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Username Post: Mark 2 Ka-Bar markings WW2        (Topic#941176)
11-02-14 03:08.07 - Post#2617611    

I am at a loss trying to figure out WW2 production or later. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



sac troop
Journeyman KnifeNut!
11-03-14 09:38.11 - Post#2617712    

    In response to Rescue190

The third knife, either from the top down or from left to right, depending on the picture looks to me to be sure a WW2 U.S.M.C. The others I can't see enough to make me sure one way or the other.
The fastest way to ID a reproduction KA-BAR marked 1219C2 style knife is to study the pommel. They were made during the War with either a 1/4" thick pommel or a 3/8" pommel.
During the War Union Cutlery,(KA-BAR), never fastened a thick (3/8") pommel to the knife tang with a cross pin.
All of the KA-BAR reproduction knives made after WW2 use a 3/8 thick pommel attached to the tang with a "blind" cross pin.
(blind pin)- the pin will only be visible from one side of the pommel. Other words it does not go all the way through the pommel.
The link below may be helpful in describing the repro KA-BAR's
Daniel Nighteyes
Master Member KnifeNut!
11-03-14 11:44.00 - Post#2617723    

    In response to sac troop

First and foremost, Ka-Bar has not made even one Mark II knife (aka Ka-Bar) under military contract since the end of World War II.

Another sure way to determine whether a "Ka-Bar" Mark II is WWII military issue -- and a way that I think may both help and disappoint you -- is to take a good, hard look at the blade finish. World War II Ka-Bar Mark II blades were either blued (only the very earliest ones) or parkerized. Period. Paragraph. End of story.

If the blade has any other finish (e.g. powder-coated), it is a "Commemorative" knife. Powder-coating has only been around for the last 30 years or so...

Regards and commiserations,

-- Nighteyes

Edited by Daniel Nighteyes on 11-03-14 11:50.41. Reason for edit: No reason given.
Daniel Nighteyes
Master Member KnifeNut!
11-12-14 07:49.42 - Post#2618361    

    In response to Daniel Nighteyes


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