I had been waiting for the DBK boys to take on the Spartan MagnaCut KA-BAR. Unfortunately, they experienced a catastrophic failure batoning.
I am of mixed opinion on this.
While they often test knives to the point of absurdity, this one failed during a fairly “routine” bit of batoning.They didn’t reach the absurd part.
Batoning is controversial to be sure. Nowhere does Horace Kephart mention the technique, which should give one pause. On the other hand, when guiding, any knife I carried had to be capable of batoning staves for a travois or shelter.
The KA-BAR is a fighting knife, not a bushcraft knife, a point the DBK boys conceed.