KA-BAR’s history is long and complex. It has existed under various names and identities since the mid-late 1800s, and today, it’s widely known as one of the most revered military and tactical knife producers the world over. Of the lesser-known facts about the heritage brand, its humble connection to the world of straight razors seems to be the most intriguing. And now, it’s paying homage to its roots with a sleek, sharp shaving tool from their USA-made sub-brand, State & Union.
The limited-edition KA-BAR State & Union Straight Razor is a testament to the original models that were originally produced by Union Razor Company in the late 1800s. Due to intensive manufacturing practices and ever-increasing demand, the company has stated that mass production of the blade — an aesthetically-true example crafted from 1095 Cro-Van steel — is highly unlikely, making it a celebrated collectible from KA-BAR’s distant past. Aside from its well-defined 3.25-inch straight razor, the State & Union model also boasts a unique bone linen Micarta handle held together by anodized blue screws, instead of traditional pins. Each pocket-sized model is crafted and assembled in the company’s Olean, New York location, and arrives in an appealing State & Union box for safekeeping. Head to KA-BAR’s website to procure your own for $200.