|“||The American Soldier's trusty sidekick. Good for cutting things open and poking holes in enemies. Silent and deadly, but you need to get really close to use it.||”|
|― Heroes & Generals|
The Combat Knife 1219C2 (or Ka-Bar Mk. II) was the utility and close combat knife adopted by the American forces in 1942.
From World War I onward, the United States issued the Mark I trench knife, which featured brass knuckles. After complaints of brittle blades, no practical use for the brass knuckles, and generally poor construction, the War Department commissioned the Ka-Bar Mark II. The Mark II was made from cheaper, sturdier materials and the knuckles were removed. The Ka-Bar soon became an indispensable utility item. It features a 7-inch blade made from 1095 grade carbon steel, shaped in Bowie fashion, and came with either wooden or leather bound grips. The knife became a fast favorite of soldiers throughout the US military..
The first complete shipment was delivered by the Camillus Cutlery Company in 1943, and the knife became fully integrated by 1944. Improved variants of this knife are still in service today.
The 1219C2 is the standard American knife. As with all close combat weapons, its range is severely limited. The advantage of the knife compared to the shovel is that it won't decrease your stamina. It also lets you attack faster to give more chances of getting hits at the chest and head. It has the shortest reach than all other combat knives.
- Petzal, David E., The 20 Best Knives Ever Made: The Jar-Head Favorite, Ka-Bar Marine Corps Fighting Knife, Field & Stream Magazine, Vol. CXIII, No. 2 (June 2008), p. 73