1095 Cro-Van Steel: Easy to sharpen, plain carbon steel used in knife making.  Proven to be one of the most popular steels used in KA-BAR Knives.

440A Steel: A high-carbon stainless steel used in many American production knives.

Carbon Stainless Metal: A carbon steel core of Hitachi White Steel sandwiched between two layers of 410 stainless steel.

Clam Pack: A clear plastic packaging option that allows products to be hung on peg boards for retail merchandising.

Cryogenic Quenching (CR): The process of freezing blades to -120 degrees fahrenheit to improve blade performance.

D2 Steel: A high-carbon, high chrome tool steel often used for blanking dies.  This steel has excellent edge holding ability but is very difficult to process.

Epoxy Powder Coating: A coating process that protects blades from corrosion and also makes them non-reflective.

Flat Ground: A grind that tapers from the top of the blade down to the cutting edge.  Also known as a “V” grind.

Frame Lock: A side lock that uses the frame for the locking mechanism.

Full-Length Tang: Extension of the blade steel that runs completely through the handle to the end of the knife.

Full Tang: A tang that shows all around the handle of the knife between two pieces of handle material.

Game Hook: Also known as a gut hook, this blade shape is best for opening the flesh of game.

Glass-Filled Nylon: Material used to make sheaths. Nylon is reinforced with glass particles and other materials to provide strength and durability while still allowing some flexibility.

G10: An extremly durable material made of woven fiberglass soake in expoxy resin, then highly compressed and baked.

Guard: Also known as the hilt, is the piece of steel that seperates the handle and the blade.  Serves to keep the hand from slipping on the blade when cutting.  Can be single or double.

Hollow Ground: The ground surface of the blade is concave.  Used to create a fine cutting edge.

Kraton G Thermoplastic Elastomer: Referred to simply as Kraton, is a man-made material resembling rubber that can be molded into knife handles.  Provides a non-slip grip.

Lockback: A folding knife that has a lock release on the back of the handle.

Micarta: A man-made material made by layering resin and cloth.  Used to make very fine knife handles.  Westinghouse trademark.

NSN: Acronym for National Stock Number, a 13-digit number used to identify an item in the supply distribution system of the United States.

Powdered Metal: A process used to make shaped metal pieces.  Fine metal particles are molded under pressure and then fused under high heat.  Also known as sintered metal.

Reclaimed American Chestnut: Back in the early 1900s chestnut blight cause a fungus that eventually killed off three and one half billion American chestnut trees.  KA-BAR’s Traditional Dog’s Head Folders are made with handles created from the wood of a deconstructed barn in Hopkinsville, KY that was primarly framed and sided before the blight with American chestnut.

Rockwell Hardness: An industry scale used for measuring the hardness of blade steel.  The high the reading, the harder the steel.  Written as HRC or RC followed by a range of numbers.

Side-Lock: Also known as a liner-lock.  A locking mechanism that features a tab cut out of the liner which is used as a stop to lock the blade in an open position.  To close, the liner tab is pushed back to its original position.

Zytel: A glass-filled nylon material used in making handles for knives.  DuPont trademark.


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