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KA-BAR 2217 Big Brother Fighting / Utility Knife 9-3/8" Double Edge Plain and Serrated Blade, Leather Handles, Brown Leather Sheath - 2-2217-7

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Part Number: KA2217
Manufacturer: KA-BAR Knives
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KA2217: Big Brother | Leather Handled Fighting / Utility Knife
KA-BAR Knives

This is the "Big Brother" to the standard Ka-Bar USMC combat knife. It's huge! It has a blade that is just short of 9-1/2" and an overall length of almost 14-1/2" Ka-Bar has an honored history: During WWII a legend was born, as several companies were asked by the U.S. Government to help supply troops with combat/utility knives. KA-BAR stepped up to the challenge and their reputation became so strong that all who are familiar with this knife refer to any of its kind simply as the "KA-BAR". The world’s most famous fixed-blade knife is still doing its job, with honors, almost 70 years later. This "big brother" series of oversized combat knives promises to serve our citizens in new ways. It can dig, chop, stab and perform a myriad of chores with ease.

Neither the Department of the Navy nor any other component of the Department of Defense has approved, endorsed, or otherwise authorized this product.
  • #2217 - Big Brother
  • Overall Length: 14-3/8"
  • Blade Length: 9-3/8"
  • Blade Edges: Serrated Top; Straight Bottom
  • Steel: 1095 Cro-Van
  • Grind: Flat
  • HRC: 56-58
  • Handle: Leather
  • Sheath: Brown Leather
  • Weight: 0.90 pounds (knife only)
  • Knife Made in USA; Sheath Made in Mexico

UPC Code: 617717222177

Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath
Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
1095 Carbon Steel
1095 Carbon Steel
An excellent hard use steel, 1095 is a primary choice for camping and larger fixed blade knives for it's extreme toughness and ability to hold an edge. Corrosion resistance is very limited with this steel, most blades come with a coating to prevent premature rusting.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
4.615 (13 reviews)
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Peter T
Liverpool UK
Mar 20, 2015
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
5 out of 5
Alberta Boy
Feb 21, 2015
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Awesome Survival Knife
Once you've used this knife - you'll know it's value. It is the ultimate tool to get you thru! It's not too heavy - not even 3/16 thick..Slices thru wood like air.Awesome leather sheath. I have all 3 handle models. ZOMBIE - BLACK -LEATHER. The best design you could pray for.Long row of serrations on top. Just flip and saw - anything. Very sharp from the box - as ALL Kabar!!
5 out of 5
Jun 14, 2013
Pros: None
Cons: None
Excellent, If Not Perfect
The Big Brother is as good a utility knife as the old Ka-Bars but a superb utility/*fighting* knife. As noted elsewhere, the 1095 steel is well done, the handle comfortable, the balance perfect for chopping and slicing (and decent for point-work). Reviewers often criticize the spine serrations, calling them useless or an impediment to batoning. First, the Big Brother has enough unsharpened spine along the last third of the blade for batoning. I've seen people baton with a little Para2, so c'mon--you can baton with this KA-BAR monster! Second, the serrations improve the fighting capabilities of the knife: back-slashes are wicked, and the double edge makes it more difficult for an opponent to defend against or disarm you. Sure, if you're looking only for a Bowie-sized *utility* knife, look elsewhere, but if you're looking for a Bowie-sized utility *and* fighting knife, seriously consider the Big Brother. Utility and fighting is what this knife was designed for, and designed quite well. I more or less agree with other reviewers about the tang: it could be stouter, and I prefer a full tang over a stick tang. Still, I'm not worried. I hear there's a neat invention called an "ax" out there, but I have used my BB to chop wood. The knife and I are still alive (I always chopped at a steep angle: if the blade does snap off, I'd rather the serrations not fly back in my face). So, yeah, I can't complain too loudly about the tang. The blade doesn't need to be thicker. The knife wouldn't pierce or cut as well if it were thicker; it'd be heavier, though, unless KA-BAR created a fuller. But why reduce blade efficiency? KA-BAR informed me that the blade is differentially tempered: if that's true, then the big 1095 blade should fare well with reasonable strength tests. The leather sheath is outstanding. It's rides well, and it looks and feels great. Feels like premium leather, much better than the black leather KA-BAR uses for some of their Kraton-handled blades (Does the black dye do bad things to the leather? Does KA-BAR use different Mexican leathers?) A Kydex liner might be nice, but I have no complaints with the sheath as-is.
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