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Offline Tom-ADC

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Re-Handle kit
« on: October 04, 2014, 09:51:50 AM »
I found out you can call Ka-Bar they have a 800 toll free number I ordered two of the kits at $7.00 each plus $8.00 shipping. So I bought a blade kit minus the handle and used one of the kits.

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Re: Re-Handle kit
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2014, 12:31:17 PM »
Tom, that looks real nice! Lots more than $7.00 worth of work and materials if you did it yourself. And now it is ALL Kabar.

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Re: Re-Handle kit
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2014, 01:00:34 PM »
Emery, the blade is a knock off not a true Ka-Bar but I like it, came with a pinned brass guard I removed it and used the kit.  big knife blade is 7 1/2 inches long.
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Re: Re-Handle kit
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2014, 04:24:35 PM »
OK, so not a Ka-Bar....it still looks great!

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Re: Re-Handle kit
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2014, 04:54:56 PM »
I'm going to drive out to the base Monday and see if I can get a good buy on a Ka-Bar USN version of the USMC Ka-Bar I don't think I've ever owned one!
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Re: Re-Handle kit
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2014, 08:52:03 PM »
WAYYYYY back when at beginning of WW-II The Marines and Navy were still using the Mark I  fighting knife of WW-I

Problem was the tip was tooo pointy and brittle.
Marine Corps quarter master got approval from Congress to put out a call for a NEW utility fighting knife.
They wanted a flat blade, with a design that would work well jabbing and slashing but strong enough to
cut the sod and digging the dirt for a fighting hole (fox hole to you doggies), and for prying open cases and probing for mines etc.
Numerous companies submitted designs, but the fore runner of Ka-Bar got the winning bid. But the quarter master made some final design changes.  The design was contracted out to a 1/2 dozen knife makers. Thus during WW II you would find slight differences in the sheaths, as leather was highly rationed.

But because the Marine Corps is a department of the Navy the requisition went through the Navy.
Thus many of the originals are stamped on the finger guard  USN  MK II
USMC came later when they started getting direct shipments to them.

The "Ka-bar"  was only OFFICIALLY issued in WW-II.  Although they made it into civilian use, and were in use in Korea and Vietnam and likely desert storm etc. It was a venerable well designed knife.
After the war as things wound down the company was sold and eventually a new company was formed called Ka bar.
KA BAR  was actually a slogan adopted by the early company in 1898 -1900   A fur trappers gun had jammed all he had was a knife made by the company to kill the wounded bear that was attacking him.  But all they could read was
K a Bar (Kill a Bear)

Today you can get one for any branch of the service.


http://www.kabar.com/knives/military-tactical  link takes you to the ones

BTW Nice job!!
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Re: Re-Handle kit
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2014, 09:30:35 AM »
And now we "know the rest of the story"!

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Re: Re-Handle kit
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2014, 10:01:36 AM »
And now we "know the rest of the story"!

 (T^ yep good job!!
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Re: Re-Handle kit
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2014, 10:07:56 AM »
Tom, I like the point on that knife. Great job on that.  {?|
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