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Old 07-22-2019, 09:12 PM
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Default KBAR info sought

My son has a budding blade collection and has discovered the KBAR. We want to know are nice surplus genuine KBAR knives available, if so where. Should a person get a USGI one or one from Cabelas. I have also seen a 154 dollar kbar black handle made in USA. Thank you!
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Old 07-23-2019, 12:26 AM
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Here's some info I had bookmarked. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/foru...he-ww2-ka-bar/
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Old 07-23-2019, 01:08 PM
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thanks!
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Old 07-23-2019, 08:44 PM
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IIRC, the USMC has not bought a Kabar brand knife since WWII. Many individual Marines have bought Kabars from various sources. The USMC has bought combat knives from various vendors all along, but none from Kabar. You might want to review this thread from a few years ago.
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Old 07-24-2019, 07:41 AM
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the ones at Cabelas are still a nice knife right? for that kind of money they better be
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Old 07-24-2019, 08:30 AM
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the ones at Cabelas are still a nice knife right? for that kind of money they better be
They are probably good utilitarian knives with no appreciable collector value. You can do better by mail order.


If you just want a badass knife, consider the Ontario OKC3S knife/bayonet combo.




The Marines issue them in lieu of the Kabar-style, blade is an inch longer, and you can stick 'em on the end of an AR and poke stuff.
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Old 07-24-2019, 11:33 AM
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They are probably good utilitarian knives with no appreciable collector value. You can do better by mail order.


If you just want a badass knife, consider the Ontario OKC3S knife/bayonet combo.




The Marines issue them in lieu of the Kabar-style, blade is an inch longer, and you can stick 'em on the end of an AR and poke stuff.

I second this blade. I have two. They are really cool. But for Kbars I usually find them at yard sales and gun shows.
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Old 07-24-2019, 05:03 PM
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The current issue knives are identical to the ones made by Ontario. https://www.amazon.com/Ontario-Knife.../dp/B0001WBIGM

The Ontario bayonets are also standard issue.
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Old 07-25-2019, 10:10 AM
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The Kabar was indeed a Marine WW2 purchase... however they also issued the same knife manufactured by Camillus, PAL and others and marked USN Mk2. It's essentially exactly the same knife but Navy contract later in the War. My Uncle lost his leather sheath Kabar brand knife with the USMC markings just before Okinawa and was issued a Camillus Navy marked Mk2 with the gray fiber scabbard.
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Old 07-30-2019, 09:35 AM
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thank you for the story. My boy bought the new Kabar from Cabelas and is very happy. You can shave with this knife.
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