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I would like to sell KA-BAR knives. What is the buy-in? What else is required?
Thank you for your interest. Minimum opening order to establish an account with KA-BAR is $1,000.00. You are also required to have a current business license and tax ID form. In addition, if you would like to open an account with credit terms, we require three trade references.
If you are able to meet these requirements, please contact KA-BAR Customer Service at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a complete dealer packet.
If you are unable to meet these requirements, we will be happy to refer you to a distributor. Please email email@example.com for a list of current distributor contacts.
The USMC knife was originally designed with the tang slightly offset. There were several reasons for this:
1) The offset tang put the handle more in line with the tip of the blade....for thrusting/stabbing.
2) The raised offset tang allowed more room for the fingers on the underside of the handle.
If one looks carefully at WWII vintage knives, you will see the offset but it was not as pronounced. The handle cross-section was rounder back then. KA-BAR has made the handle more oval which makes the offset more visible these days.
While KA-BAR would prefer to manufacturer all its knives in the USA, it would be cost prohibitive to do so. The company offers many, many USA made knives and continually strives to design products that are manufacturable for a reasonable price in the states. KA-BAR also partners with reputable manufacturers in Taiwan and China. These suppliers are required to uphold the same high standards as knives manufactured in our own plant. And, rest assured, our imported products are covered under KA-BAR'S Limited Lifetime Warranty as well.
1) General Care:
a) Store in a dry location.
b) Oil periodically
c) A coating of wax is not a bad thing
d) Wipe down periodically with a clean cloth to keep mildew and mold off of the surfaces.
2) If leather gets wet:
a) Dry the leather naturally in air. No ovens, hair driers or other artificial heat source.
b) Once dry, oil the leather surfaces. There are many good leather oil/conditioner products on the market.
c) Once the oil has absorbed into the leather, it will darken. Wait until the leather starts to lighten and then wax the leather surfaces. Again, there are many leather waxes on the market. Even car wax will work.
3) If leather gets dirty:
a) Wash off dirt with a leather or saddle soap. Dry
b) After leather is dry. Oil and wax.
4) Storage and handling of leather products:
a) Store in an area that has stable heat and humidity. Not too dry or too wet. Both conditions are not good for leather. Too dry is better than too wet as oil can restore dry leather while wet leather rots and degrades.
b) Handle leather products often. Oils from your hand will help condition the leather. The leather will take a nice patina from usage.
It's not usually an easy decision to make, but from time to time KA-BAR has to eliminate items from it's product line in order to make room for new models. Such is the case with the USCG knife which was last sold in 2008. Generally speaking, odds are pretty good that if you don't see a knife on our website, we no longer make it.
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