Sunday marked the 120th anniversary of KA-BAR.

To celebrate the momentous milestone, KA-BAR had a few goodies up its sleeve. We already covered the well-made documentary series about the long and complicated history of the company.

Then, they released some commemorative KA-BAR models with a 120th Anniversary logo laser-engraved on the blade. There’s the U.S. Army, USMC, USN, and Dog’s Head models.

That wasn’t all KA-BAR announced, however.

KA-BAR is paying homage to its past by introducing State & Union Knives. The internal shop will allow the company to once again create hand-finished custom designed knives in Olean, New York.

Here’s a little more about the venture:

State & Union designs are inspired by the craftsmanship and work ethic of those who came before us. They are a reflection of the deep desire of our cutlers to create pieces that demonstrate their skills and expertise.

Along with the announcement came the first Limited Edition release from State & Union — the Becker Tuko.

KA-BAR BK98 Becker Tuko

The Tuko is designed by Ethan Becker for KA-BAR and was a nod to the company’s kitchen knives of the past. From first glance, you can probably see that it was inspired by the Japanese Santoku (which is also where it gets its name).

The 5.125-inch blade uses premium S35VN steel while the handle is bone linen Micarta.

To say Becker is good in the kitchen is not telling the full story. Not only did he author The Joy of Cooking but his mother and grandmother authored the famous cookbook before him.

It is easy to see how this knife can perform well in the kitchen and during outdoor meal prep.

As the first limited edition release and to honor the 120th anniversary, only 120 pieces of the Tuko will be made.

For being such a special knife in low quantities, the price is surprisingly reasonable at only $200. If you’re interested, I recommend picking one up now before they’re gone. The Tuko is sold exclusively at KA-BAR.com.


Tim

Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at Tim@knife-depot.com.
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