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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.
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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