The KA-BAR Story

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The KA-BAR Story

#1 Post by Pitchy » Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:57 pm

Interesting video, cool they named it from someone killing a bear.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnjlE-wP4dY
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#2 Post by Tycer » Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:39 pm

That was good. Thanks!
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#3 Post by M. M. Wright » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:38 pm

I just got through watching that. Excellent!
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#4 Post by fordwannabe » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:15 pm

Very good and informative. Thank you. I carry one in my get home bag in both vehicles.
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#5 Post by 2ndovc » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:27 pm

Thanks for putting that up! Olean, NY is not far from our cabin in PA just outside of the city the Case factory is based. Great history up there.

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#6 Post by piller » Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:13 pm

Bought one for my son. I have Bowie style in other steels from other manufacturers. A Bowie style with a good steel is a great knife for fighting or survival.
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#7 Post by Old Savage » Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:30 am

Very interesting makes you glad to own KA-BARs.
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#8 Post by gamekeeper » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:16 am

Good video, I have always been interested in the design.
John Nowill of Sheffield makes a combat knife, supposed to be for the Israeli military, it is a similar design to the KA-BAR but a lot of reviewers of the knife say "just buy a KA-BAR"
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#9 Post by Grizz » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:56 am

i'm gonna make me a K-Bar (type of knife) when I get the forge back online. can't afford not to . . .

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#10 Post by Pitchy » Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:25 pm

Glad ya enjoyed the vid, might as well post some pics of knives.
Bought this one a few years back, made by United Cutler, it has a thick sheath.
Bought another today on ebay that was made in 1970 and marked KA-BAR on the blade.

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#11 Post by gamekeeper » Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:40 pm

I remember seeing a movie where Robert Mitchum played a USMC Corporal stranded on a Japanese occupied island with only his KA-BAR and Deborah Kerr for company.
Heaven knows Mr Allison, I think it was called.
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#12 Post by Pitchy » Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:59 pm

Yep cool knives, the one i pictured is a knock off made in China and why i bought another today that`s made in the USA.
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#13 Post by OldWin » Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:01 pm

Pretty neat!
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#14 Post by Twodot » Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:01 pm

My Ka-Bar is a wannabe;

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#15 Post by 2ndovc » Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:48 pm

I've picked up a few over the years but this one is my favorite and has a good story.

I'd bought my first house in the early '90s and there was an auction a couple blocks away one summer afternoon. I stopped by since there were some old tools advertised. About halfway through the auction they brought up a couple of Ka-Bars. I bought them both for $20 each if I remember right. Took them to work the next morning and showed them to my dad. Turns out the house belonged to his high school shop teacher who was an LST skipper in the Pacific. I gave him the one that was in really good shape and kept the other. The second one had a story carved into the scabbard.
On the front, below the USN are the initials along with Kathy + Tim 1944.
On the back is even more. Tulagi, Guadal Canal, Pearl Harbor.
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The Navy marked knife is actually one made by the PAL Knife co. Well used but well cared for too.
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#16 Post by Pitchy » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:34 am

Super nice jb and great story thanks for posting that. 8) 8) :)
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#17 Post by OldWin » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:46 am

Wow! Awesome. For me, with all the years and the loss of all our WW2 vets, the stories are as priceless as the artifacts.
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#18 Post by Pitchy » Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:10 pm

Got the USA made KA-BAR today, she`s a beauty. :)

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#19 Post by 3leggedturtle » Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:21 pm

Never knew how shiny and clean Kabars could be! One of 1st things i do at gunshows is look at bayonets and combat knives..
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#20 Post by Old Savage » Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:32 pm

I have the Dogs Head model. Had the regular but it was stolen.
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#21 Post by Pitchy » Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:37 pm

I seen those also but i couldn`t pass up the 40 buck price on this one, new. :)
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#22 Post by Bill in Oregon » Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:52 pm

Great thread! Thanks Pitchy and Jason.

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