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KaBar Heavy Duty Warthog Review: Hands-on Experiences

Some situations call for a small knife and then there are situations that call for a big knife. And today I am going to be getting my hands on a big knife. 

For this review, I will be testing out the Kabar Heavy-Duty Warthog. I have been eyeballing this model for quite some time and finally decided to get it.

I hate to be the one to give the ending away, but boy am I glad I got it. So, grab a snack and a drink because I have a lot to say about the Kabar Warthog in this review. To start, let’s take a look at what the knife has to offer. 

KaBar Heavy Duty Warthog Review

Dimensions

This is a good place to start because of its size. The blade is 6.75 inches long, 2.438 inches wide, and 0.25 inches thick. The overall length from the tip to the pommel is 12.25 inches. All of this weighs in at 1.05lb.

Knife Material

The blade of the knife is made from SK5 with a Rockwell hardness of 52-54.

Blade Type

This model is a fixed blade knife with a flat grind on the cutting edge and is a full tang. The blade also features a black coating that protects the underlying metal while reducing glare. 

Sheath

Comes with a leather/Cordura sheath. 

Handle

It has a TPR handle with a small lanyard hole

Color

The knife, handle and the sheath all come in black. 

Country of Origin 

The Warthog and the sheath are made in Taiwan


Kabar Warthog Field Test Review

As soon as I opened the box I was surprised by the size of this knife. I mean I knew it was going to be big, but wow, it was larger than I expected. I held the knife out and found it to be well balanced to my liking. I was able to balance the knife on one finger with it being just a tad heavy on the handle side. 

I grabbed the handle and turned it over a few times and it felt really good in my hand. So good that I had to get outside and try it out. 

Razor Sharp 

Of course one of the first things I want to know about any cutting tool is how sharp it is right out of the box. Nobody likes having to sharpen a brand new knife. 

To see how sharp it was, I decided to do the dry shave test on my forearm. While I am old school in most of my ways I do not recommend this method to anyone. Having said that, the belly of the knife was able to easily shave off a small pile of hair. Given the size of this knife, I was surprised that it was this sharp. Time to see what else it could do. 

Thin Curls 

The next test I wanted to try was to cut thin slices of wood for a fire. Again, because of the size of the knife, I wasn’t sure how well it was going to do this. But that was before the shaving test. 

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