A new offering from KA-BAR is the Forged Wrench Knife. Now, although there is no actual wrench feature, this knife really has a real second kind of cool. Because of the fact this fixed blade is drop forged, each piece will have it's own imperfections. Another words, each one is a "one of kind".
First off, Blade Magazine in there spring 2020 issue did a small article with some discussion with Joe Bradley from KA-BAR explaining this is the first ever KA-BAR drop forged knife. But what is drop forging? Let's talk about the general process for a moment. The shaping process starts with a heated steel billet being placed on a lower die mold while an overhead die equipped ram hammer drives or "drops down" forcing the heated billet to take shape of the die mold blocks. KA-BAR's actual process is much more involved but this is the basic idea. This is not new, I am sure most if not all of us have drop forged tools in our tool box. But, because of this drop forging process each piece is slightly different like I mentioned earlier, but it also makes this one solid piece of 425 stainless steel a very strong tool.
Let's take a look at a couple of Specifications:
Model - Wrench Knife
Model No. 1119
Overall Length - 7.13"
Overall Weight - 3.2 oz
Blade Steel - 425 Stainless Steel
Blade Length - 3.19"
Blade Thickness - .19"
Blade Grind - High Flat Ground
Handle Length - 4"
Comes with a Polymer Sheath
Functionality wise, KA-BAR was going for the utility type of knife you would find construction workers loading into there tool belt or pouch. Coming from the construction industry myself.........It's a good fit. Standard pocket knives are used all the time in construction but because it's a fixed blade and has a sheath, deployment from your tool belt is quick and when you finish the task it's just as easy to secure the knife in the sheath, (maybe they should consider a serrated edge for those drywall guys). By the way, it only weighs 3.20 ounces. Because of the fact the handle resembles a wrench some may not even know that a knife in your belt. Value wise, this knife can be found most places for under $40 dollars. I think it's well worth the money.
This knife has already found a place in my collection. For most of us who have several knives in our everyday carry rotation, this knife represents something really different. It 's a conversational piece that attracts interest. I have already had people ask if I crafted this little work of art myself. Who knows, if KA-BAR discontinues the item after a short run, it may end up being a collectors item. Any way hat's off to KA-BAR for bringing something different to the table at a reasonable price. Good Job!
- Michael Dyko