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Without Remorse (Tom Clancy) - Double-Edged Ka-Bar: Sounds Good, Doesn't Exist.
When Clark/Kelly kills Rick before he kidnaps Billy, he stabs Rick in the chest and almost cuts his heart out. Clancy says that Clark "felt the heart trying to beat, but destroying itself on the double-edged knife." Kelly earlier referred to the knife specifically as a Ka-Bar.
Later, a policeman looks at an imprint made Kelly wiping the blood off the knife and clearly identifies it as a Ka-Bar, saying that "the Marines must have enough, now the Boy Scouts can buy them for $4.95."
There's only one slight problem. Unless Clancy refers to the unsharpened false edge as a second edge, Ka-Bar has never made a double-edge knife. Even calling the false edge a second edge is a fallacy because the false edge only extends 2" of the knife's 7" blade.
For dramatic reasons, this works well, but in the real world this would never happen.
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Chaos writes:
One problem with your slip-up. During hand to hand combat some Marines found it very hard to turn the knife over in the sitiuation of a missed slash, so they just simply sharpened the other side. Not a slip-up.
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sjkang writes:
There is no slip up. Many Marines and soldiers sharpen that second edge to give the knife more versatility. i.e. make penetration easier and causing more damage in twisting or making precision cuts on wiring or anything that requires a little more delicate touch than a large blade.
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dieter998 writes:
Actually you are wrong, ka-bar has made double edged blades, most of wich are fixed boot knives, and they still make them today, easy enough to find, as to weather a marine would use one is up to the marine. the blades are from 5 1/4 to 6 7/8 inches. big enough to do the damage listed.
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martin writes:
This is not a slip up. A modern day marine Ka-Bar knife has two edges. One edge goes all the way down the knife where as the other edge goes down about a inch and a half on the other side.
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