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Old 10-26-2019, 04:41 PM
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USMC Kabar

Going thru some of the my dad's things, I found this knife. It has 0951 on the hilt and some moderate rust in the hilt area. I think it is a commemorate, so probably not much money value.

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Old 10-26-2019, 08:10 PM
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Nice knife. Why do you think it is a commemorative?

I have a Kabar with USMC markings and 200th Anniversary stuff engraved on it.
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Old 10-27-2019, 02:31 AM
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Nice knife. Why do you think it is a commemorative?



I have a Kabar with USMC markings and 200th Anniversary stuff engraved on it.
I found some cards under the cushions which proves it's a commemorative. I was able to find a little information from searching; it looks close to the re-issued replicas from the mid 70s. Except it doesn't have Orlean NY under Ka-Bar rollmark on the blade. It seems there is collector interest, but I'm sure the rust detracts greatly.

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Old 10-27-2019, 11:49 AM
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That is really nice. One to hand down. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-27-2019, 03:17 PM
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Very nice glad you have it.
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Old 10-27-2019, 07:44 PM
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Very nice glad you have it.
I feel bad that it has rust on it. My dad had been dead for 10 years, I forgot about this knife. I remember my moms basement flooding a few years ago with a pipe burst. I bet that was cause for the rust.

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Old 10-31-2019, 06:36 AM
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Very nice knife, wish I had that one in my collection!
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Old 10-31-2019, 12:50 PM
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I got a recent catalog from them.

They have about a hundred different models of K-bar knives for sale now.
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Old 10-31-2019, 04:43 PM
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That one looks blued. Every genuine USMC or USN-issue I've seen was originally Parkerized.
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Old 11-02-2019, 07:11 AM
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That one looks blued. Every genuine USMC or USN-issue I've seen was originally Parkerized.
It is blued, with no plastic spacers between the leather handle grooves and the pommel is pinned.

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Old 11-02-2019, 11:42 PM
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That one looks blued. Every genuine USMC or USN-issue I've seen was originally Parkerized.
Obviously a commemorative issue, not GI issue. Still original.
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Old 11-03-2019, 05:35 AM
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My GI issue knife is Park'ed.
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Old 11-03-2019, 06:50 AM
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very nice find
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Old 11-03-2019, 01:30 PM
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My GI issue knife is Park'ed.
The early WWII Ka-Bars were blued, which this is a copy of.

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Old 11-12-2019, 08:28 PM
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That is a nice find! Yeah, rust never sleeps...still, I have my Dad's Navy MkII which is pretty cool even though it is rough around the edges!

The pommel is pinned on it too, I'm not sure that disqualifies one from being original. There was a war on and changes were happening literally on the production line.
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Old 11-16-2019, 03:58 AM
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I asked Ka-Bar if they'd be interested in removing the rust and reblueing the pommel and hilt. They gave 3 contacts who restores knives. If I can get the pommel and the hilt restored it'll look very prestine. The problem is can they unpin the pommel, disassemble and reassemble without obvious tampering? I can remove the bluing and rust myself without effecting the bluing on blade. Then apply a cold blue. No need to blend, since the blade is rust free.

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Old 11-16-2019, 04:04 AM
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I notice the edge is not very sharp, I assume factory sharp. It has a very weak bite, but it is even and untouched across the whole length. The same with clipped back side. Maybe it's sharper than I think since I've worked with glass for the last 20+ years.

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Old 11-18-2019, 10:14 PM
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I asked Ka-Bar if they'd be interested in removing the rust and reblueing the pommel and hilt. They gave 3 contacts who restores knives. If I can get the pommel and the hilt restored it'll look very prestine. The problem is can they unpin the pommel, disassemble and reassemble without obvious tampering? I can remove the bluing and rust myself without effecting the bluing on blade. Then apply a cold blue. No need to blend, since the blade is rust free.

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If it were me, I would leave it as is. Maybe a little Flitz and or WD40 to clean it up, but I think removing the original patina would be a mistake.

This knife is a valuable heirloom. It's not a museum piece. I wouldn't take the chance on destroying it's provenance just to make it pretty.
Love it, revere it, and pass it along to your children.
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Old 12-06-2019, 01:37 PM
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I agree with ^. I would put some gun oil on the blade and leave it alone. Maybe rub a little brown Kiwi shoe polish into the leather.
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Old 12-22-2019, 04:59 PM
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I scored a like new, used KABAR and leather sheath at a
pawn shop a few days ago for $30 out the door, and I
got a stainless M9 Phrobis III, in 95% condition, with the
sheath/stone at a different pawn shop a few months ago
for only $25.

I love pawn shops...
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