Ka Bar Piggy Back
Officially known as “KaBar / Johnson Adventure PiggyBack Neck Knife. #5599
- Blade Length: 2.562″
- Blade Thickness: .120″
- Blade Steel: 5CR13, Hollow ground, Polished finish, Hardness 55-58C
- Overall Length: 6.062″
- Country of Origin: China
- Cost: $15.00 (approx) including shipping
We actually had high hopes for this blade after reading the reviews about the rest of the KaBar Adventure line. We were really let down when we actually got the chance to inspect and handle this knife. The cutting edge of our knife was rolled and had to be honed as soon as we got the knife. Otherwise, the cosmetic quality of the knife is very nice. The shape and angle of this knife felt uncomfortable. When you couple that with the lack of scales, this knife is extremely awkward to use for general chores. There is a forward finger rest that gives the user excellent control for fine work like small animal skinning. The knife is very comfortable to use when held with the forefinger on the front rest and the rest of the hand slightly forward on the tang.
The sheath is made from two hard plastic sides that are melted or glued together. It grips the blade but we all agreed that it’s durability is questionable. There is just one small detent on the sheath that looks like it is being cut away by the edge of the tang. Eventually, this sheath will no longer retain the knife. The neck cord loop looks like it would accept a beaded chain but the sheath material is very thin at that point as well. At best, IMO, the sheath makes a great place to store the knife but I wouldn’t count on it in the long run.
This little KaBar, in our opinion, would be a fine knife to keep in your camping kitchen for skinning and food prep but for daily carry and general cutting chores it just doesn’t fit.
As of the posting of this article, the Ka Bar Johnson Piggyback is available on Amazon: