This is my Ka-Bar, as you can see it’s had some use. The sheath retains the knife well even upside down and yet the blade still draws cleanly and easily. The knife takes a wicked edge and holds it quite well. You can see the fuller between the USA and clip point, the amount of weight saved isn’t much but  every bit helps.

A fuller is a way to reduce weight without compromising blade strength, in the same way an I beam weighs less than a solid beam but retains most of it’s strength. Obviously the larger the blade the more useful a fuller is in lightening it (my blunt broad sword has multiple fullers). Fuller’s are often referred to as “blood grooves” with the thought that they will allow blood to run from the wound (what is the knife still doing in the wound any way? It should be out ) and/or stop the wounds “suction” holding the knife in the wound, well even if that happened, twist to release.


2 Responses to “Fullers”

  1. 1 yankeedog
    February 15, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    There ya go! The classic Ka-Bar-used by US Marines the world over for 60-plus years. And well-kept, I see. A fine specimen!

  2. 2 bangarrr
    February 16, 2010 at 6:40 am

    They are a very fine knife indeed YDog.

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