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Camillus Mark 2 USN I picked up from ebay

Discussion in 'Camillus Collector's Forum' started by Revhardheaded, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Revhardheaded

    Revhardheaded

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    Jan 11, 2018
    I had posted this on the Ka-Barr forum but I thought it might be more appropriate over here.

    Here is my Mark 2 next to the knife I'm basing on the Mark 2. You can see on the pommel it is a pinned one.
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    The guard
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    And it cleaned up a little
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    Does anyone know if the Ka-Barr replacement handle parts will work ok on the Camillus?
     
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  2. zzyzzogeton

    zzyzzogeton

    Feb 17, 2013
    The leather disks will fit no problem. The issue would be the replacement pommel.

    The original WW2 era pinned pommels were only 1/4" thick and the hole went all the way through.

    Kabar's replacement kit pommel is 3/8" thick and the pin hole is "blind", i.e., only 3/4 of the way through the pommel.

    A solution for that issue would be to file down a little on each side of the pommel pin tang so that he pommel can sit down deeper onto the tang, allowing the pin holes to align. Using a blind pin would work just as well as a through pin. You'd just have to slowly take enough off to let the alignment occur.
     
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  3. David Nowlin

    David Nowlin Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    Its just a shame these fine knives arent full tang or at least what i would call 3/4 tang. Imo they are 1/4 tang and should be beefed up.
    I know full tang would cause the loss of the great leather handle.
     
  4. Revhardheaded

    Revhardheaded

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    Jan 11, 2018
    If I read the schematics correctly the tang is 17/32 and the space on either side is 9/32.
     
  5. David Nowlin

    David Nowlin Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    I was just guestimating? Lol
     
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  6. Revhardheaded

    Revhardheaded

    24
    Jan 11, 2018
    LOL
    :)
     
  7. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    Not everyone likes full width tangs. The extra weight takes away from the lively feeling the knives have. They become clunky. Plenty of KaBars out there very few with broken tangs.

    I own 50 plus fixed blades and only a couple with full tangs.
     
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  8. David Nowlin

    David Nowlin Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    Yes i had thought about the added weight so good point. I displace 230lbs of which a large % is raw muscle(total BS:p)so weight is not an issue.
    And 50 fixed blades,geeezzz! What have i been doing with my time and money....:D
    Just added it up i think I’m good for 15 of which 6 are of high quality. Thats right i have 6 Buck fixed blades. IJS ;)
     
  9. sac troop

    sac troop

    910
    Mar 4, 2009
    Since the knife your making is an approximation of the 1219C2 to begin with, I'm not sure I see why your at all concerned with the 1/4 pommel verses the 3/8 pommel.
     
  10. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    Some tweaks may be necessary on the pommel. But I’m sure it will work fine. That’s why I recommended it in the first place.
     
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  11. Revhardheaded

    Revhardheaded

    24
    Jan 11, 2018
    So I have restored my camillus with handle material from KaBarr. I kept the original guard.
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    And here is my finished knife I made based on it. Made the sheath also. It's my first attempt at basket weave.
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  12. David Martin

    David Martin Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Here's my USN mark 2 with original sheath. My Father carried it in WW II. DM
    USNmark2.jpg
     
  13. David Martin

    David Martin Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    A photo of the guard. DM
    USNmarkII.jpg
     
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  14. David Nowlin

    David Nowlin Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    DM, VERY NICE!

    DN
     
  15. Revhardheaded

    Revhardheaded

    24
    Jan 11, 2018
    very nice.
     
  16. David Martin

    David Martin Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008

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