I like knives. Not quite sure how many non kitchen knives we have lying around but me thinks it probably counts a lot. One knife I think everyone could really benefit from owning is the good old fashioned Ka-Bar. I got mine for around $40 from cheaper than dirt but that was awhile ago and they now cost $54 or so.
Anyway there are a lot of general purpose/ fighting knives around but few if any beat the Ka-Bar. First of all they are just awesomely classic which is cool. Second of all they are a big old piece of steel with a leather handle. Third of all short of killing someone with a can of budweiser or dropping a model T on their face in terms of hand to hand killing it doesn't get much more American than stabbing some asshat in the face with a gone Ka-Bar.
There are all sorts of super cool fancy urban combat special operations commando fighting knives these days. One could play a game where they made up a tough sounding name for a knife then threw in a bio of some special operations guy and sold it for $200-600. Mine will be called "The Boar" and it was invented by an Raul Enrique Gonzalez an elite Paraguaan Navy Seal, it can be had for the very reasonable price of $382.49. That is a low price for a deadly fighting instrument invented by the most elite Special Operations SEAL forces of South America. If you buy this knife suddenly you will be strong, brave and capable of doing amazing things but only for the power of good.
Anyway I am not going to say that all of these new knives are crap. I know a guy who always had the newest coolest knife. He spent money on knives that made what I spent on guns seem reasonable. Some of those knives where pretty awesome and I bet would take a real beating.
However lets look at it this way. Would you rather have "The Boar" for $382.49 or a pair of Ka-Bar's, a used Remington pump shotgun and 50 rounds of buckshot? I personally would stash another boom clack and have a knife to have on me and one to throw in the trunk of my car just in case.
While a Ka-Bar will not get you mall ninja chic points it will certainly do what it is made to do and cut stuff or heaven forbid cut and stab people. I firmly believe in my heart of hearts that if you can hold up your end of the proverbial bargain a Ka-Bar will never let you down.
You should get one of these and maybe a spare. I am thinking about a couple of spares........ Prolly think about this shortly after the ATM card for the new bank account (where there is a bank here into which I can put several hundred dollar bills) finally shows up and I order the bunch of AR/870/Glock 19 stuff I've been meaning to get. A bit more than a hundred bucks will get me two more of them which would probably be sufficient. Then again me thinks maybe another Ka-Bar and a Buck 119 Special would be a better way to go.