KA-BAR has been making knives for over a hundred years so they know the art better than most. I’ve used their original but modified ‘TDI‘ and also have their ‘USMC KA-BAR‘ solely as a collector’s item.

It wasn’t until earlier this year when the ‘Hell Fire’ and ‘Hinderance’was announced that I finally saw potential in equipping a KA-BAR as a serious EDC knife.

The moment I held my Hell Fire Knife for the first time, I was exceedingly impressed by every factor; blade edge and grind, materials used, grip and balance, overall construction as well as the advanced sheath.

Officially named “TDI/Hinderer Hell Fire“, this edged tool was designed for a very specific purpose; close quarters combat and self-defense or simply, tactical. So in that regard, it performs flawlessly and elegantly.

The Hell Fire is not a utility knife but it’s not trying to be. The angled blade along with the curved edge and tanto tip doesn’t make it the most useful for everyday cutting tasks, but it does make it exceptional for dealing with an assailant. All by proven and functional design.

It’s a fighting knife, a damn good one.

As an American and human being, I’m proud and happy with the fact that this Hinderer knife is made in the USA. A rarity usually reserved for custom knives that are at least triple the price.

KA-BAR’s Hell Fire is a rather simple yet precision construction; thick full tang blade with molded Zytel handles screwed on. But it’s of an exceptional design and how a rugged fixed bladed knife should be.


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