The KA-BAR Fighter 1271 is very large and feels solid. In terms of size this knife falls in between the KA-BAR 1217 and the KA-BAR Big Brother. The Fighter is also enhanced with the design features of both. The handle is enhanced with protective parts to make sure you will never end up on the razor-sharp edge during heavy-duty use. The handle is made from Kraton. A rubber-like material that offers enough grip regardless of the circumstances. The blade is made from 1095-carbon steel. This steel, however, is not corrosion-resistant. Fortunately the blade is enhanced with a black coating to make sure maintenance is a lot easier.
KA-BAR 1217: living legend
During the 70 years that the KA-BAR 1217 has been around it became a real living legend. This knife was copied often and many renowned manufacturers produced a version of this model. As such KA-BAR almost became a generic name for this amazing knife. You should, however, never forget that there is only one original: the KA-BAR 1217, made by KA-BAR in New York.
The KA-BAR 1271 comes with a plastic sheath with belt loop in order to easily carry it with you. It is remarkable that the back of the sheath and the belt loop are both made from leather. This one is perfect for left and right-handed use. Also great: the sheath is enhanced with a retention system to make sure the knife stays in place inside the sheath.