At the 2010 S.H.O.T. Show, Ka-Bar® introduced a line of knives aimed at extreme users such as hog hunters, adventure trekkers and anyone else looking for that over the top knife. These knives are based on designs by Steve Johnson, Field Editor for Boar Hunter Magazine and part-time knife designer.
The blades are 1/4" thick 1095 cro-van steel at 56-58 Rc. with a black epoxy powder coating. The multi-position handles are textured with Ka-Bar's proprietary Adventuregrip™, for control in tasks as delicate as field dressing. The handles are a rich brown glass filled nylon.
Each knife includes an innovative sheath system with belt loops at two different belt carry heights, multiple MOLLE attachment points and a stuff sack on the front for carrying light sticks, fishing gear, matches, or other small necessities. Measures 12-5/8" overall and weighs about 13.3 oz. Made in the U.S.A. Suggested retail is $148.23.
Ka-Bar® Johnson Adventure Potbelly™
The Potbelly™ is a hard working knife that no camper or adventure trekker should be without. It has a 7-1/8" modified Kukri style blade that is hollow ground to a razor edge, with a deep belly and weight forward balance that rivals hatchets in terms of chopping power. With influence from both the kukri and the machete, the Potbelly™ is best described as what you would get if you crossed a scalpel and a sledgehammer. If you only have room for one knife in your pack and need one that will do it all, the Potbelly™ is your knife. Suggested retail is $155.64.
Ka-Bar® Johnson Adventure Baconmaker™
The most aggressive is the Baconmaker™. Originally built for a friend in the Special Operations community, it was designed for sticking things without the risk of the blade breaking. The a 7-1/8" recurve blade has a Persian influence and is built to provide a very ergonomically sound underhand thrust and to cut exceptionally well in slashing situations. This knife goes through boar shields like the proverbial hot knife through butter; proven by Ka-Bar's own field tests.