KA-BAR Classic Tanto Knife Black & Sheath

  4.7 ( 11 reviews)

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Part #:17 KB1245
  • Razor-sharp 1095 carbon steel blade
  • Kraton G handle provides superb grip
  • Powdered metal & 1095 carbon steel butt cap and guard
  • Glass-filled nylon sheath
  • Measures 12 7/8" overall


The powerful KA-BAR Tanto features a classic tanto blade shape, of Asian influence, offering a thick pointed tip that's good for penetration.

Customer Reviews | Average Rating: 4.73 out of 5

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Customer Reviews

Timothy Morris
Mar 13, 2012
(5 out of 5)

Sharp knife very well mad and balanced got here quickly razor sharp, sheath was very nice easy to snap and holds the blade quit niceley

Lance Medina
Aug 24, 2011
(5 out of 5)
Great Knife

Perfect for combat and survival situations. I definitely prefer the locking mechanism, but if you want to disable it that would be preference.

Andy Middaugh
Apr 29, 2011
(4 out of 5)
Kabar Black Tanto

This knife is GREAT! It fits the hand niceley is razor sharp and the fit and finish is perfect. It will rust on you so I recomend oiling it and leaving it out of the sheath. Over all an awsome buy! Nice sheath as well though I do not like the locks on it, which are easily disabled!

Derek Hernandez
Dec 06, 2010
(5 out of 5)

Mine came sharp. The knife has a nice weight to it and the sheath that came with it was the one in the picture, nice but a bit hard to button at first. I love this knife it is the best knife I've owned so far.

Ryan Clancy
Aug 08, 2010
(4 out of 5)
KA-BAR tanto knife

This knife is absolutely amazing, the finish was well done, almost perfect balance, and the sheath it came in is of above average quality. Only a few small complaints, the sheath itself has a locking ability that grips onto the blade, but all you have to do is file down the nuts there and the straps will keep the knife in fine. Also the blade can never be refinished because the bluing process would ruin the grip, but it shouldn't be a problem if you take good care of your knives like you should. Its also 1245 grade carbon steel, but I'm not complaining.

victor garcia
Apr 25, 2010
(5 out of 5)

Ok I think this is now my favorite knife in my collection it feels great in your grasp nice hand guard all black good for stealth it is so sharp the serrations are very nice the tanto tip looks very cool and it has very nice contour lines on the blade it's big what a beauty I highly reccommend to collectors and 1st timers and it arrived so fast that's another reason why I like this site

Dante' Vicino
Jan 27, 2010
(5 out of 5)


I'll just make a short review from the bottom up:

First, the handle is extremely ergonomic. The slats aren't too big, and the texture is not slippery at all! It's very nicely molded in an oval shape and has slight flat areas towards the handguard that make nice thumb rests. The butt-cap on the end of the handle is very heavy!

The blade itself is just a beast! Though I haven't put it up to serious use yet, the knife is RAZOR sharp and the serrations are very grippy when trying to cut thru a small branch. Haven't had a chance to use the tip, but from what everyone says, tantos will get the job done right!

Beautiful finish, fits well in the sheath (nice and snug with the tab locking feature, that sucker ain't goin nowhere!).


Chris Novak
Jan 12, 2010
(4 out of 5)

Great knife! It's sturdy and perfectly sized for my hand, and it's got a good weight to it. The only problem is that it shipped to me, pretty much COMPLETELY blunt. I could literally rub it across my hand and have nothing happen...After a bit of sharpening with a stone, it cuts awesomely, though. I bought a Cold Steel Night Recon Tanto for about the same price as this and I'd probably suggest that over this, though. Great knife, though.

Sean Kober
Jul 26, 2009
(5 out of 5)

Excellent knife... came sharp and ready with a very nice sheath

Christopher Bahder
Jul 13, 2008
(5 out of 5)

This knife came in excellent condition and it was immediately the sharpest knife in my collection. The handle has exceptional grip and the serration is very useful. It was much larger than I had anticipated, but in my case that was a good thing. The sheath that comes with this knife is sturdy and well functioning. $55.99 is an outstanding deal for this quality blade.

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