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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

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KaBar Commemoratives

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Pattern Numbers -- Rhyme and Reason??

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Becker Knife & Tool: What are your thoughts?

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ka-bar ratings and recomendations and reveiws...

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Need a new sheath for horizontal carry...

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Comment by Bruce McLain on September 1, 2014 at 20:11

Small K-Bar I found at junk shop for $7.00 had aloose pommel and missing 3 washers,replaced washers and reset handle

The origanal sheath has a ladies name on it "Marina Kelly " I know nothing about her or the knife. It is a small very well made knife .Perfect for a lady

Comment by Jan Carter on August 27, 2014 at 20:45

Ka-Bar KBD Master Series introduced at The Shot Show

The KBD Master Series from Ka-Bar Knives is a set of cutters designed by custom knife-maker Mike Snody. Both the Snody Boss and Big Boss (pictured) are made with S35v stainless steel and come with high-grade, heavyweight JRE sheaths that feature grommet holes for lashing in any carry configuration. The Snody Boss has an overall length of 6 9/16 inches (blade is 3 ½ inches), while the Big Boss measures 9 inches (blade is 4 9/16 inches).

MSRP: Snoddy Boss - $157.99; Snoddy Big Boss - $217.54; ka-bar.com 

Comment by Steve Hanner on August 27, 2014 at 11:43

Some News Ka-Bar Fans: Ka-Bar is proud to offer Snody Knives designed by Custom Knifemaker  Mike Snody. Mike prides himself on producing high performance, heirloom grade custom knives. Mike 's life experiences, emotions and ambitions are permanently captured in titanium, steel and the most exotic handle materials avaliable anywhere on the planet.

Although Mike routinely creates works of art commanding World Class investment prices, he also produces user grade knives which are offered as part of the KBD Master Series.

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

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

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

Breaking news from Ka Bar tomorrow!

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:


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

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

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

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