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Old February 21st, 2017, 11:26 AM   #16
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I was issued one in the USMC in the late 70's. Wish I could have kept it!

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Old February 21st, 2017, 12:30 PM   #17
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You should have pretty good luck replacing your knife from the 70's. They are out there and it's not too hard to get an example in very good shape at a reasonable price if your patient.



The example on the far left is the least likely example to have been issued to you by the late 70's as they changed the specifications by 62.
Also the Camillus knife on the far right had a change to the way they marked the blade in February of 1974. At that time Camillus dropped the (N.Y.) from the second line.

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Old February 21st, 2017, 03:10 PM   #18
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I have one I purchased in the 90's USMC Olean NY. I have used it to open up deer split them at the hips lots of untility work. The handle is so dark due to mink oil since it's been in the rain and snow, I read somewhere that the leather needed protection from the elements hence the mink oil. I also use the same oil I use on my cast iron skillets on the blade good or bad rust is not an issue.
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Old February 21st, 2017, 03:29 PM   #19
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I've been the proud owner of one of the Camillus contract knives since the early 80's. It has been used extensively on everything from filleting salmon in Alaska to breaking down elk and deer in several states as well as cutting everything from rope and limbs to carpet and sheet rock! Great knife as well as a tool that has a gang of sentimental value attached. I don't think I could sell it at any price.

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Old February 21st, 2017, 03:56 PM   #20
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Any one know how the name came about? I found a source but not 100% sure it's right.

https://bladereviews.com/ka-bar-figh...-knife-review/

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Old February 21st, 2017, 04:02 PM   #21
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Didn't Randall make some knives for some Spec-Ops and Recon units?

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Old February 21st, 2017, 04:53 PM   #22
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It's been a long time, and I don't know if they have changed at all, but back in the 1980's the commercial KaBar brand knife was made of really good steel. Since they only cost $20 at the PX on base, I actually tried to break one. I clamped the last 1" of the blade tip into a big bench vise on a big wood work bench. I bent the blade to see how far it would bend and spring back. I ended up dragging the workbench around the shop, this is probably a 300 pound bench, the blade was bending about 30-40 degrees, and would spring right back to straight. No break, no permanent bend.

And as anyone who owns one knows, they take and hold a really good edge. I think they are a really good knife for the money.

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Old February 21st, 2017, 05:04 PM   #23
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That's the story. No one has ever produced the letter. At this point it just as likely could be nothing more than the product of a salesman's imagination.
It's a legend and probably will stay that way.

Original Marine Corps designation for the knife is 1219C2. For the Navy it's 394831. In 1960 the specification was changed to MIL-K-20277 and available under that to all branches of the military.

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Old February 22nd, 2017, 11:46 AM   #24
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Bar story....LMAO

It's on the Ka-Bar site.....has to be real........; )


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Look into the history link "how Kabar got its name....Man vs Bear"......very realistic video showing how the knives were named........graphic video.....keep children away.

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Old February 22nd, 2017, 12:22 PM   #25
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Me I prefer Ka-Bar's zombie apocalypse video's.
https://www.kabar.com/search?cx=0086...=UTF-8&q=video

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Old February 22nd, 2017, 01:28 PM   #26
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I have my Camillus Ka-bar from Vietnam in 1969, in fact hanging on my office wall at this moment. Along with VC Kukri in a wooden sheath wrapped in friction tape, a Zippo lighter, P38 canopener, Vietnamese coins, a Seiko watch, and a souvenir pocketknife from Hong Kong. Long-time memories!
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Old February 22nd, 2017, 01:48 PM   #27
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Seiko watch?

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Old February 22nd, 2017, 02:07 PM   #28
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Seiko Bell-matic self-winding watch, one of the world's first alarm watches and this one is 27 jewels rather than the more common 17 jewels. The first Bell-matics were made with 27 jewels. However, because the US imposed high tarriffs on watches having that many jewels, Seiko decided to lower the jewel count on watches being exported to the US down to 21 jewels, which would allow them to export these to the US without the heavy tarriff penalty. The eventual lowering to 17 jewels was probably made as an economizing move. A jewel count of 17 is the minimum at which a watch can be considered fully jeweled. This doubtless came later, probably toward the late 1970s, when mechanical watches were fighting for their life against the onslaught of quartz watches (or so it was seen at the time - and who knows, it might even have been true!).

Bought it at the PX in Phu Bai Vietnam in 1969, wore it for almost 20 years, one of the best watches I've ever owned. When it finally got to the point where it was unreliable (still works, but stops occasionally), I retired it to the Vietnam Souvenir shadowbox.

The Zippo lighter which is in the shadowbox also came from Vietnam, has the obligatory engraving "PHU BAI VIET NAM 68-69". I don't smoke, but our PX got hit by a soviet 122mm rocket and burned (got photos of part of the casing somewhere, with russian lettering on it). The lighter was in a slightly charred box and offered in a fire sale for $2.00, couldn't pass it up.
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Old February 22nd, 2017, 02:10 PM   #29
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Seiko still makes a good watch, I was just wandering about the connection.

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Old April 12th, 2017, 01:53 PM   #30
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I think K-Bar's are great fixed blade knives.

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