KA-Bar 1221 Second Gen Fighting Knife

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Art In Colorado
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KA-Bar 1221 Second Gen Fighting Knife

Postby Art In Colorado » Thu May 02, 2019 3:32 pm

Bought this knife 15 plus years ago and always wondered what kind of steel it was. Called Ka-Bar this A.M. and the nice lady put on hold to find out and came back with the info that it was Sandvik 12-c-27 steel. Kind of pleased with this. Not D-2 like their higher priced Fighting knives but not just some 440 stainless. What do the knife gurus here think of this steel?

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Re: KA-Bar 1221 Second Gen Fighting Knife

Postby OLDE CUTLER » Thu May 02, 2019 8:45 pm

Any way we could see some pictures of the knife?
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Re: KA-Bar 1221 Second Gen Fighting Knife

Postby Art In Colorado » Thu May 02, 2019 10:28 pm

Not good at that. It is just the normal Marine fighting knife. Instead or the leather wrap around the handel it is Kraton. Makes it second Generation I guess.

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Re: KA-Bar 1221 Second Gen Fighting Knife

Postby Captain O » Sat May 04, 2019 3:19 pm

If KaBar heat treats it properly, it is akin to an "improved" 440A. Don't expect it to hold an edge like 1095 CroVan steel, but it isn't "trash steel" either.
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Re: KA-Bar 1221 Second Gen Fighting Knife

Postby Art In Colorado » Tue May 21, 2019 8:44 pm

Called K-Bar and they told me it is Sandvik 12-27. Pretty average from what I can find out.

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Re: KA-Bar 1221 Second Gen Fighting Knife

Postby cody6268 » Wed May 22, 2019 5:17 pm

Sandvik 12C27 is not really a bad steel. I have quite a few knives (mostly smallish folders and a fixed blade) in it, and they all perform well.


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