After years of success with other neck knives by ESEE and Ethan Becker, Ka-Bar has scaled down its famous USMC fighting/utility knife blade and given it a skeletonized handle for neck carry. And darn it, I just bought a Becker Eskabar…
Neck knives aren’t permitted in all jurisdictions, but they’ve got a lot of things to recommend them as last-ditch defensive blades where they’re allowed. They’re completely invisible to bystanders and law enforcement when worn under a cover garment. They’re also very quick to access with either your left or right hand, as long as you don’t tuck in your shirt.
They’ve also got drawbacks to consider. They’re slow to re-sheathe, and you’ll need to have both hands free to do it. Neck knives also tend to draw too much attention for routine EDC box-cutting chores, and the sheath string can chafe your neck.
If these are deal-killers, Ka-Bar neck knives also have an optional belt clip for their Kydex sheaths, but of course that turns them into belt knives instead of neck knives.
This baby Ka-Bar is one of the larger neck knives out there, with a four-inch blade that’s almost an exact miniature of the USMC fighting/utility knife. It’s got a clip point with a plain edge and a prominent fuller, made from the same 1095 Cro-Van steel as the original. The flat skeleton grip has a finger choil at the front and jimping at the shoulder for a more secure grip.
Street price for this blade is in the $40-45 range, including the Kydex neck sheath. These knives practically beg to be personalized with handmade scales or paracord wrap. It’s too late (or really really early) for Christmas, but they make excellent gifts for the DIY-inclined knife guy.
And no, I’m not hinting anything to my wife. My birthday isn’t even for seven more months, and (trust me on this) the last thing she’d buy me is another knife.