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Some KA-BAR history...

The Ka-Bar fighting knife was originally designed as a hunting knife in 1898, and would have been considered unremarkable at that time. In 1942, soon after the United States' entry into World War II, American troops experienced the problematic nature of the M1917/1918 and Mark I trench knives that they were issued initially and, realizing the need for knives suited to trench warfare, Ka-Bar's design was chosen from a catalog of hunting gear. The Marines bought many different knives and designs from a large number of suppliers during World War II, but it was the Ka-Bar fighting knife that was most common and popular. It was chosen for continued purchase and issue after the war was over. The final shape was decided upon by the Marine Corps. The changes included a slightly longer blade for combat use, introduction of a small fuller to make the blade lighter, and the pinned pommel and stacked leather handle as standard. In addition, the blade, guard, and pommel were all finished in a non-reflective matte black or gray phosphate finish instead of the brightly polished steel of the original.

Millions were made during World War II by Ka-Bar, Ontario Knife Company, Camillus Cutlery, Case Knives, and several other knife companies. The knife is inexpensive, easy to replace, and adequate for most tasks. It was also used as a diving knife in World War II, though the model in use at the time disintegrated rapidly in saltwater. The various forms of this knife are still very popular with hunters, fishermen, hikers, outdoors-men, and the U.S. military.

(sourse: wikipedia.com)

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Discussion Forum

What Types and or How Many Ka-Bar Knives Do You Have???

Started by J.T. [HELLZZARMY]. Last reply by Ken Spielvogel Apr 27. 47 Replies

Kabar vintage hunting knives for sale

Started by Ivars. Last reply by Steve Hanner Sep 3, 2013. 1 Reply

KaBar Commemoratives

Started by Richard Barnitz. Last reply by Ken Spielvogel Jul 23, 2013. 1 Reply

Pattern Numbers -- Rhyme and Reason??

Started by Jim Child. Last reply by Paul Tsujimoto Oct 19, 2012. 3 Replies

Becker Knife & Tool: What are your thoughts?

Started by Todd Helmkamp. Last reply by Todd Helmkamp Mar 29, 2012. 3 Replies

ka-bar ratings and recomendations and reveiws...

Started by Nick Arsenault. Last reply by Nick Arsenault Feb 20, 2010. 5 Replies

Need a new sheath for horizontal carry...

Started by Matthew Hiebert. Last reply by Matthew Hiebert Sep 17, 2009. 2 Replies

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Comment by Ken Spielvogel on April 26, 2014 at 8:56

Can anyone give a closer date on this knife - I get 1920-1952. Its Union Cut. Co. Olean NY


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Comment by Ken Spielvogel on January 8, 2014 at 5:15


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Comment by Steve Hanner on December 26, 2013 at 20:52

Breaking news from Ka Bar tomorrow!


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Comment by Steve Hanner on December 26, 2013 at 18:59

Lets see some new ones!

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Comment by Steve Hanner on November 4, 2013 at 10:02

Fake Ka Bar and Wakizashi? The Truth about knives exposes:

http://www.thetruthaboutknives.com/2013/11/from-the-deepest-depths-...

Comment by Jim Johnson on October 28, 2013 at 13:24

Some great old KBs.I'd guess the yellow Canoe was about 1966


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Comment by Ken Spielvogel on October 28, 2013 at 10:09

Dogs in a row

Comment by Gary Nelson on October 22, 2013 at 15:03

I don't know how old it is.  It is in good shape.  Works as it should.  


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Comment by Ken Spielvogel on October 22, 2013 at 14:33

My newest KaBar - Canoe


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Comment by Steve Hanner on October 21, 2013 at 10:44

Fantastic Canoe Ken! wow thats in great shape.

@Gary that for sure is a vintage stockman you have there. Any idea of age? It looks in almost perfect condition.

 
 
 

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