of his scrawled writing was "k a bar". The company was so honored by this testimonial that they adopted this phrase and used it as their trademark, KA-BAR.