KA-BAR 3053 Desert MULE Heavy-Duty Folder 3.875" Clip Point Combo Blade, Tan Zytel Handles


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Part #: KA3053 | KA-BAR Knives
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KA3053: Desert MULE Folder, Clip Point Combo Edge
KA-BAR Knives
This heavy duty piece of equipment is the folding knife's answer to the traditional KA-BAR fixed blade. Sturdy construction and pure heft ensure this knife will withstand any test you dare put it through.

Double thumbstud assists one hand opening for either right or left hand users. Rubber inserts ensure a comfortable and slip-resistant grip on the handle. Comes with a Nylon sheath with velcro and snap closures, that can be mounted horizontally or vertically on a belt.
  • Blade Length: 3.875"
  • Overall Length: 9.125"
  • Closed Length: 5.25"
  • Blade Shape: Clip
  • Edge Angle: 15 degrees
  • Blade Steel: AUS-8 Stainless, 57-59HRC
  • Lock Style: Lockback
  • Grind: Hollow
  • Handle Material: Zytel
  • Weight: 7.2 oz. 
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 617717230530

AUS-8 Stainless Steel
AUS-8 Stainless Steel
A very widely used EDC steel, AUS-8 can take a very nice edge while also maintaining moderate edge holding and corrosion resistance properties.
The lockback system has been used for many decades. It can usually be found on the knife spine and it provides a strong lockup that will wear well.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Nylon Sheath
Nylon Sheath
Durable, flexible, abrasion and mildew resistant, Nylon also is very strong
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
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Knoxville, TN
Jan 01, 2013
Pros: Overall Quality, Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Handle Material, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Sheath, Handle Feel, Pocket Clip
Cons: None
BEST Folder on the Market
Got this knife for my birthday about 2 years ago from my dad, and it has been the best knife I have ever owned. I've taken it on ~20 backpacking trips in the mountains and it is still kicking butt. The knife has taken a few swims and been dropped in thick mud, but it hasn't shown any signs of corrosion or tightened up at all. I love the knife's heavy weight. At half a pound, you know it means business when you're holding it. The 4" blade is perfect; anything less is on the small side and anything more is overkill. The blade is also very sturdy and when it locks into place, you know it's ready to rock and roll. I wasn't a fan of serrated blades before, but it has grown on me. It is extremely sharp, even out of the box. The thumb assist is firm and it opens very easily. The grip must be made of tank armor because it is one durable SOB. The rubber in-lace makes it easier to hold and more ergonomic. The pocket clip can be put on either side making it easier for those lefties. Mine came with a sheath that is military grade and is also MOLLE compatible, so it fits perfectly on a backpack, vest, or belt. In all, the MULE is the perfect folder. It is hefty, but not so heavy that it's bothersome. I wouldn't expect anything less from the guys at KA-BAR.
5 out of 5
Bismarck, ND
Aug 27, 2012
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
Best folder I own
I've had this knife for 2 or 3 years, and it's still holding up well. It's a great folder for heavy use, but without being so bulky that you can't carry it regularly. This is my EDC. I actually bought a second recently just because I'm afraid this knife might get discontinued by the time I need to replace it.
5 out of 5
Jan 19, 2011
Pros: Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type
Cons: None
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