MNKF | The Ka-Bar “Jarosz” Folder

January 13, 2019  
Categories: Knives and Axes

I finally own a Ka-Bar.

When I was in the Corps we were issued Camillus copies of Ka-Bars, not the genuine article. Later, when I deployed twice as a soldier, I thought adding a Ka-Bar to my gear would have been melodramatic. There wasn’t much chance of hand-to-hand combat when I was escorting convoys in Iraq, or collecting human intel in Afghanistan.

But I now have a Ka-Bar I can carry every day as a civilian. No, I’m not strapping it to my thigh and wandering around the office with it. I’m clipping it to my pocket, like a normal person.

Ka-Bar Jarosz

Ka-Bar recently released a new folder, the “Jarosz”, designed by custom knifemaker Jesse Jarosz. The Jarosz is a basic utility knife that was built to be capable, durable and affordable; Jesse’s other knives sell for as much as $400, but Ka-Bar is offering this folder for less than $60. That’s a damn good price for such a sturdy piece of kit.

The Jarosz is a basic utility knife that was built to be capable, durable and affordable

A few Jarosz custom knives at

Ka-Bar describes the Jarosz like this:

“The KA-BAR/Jarosz Folder is a drop point liner lock knife featuring a hollow ground AUS 8A stainless steel blade and glass-filled nylon handle. Designed with a moveable clip for tip up or tip down carry, this modestly sized folder is perfect for pocket or pack. All at a fraction of the cost of Jesse’s custom folders.”

The listed specs are:

Ka-Bar Specs

Yeah, it’s made in Taiwan. Bummer. Jesse Jarosz’s other knives are made in Nebraska, so maybe Ka-Bar will eventually shift production of this knife back to America. I can hope, anyway.

In the short time I’ve used the Jarosz, I’ve mostly been impressed with its sturdiness. The lock is strong and solid, the handle feels more like it belongs on a fixed blade than a folder, and the balance is pretty comfortable. I like the reversible clip, too, since you might need to carry your knife in different orientations for different missions or while wearing different types of gear. About the only issue I’ve found is that there seems to be a little more resistance than necessary when flipping open the blade. I figure that’s just because it’s new, and will improve with time.

The Jarosz represents the dedication to basics that Ka-Bar is famous for

The Jarosz isn’t a groundbreaking knife; in fact, it represents the dedication to basics that Ka-Bar is famous for. It might not have bells, whistles and nuclear missiles, but it doesn’t need them. It’s just a good, durable slasher and stabber that’ll do what you need for a good price.

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Chris Hernandez

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About the Author

Chris Hernandez may just be the crustiest member of the eeeee-LITE writin' team here at Breach-Bang-Clear. He is a veteran of both the Marine Corps and the Army National Guard who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also a veteran police officer of two decades who spent a long (and eye-opening) deployment as part of a UN police mission in Kosovo. He is the author of White Flags & Dropped Rifles - the Real Truth About Working With the French Army and The Military Within the Military as well as the modern military fiction novels Line in the Valley, Proof of Our Resolve and Safe From the War. When he isn't groaning about a change in the weather and snacking on Osteo Bi-Flex he writes on his own blog. You can find his author page here on Tactical 16.


  1. James Nelson


    Sorry for using the comment box. I can’t find the email or a contact form to contact you.

    However, I just want to say, great job in writing this article! I got a good look on how Ka-Bar looks like. It helped me decide on whether I should get this knife for my survival stash or not.

    You are providing a ton of value to your readers, and I would like to be a part of that. I hope to contribute a post or anything that you think would bring value to your readers!

    Although I don’t have a lot of budget for this, I know you are really busy, and I would like to compensate you for your time. Please let me know if you are open to explore various opportunities.

    I am excited to hear back from you.


    • James Nelson

      Hey Chris,

      Just a quick follow up in regards to the previous emails.

      Let me know if there’s anything I can help with too.

      Hope to hear from you soon!


      • James Nelson


        Please let me know if you are interested in the collaboration.

        I would be happy to clarify anything concerning the proposal too.


  2. Dave

    Nope, too many good American made knives for similar price.

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